Freshman Admission Requirements

You are considered an incoming Freshman if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • currently enrolled in high school;
  • have graduated from high school but have not attempted 12 or more college level semester credits;
  • you are concurrently enrolled in high school and a college/university (e.g. Running Start or Dual Enrollment Program);

Application Procedures

Applying for admission as a new freshman is a three-step process. You will complete the first three steps before you are admitted; the fourth step is completed once you graduate from high school.

  1. Submit a complete UM undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Request that your ACT or SAT test results be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly from the testing company.
    • Traditional Aged Freshman must take either the ACT or SAT for acceptance.
    • UM's ACT code is 2422; UM's SAT code is 4489.
  3. Request an unofficial transcript to be either sent or uploaded with your application.
  4. Remember to request a final high school transcript be sent upon graduation which must include your date of graduation and final GPA.

Admission Requirements

You must meet at least one Primary Requirement and complete the College Preparatory Requirements to be admitted to the University of Montana.

Primary Requirements

  • An ACT composite score of 22
  • or a SAT combined score of 1120 (1540 for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average
  • or a class rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class

College Preparatory Requirements

The Montana University System requires that you complete the following college preparatory requirements:

  • Four years of English.
  • Three years of math, including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Students are encouraged to take a math class their senior year of high school.
  • Three years of social studies, including one year of global studies, one year of American history and one year of government or another third-year course (i.e., economics, psychology, sociology).
  • Two years of laboratory science. One must be earth science, biology, chemistry or physics. The second year may be one of those sciences or another approved college preparatory laboratory science.
  • Two years chosen from the following: foreign language (preferably two years), computer science, visual and performing arts, or vocational education.

Proficiency Requirements

In order to be fully admitted to the University of Montana (without conditions or provisions), students must demonstrate readiness in areas of mathematics and writing. Typically, students demonstrate their readiness by fulfilling at least one criterion in each of the following proficiency requirement sections:

Math Proficiency Requirements

  • A score of 22 on the ACT Math section
  • or a score of 27.5 on the SAT Math Test (520 on SAT Math for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam
  • or completion of a Rigorous High School Core that includes four years of math with grades of C or higher
  • or a score of 4 on the International Baccalaureate calculus exam

Writing Proficiency Requirements

  • A score of 18 on the ACT Combined English/Writing section
  • or a score of 19 on the new ACT Writing Test Subscore (score of 7 on old scale of 2-12)
  • or a score of 25 on the SAT Writing/Language Test (440 on SAT Writing for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or a score of 7 on the SAT Essay Subscore (for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or a score of 3 on the AP English Language or English Literature exam
  • or a score of 50 on the CLEP Subject Exam in Composition
  • or a score of 4 on the International Baccalaureate Language AI Exam

If a student does not demonstrate full readiness prior to Orientation, students must attain full admission status by completing at least one college-level mathematics and college-level composition course with grades of C- or better before completing 32 credits or 3 semesters, whichever comes last.

Conditional Admission

The University of Montana, as part of the Montana University System, adheres to the Admission Policy established by the Montana Board of Regents. Students who do not meet the admission standards or those who meet the standards but have low test scores or a low-grade point average are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants will be referred to the Admissions Committee to determine if they can be admitted on a "Conditional Status" or offered the opportunity to start at Missoula College.

Traditional Freshmen with a GED/HiSET

Traditional student applicants are those who enter college within three years of high school graduation or within three years from the when they would have graduate from high school.

  1. Submit a complete UM undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Submit placement scores.
  3. Request an unofficial transcript to be either sent or uploaded with your application.
  4. Remember to request a final high school transcript be sent upon graduation which must include your date of graduation and final GPA.

Non-traditional Students with a High School Diploma or GED/HiSET and No College Credits

Non-traditional applicants are those who enter college after three years after high school graduation or after three years from the when they would have graduate from high school.

  1. Submit a complete UM undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Request an unofficial transcript to be either sent or uploaded with your application.
  3. Remember to request a final high school transcript be sent upon graduation which must include your date of graduation and final GPA.

Home School Students

  • Submit a completed undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a written statement of the curriculum including all courses that you have completed at the high school level. If you have completed a pre-packaged program and receive transcripts, then the transcripts are required.
  • Submit a letter of verification from the instructor(s). This can be a parent or an outside teacher that states they did instruct you.
  • If you are unable to produce a four-year curriculum and/or the official verification letter from the instructor, then you will be required to take the HiSET.
  • If you are applying under the age of seventeen, your file will automatically be selected to go to a review committee. This committee evaluates if a student is academically and emotionally prepared for college.
  • Submit official ACT or SAT scores.