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“Most scenic campus in America” - Rolling Stone Magazine

Missoula is one of the best places to be: friendly people, supportive faculty, a great sense of community, fantastic educational opportunities, and beautiful, beautiful scenery. – The Princeton Review 2



University for Advancing Women in STEM – Online College Database

TOP 100

School for Research, Service & Social Mobility

One of America’s


Best College Buys – Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc.

J.K. Simmons

UM Alum

wins Best Actor in a

Supporting Role Oscar

for “Whiplash”

– Washington Monthly Magazine

#6 7th

College under 15,000 for Peace Corps recruits

on’s list of Best College Towns

100 14 %

job placement rate for

Art & Music Education graduates for over a decade

UM Students

have won highly competitive national Truman Scholarships, more than all other Montana schools combined

The League of American Bicyclists named UM a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly University. Only three other schools in the country have Gold Level status. One of the Nation’s most Environmentally Responsible

“Green Colleges” – The Princeton Review

10,000 Seedlings grown in the Forestry Greenhouse by students will be used for local reforestation projects

UM Dining,

Grand Prize for

Sustainability from the National Association of College & University Food Services 3

Areas of Study


• • •

Chinese • Classical Civilization • Classics • Classical Civilization option • Classical Languages option • Latin option • Climate Change Studies • Communication Studies • Communication and Human Relationships option • Organizational Communication option • Rhetoric and Public Discourse option • Communicative Sciences and Disorders • Computer Applications • Computer Science • • Computer Science - Mathematical Sciences (combined degree) •


Biology • Cellular and Molecular Biology option •  Ecology and Organismal Biology option • Field Ecology option • Genetics and Evolution option • Human Biological Sciences option • Natural History option •  Teacher Preparation in Biology option • Teacher Preparation in General Science option • Business Administration Central and Southwest Asian Studies • Chemistry • Environmental Chemistry option • Forensic Chemistry option • Pharmacology option •



Accounting • Accounting Information Systems • Administrative Systems Management • African American Studies • • Anthropology • Archaeology option •  Cultural and Ethnic Diversity option • Forensic Anthropology option • Linguistics option • Medical Anthropology option • Applied Science • Arabic Studies • Art • Art History and Criticism • Art Studio • Astronomy (See Physics) • Big Data Analytics • Biochemistry • • Health Professions option •





Dance • • Journalism • • Rural and Environmental Dance Education Specialization • Latin • Change option • Digital Marketing • Latin American Studies • South and Southeast Asian Studies • Early Childhood Education • Liberal Studies • • Spanish • • East Asian Studies • Asian Studies • Sustainable Business Strategy • Ecological Restoration • • General Liberal Studies • Theatre • •  Aquatic Ecological Religious Studies option • Theatre Education • Restoration option •  Women’s and Gender Studies option • Wilderness Studies • Terrestrial Ecological Linguistics • Wildland Fire Sciences Restoration option • Management Information Systems • and Management • Economics • • Marketing • Wildlife Biology • • Education • • Mathematical Sciences Aquatic option • Elementary Education option • Computer Science • Terrestrial option • English • • Mathematics • • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies • • Creative Writing option • Applied Mathematics option • English Teaching option •  Combinatorics & Film Studies option • Optimization option • Linguistics option • Mathematics Education option • MISSOULA COLLEGE  Literature and the Pure Mathematics option • Accounting Technology • Environment option • Statistics option • Computer Support option • Literature option • Media Arts • Administrative Management • English as a Second Language • Medical Technology • Customer Relations • Entertainment Management • Microbiology • • Social Media Management option • Entrepreneurship • Military Studies • Building Maintenance • Environmental Studies • • Mountain Studies • Carpentry • • Film Studies • Music • • Computer Aided Design • Finance • Music Education Computer Support • Forensic Studies Native American Studies • • Culinary Arts • Forestry • Neuroscience • Diesel Equipment Technology • Forest Operations Option •  Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience • Electronics Technology • •  Forest Resources Cognitive Neuroscience • Energy Auditor-Commissioning Agent • Management option • Nonprofit Administration • Energy Technology French • • Parks, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship • Geography • • Recreation Management • Food Service Management •  Community & Environmental Philosophy • • General Studies Planning option • Physics • • Health Information Technology • Physical Geography option • Astronomy option • Heavy Equipment Operation • Geosciences • • Computational Physics option • Hospitality Management • Earth Science Education option • Political Science • • Information Technology • German • • American Politics option • Information Systems Management • Gerontology • International Relations and Network Management • GIS Sciences and Technologies • Comparative Politics option • Management • Global Public Health • Public Administration option • Entrepreneurship option • Greek • Public Law option • Sales and Marketing • Health and Human Performance • Political Science - History • Medical Assisting • Community Health and Pre-Engineering Medical Information Technology • Prevention Science option • Pre-Law Health Information Coding Specialty • Exercise Science option • Pre-Medical Sciences Medical Administrative Assisting • Health Enhancement option • Pre-Nursing Medical Reception • Historic Preservation • Pre-Physical Therapy Network and Information Security History • • Psychology • • Paralegal Studies • History Education option • Radio-Television Production • Practical Nursing • History-Political Science • Resource Conservation • Radiologic Technology • Human and Family Development • Russian • • Recreational Power Equipment • International Business • Russian Studies • Recycling Technology • International Development Studies • Social Work • Registered Nursing • International Field Geosciences • Sociology • • Respiratory Care • Irish Studies • Criminology option • Surgical Technology • Japanese • •  Inequality and Social Justice option • Welding Technology • • - Online Available


