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The University of Montana - Western Overview

Located in Dillon, Montana, The University of Montana - Western is a public institution. Dillon is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is The University of Montana - Western Known For?

562 Undergraduate Awards
$22,689 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Montana Western.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.

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The University of Montana - Western Rankings

Montana Western is ranked #3 out of 10 schools in Montana.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Montana Western.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Most Popular General Education Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Education Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is The University of Montana - Western?

Location of The University of Montana - Western

Contact details for Montana Western are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 710 S Atlantic, Dillon, MT 59725-3598
Phone: 406-683-7011
Website: w.umwestern.edu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MontanaWestern

How Do I Get Into Montana Western?

You can apply to Montana Western online at: https://w.umwestern.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for Montana Western

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Montana Western?

61% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
14% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Montana Western is 61%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to Montana Western submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 480 to 590 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 490 to 550 )
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800
Montana Western received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 22. Composite scores were between 16 and 22.

ACT English Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 15 to 21 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 16 to 22 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 16 to 22 )
1
36

Can I Afford The University of Montana - Western?

$22,689 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
9.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Montana Western is $22,689. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Montana Western, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,968 a year. That adds up to $27,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Montana Western is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

The University of Montana - Western Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,126 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,358 undergraduate students at Montana Western, with 1,126 being full-time and 232 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Montana Western

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,126 full-time undergraduates at Montana Western, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Montana Western

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of Montana - Western students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Montana Western Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 57
White 938
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 109

Geographic Diversity

Montana students aren't the only ones who study at The University of Montana - Western. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at The University of Montana - Western

254 Took All Classes Online
479 Took At Least One Class Online
35.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 479 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Montana Western has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in Montana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Montana Western

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of Montana - Western was 35.1%. This is the #621 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Montana Western regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Montana Western majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 24%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Montana Western ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Montana Western.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teacher Education Grade Specific #45
Education #127

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

The University of Montana - Western Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 186 0 1 187
Teacher Education Grade Specific 24 18 90 132
General Education 53 0 0 53
Business Administration & Management 3 0 43 46
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 32 32
Animal Services 11 2 16 29
General Biology 0 0 15 15
Health & Physical Education 0 0 15 15
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 9 9
History 0 0 8 8
General Psychology 0 0 8 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 7 7
Fine & Studio Arts 0 1 6 7
General English Literature 0 0 3 3
Mathematics 0 0 3 3
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 3 3
Behavioral Science 0 0 2 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 2 2
General Social Sciences 0 0 1 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 277 21 264 562

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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