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University of Montana--Western is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,483, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 17. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,564 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,983 (2013-14).
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Mission Statement: "The University of Montana Western provides innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western serves citizens of all ages with its academic, community service and lifelong learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world."
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.
Montana Western also counts four 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 (environmental sciences), 2010 Carnegie Foundation and CASE Montana Professor of the Year Delena Norris-Tull (education), 2011 Carnegie Foundation and CASE Montana Professor of the Year Julie Bullard (early childhood education) and 2012 Carnegie Foundation and CASE Montana Professor of the Year Mike Morrow (biology).
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. In 2012, Montana Western ranked 17th in the Best Regional Colleges West category and maintained its position as fourth in the Top Public Regional Colleges West.
|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 75.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||75.2%|
|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 64.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Montana--Western include: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Business/Commerce, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Teacher Education, Multiple Levels; and Secondary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||15%|
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University of Montana--Western has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,483, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. At this school, 22 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78 percent of students live off campus. 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|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|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|
Paying for School
At University of Montana--Western, 74.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,147.
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||$5,564 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$14,983 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$6,361 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data