Missoula, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$20,896 ($6,071)
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5 College Senior

Facilities: All that I have worked with have given 200% to any need that I have or other students

3 College Senior

Facilities: The University of Montana is aesthetically appeasing, but my tuition bill includes many features I do not use or see - such as the recreation building.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Everything is on campus and within 10 minute walk. Lots of green space on and around the area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I have never gone to another school so I don't know how it would compare.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The pool, my main place of work out, is not as big as I had hoped it would be, but it is a nice facility. The student center is a very relaxing, yet busy, place. Plenty of space for students to get together, do homework, or relax. It has an atrium and just a relaxing atmosphere. The library has many levels in order to provide students with different study options, such as quiet floors.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 82nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 128th
    Best Student Centers
  • 155th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 158th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 494th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Steven
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UM's former president was known for his "edifice complex." During his 20-year career at UM, he implemented new buildings for journalism, Native American studies, pharmacy, business, fitness, and the Honors College and innovated the law school and education buildings, as well. The only ugly (or just old) buildings left are the math, liberal arts, and Jeanette Rankin (social work) buildings, which tend to smell like sweat, dust, and processed cheese.

As a result, the campus has not only a gorgeous outside ("Rolling Stone" noted UM as the most beautiful college campus in the country), but also a very attractive inside. From the gym with its smoothie bar and elliptical trainers with televisions to the University Center with its terrarium architecture, plants, open space, game room, post office, and many other amenities, UM does service to its great indoors as much as its great outdoors.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
220 acres
Student Centers
University Center (UC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • "The Couch Room" (in UC)
  • Cascade Country Store seating area
  • Jus Chill'n (smoothie place in UC attached to the game room)
  • Outside on the Oval (when the weather is nice)
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Food For Thought on Arthur Avenue (across from the dorms Jesse Hall and Knowles Hall)
  • Java U on University Avenue
  • Jus Chill'n in the UC and Recreation Center
  • La Peak in the Lommasson Center
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes. The University Center Theater shows movies.
"Green" Initiatives
UM is very active in working for environmental stewardship and democracy. In 2007, President George Dennison signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), with the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero. In 2008, UM released its first-ever Greenhouse Gas Inventory and created an Office of Sustainability at the University of Montana.
School Slang
  • Aber Hell: Term to describe the worst-looking, loudest, and most-crammed dorm-Aber Hall
  • The UC: University Center
  • Foresters' Ball: Every winter, at the start of the spring semester, the Forestry Club puts on a Foresters' Ball in the Forestry Building. Students dress up in Western clothing (boots, plaid shirts, torn jeans, pigtails, braids). There is a kissing booth, marriage booth (fake rings), food, and a slide!
  • Griz football games: Students dress up in Griz clothes or paint their bodies, pre-game at dorms or trailers, and then attend Montana Grizzly football games.
  • International Food Festival: All international students cook and set up a booth in the UC, at which everyone can pay to sample foods from all over the world. Delicious and decadent.
Urban Legends
  • Every Halloween, someone scales Main Hall and impales a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin on top of the clock tower spire.
  • There are tunnels below the Oval that connect to different parts of the campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Students like to go to the UC game room, sleep in the UC's couch room, go online in the library or UC computer lab, eat anywhere, study anywhere, and play Frisbee on the Oval when it's weather-appropriate.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Montana Kamin
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There's a club for every interest and ideology under the sun. To start a club, a student needs only 20 signatures (can be club members or friends/supporters of the club's formation) and a faculty adviser (who doesn't advise the club, so much as sign the paperwork in some cases). Most students are involved in at least one club; some clubs coincide with students' majors. For example, many English majors gravitate toward The Oval, the student-run literary magazine.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • UM clubs and organizations set up tables at the University Center so they can promote their club or sell club paraphernalia.
  • University students can rent one of the "Big Yellow" bikes for free. Take your Griz Card to The Source in the University Center, and they will let you use the bike for two days. Just be sure to bring the bike back after two days or there will be a fine applied to your account.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 76 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 11% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 68% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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