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The University of Montana Overview

The University of Montana is a public institution located in Missoula, Montana. The city atmosphere of Missoula makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is The University of Montana Known For?

2,204 Undergraduate Awards
$32,867 Avg Cost After Aid
93% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UM.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.

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The University of Montana Rankings

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.

UM has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#133 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#136 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#357 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#532 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Natural Resources Conservation (Other) Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Anthropology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation (Other) Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Anthropology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Natural Resources Conservation (Other) Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Anthropology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Social Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UM has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#16 Best Anthropology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#25 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is The University of Montana?

Location of The University of Montana

Contact details for UM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Missoula, Montana, Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-243-0211
Website: www.umt.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/umontana

How Do I Get Into UM?

You can apply to UM online at: admissions.umt.edu/apply/default.php

Admission Requirements for UM

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into UM?

93% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
31% Submit SAT Scores
UM has the high acceptance rate of 93%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 92%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to UM submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Montana  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for The University of Montana  ( 520 to 620 )
200
800
UM received ACT scores from 77% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for The University of Montana  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for The University of Montana  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for The University of Montana  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford The University of Montana?

$32,867 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
11.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UM is $32,867. 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 UM, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,104 a year. That adds up to $24,416 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UM is 11.0%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

The University of Montana Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,163 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,714 undergraduate students at UM, with 6,163 being full-time and 1,551 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UM

There are also 2,773 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,163 full-time undergraduates at UM, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UM

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UM Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 70
Black or African American 58
Hispanic or Latino 323
White 4,807
International Students 96
Other Races/Ethnicities 809

Geographic Diversity

Montana students aren't the only ones who study at The University of Montana. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 60 countries are represented at UM. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at The University of Montana

587 Took All Classes Online
2,897 Took At Least One Class Online
4.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at UM. In 2017-2018, 2,897 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 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 UM

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of Montana was 4.7%. This is the #1,693 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UM regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Anthropology 13%
Curriculum & Instruction 2%
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9%
Health Professions 17%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 12%
Liberal Arts General Studies 12%
Marketing 77%
Music 22%
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 31%
Public Administration 8%
Public Administration & Social Service 7%
Public Health 33%
Social Sciences 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UM 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 UM.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #9
Environmental Control Technology #17
Anthropology #18
Fine & Studio Arts #19
Public Administration #72
Public Health #74
Visual & Performing Arts #79
Information Technology #88
Business Support & Assistant Services #95
Curriculum & Instruction #104
Engineering Technologies #113
Social Sciences #155
Public Administration & Social Service #163
Educational Administration #201
Computer & Information Sciences #293
Education #486

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 13 0 233 246
Business Administration & Management 0 0 8 93 2 59 0 162
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 150 0 2 0 0 0 152
General Psychology 0 0 0 109 0 4 7 120
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 81 0 17 0 98
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 88 0 8 0 96
Social Work 0 0 0 59 0 30 0 89
Anthropology 0 0 29 43 0 12 3 87
Marketing 0 8 4 67 0 0 0 79
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 11 7 0 56 0 0 76
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 73 73
Accounting 0 11 2 37 0 20 0 70
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 59 3 5 2 69
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 58 0 7 0 65
Sociology 0 0 0 62 0 3 0 65
Journalism 0 0 0 58 0 6 0 64
Allied Health Professions 9 40 0 0 0 15 0 64
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 30 0 33 0 63
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 0 59 63
General English Literature 0 0 0 50 0 7 0 57
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 50 0 4 0 54
General Biology 0 0 0 52 0 0 1 53
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 53 0 53
Management Information Systems 0 0 6 45 0 0 0 51
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 29 0 22 0 51
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 46 0 5 0 51
Geography & Cartography 0 0 23 15 0 10 0 48
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 44 0 0 0 0 44
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 42 0 1 0 43
History 0 0 0 38 0 3 1 42
Public Health 0 0 0 0 27 12 0 39
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 5 33 0 38
Nursing 0 36 0 0 0 0 0 36
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 28 0 6 0 34
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Music 0 0 0 27 0 5 0 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 28 2 30
Mathematics 0 0 0 23 0 3 4 30
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 28 1 0 0 29
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 7 19 2 28
Computer Science 0 0 0 21 0 5 0 26
Forestry 0 0 0 21 0 2 3 26
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 21 3 1 0 25
Ethnic Studies 0 0 4 21 0 0 0 25
Precision Metal Working 0 11 12 0 0 0 0 23
Building Management & Inspection 5 12 4 0 0 0 0 21
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
International Business 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 9 0 9 1 19
Economics 0 0 0 16 0 3 0 19
Computer Information Systems 0 16 0 1 0 1 0 18
Information Technology 10 0 8 0 0 0 0 18
Chemistry 0 0 0 11 0 1 5 17
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 16 0 1 0 17
Information Science 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 16
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 15
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 15
Romance Languages 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Culinary Arts 0 6 8 0 0 0 0 14
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 5 9 0 14
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 12
Philosophy 0 0 2 8 0 2 0 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 8 0 0 2 10
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Legal Support Services 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 8
Carpentry 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 8
Sustainability Science 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 8
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Ground Transportation 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Physics 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
Area Studies 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Hospitality Management 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Dance 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Environmental Control Technology 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Other Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Computer Programming 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Construction 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 31 338 221 1,614 146 527 416 3,293

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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