About The University of Montana

Founded in 1893, The University of Montana. is a Public college. Located in Montana, which is a city setting in Montana, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 10,077 full time undergraduate students, and 2,342 full time graduate students.

The The University of Montana Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 555 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The University of Montana include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate92%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range950-1200
ACT Range20-26

Admissions at UM are considered Less Selective, with ,101% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

74% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 41% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The University of Montana.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
73%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
16%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
64%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
9%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
41%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
16%
“We bought the gear”
79%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
29%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
22%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
42%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
53%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
42%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
33%
“There might be people who do”
44%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
16%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
73%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
16%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
64%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
9%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
41%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
16%
“We bought the gear”
79%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
29%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
22%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
42%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
53%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
42%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
33%
“There might be people who do”
44%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
16%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

The University of Montana REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    197 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    196 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    240 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    255 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    255 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    254 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    254 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    255 Students rated academics 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of The University of Montana?

51 Students rated The University of Montana

Colby - 12/16/2020

Because Montanans are white, tall, skinny and dress alike in dark colors, they don't realize they are conservative, intolerant and uncommunicative. An us vs them' mentality exists. 'Them = Californians, blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Chinese, Japanese, African, Iranian, Southeast Asian, etc.' The unvarying response of most students and town residents is deafening indifference and aversion of gaze. If you walk like a griz, talk like a griz, and quack like a griz, you're okay especially if you are a blond, athletic girl. A common refrain by students and Missoulans from all socioeconomic levels is, " I wish Missoula hadn't changed. It's those Californians and foreign exchange students." No mingling exists here. No talking. It's not a friendly place. The peculiar administrative staff are impersonal and use any inane reason to chastise you, eg, 'You used the wrong number and I don't check that (voice mail box.)' The Registrar will quickly send you to the business office who will send you to the financial aid office who will then send you back to the Registrar. A graduate assistant yells several times at the best student in the class without provocation. Montana is for Montanans and they highly resent anyone who comes in and buys their land. Hostility comes in waves at Murdoch's or Costco from the ranchers and rural folk from outlying areas. The university president is a professionally trained killer with little academic experience. The Griz football coach who ran the permissive football team that assaulted girls was rehired from Nevada. A ROTC mentality is too much of a presence in the rather deserted campus where the student enrollment has declined 40% in the past 7 years. The school board and executive hierarchy still does not understand why people do not want to attend school here. The big splashy Native American Indian Center has only a few teachers. Native students come and go. Native Americans are despised, "Why do they act so angry like they have chips on their shoulders?" No self respecting white girl would be caught out in the open talking to a non-white.

Leah

The University of Montana has the potential to be a fantastic school. It's in an amazing place for outdoor rec, the campus is beautiful, the professors truly care about their work, everyone here is so friendly, there is living and breathing school spirit, and it's walking distance from downtown. The only thing missing is academics, and its not really the school's fault. Budget cuts, as well as declining enrollment, have slashed multiple programs with more cuts to come, which is disheartening, to say the least. However, if you major in wildlife biology, journalism, forestry, or another popular major, you will receive a world-class education in an amazing place.

Adele

The University of Montana is a great place for people to go out and be adventurous in the outdoors. It also has activities that allow students to find groups that they normally would not think of. Also the campus if close to stores and other places of food, so you can walk almost anywhere. The recreational facilities are really nice and fairly clean.

Amanda

I think they value money so much that it's deterring students from attending. They recently raised tuition, added more fees, and upped prices of everything. It's so hard to pay for, and there's so much political activity on campus that it's distracting from my education.

The University of Montana FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at The University of Montana?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The University of Montana is 92%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    So far, halfway through my freshman year at the University of Montana; I have grown into a responsible, punctual and innovative young man. I have no regret of moving from my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to Missoula, Montana. Everything in Missoula and on the campus is different. The people are more friendly and accepting, the professers' at the University know exactly what they are doing, and the classes are of a small enough size that they will get to know you on a name to name basis. If only half a year of school has brought these thoughts to me, imagine what the other three and a half years will have to offer me. In conclusion, the University of Montana is the perfect place to be for almost any person.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Being a college student, it's always nice to have an all-you-can-eat meal for under three dollars available every day of the week. However, the food in our cafeteria isn't always as tasty as one might hope. After a while, it all starts tasting the same - a kind of rubbery bland taste. And unfortunately, since it's a serve-yourself buffet set up, the food isn't always hot when you get it back to your table.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very considerate and are always willing to help if I have any questions.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The UM has high quality professors, a close nit campus environment and high school pride surrouned by a nature setting you can't get any where else.

