Location and Campus
The Yellowstone Region and the City of Billings
America’s “last, best place” is undoubtedly an appropriate way to describe the region of the Yellowstone. Stretching from Yellowstone Park to where it joins the Missouri River, the Yellowstone River is the longest un-dammed river in the United States. Montana State University Billings shares the history, traditions, and quality of life that characterize the Yellowstone Region.
Montana State University Billings is located in the expanding city of Billings in the valley of the Yellowstone between rugged mountains and sweeping plains with a population base of approximately
100,000. The city, the largest in Montana, offers all the conveniences of modern urban life but has retained its cultural and historical Western tradition of friendliness.
Billings, the “Magic City,” serves as a center for agriculture, finance, trade, medical care, education, tourism and energy-related industries for the people of central and eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. A downtown business district, well-planned shopping centers and malls, and a variety of smaller specialty stores provide ample opportunity for browsing and shopping.
MetraPark, Montana’s major indoor arena, provides a number of entertainment opportunities such as major concert productions, trade shows and sporting events.
Historical sites, trout fishing streams, mountain trails and downhill ski runs are within easy driving distance from Billings. World-famous Yellowstone National Park is nearby.
Billings has a number of churches, radio and television stations, movie theatres, a performing arts center, a symphony and a community theatre. Parks, tennis courts and golf courses offer recreational opportunities. The city is served by excellent transportation facilities.
Among other assets are excellent hotels, motels, restaurants, and delightful residential districts.
The MSU Billings Campus
Montana State University Billings is comprised of three campuses: the senior campus, the City College at MSU Billings campus, and MSUB Extended Campus in downtown Billings. The senior campus of 92 acres is at the foot of majestic sandstone cliffs overlooking the city. The 18 buildings are within a short walking distance across campus. Two residence halls connected to the Student Union Building and one family housing apartment complex provide housing to students. Rimrock has 148 rooms and Petro has 362 rooms available for occupancy. The Student Union Building (SUB) houses the Book Depot, Campus Dining Services, Stingers Coffee Shop and administrative offices. Home of the Yellowjackets, the Alterowitz Gymnasium offers a variety of recreational and instructional opportunities. It houses a 4,000 seat arena, a practice gymnasium, a collegiate size swimming pool, an enclosed running track and racquetball courts.
Although physically separated from the senior campus, the City College at MSU Billings campus, located seven miles from the senior campus on the west side of Billings, is an integral part of the University. The campus consists of two buildings: the Tech building and new Health Sciences building. The facilities provide ample classrooms, laboratories, and other instructional areas. A large central commons is a popular student gathering and dining area. At the front of the City College at MSU Billings campus is the MSU Billings soccer field, used by both the women’s and men’s soccer teams for practice and games.
MSUB Extended Campus resides in a number of buildings in downtown Billings.
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