University of Montana

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32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: (406) 243-0211
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Montana is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,190, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 220 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Montana's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 201. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,276 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,470 (2013-14).

The University of Montana campus in Missoula is situated by the Clark Fork River, near Mount Sentinel in the western part of the state. Students at the University of Montana can choose from numerous academic programs, including graduate degrees in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and in the schools of business and law. University of Montana students can also earn course credit by interning with the school's Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS).  During the internship, students work on the university's 10-acre farm, which produces crops for emergency food shelters. The university, which is often abbreviated to UM, also offers many academic programs and student organizations that focus on American Indian culture.

Outside the classroom, students can join more than 150 clubs, Greek life and intramural and club sports teams. More serious athletes can try out for the Montana Griz (as in Grizzlies) varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Notable UM alumni include Carroll O'Connor, who starred as Archie Bunker in the television show "All in the Family"; Colin Meloy, the lead singer of The Decemberists; and actor J.K. Simmons, who has appeared in the "Law & Order" television show and in the "Spider-Man" movies.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Top rated for combining academic quality and outdoor recreation, The University of Montana boasts one of the most scenic campuses in America. A number of unique programs combine academics with experiential learning in the surrounding outdoors. Ranking seventeenth in the nation, and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, UM also boasts eight Pulitzer Prize winners and several Fullbright, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. It has been named a top university for Udall Scholars, receiving the most in 2005 and the most since the award's 1996 inception. CPA candidates continue to achieve among the highest first-time pass rates. Seventy-eight percent of all UM pre-med students are admitted to various medical schools (well above the national average of 40 percent). UM boasts a number of unique programs: Radio-TV's student documentary program; the Entertainment Management Program, addressing the business of entertainment and event management; and Wilderness and Civilization (campus courses and wilderness fieldwork), among others. UM Journalism students have established the first student chapter of the Native American Journalists Association. UM was honored among 81 "Colleges with a Conscience" and ranks 52among the top ten in the nation in producing Peace Corps volunteers. Two NASA Earth Observing System satellites currently monitor the planet with software designed at UM. The UM ROTC program has been ranked ninth (out of 271) in the nation. Sports Illustrated ranked UM in its top twenty-five best college sports towns (UM was the only I-AA Football school on the list). Monte, UM's mascot, was the 2004 and 2002 Capital One National Mascot. The Grizzly football team has had twenty-five consecutive winning seasons since 1986, has won or shared fifteen conference championships since 1993, has reached the NCAA Division I-AA national playoffs nineteen times since 1993, and been to the national championship seven times, winning it in 1995 and 2001. Street & Smith's magazine, the bible of college hoops, named the women's Lady Griz basketball program seventh among the all-time best women's basketball programs in the country (its sixteen regular season conference championships and fifteen conference tournament titles rank second in the nation). UM ecologist and forestry professor Steve Running, one of the nation's foremost experts on climate change, was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), of which Running is a member.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1893
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $127,261,529


When applying to University of Montana, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of Montana is $36. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 95.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 95.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Montana is 16:1, and the school has 47.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Montana include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Natural Resources and Conservation; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Social Sciences 14%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Natural Resources and Conservation 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Student Life

University of Montana has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,190, with a gender distribution of 47 percent male students and 53 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. University of Montana is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,479
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Montana offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Montana also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Montana.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Montana, 58.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,913.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,276 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,470 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,109 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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