One of MSU’s greatest assets is its location. Bozeman is known as one of the top towns for outdoor recreation and high quality of life in the country; just look at its top rankings in magazines like Outside, National Geographic Adventurer, Powder Magazine and Fly Rod and Reel.
Bozeman is a small town with big energy. Perhaps best known for outdoor recreation, Bozeman also has the cultural amenities of a much larger city including a symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as many locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries that make Downtown vibrant. Skiing, hiking, camping, biking, climbing, and fishing options are endless because Bozeman is surrounded by five mountain ranges including the Bridger, Tobacco Root, Big Belt, Gallatin and Madison ranges; and the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers are all within a half hour of campus. There is plenty of National Forest land to explore, and Yellowstone National Park is just 90 miles away.
Population: 45,250 people (2017 Census estimates)
Average daytime high: January 35ºF / July 83ºF
Annual Snowfall: 86 inches in town
Bozeman averages 300 days of sunshine. Due to the dry climate, summers are pleasant with warm days and cool nights. Mild winter weather is not unusual, and more than a week of consistently frigid weather is rare.
The Bozeman area has something for everyone, from the Sweet Pea Arts Festival for art lovers and The Rut mountain race for runners to Yellowstone National Park’s spectacular wildlife viewing, world-class fly fishing in our local rivers, and incredible skiing just 20 minutes from the MSU campus.