Q & A - Great Falls College - MSU

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Learn about this months featured school: Great Falls College - MSU.

What makes your campus unique?

Great Falls College MSU is unique with its 8-Week Advantage wherein classes each semester are scheduled in two eight-week blocks to help students focus on a couple classes per block.

Great Falls College is the perfect place to start the next chapter of your life with its focus on high-wage, high-demand fields.

The Legislature-funded dental clinic expansion has begun so we can increase the number of dental hygiene students from 18 to 25 each year. We are the only dental hygiene program in a state with an urgent need for them.

Describe student life at your college. What do students experience as freshman on your campus? How do students connect on your campus?

Small class sizes mean students bond with classmates and faculty members. Students form study groups and keep one another accountable. They become almost family. It is not a cliché to say Great Falls College is where everyone knows your name.

The Office of Student Engagement and Student Central connect students with one another with many different clubs and activities.

Great Falls College provides free tutoring at the Academic Success Center, a Veterans Success Center for military-affiliated students where they come together and support one another, and an outstanding Native American Enrichment Center to celebrate the culture of our first people. 

What is the average cost of attendance?

The total cost of attendance for full-time resident students for fall and spring is $16,182.  While Great Falls College does not have student housing, the cost of attendance includes an allowance for room and board based on average local costs.

What programs would you like to highlight, or which programs are you best known for?  What does job placement look like for your students?

Great Falls College excels in health care programs such as nursing, surgical technology, physical therapy assistant, paramedic, dental hygiene, dental assisting, health information coding and health information technology.

The trades programs include welding, renewable energy and industrial technology.

In general studies, the accounting and computer programs position graduates for immediate employment. The college’s cybersecurity program meets a huge need. It’s designated a Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and Homeland Security, meaning we have met rigorous requirements.

Students looking to transfer to four-year institutions will save considerable money getting top-notch instruction on their general education requirements.

What deadlines should students know about (e.g., institutional scholarship deadlines, admissions application deadlines, etc.

Our 8-week advantage with two eight-week blocks of classes each semester means that we are always taking in new students. It’s never too late to sign up for classes at Great Falls College. You can call admissions at 406-268-3700 or visit our website at www.gfcmsu.edu to sign up for the next block.

Great Falls College’s general scholarship application for multiple scholarships is available each year by the end of November and is due mid-February.  The college also lists other institutional and outside scholarships on the website that have varying deadlines.  Students should review the webpage at http://finaid.gfcmsu.edu/scholarships/index.html frequently for the most up-do-date information. 

Anything else you’d like students to know about your campus?

We have been one of the pioneers in the state with a robust lineup of remote learning opportunities, including entire degrees such as licensed practical nursing and accounting that can be earned online. The LPN program now is offered in a part-time track that means someone already in the workforce anywhere in the state can upskill and become an LPN over two years while continuing to work. 

Great Falls College’s dual enrollment offerings are quite extensive. For instance, high school students are able to take welding as a dual credit course where they spend the mornings at their high schools taking other classes and the afternoons on the campus taking welding classes.

The college also has a complete simulated hospital with high fidelity manikins that prepare students to be successful in their clinical experiences.

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