Students Say

Nestled in beautiful Missoula, The University of Montana is “a great place to live, work, and study.” Indeed, Montana’s awesome location and solid reputation coupled with low in-state tuition make it “hard to beat.” Moreover, while it has a substantial number of students, we’re assured that you’re never “just a number” here. Undergrads also appreciate the university’s focus on “environmental sustainability…and social justice” along with the fact that the University of Montana strives to develop “creative thinkers and engaged citizens.”

Overview

Applicants
4,820
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
480 - 590
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Nestled in beautiful Missoula, The University of Montana is “a great place to live, work, and study.” Indeed, Montana’s awesome location and solid reputation coupled with low in-state tuition make it “hard to beat.” Moreover, while it has a substantial number of students, we’re assured that you’re never “just a number” here. Undergrads also appreciate the university’s focus on “environmental sustainability…and social justice” along with the fact that the University of Montana strives to develop “creative thinkers and engaged citizens.” While the university maintains a fantastic liberal arts program, students especially laud the wildlife biology, forestry, physical therapy, and forensic anthropology departments. Moreover, undergrads at Montana are highly complementary of their teachers who are generally “helpful, engaging, and accessible.” One thrilled student claims that the professors are “amazing! Math and science has never come easy for me, and my professors have taught in a way I completely understand the material.” Another enthusiastic student summarizes her experience by stating, “The professors here are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they are teaching, because of this, the learning experience is always interesting and inviting. I truly appreciate all the effort that is put forward to help students succeed and prepare for the next steps in their life.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
852
with Terminal Degree
575

484
Men
368
Women
73
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mike Mansfield
American statesman, US ambassador, US senator

Carroll O'Connor
Actor, producer

Jeannette Rankin
First woman in US Congress, suffragist

Harold Urey
Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry

Julie Sullivan
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

J.K. Simmons
Actor - The Closer, Law and Order, numerous movies

Harold Gilkey
Co-founder - Sterling Financial Corp

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,690

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,920

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,250

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,918

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,530

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,604
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,420
Required Fees
$1,726
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$4,512
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The University of Montana attracts a student body that’s “pretty laid-back and easygoing.” Many are “outdoorsy” and self-described as “hippies.” Indeed, there are “quite a few granola kids” and “Carhartt-sporting, plaid-proud, future biologists” types. Though many students hail from within the state, one undergrad assures us that “increasing diversity efforts have begun to show in the past three years.” Fortunately, for the most part, everyone is “accepting, friendly, and very involved in college and community life.” Another student expands on this idea, stating, “People here do not seem to judge others or hold stereotypes against each other. If you’re lost or need to ask a question you can ask anyone, and they’re willing to give you the best answer they know in order to help you out even if they don’t know you.” A fellow undergrad agrees softly, sharing, “I feel like I’ve stepped into a melting pot of all beliefs and ideals. You can be yourself, and never be looked down on for that at this school.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
12,254
Out of State
19%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

54% female
46% male
19% are out of state
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Undergrads seem to truly enjoy life at U of M. Indeed, the campus is often buzzing with activity. As one student happily shares, “When it’s not snowing in the fall or spring you can find people playing Frisbee, walking their dogs, catching footballs, and even playing with lightsabers.” Additionally, there are “many music concerts and dance parties” one can attend. “Football is [also] really big here,” and games are often packed with students. Beyond the campus, Montana offers a myriad of options for the outdoor enthusiast. As one ecstatic undergrad tells us, “Western Montana is a divine place for hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, swimming, huckleberry picking, going to hot springs, mushroom picking, antler collecting, and just being immersed in nature. Near where I live there is access to the Rattlesnake Wilderness, mountains surround the valley, and the Clark Fork River runs right through town.” Those with a more adventurous spirit can delight in “skiing and skydiving, hand gliding and parasailing, mountain climbing and repelling, caving and biking.” As this pleased undergrad summarizes, “There is always something to do no matter what your interest are and great people to do them with.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
James Marks

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Disability Services for Students asks students who request reasonable program modifications to describe their disability, their past use of modifications or the disability's likely impact on their educational experiences. Types of helpful documentation supportive of such requests include medical records, psycho-educational testing, and school records. If the student does not have copies of this type of information, the student is still welcome to meet with a Coordinator to discuss other ways to demonstrate a connection between his/her disability and any academic barriers the student anticipates or is facing. Documentation can provide a valuable tool for helping the University of Montana understand how courses, systems and facilities may present barriers, and for planning strategies, including reasonable modifications, which facilitate access. Disability Services for Students often uses external documentation to augment conversations with students and to support requests for modifications.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Disability Services for Students asks students who request reasonable program modifications to describe their disability, their past use of modifications or the disability's likely impact on their educational experiences. Types of helpful documentation supportive of such requests include medical records, psycho-educational testing, and school records. If the student does not have copies of this type of information, the student is still welcome to meet with a Coordinator to discuss other ways to demonstrate a connection between his/her disability and any academic barriers the student anticipates or is facing. Documentation can provide a valuable tool for helping the University of Montana understand how courses, systems and facilities may present barriers, and for planning strategies, including reasonable modifications, which facilitate access. Disability Services for Students often uses external documentation to augment conversations with students and to support requests for modifications.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations

6% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Grizzlies)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Griz)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The University of Montana is located in Missoula, a city nearly surrounded by a national forest, so it makes sense that conservation is a way of life. There are several student run environmental organizations on campus, including Climate Action Now and Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology (FLAT), which maintains an experiential learning home to demonstrate the practicality of sustainable living. UM also features the Green Thread, a unique faculty workshop aimed at infusing sustainability across the curriculum, and a student funded and managed project called the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund (KRELF), a campus-wide fund designed to pay for energy saving and waste reduction projects. The environmental studies department and the College of Forestry and Conservation offer students a variety of academic tracks and advanced research opportunities. UM’s Climate Action Plan is in the process of implementation through energy conservation projects across campus such as the Use Your Power Wisely campaign to encourage behavior change. The Climate Action Plan promises climate neutrality by 2020. There is also a campaign underway to promote tap water and reusable water bottles in lieu of bottled water; to support this effort, UM tests its water quality regularly and makes the results publicly available. Through a collaboration between dining services and several graduate students, the university formed the Farm to College program, dedicated to buying more food locally to feed the campus community and supporting the local economy and Montana’s farming heritage.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
26%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
60

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
82

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell, through UM Bookstore

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kevin Molm
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Enrollment Services--Admissions
103 Lommasson Center
Missoula, MT 59812

Phone
406-243-6266

Email
admiss@umontana.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Adams Event Center (sports, entertainment, etc.)
Washington-Grizzly Stadium (football, other)
Campus Recreation Center (student recreation)
University Center (student center, movie theater)
Performing Arts-RadioTV Center (public radio-TV)
2. Washington-Grizzly Stadium also used for MAJOR events, like Pearl Jam concert a few years ago (kicking off their annual tour), the Rolling Stones concert (2006), Elton John concerts (2007 and 2008), and Paul McCartney (2014).

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Smoke Jumper Visitor Center (Missoula)
National Bison Range (Moiese, MT)
Missoula Carousel and Caras Park (downtown Missoula)
Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks
Other outdoor recreation areas

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday-Friday, 11 am and 2 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@montanagrizzlies.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Subject to availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Missoula International Airport is located about 15 minutes from campus. Shuttle (Airport Shuttler) and taxi services are available from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
West Bound I-90: 1. Exit 105 (first exit - Van Buren Street), turn left at the stop sign onto Van Buren, and merge into the right lane. 2. At the East Broadway intersection (stop light), turn right onto East Broadway street. 3. Move into the furthest left lane, and turn left onto Madison at the next stoplight. 4. Driving over the bridge, stay in the left lane, and veer left at the fork. Keep to the left and turn left at the stop light. Then get into the right lane, heading due east and toward the Adams Center. You are now on campus (north end). 5. You can then turn left, then right to follow Campus Drive around Adams Center, the stadium, and so on around the back/east side of campus to the south end bordered by East Beckwith. East Bound I-90: 1. Take Exit 105 (last Missoula exit - Van Buren Street). Turn right at the stop sign and merge into the right lane. (Then same steps 2-4 as above) 2. At the stop light, turn right onto East Broadway street. 3. Move into the furthest left lane, and turn left onto Madison at the next stoplight. 4. Driving over the bridge, stay in the left lane, and veer left at the fork. Keep to the left and turn left at the stop light. Then get into the right lane. You will be heading due east and toward the Adams Center. You are now on campus (north end). 5. You can then turn left, then right to follow Campus Drive around Adams Center, the stadium, and so on around the back/east side of campus to the south end bordered by East Beckwith. From the Missoula County Airport: 1. Leaving the airport, turn right onto West Broadway Street (heading east). 2. Take the first left leading you to the entrance of East Bound I-90. 3. Follow I-90 and take Exit 105 (Van Buren Street), turning right at the stop sign. 4. At the stop light, turn right onto East Broadway street. 5. Move into the furthest left lane, and turn left onto Madison at the next stoplight. 6. Driving over the bridge, stay in the left lane, and veer left at the fork. Keep to the left and turn left at the stop light. Then get into the right lane. You will be heading due east and toward the Adams Center. You are now on campus (north end). 7. You can then turn left, then right to follow Campus Drive around Adams Center, the stadium, and so on around the back/east side of campus to the south end bordered by East Beckwith. From Highway 12 and 93 North: 1. Highway 12 and 93 become Brooks Street through Missoula. To Higgins Avenue. Brooks merges with Higgins at Hellgate High School (on the right). 2. Be sure you are in the right lane, and turn right onto Sixth Street. 3. Get into the right lane and follow Sixth Street due east for six blocks to the campus (north end), toward the Adams Center. 4. You can then turn left, then right to follow Campus Drive around Adams Center, the stadium, and so on around the back/east side of campus to the south end bordered by East Beckwith.

Local Accommodations
Places closest to UM and in walking distance are across the river from campus. Doubletree Hotel (100 Madison St.;406-728-3100), with a restaurant/lounge, pool, and fitness center. Motel 6(630 W. Broadway; 406-549-2387), economy prices, some discounts, eating places in walking distance. Campus Inn (744 E. Broadway; 406-549-5134), rooms moderately priced, a discount offered, and eating places within walking distance. Holiday Inn Parkside (200 S Pattee; 406-721-8550), closer to downtown and a few more blocks walking distance from campus. Others closer to downtown.