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The University of Montana

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Introduction

The University of Montanta (UM) is a public university in Missoula and the flagship campus of the University of Montana System. The campus is located on 156 acres in Missoula. One of the most well-known features of the campus is the short Sentinel trail, rising 620 feet from the base of Mount Sentinel to a stunning view of the city beneath and a large letter “M” set into the side of the slope. Another notable feature is Memorial Row, consisting of two columns of Ponderosa pines, the state tree of Montana. The trees commemorate students, faculty, and alumni who died in World War I. The central campus is organized around a 3-acre oval of green space. On the western edge of the oval is a beloved grizzly bear statue. Rolling Stone has called it the “most scenic campus in America”.

Academics

UM has a strong academic reputation, with a large number of Truman Scholars, Udall Scholars, Goldwater Scholars, and Rhodes Scholars. There are three independent schools and five colleges at UM: School of Business Administration, School of Journalism, School of Law, College of Technology, College of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Arts and Sciences. The Davidson Honors College provides particularly challenging courses and complementary experiences to students in all academic majors.

Research Opportunities

Research facilities on campus that offer internship and work opportunities to students include the Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics; Flathead Lake Biological Station; Montana Biotechnology Center, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit; Montana Natural Heritage Program; O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West; and Rural Institute on Disabilities.

Study Abroad

UM has a strong international exchange program dating back several decades. Today, the university has exchange agreements with over 90 universities across the globe. The largest numbers of students go to Japan, China, and Chile. The program works closely with the Center for the Study of Central and Southwest Asia at the university.

Media Opportunities

There are two radio stations at UM: KBGA is the college station, while KUFM is the flagship station of Montana Public Radio. The Montana PBS station, KUFM-TV, is also run from UM. All the stations are based in the Broadcast Media Center of the Performing Arts/Radio Television Building.

Library Resources

The Mansfield Library boasts over 1.5 million print volumes and an enormous network of digital information resources. The library also features a federal government depository collection, a maps collection, and archives for the state of Montana. The library also houses the earliest known edition of the Lewis and Clark journals

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Native American Support Programs

There is a huge group of affiliated programs at UM to support scholarship among Native American Students, including such groups as American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Indigenous Filmmakers Club, American Indian Disability Technical Assistant Center, and Native American Center for Excellence (NACOE).

Golden College

Montana residents who are 65 years old or older are eligible to take classes at UM at greatly reduced rates under the Golden College program.

Admissions

Prospective students are expected to have a strong academic preparation for college. To gain admission, students must meet one criterion in each of the following three categories:

Category One

  • An ACT composite score of 22
  • A SAT combined score of 1540
  • A 2.50 cumulative grade point average
  • A class rank in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class

Category Two

  • A score of 22 on the ACT Math section
  • A score of 520 on the SAT Math section
  • A score of 18-21 on the ACT
  • A score of 440-510 on the SAT
  • A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam
  • A score of 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate calculus exam
  • Completion of a rigorous high school core that includes four years of math with grades of C or higher.

Category Three

  • A score of 18 on the ACT Combined English/Writing section
  • A score of 7 on the ACT Writing Test Subscore
  • A score of 440 on the SAT Writing Section
  • A score of 7 on the SAT Essay Subscore
  • A score of 3.5 on the Montana University System Writing Assessment
  • A score of 3 on the AP English Language or English Literature exam
  • A score of 50 on the CLEP Subject Exam in Composition
  • A score of 4 on the International Baccalaureate Language A1 Exam

Preparatory requirements include four years of English; three years of math; three years of social studies (including a year of global studies and a year of American history); two years of laboratory science; and two years of foreign language, computer science, arts, or vocational education.

Homeschooled students must send a written statement of curriculum, including all courses that the student has completed at the high school level, and must take appropriate standardized tests. A portfolio is not required. Financial Aid

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and financial aid options open to any college or university student in Montana, UM offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The majority of UM students receive aid of some kind.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4151st for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Montana.

Athletics

The athletic department at UM is known as the Grizzlies. Their mascot is a grizzly bear named Monte. The Grizzlies compete in the NCAA Division I and the Big Sky Conference. Men’s sports include football, basketball, cross country, track and field, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, cross country, golf, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.

The football team is particularly strong and has spawned a large number of NFL players, including Colt Anderson of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kroy Biermann and Shann Schillinger of the Atlanta Falcons, Dan Carpenter of the Miami Dolphins, Terry Dillon of the Minnesota Vikings, and Cory Proctoer and Lex Hilliard of the Miami Dolphins .

