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University of Montana--Western is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,379, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 20 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Montana--Western's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 17. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,327 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,746 (2012-13).
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The University of Montana Western is truly unique in the world of higher education.
Founded in 1893 as the state's first teacher education institution, Montana Western continues its traditions of academic excellence and innovation as the first and only public four-year university to implement a block-scheduling system in which students take (and professors teach) one class at a time. This highly successful program of experiential learning is known as Experience One.
In the 2010 U.S. News & World Report Americas Best Colleges, the magazine ranked Montana Western in the top tier for western baccalaureate colleges. Montana Western also ranked second in the nation in 2009 for the U.S. News & World Report Colleges that Offer Small Classes on a Budget survey. In 2011, Montana Western once again made the Americas Best Colleges report, surpassing 2010s ranking.
Montana Western also counts three nationally recognized professors in its ranks: 2009 Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) U.S. Professor of the Year Rob Thomas, 2010 Carnegie Foundation and CASE Montana Professor of the Year Delena Norris-Tull and the 2011 Carnegie Foundation and CASE Montana Professor of the Year Julie Bullard.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of Montana--Western, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 24. The application fee at University of Montana--Western is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||75.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 24|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Montana--Western is 17:1, and the school has 63.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Montana--Western include: Business/Commerce, General; Teacher Education, Multiple Levels; Early Childhood Education and Teaching; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Secondary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.
University of Montana--Western has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,379, with a gender distribution of 42.4 percent male students and 57.6 percent female students. University of Montana--Western is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
University of Montana--Western offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Montana--Western also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Montana--Western, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Montana--Western.
|Students who have cars on campus||85%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of Montana--Western, 81.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,056.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$5,327 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$14,746 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$6,058 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data