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The University of Montana in Missoula

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About the University of Montana

Founded in 1893, the University of Montana is located in Missoula, near Mount Sentinel. It features 150 clubs and campus organizations, 18 club sports, more than 30 intramural sports, and a recreation center.


The University of Montana offers degree and certificate programs through nine schools and colleges, including schools of law, journalism, business, and fine arts. The university also features affiliated campuses in Butte, Helena, and western Montana. The average size for lower-division undergraduate classes is 46, and the average size for upper-division undergraduate classes is 25. An undergraduate honors college emphasizes out-of-classroom experiences, including study abroad opportunities. Study abroad programs are also available to the general undergraduate population, and some programs are offered partially or fully online.


The university admitted 94% of applicants in 2011, and of these, 41% enrolled. Regular admission applications are due March 1, and the university notifies prospective students of admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an application form, transcripts, and standardized test scores. The university awards credit for qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Graduate students submit some of their application materials to a central location and some to the program of interest.

Over two-thirds of undergrads are from Montana, and the undergraduate student body includes 85% white, 3% Hispanic/Latino, and 3% American Indian or Alaska Native students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-13, undergraduate tuition and fees were estimated at approximately $6,000 for in-state students and $21,000 for out-of-state students. An average of $7,500 was estimated for room and board, and books and supplies were estimated at $950 for the year. Undergraduates can explore both payment plan and scholarship opportunities. Graduate tuition varies by residency status and program, and graduate assistantship opportunities are available.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 13,370 undergraduates and 2,299 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing Freshmen are required to live on campus**
Schools 9 schools and colleges**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Associate's: General studies (50)
Bachelor's: General business administration and management (375)
Master's: Curriculum and instruction (54)
Doctorate: Physical therapy/therapist (101)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
21% in 4 years
47% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 94% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,400 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 49% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students SAT: 1083; ACT: 23.4 in 2011**
Application Due Date March 1 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Rolling notification for regular decision**
Tuition Approximately $6,000 for in-state and $21,000 for out-of-state students in 2012-13 (includes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (61%), Pell grants (39%), federal student loans (58%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Montana

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Montana, Enrollment Services-Admissions, Lommasson Center 101, Missoula, MT 59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-6266 or (800) 462-8636
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