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Individuals seeking a big city theme. Also, this is considered a liberal arts school (even though I studied pre-med), so everyone is very supportive of alternative ideas and abstract thinking.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend the University of Montana is someone who doesn't have a problem with diversity. Someone who is compelled do well in school and extracurricular activities also. The environment of this University is amazing; everyone is open-minded and the professors are amazing.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I brag about my school, I usually talk about how beautiful the campus is, how interesting my classes are, how may extra-curricular activities I can be involved in and the attitude of the people around campus. The attitude of the campus is a very positive one. There is little to no predjudice at this college. Every person here is treated as just that, a person.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    What I find most unique about the University of Montana is the atmosphere. There is such diversity everywhere you look, and it is because of this diversity that makes learning invigorating. I have never felt as compelled to advance myself toward furthering my education than I am at UM. Another thing that makes the campus so excuisite is its location. The University is right in the heart of Missoula, and the influence from the many different events and celebrations going on downtown is abundantly clear in both the college faculty and the students. It is a wonderous sight to behold.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The accessibility of resources. Everything is incredibly easy to find and the population on campus is very friendly.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school is best known for the M and the oval. The M is the concrete letter on the top of a moutain that is visible almost anywhere in Missoula. It is a fun and peaceful hike. The oval is the center of the university where slot of events are held and where alot of people gather. Theses two things are very popular and well known at the University.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before I came to the University of Montana, I wish that I was more aware of the scholarships they offered. I did apply for a few scholarships before I entered college, but it wasn't until I was midway through school when I became aware of the wide variety of scholarships offered there. Financial aid for college has always been a crucial issue to most incoming freshmen. Perhaps if there were easier, more user-friendly ways to look and apply for scholarships, more people could attend college without a significant financial burden.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about the University of Montana is that the students that attend pay so much for tuition and housing, although our technology is not in tip top shape. It seems that all our money goes to the damn football team. Fall of 2013, my math class had an very old overhead that didn't even work half of the time, this made it very hard to learn without demonstration. I know that there are other rooms that are in the same condition. University of Montana should pay more towards educational technology.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The school has certain departments that are good; journalism, forestry, and business are all excellent. Liberal Arts, on the other hand, are underfunded and neglected. People care way too much about the football team, considering it isn't FCS. Many of the top players either transferred there after getting in trouble at a real D1 program, couldn't get the necessary SAT score for admissions, or just weren't scouted to them. The school is sized well, with a small campus feel despite over 13k in attendance. The fitness center is decent, and students can inexpensively rent outdoors gear. The UC aka University Center is a decent if aging student union. When the weather cooperates, the Oval in the center of campus is bustling with activity, from lax bros expecting people to be impressed with them to sunbathers to slackliners (don't ask).

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  15. Describe a typical weekend.

    I'm a non-trad, older than most of the students. I work most weekends. But I would have loved to have been a student at UM when I was younger. Lots of great looking girls and lots of partying.

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  16. Describe the dorms.

    I'm a non-trad. I live off campus and have not visited the dorms.

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  17. Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

    Beautiful campus in a fantastic mountain town in Montana.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are a large amount of hippies, but the school attracts more than one type of person. Yuppies, ranchers, outdoorsmen, etc. are all attracted to the quality of life in Missoula. Also, it's the best school in the state, so all types of Montanans come here for the best bang for their buck.

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  19. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    There are all sorts of food and dining options offered on-campus. Including pizza hut, noodle express, corner store, food zoo, food truck, and a few coffee shops. Food zoo is buffet-style dining, and probably one of the cheapest places to eat with a variety of food to eat. The food is, to me, like a restaurant compared to other school foods that i've tried. The food truck moves around during the week, and every night it serves unique fried foods called bombs. On a late night I end up eating dinner at noodle express. Personally, I could eat noodle express every night. The campus has all sorts of great and convenient dining possibilities.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    UM has a great football program and a very active sports scene.

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  21. What are some hot-button issues on campus?

    There were some rape scandals over the last few years involving the football team.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

10,077

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,342

Total Grad Students

35%

Out-Of-State

64%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

150

Student Organizations

6

Fraternities

4

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

22%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
1%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
74%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

89% of students attending The University of Montana receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 54% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$24,585

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,400

Books and Supplies

$8,826

Room and Board

34,811

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,087
$30 - $48K
$12,916
$48 - $75K
$15,000
$75 - $110K
$16,652
$110K & UP
$16,762

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