Weird And Interesting Facts About Montana State
It's always fun to learn some interesting facts about the largest university in Montana.
Montana State University is considered one of the top academic establishments, not only in the Pacific Northwest, but in all of the United States. The university has grown considerably over the past several years. The student population is from all over the world, new majors, classes, and technology are becoming available, and athletics become more prominent each year.
These are all incredible things to enjoy about Montana State University, but there are also some interesting facts that you might not even know. So here are some things you might like to know about MSU and its history.
It's not uncommon for universities to have visiting professors or instructors come and teach a class or two. If you didn't know, Montana State has a famous film program and has had a few famous actors come to Bozeman and teach. For starters, Bill Pullman (the President from Independence Day) and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider and countless other films) have taught workshops and theater classes at our very own MSU.
Another fun fact you might not know is Montana State University hasn't always had that name. Montana State University has gone through several name changes since it opened to students. In 1893, it began as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana, at which point only 46 students attended the first fall semester. The name changed in the early 1900s to Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, then in the 1920s became Montana State College. It wasn't until the 1960s that it officially became Montana State University.
Montana State University has thirteen sanctioned sports that play in the NCAA and several club sports that all are successful. Did you know that Montana State discontinued two sports programs? MSU used to have a baseball program but discontinued it in 1971 after the Big Sky Conference dropped the team. Then, in the late 1980s, Montana State also dropped wrestling from their varsity sports.
We hope you've enjoyed these fun and odd facts about Montana State University.