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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love UM. Go Griz!

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5 College Senior

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

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: 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.

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4 Recent Alumnus

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

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3 Recent Alumnus

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

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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 94 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)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 30% Hike the M
  • 22% Downtown
  • 10% Hanging out in the UC
  • 9% Mountian Biking
  • 7% Relax in the oval with coffee
  • 4% Running
  • 4% Floating the river
  • 3% Studying in the Mansfield Library
  • 3% Read a book
  • 2% Hike the river
  • 1% Climb a tree
  • 1% Play my penny whistle
  • 1% Walking
  • 1% Hanging out in the Residence Halls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 34 responses

  • 41% Griz football games
  • 31% Concerts
  • 14% International Food Festival
  • 9% Foresters' Ball
  • 3% Spring Thaw
  • 2% UM GoDay

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 38 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 39% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 11% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 92 responses

  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 63% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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