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Montana State University Billings

Montana State University Billings
Motto Access and Excellence
Established 1927
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Mark A. Nook
Administrative staff
681 [2013]
Undergraduates 4465 [2013 Fall]
Postgraduates 504 [2013 Fall]
Location Billings, Montana, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and gold
Nickname Template:If empty
Mascot Yellowjackets

Coordinates: 45°47′48″N 108°31′26″W / 45.79667°N 108.52389°W / 45.79667; -108.52389 (Montana State University Billings){{#coordinates:45|47|48|N|108|31|26|W| |primary |name=Montana State University Billings }}

Montana State University Billings (or MSU Billings) is a state university. Its main campus is located on a 110 acres in downtown Billings, Montana, United States.[1][2] Formerly Eastern Montana Normal School when it was founded in 1927, it was then renamed in 1949 to Eastern Montana College before being renamed to its present name in 1994.[3] Currently, the university offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through the University’s five colleges.[4] The five colleges of Montana State University Billings are Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health professions, Education and City College.[5] It has the third largest campus population in the Montana State University System.[6]

4,969 students attended MSU-B during the 2013 fall semester.[7]

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The main Campus of Montana State University Billings sits at the base of the Rimrocks

Student life

With the main campus in the downtown core of Billings many cultural, service, athletic or educational activities are within walking distance of the campus.The school is host to a mix of traditional and nontraditional student body. Approximately 1700 students live on campus in the residence halls.

Some of the major student organizations include:

  • The Associated Students of Montana State University Billings, also known as the student government. This organization is run by and for students, taking in concerns, advocating student issues and rights, and allocating funds.
  • Student Activities Board, the organizers of many activities from comedians to current movies on campus.
  • Student religious organizations including United Campus Ministry representing 7 Protestant denominations, other Christian non-denominational organizations, Baha'i, and Catholic groups.
  • Jacket Student Ambassadors, a student leadership organization on campus which hosts many new student orientations and tours of the campus.
  • The Residence Hall Association, a student run residence hall association that provides both social and educational programming for residents of Petro and Rimrock Hall.

Full List of Organizations

Major structures of the main campus

  • McDonald Hall
  • Parking Garage / Campus Police
  • Art Annex / Poly Building
  • Apsaruke Hall
  • Cisel Hall
  • Alterowitz Arena / Physical Ed Building
  • Cenex Stadium
  • Tennis Courts
  • Academic Support Center
  • Rimrock Hall
  • Petro Hall
  • McMullen Hall
  • Student Union
  • Library
  • Liberal Arts Building
  • Science Building
  • College of Education

Petro Hall

Petro Hall is a 500-room residence hall completed in 1965.[8] There are 8 floors, including the first floor Petro Theater and the second floor lobby. It is connected directly to the Petro Theater on the first floor, and also connected to the Student Union Building.

Rimrock Hall

Rimrock Hall is 300-room residence hall completed in 1962.[9] There are 6 floors, including the second floor lobby and the first floor Student Union Building.

Student family housing

The student family housing consists of contemporary two and three bedroom units located on the east end of the campus.[10]


The athletic teams are nicknamed the Yellowjackets and compete in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Montana State University Billings has an active athletic department, including a newly reformed baseball program. Other sports include: men's and women's basketball (both making appearances in conference finals over the years), cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, tennis, indoor track, and outdoor track. The official MSUB song is the Fight Song.


City College at Montana State University Billings

City College at MSU Billings is a two-year college that offers degrees and certifications in fields such as business, computer technology, transportation, nursing, and safety.[11] It was first created in 1969 as the Billings Vocational-Technical Education Center (BVTC). Its governance was passed from the Billings School District to the Montana University System (MUS) Board of Regents in 1987, and in 1994, the BVTC was officially merged with MSU Billings and renamed the College of Technology.[12] The name was changed to the present name in 2012 when the MUS Board of Regents voted to change the names of all the colleges of technology in the state.[13] The university currently runs a free shuttle for students between its main campus and the City College.[14] 1,336 students (all undergraduates) were enrolled at the City College during the 2012 fall semester.[7]

MSUB Extended Campus

The downtown campus provides conference facilities, workforce and professional development, personal enrichment, kids' camps, outreach and a Senior Academy for ages 55+. Their event calendars and course listings are available online.

Distance learning

MSUB Online is Montana State University Billings' Online Portal, featuring a wide array of courses (over 240 classes) and complete programs of study ranging from certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

Student services

Essential departments for student service include:

  • Academic Support Center
  • Admissions, Records and Registrar
  • Advising Center
  • Beezer's (formerly the Book Depot)
  • Business Services (Cashier, Fee Payment)
  • Campus Police
  • Career Services and Cooperative Education
  • Child Care & Enrichment Center
  • Dining Services
  • Disability Support Services
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Graduate Studies
  • Honors Program
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • Jacket Student Ambassadors
  • Multicultural Student Services
  • Office for Community Involvement
  • Office of Research Compliance
  • Parking
  • Recreational Activities
  • Student Government (ASMSUB)
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Opportunity Services/TRIO
  • Student Union & Activities
  • Veterans' Upward Bound

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "General Information". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Montana State University Billings". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "History & Overview of MSU Billings". General Information. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Degrees, Programs & Minors". Future Students. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "General Information". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fiscal Year Enrollment - Summary Report" (PDF). Montana University System. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Full and Part Time Enrollment". Institutional Research. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Petro Hall". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  9. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Rimrock Hall". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Campus Maps and Buildings - Student Family Housing". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Degrees & Programs". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "About the College". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Pickett, Mary (21 October 2012). "College of Technology to officially become City College at MSU Billings". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "MSUB Jacket Shuttle". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "BATTIN, James Franklin, (1925 - 1996)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Outstanding Alumni of the 1990s". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Melony Ghee Griffith". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Monica J. Lindeen". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Montana Governor Judy Martz". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Roy McPipe". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Montana State Billings Women's Basketball Honors" (PDF). MSUB Sports. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Kevin Red Star". Montana Arts Council. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  24. ^ Rod, Luann (11 March 2011). "Bently Spang examines culture with humor in Emerson installation". Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Bozeman, Montana). Retrieved 19 December 2012. 

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