Intramural sports also have a big role to play in the student life at UM. Men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, skiing, rowing, dance, cheer, hockey, men’s soccer, rodeo, footbag, cycling, fencing, rugby, baseball, and triathalon are all popular.

Bibliography

  • Admissions. University of Montana. Web. 16 July 2011.
  • Diversity. University of Montana. Web. 16 July 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Montana and 712th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Montana and 264th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 11 0.07
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.03
Arrest 39 0.25

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3000

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 972nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,603 $4,603 $20,726
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,672 $1,672 $1,744
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $243 $243 $917
FT Graduate Tuition $5,513 $5,513 $22,869
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,672 $1,672 $1,744
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $280 $280 $1,007
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,106 $19,106 $34,780
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,106 $19,106 $34,780
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,481 $11,481 $27,155

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $9,034 $25,676
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,672 $1,744
Law Degree — Tuition $8,657 $25,904
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,619 $1,691

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,722 $5,985 $5,722 $5,985 $20,100 $21,077
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $950(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,060 $7,262
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,440(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,262
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,440
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,440

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,820 (2,163 male / 2,657 female)
Admitted 4,542 (2,001 male / 2,541 female)
Admission rate 94%
First-time Enrollment 1,967 (896 male / 1,071 female)
FT Enrollment 1,787 (806 male / 981 female)
PT Enrollment 180 (90 male / 90 female)
Total Enrollment14,525

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Sky Conference

ACT Test Admission

588th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

432nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 47%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,430
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,328
Board Fee$4,297

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 54 12 98 28 57 2,565 22 2,927
Accounting 2 70 1 77
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 6 8
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 7 9
American Indian/Native American Studies 1 1 4
Anthropology 1 7 4 88 1 108
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 9 9
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 30 1 33
Biochemistry 9 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 1 1 88 95
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 10 10
Business Administration and Management, General 20 3 7 2 5 303 1 347
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 40 40
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 2
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 8 9
Chemistry, General 1 1 5 7
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 35 38
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 4
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1 8 11
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 1 22 26
Computer Support Specialist 3 2 31 37
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 16 16
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 1 1 15 18
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 14 14
Creative Writing 2 1 1 18 2 24
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 8 9
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Curriculum and Instruction 1 3 47 1 55
Dance, General 6 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 22 23
Drawing 2 1 46 50
East Asian Studies 2 2
Ecology 1 2
Economics, General 1 1 16 19
Education, General 1 2 1 79 84
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 10 11
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 8 9
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 13 14
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 5 4 96 109
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1
Environmental Studies 1 3 58 2 66
Family and Community Services 1 8 9
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1 2
Forestry, General 1 30 32
French Language and Literature 7 7
General Studies 1 7 2 1 84 100
Geography 1 25 2 29
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 1 28 33
German Language and Literature 1 5 6
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 1 11 1 14
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1 3 76 82
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 8 8
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 5 5
History, General 5 1 1 46 1 58
Information Technology 4 2 29 35
Japanese Language and Literature 1 5 6
Journalism 2 1 53 57
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 7 8
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 11 13
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 33 36
Linguistics 1 1 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 13 13
Mathematics, General 2 2 20 1 26
Medical Reception/Receptionist 5 5
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3 3
Microbiology, General 1 7 9
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 4 1 6
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music, Other 1 1 1 22 27
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other 11 11
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 4 3 55 65
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 2 25 1 30
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8 9
Philosophy 10 10
Physics, General 1 7 8
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 2 52 1 65
Psychology, General 1 5 1 5 126 141
Public Administration 3 3 25 33
Public Health, General 2 1 1 18 23
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 2 2
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 10 11
Receptionist 11 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 33 35
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 8 8
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 2 8 10
Russian Language and Literature 5 5
School Psychology 2 2
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 23 2 27
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician 11 1 12
Social Work 3 1 4 92 101
Sociology 2 2 1 2 1 66 78
Spanish Language and Literature 2 14 16
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 1 48 1 57
Surgical Technology/Technologist 16 16
Toxicology 1 1
Visual and Performing Arts, General 12 12
Welding Technology/Welder 6 7
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 3 60 1 68
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 379th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,674 ($94,697 male / $60,485 female)
Number of FT Faculty 575 (361 male / 214 female)
Number of PT Faculty 852
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $19,199,123
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