Missoula, MT
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$20,896 ($6,071)
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4 College Senior

Academics: As a returning student after 24 years the workload seemed huge, but overcome-able.

5 College Senior

Academics: The curriculum is keep up to date, it may seem over whelming at times but the teachers and other student are there to help.

2 College Senior

Academics: Classrooms are overloaded with students and professors do not have enough time to meed with students on an individual basis for feedback. The registration process is completed as a group and is not efficient.

2 College Senior

Academics: My professors do not meet with me individually to discuss future career options. I have a good summer job working for the Forest Service, but they will not allow it to count towards my practicum because it is not up to their expectations for tourism.

4 College Junior

Academics: Finance is a road less traveled. Lots of one on one time with profs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 421st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 446th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 729th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1101st
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Steven
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The University of Montana offers all of the close-knit intimacy and emphasis on mind enrichment that typifies a liberal arts college, but with the debt-free price and athletic spirit that characterizes state schools. The University's strong programs, from both the left and right side of the brain, merge humanities and sciences. In addition, the University's honors college offers the opportunity for students to take discussion-based courses, in a class under 20, with the University's best professors (note: it's usually the non-tenured professors who haven't been labeled as "best" who truly are the best teachers).

UM uniquely offers a combination of journalism and creative writing major options, where most liberal arts schools only offer creative writing and most state schools only offer journalism. UM's MFA Creative Writing program always makes the top 10 lists, and those same professors teach in the undergraduate creative writing program. Its journalism school consistently produces Hearst scholars and houses students in a state-of-the-art facility. UM is one of the few schools in the nation to offer majors in geography, forestry, wildlife biology, Irish studies, and Native American studies. In addition to diverse subjects, the University also engages students academically in many ways. The Davidson Honors College places a huge emphasis on community service and has a separate office for civic engagement. In addition, the Davidson Honors College sends weekly newsletters to its students about scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and contests.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • College of Forestry and Conservation
  • College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • College of Technology
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Davidson Honors College
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Anthropology: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Physical Therapy: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Ethical and human values
  • Foreign language and symbolic systems
  • Foreign languages
  • Historical and cultural studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Online courses offer more than 500 courses a year in all levels, whether a course is introductory, undergraduate, or graduate. Several programs are offered fully online, including a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, the Library Media Endorsement Program, and Certificate in Forensic Studies. Student-teacher relationships and student-student relationships involve heavy communication and excellent distance-learning.
Best Places to Study
  • "The Couch Room" in the University Center
  • Outside on the oval (when it's warm)
  • The Poetry Corner on the library's fifth floor
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded. This is your time to test out different areas of study; take at least one class in a new subject each semester.
  • Be prepared for winter weather; Montana gets cold.
  • Don't party non-stop. Manage your time and studies, or you'll get behind.
  • Get involved in intramural sports; they're an excellent stress-reliever.
  • Take the hard classes the very last semester of college, so they won't show up on your transcript when you're applying for grad schools, law schools, and jobs in the spring (it can also be the difference between graduating with honors or high honors, if your GPA is good until spring of graduation).
Did You Know?
  • For most majors, the University offers the Four Bear graduation program. The Four Bear plan allows new freshman to graduate in 4 years. New freshman must be eligible. Then they meet with an advisor for academic planning and success strategies.
  • The University of Montana has nationally recognized and awarded programs. Pharmacy, Journalism, Business, and English are just some of the programs that attract students wanting the best education from a top-ranked university.
  • The University is made up of several colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Forestry and Conservation, School of Journalism, School of Law, School of Business Administration, School of Education, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, School of Fine Arts, Graduate School, Davidson Honors College, Mansfield Library, and the College of Technology.
  • For most majors, the University offers the Four Bear Graduation Plan. The Four Bear plan allows new freshmen to graduate in four years. New freshmen must be eligible. Then, they meet with an adviser for academic planning and success strategies.
  • The University of Montana has nationally recognized and awarded programs. Pharmacy, journalism, business, and English are just a few of the programs that attract students to the top-ranked University.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 32% J.K. Simmons - actor
  • 26% Jeannette Rankin
  • 11% Carol O'Connor - actor, "All in the Family"
  • 11% Mike Mansfield
  • 5% Colin Meloy - lead singer of The Decemberists
  • 5% Eric Braeden - soap opera actor
  • 5% Harold Urey
  • 5% J.K. Simmons is my cousin so I'm a little biased..
  • 0% John Shaffner - CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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