College of Engineering Student Life
Meet College of Engineering Students
College of Engineering students lead interesting lives. Learn more.
Hands-on learning produces impressive results
You'll learn by doing when you attend the COE. Multi-disciplinary teams have been challenged to design and build vehicles, streamline manufacturing processes, design devices to measure avalanche forces, and create a better swivel fish hook. Get inspired by projects showcased at a Design Fair and find out why James Loo said,
"I've had so many job interviews where I'm asked about my communication and leadership skills, about my bility to work with a team and make quick decisions. This project helped me with those things."
You'll have a strong knowledge base. Since 2001, COE engineering graduates have consistently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam at a rate of more than 10 percentage points higher than the average national pass rate. The FE is a step toward becoming a licensed professional engineer.
We excel in research but focus on undergraduate education. MSU is among the 73 public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having “very high research activity.” MIT, Stanford, and the University of California-Berkeley have the same research classification. Get details (in a new window).
MSU is in the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation for its number of Goldwater scholarship recipients, an award for excellence in math, science or engineering.
Want to compare MSU to other universities? Here is a tool to make it easy. College Portrait of Undergraduate Education. (will open in a new window)
A caring, engaged community
You as a student are the top priority for the College of Engineering (COE) and its supporters. More than 50% of the COE's endowment fund is designated for Student
EXTRA: Steven Davis, Chemical Engineering, "Student MVP" video is available on YouTube
You'll learn in well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Because technology is important to you, the COE was MSU's first college to make Wireless Internet available throughout its buildings.
Student achievement is job one. You'll appreciate how much faculty members want to help you achieve your goals. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1, your professors will know you as a person, not a number. What's more, they make it FUN. See how a team of engineering students combined Mentos and Diet Coke, a bowling ball, a bicycle wheel, and a baseball bat to silence a beeping alarm clock, win an innovation award AND earn class credit!
Engineering Ambassadors are students in the classes you might decide to take. They're here to give you a tour and answer your questions.
The Student Success Guide is crammed full of ways to improve your chances of succeeding as a student. (You can pick up a hard copy at the Office of Student Success in 177 SUB, Strand Union Building.)
MSU's First Year Initiative (FYI) is a resource for ALL students, not just freshmen. You are in a community that cares about your success. Check out the resources available at the Office of Student Success.
We recruit and support members of groups underrepresented in engineering and computer science. Efforts such as Women in Engineering and the Designing Our Community program for Native Americans provide students with free tutoring services and connections to mentors and peers. EMPower, the College's Engineering Minority Program, is here for you.
EXTRA: Learn about the experiences of women in the College of Engineering—undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in engineering and computer science. (PDF, will open in a new window)
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In Bozeman, you'll live among friendly peoplewho pursue outdoor adventures year-round. You'll find fellow enthusiasts for all your interests—skiing, snowboarding, kite skiing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, rodeos, fishing or hunting. (Explore adventures awaiting you through Bozeman area links in a new window.)
EXTRA: Watch a video about MSU on Youniversitytv.
Bozeman's vibrant art community awaits you. Immerse yourself in the visual and performing arts. (Start by following links under the Community Information and Museums headings on the Visitor Information page in a new window.)
Design a career that suits you
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You'll appreciate having a wide array of accredited undergraduate degree programs in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. With nine ABET-accredited* programs, MSU has the largest collection of professionally-oriented programs in the 5-state region of the Dakotas, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. [*NOTE: Each program is accredited by one of the following ABET commissions: Engineering Accreditation Commission, Technology Accreditation Commission, or Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.] Match your interests to one of COE's many departments and degrees.
You'll see results from applying engineering principles. Whether an undergraduate or graduate student, you can play a role in leading research. Students have participated in research efforts to reduce rejection of medical implants, protect wildlife habitat intersected by roads, study Earth with lasers and satellites, and harness the power of microbes in Yellowstone’s thermal features. Explore undergraduate research opportunities at the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Western Transportation Institute.
As a COE grad, you'll be highly sought by leading companies. You'll hit the ground running after graduation. Visit MSU's Career Services to start shaping your career as early as possible. Let them help you compete for internships and permanent jobs. On the Career Services website, you'll see which companies will be at upcoming career fairs.
EXTRA: Meet seasoned professionals who graduated from MSU's College of Engineering.