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Salish Kootenai College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Salish Kootenai College

Salish Kootenai College is a 4-year, tribal college that was founded in 1977. The college is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the town of Pablo, Montana, about 3-and-a-half hours east of Spokane, Washington. In 1984, it became the first tribal college in the Northwest to attain accreditation.


Salish Kootenai College has 14 academic departments: business, dental, education, fine arts, highway construction training, information technology and computer engineering, liberal arts, life science, Native American studies, natural resources, nursing, office professions, psychology and social work. The college awards 13 bachelor's degrees, 14 associate's degrees and 5 certificates of completion.

Popular associate's degree programs in 2010-2011 included nursing, business administration, computer science and general studies. Popular bachelor's programs included elementary education, nursing and business administration.


Students can submit their applications to Salish Kootenai College online or by mail; certain programs require supplements to the application. Applicants must also submit their high school transcripts or GED, transcripts from any colleges attended, a declaration of their major and immunization records. Proof of residency is required for Montana residents and Official Tribal Certification for students who are American Indian or claim American Indian descent. There is no general deadline for applying, but some departments have application deadlines.

Salish Kootenai College has an open admissions policy for all applicants 16 and older. In 2011, the student body had a gender ratio of 41% male to 59% female, with an ethnic breakdown of 74% American Indian, 23% white and 2% Hispanic. 74% of students were Montana residents, 26% were from out-of-state.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is per credit hour, with a flat rate for those attending full-time (12-18 credits). For the 2012-2013 academic year, the total cost of full-time tuition and fees was $4,191 for American Indians, $4,839 for American Indian descendants, $6,279 for Montana residents and $11,463 for nonresidents of Montana.

Students seeking Salish Kootenai College scholarships must file an application. Scholarships are granted based on a combination of factors, including financial need, academic record, a personal essay, a sample thank-you letter and letters of recommendation. In 2010-2011, the college granted financial aid to 49% of incoming, full-time students, with an average award of $816. Only full-time students can receive a scholarship from the college.

School Type 4-year, private**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 1,112 in 2011**
Student Housing Limited on-campus housing available*
Departments and Programs 14 academic departments, more than 30 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: registered nursing (22), business administration (14)
Bachelor's: elementary education (13), registered nursing (7)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 55% of students who started in 2005 graduated within 150% of the normal program length**
Admission Rate Open admission**
First-Year Retention Rates For 2010-2011: 32% of full-time students, 25% of part-time students**
Application Due Date No general deadline; department-specific deadlines*
Tuition (2012-2013) Quarterly:
$996 for American Indians
$1,212 for American Indian descendants
$1,692 for Montana residents
$3,420 for out-of-state*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For beginning, full-time students in 2010-2011:
Federal grants (88%)
Institutional grants or scholarships (49%)
Federal student loans (22%)
State/local grants or scholarships (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of all beginning, full-time students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Salish Kootenai College, **National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Salish Kootenai College, PO Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855
  • Phone: (406) 275-4800
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