Succeed 4-Year Graduation. Guaranteed. Period.

Want to graduate in four years or less? We guarantee it with our Four Year Graduation Guarantee program (Four Bear). Sign up freshman year and save yourself the cost of an additional year of college tuition.

Exploratory Studies Program (ESP)

With so many options it can be hard to decide on a major. UM’s Exploratory Studies Program is a focused, hands-on approach for exploring multiple majors while staying on track for graduation.

Academic Advising

In addition to faculty and professional advisors in academic departments, the Undergraduate Advising Center’s professional advisors can help a student in any major succeed. 6

American Indian Student Services

Dedicated to Native American achievement and success at UM.

Disability Services for Students (DSS)

DSS ensures that UM programs are as accessible to and usable by students with disabilities as they are for any other student. Services include exam modifications, interpreters, textbooks in audio format, housing modifications, extended testing time and private testing environments.

Foreign Student and Scholar Services (FSSS)

FSSS assists international students by providing pre-arrival assistance, personal advising, orientation and interpretation of immigration laws.


TRIO provides support services for low-income or first-generation college students and students with disabilities.


UM offers tutoring in all subjects with special emphasis in writing, math and the sciences. Be sure to take advantage of STUDY JAM, twice weekly tutoring sessions in a casual and fun setting.

Veterans’ Resources

The Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Office assists veterans and their dependents with education benefits and the transition to academic life. 7

Go Griz

When two UM alumni meet anywhere in the world, we open our conversation with a simple “Go Griz.”


Griz Nation! There’s a great sense of loyalty and pride among Grizzlies. We bleed maroon, and this spirit can be witnessed at campus events like Griz games, plays, music concerts, lectures and at local businesses and events around town.


With about 70,000 people, Missoula has the sophistication and attractions of a bigger city while keeping its small-town feel and laid-back style. Whatever your thing is – strolling, shopping, festival-going, coffee-drinking, music-listening or theater-going – you will find it in Missoula.


Griz Spirit Grizzlies have a spirit of adventure, innovation and ingenuity that can’t be matched. Western Montana is a hub of adventure and outdoor exploration in all seasons. Or maybe your gravitational pull will come from our local music scene, theater, festivals, art galleries or a Griz game.

Griz Dwelling Whether you choose to live in a residence hall or a university apartment only a few blocks from campus, getting to campus and meeting new people is easy. UM has a variety of campus living options that are convenient, safe and, most all, fun. Get to know people with similar interests or those who are completely different.

+ 200 student organizations

on campus cater to interests such as student government, music and theater, social service, political action and ethnicity


intramural & club sports

baseball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, inner tube water polo, tennis, lacrosse, golf, cycling, rowing, rugby and more


Men’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track (Indoor/Outdoor)

Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track (Indoor/Outdoor), Volleyball 9

Affordability & Value

2015-16 Estimated Expenses AVERAGE 9-MONTH COST OF ATTENDANCE

Montana Out-of-State & Residents International


Tuition & Mandatory Fees $6,182 $23,072 $8,440 Room & Board* $ 8,406 $8,406 $8,406 ______________________________________________________ Total

$14,588 $31,478 $16,846

When determining your total cost of attending UM, use $950 as an allowance for books and supplies, and your own estimate for travel and miscellaneous expenses. Estimates do not include summer semester.

Paying for College

* Double room and a meal plan.

Nearly every student is eligible to obtain some form of financial aid to assist with the cost of education. There are two types: merit-based aid (scholarships) and aid based on need.


All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships - there is no need for a separate application or essay. Applicants who are residents of states that are members of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program for reduced tuition are also automatically considered for the WUE scholarship. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Need-Based Aid

UM awards need-based aid using the Department of Education criteria for award levels. To be considered for need-based aid, including student and parent loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 10

13k+ students 53 47 % 74 % 26 %




Montana residents

out-of-state & international students

UM students come from all 50 states and 81 countries. Glacier National Park 140 miles from campus.

