University of Montana - Western

239 reviews
  1. Dillon, MT
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
University of Montana - Western is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Frontier Conference
Address
710 S Atlantic
Dillon, MT 59725

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Data not available
High School GPA
Data not available

Cost

Net Price
$9,558/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,410/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,660/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,185/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,027/ year
  • $110k+
    $10,802/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,163Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Adventuresome
    44%
  • Wilderness-loving equestrian teacher white people.
    44%
  • Outgoing and Friendly
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
75%
of students say they don't have Greek life.20 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Individualized to each person with block schedule
    80%
  • Inexpensive community for horse lovers & teachers
    20%

After University of Montana - Western

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses

Reviews

239 reviews
  • Excellent
    23
  • Very Good
    83
  • Average
    102
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    10
The summer is great here! The winter is quite hard. The facilities staff does their best to remove snow from the sidewalks, and they try to remove the ice, but it is pretty difficult since it gets so cold here sometimes. The wind blows really strong on most days so it makes it hard sometimes to walk to class.

The city doesn't plow the roads or salt the roads either. So when it does snow we have to wait for other cars to drive over and pack it all down. Then it warms up slightly, melts the snow a little, but then freezes quickly again so the roads are all solid ice for several weeks. It makes it difficult to commute.
  • College Sophomore
  • Jan 9 2014
The college I attend is one of few here in the United States that has a program outside of the well-known semester system. The system/program run by UM Western is called the BLOCK system. This system allows students to focus on one class at a time and, with smaller class sizes, more one-on-one time with tutors and instructors if needed. We have one class three hours a day for one month. This makes it much easier to find and hold a steady job, get studying done, and still have time for friends all at once!
There is one drawback though, if one class is missed, it can be the equal of missing up to a week in a class within the semester system, so getting sick can be a danger to one's grades tenfold.
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 6 2013
Choosing Montana Western was a great choice to easily adjust into a college academic life. While the school is small, the diversity is poor but the academic catalog gave students a variety. The innovative "Block scheduling," allows students to take one, three hour long, class at once. After three weeks of a course, the final exam is given. Throughout a semester, one may do this process over four times to make an equivalent credit earn of an average college student. This scheduling allowed me to focus on one subject at a time. This scheduling was a smooth, stress free transition into college.
However, with the small student population and rural surrounding town, the student life is lacking. Many students find the school to be hospitable and comfortable, but lonely. Without engaging in illegal activities, the student population may seem of quite a bore.
  • Freshman
  • 11 days ago