24 Facts About Montana State University

1. Montana State University has earned a spot on Forbes magazine's annual list of "America's Top Colleges.

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2. Montana State University has set a new enrollment record, with 16,902 students on campus this fall.

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3. Montana State University has an ongoing rivalry with the University of Montana, most notably the cross-state football matchups, known as the "Brawl of the Wild.

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4. Montana State University has won several national championships in men's rodeo, three national championships in football and one national championship in men's basketball.

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5. Montana State University maintains a technology transfer office to commercialize MSU faculty inventions, spur businesses based on those technologies and network with businesses looking to license MSU technologies.

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6. Montana State University maintains extensive research programs, providing opportunities for undergraduates, graduates, and advanced graduate students.

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7. Montana State University succeeded Martha Potvin, who in 2010 became the university's first female provost.

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8. Montana State University has received more than five times the number of National Science Foundation grants for Yellowstone studies than its nearest competition, Stanford and UCLA, according to David Roberts, head of MSU's ecology department.

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9. Montana State University refers to itself as "the University of the Yellowstone", for its extensive research and scholarly activities concerning the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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10. Montana State University offers the world's only Master of Fine Arts degree in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, and MSU's Museum of the Rockies is home to the largest T Rex skull ever found—bigger, even, than "Sue" at the Chicago Field Museum.

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11. Montana State University appointed the university's first permanent female vice president, and by 2009 women outnumbered men among MSU's deans, five to four.

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12. Montana State University implemented the "Core 2.0 curriculum" during Gamble's tenure as president.

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13. Montana State University was the second MSU president to die in office, and the second to die of heart failure.

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14. Montana State University weathered a strike by clerical and administrative support staff in 1992.

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15. Montana State University expanded alumni fund-raising programs, and pushed the MSU Foundation to redouble its fund-raising efforts.

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16. Montana State University had served as MSU's Dean of Graduate Studies from 1979 to 1988, and then three one-year temporary appointments as Vice President for Academic Affairs while a fruitless nation search occurred for a permanent replacement.

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17. Montana State University once more entered a severe economic downturn in the mid 1980s.

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18. Montana State University faced a poor fiscal climate: The state was entering a decade-long depression brought about by a steep drop in commodity prices, the state's higher education system had grown too large and unwieldy, and Governor Thomas L Judge had established a blue-ribbon committee to close several of the state's colleges.

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19. Montana State University was the first and the only Montanan to become president of MSU.

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20. Montana State University continued Renne's policies largely barring from campus speakers who were not clearly in the political mainstream.

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21. Montana State University was deeply committed to continuing Renne's educational plan, but declined to spend money on new buildings.

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22. Montana State University lost the election, 51.4 to 48.6 percent, to incumbent governor Tim Babcock.

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23. Montana State University took a leave of absence from the college to become Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs from 1963 to 1964.

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24. Montana State University is a land-grant university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States.

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