Flathead Lake Biological Station Lolo National Forest

Flathead Lake Flathead River

Flathead National Forest Blackfoot River Lubrecht Experimental Forest


Clark Fork River

Bitterroot National Forest


Yellowstone National Park 265 miles from campus.


Missoula International Airport is ten minutes away from campus 11

Visit Campus Up close and personal

Campus Visits Experience the University of Montana in person. The campus visit program operates year round and offers an opportunity to see inside UM and create your own impression. The campus visit includes an information presentation about UM, a guided tour of campus, optional meetings with faculty in your area of interest, and complimentary lunch at our award-winning Food Zoo. Visits are available Monday through Friday, except holidays. If possible, come during the academic year to experience campus life at its fullest. (Although Missoula is spectacular during the summer.) To give us time to prepare and arrange for faculty to meet with you, schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance. During holidays and breaks, visits and tours are limited. Register for a campus visit at


Prospective students and their families can experience what life is really like at the University of Montana by attending one of our UM Days. It’s a full-day event that includes an admissions and financial aid presentation, campus tour, student panel, a separate session just for parents, residence hall tours and academic department meetings. We’ll even buy your lunch.


Held during the month of July, Griz Night is our overnight campus visit experience for high school juniors and seniors. Spend the night in a residence hall, experience a college class, tour campus, relax on the Oval and learn what it means to be a Grizzly from current UM students and professors.

Register for UM Days or Griz Night online at


Missoula 68k


nice people live here

Greatest Place to Live in America


locally owned retail, food & beverage establishments in downtown Missoula

– Outside Magazine, 2014


Missoula hosts the International Wildlife Film Festival, the world’s largest animal-themed film festival

Missoula is one of the top 100 adventure towns.

“An eclectic college town and Rocky Mountain retreat: World-class hiking, skiing, biking, and white-water paddling are all within minutes of town.” - National Geographic Magazine

Missoula, MT: Best River Town in America. “The place where people who can choose to live anywhere call home.”

2,470 running trails 471 bike trails 39

ski/snowboard runs

(MONTANA SNOWBOWL) 2,600 feet vertical drop

- Outside Magazine

#6 coolest towns in the US

– Matador Travel Network

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS The Boone & Crockett Club National Forest Foundation Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Adventure Cycling Association 13

Become a UM Student Apply for Admission 800-462-8636 | The application for admission to UM is available online at  equest your official test scores (freshmen) be sent R directly to UM Enrollment Services-Admissions. • UM’s ACT code is 2422; • UM’s SAT code is 4489; If you are going to be a college freshman, ask your high school to send your final high school transcripts with a posted graduation date, final GPA, and class rank upon graduation. If you are a transfer student, send an updated official college transcript as soon as you complete your final term and your grades are posted.  ll freshmen applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their GPA and test scores. A Awards to transfer applicants are based solely on college GPA. See page 10 for more specifics.


Enrollment Services-Admissions, Lommasson Center, Room 101, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. 14

Apply for Federal Financial Aid 406-243-5373 | | Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for help paying for college based on family income and assets. There are two ways to complete the FAFSA: fill out the form online at or obtain the application from your high school counselor. Include University of Montana school code 002536 as one of your college choices on the FAFSA. Online information and tips are available at The FAFSA for the next academic year is available on Jan. 1, and it is permissible to use an estimate of your household income when completing the form. You do not need to have completed your income tax return before submitting the FAFSA.

Reserve Housing  

406-243-2611 | |

• T o reserve your residence hall room, complete the application online and submit a $200 prepayment and a $25 processing fee.

• F  reshmen with less than 30 semester credits are required to live on campus. New student housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

• U  M also provides housing options for students with spouses and/or dependents. For more information contact University Villages at 406-243-6030.

Complete My Academics Tasks  

In the late spring the Office for Student Success hosts a web portal, called My Academics, for all newly admitted freshmen. Upon admission to UM, OSS emails instructions for how to log on to your personal site, which contains information relevant to you and your chosen major: a list of your first semester core courses, your ACT/SAT and writing placement scores, information about how to change a major, and links to academic resources for further information.  M y Academics displays your personalized My To-Do List, setting forth all of the academic tasks you must complete before June 1 to be registered in the highdemand courses for your major. One of those tasks – completing the Academic Interest Questionnaire (A-IQ) – allows you to indicate specific interests within your chosen major, as well as list high school courses and courses taken for college and AP credit.

Attend an Orientation Program  

800-462-8636 |

 Orientation Programs support your transition to campus. Visit the orientation website for up-to-date information at  After you register for an Orientation Program, we will send you an email confirmation with information about academic advising, immunizations, course registration and next steps. 15



Enrollment Services-Admissions (MSAS05) Lommasson Center 101 University of Montana Missoula, Montana 59812-2106


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