Next Steps for Freshman Students

Here at UM we look forward to welcoming new students to Griz Nation. After you apply, please follow the steps below:

Submit Transcripts and Test Scores

You must send us official ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript after you graduate. If you have not already done so, please arrange to have these documents sent to UM.

If you have attended a college or university while in high school, please arrange to have an official, complete transcript sent to:

Enrollment Services-Admissions Office
101 Lommasson Center
Missoula, MT 59812

Activate Your UMConnect Email Account

Log in to your UMConnect Student Email account, and check it regularly. UMConnect serves as the official means of communication between students and the University of Montana, including information about registration, tuition and fees notifications, urgent announcements, etc. This is a very important step, as we will send you multiple important emails throughout the pre-Orientation process. If you prefer to forward this email to your personal account, you have that option, as well. View instructions on how to forward your UMConnect email.

To log into your UMConnect account, you will need to use your NetID, which you can find by clicking the "What's my NetID" link below the login. Your initial password will be the last six digits of your Student ID Number (begins with 790, and is located on your acceptance letter).


Congratulations! You have already applied for our scholarship program, as your completed application for admission is also your application for scholarships. You can expect to hear back about your possible scholarship award a few weeks after you have been granted admission.

If you want to be considered for a departmental scholarship, or in the case of a new Montana resident, a renewable scholarship, you should complete the General Application in the UM Scholarship Portal. Application deadlines vary by department and/or by opportunity.

To learn more scholarship opportunities at UM please visit the scholarship page.

Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for the maximum amount of aid, please submit all application materials and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of December 1.

  • As soon as possible after October 1, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online. Include the University of Montana school code 002536 as one of your college choices on the FAFSA.
  • Financial Aid Estimator-ACT has an estimator that allows you to enter information and obtain an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution for financial aid planning purposes.

To learn more, visit UM Financial Aid Office website.

Apply for Residence Life

*Distance-only Students Excluded

The Residence Life Office provides positive, safe, and inclusive living environments which are an important part of your experience at the University of Montana. In October, the application will be available for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

  • Make sure to complete the 'Activate Your UMConnect Email Account' step above prior to applying for housing.
  • Housing information will be mailed to you with your acceptance packet. To reserve a room in the residence halls, complete the registration form online and submit a $225 prepayment.
  • Housing is assigned first come-first serve. $200 of your prepayment is refundable until June 1st in the unlikely event that you decide UM is not the place for you.
  • UM also provides housing options for students with spouses and/or dependents. For more information, contact University Villages at (406) 243-6063.
  • For more information, contact Residence Life at (406) 243-2611, or visit Residence Life website.
  • To check your room assignment once assignments have been made can be done by assessing your Residence Life Portal.

NOTE: Housing is required for all incoming Freshman students, as we believe it is integral to your success at UM. If you would like to request to live off campus you may submit the Release Form.

The Davidson Honors College

The Davidson Honors College provides outstanding undergraduate students with extraordinary educational and cultural opportunities. Honors College students enroll in challenging courses and participate in special experiences outside the classroom that enhance the regular offerings and activities of the University. The Honors College is open to students in any academic major, and offers the intensive learning environment of a small liberal arts and sciences college within a larger research university.

To learn more visit the Davidson Honors College.


*Distance-only Students Excluded

As you prepare to attend UM, we want to make you aware of the state of Montana immunization requirements:

  • two (2) immunizations for Rubella and
  • two (2) immunizations for Rubeola

You must submit your Medical Requirement Form (which will be mailed to you in your acceptance packet), as well as verifiable documentations of your immunizations. You can also submit this information online by following these instructions. Please submit these documents as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition to UM. For more information please contact Curry Health Center or call (406) 243-2122.


*Distance-only Students Excluded

All new students, except post-baccalaureate and distance-learning-only students, are required to attend an Orientation. During Orientation you will meet new friends, learn about the social and academic transition from high school to UM, as well as the services available to you on this campus. There are several orientation opportunities throughout the summer and in the fall.

To learn more visit the Orientation page.

Course Registration

Since we like to keep things simple here at UM, your academic advisor will pre-register you in the fall semester courses required for your major regardless of which orientation you choose. Once you register for a specific orientation session, you will be directed to a web portal so you can begin the freshman course registration process.

NOTE: There will be a hold on your registration until you have turned in your Medical Requirement Form and immunization records.

To learn more visit the Orientation page.

The Last Step!

Oh wait, that’s it! The University of Montana does not have a formal acceptance process.

Time to celebrate! We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Student Employment and Internship Opportunities

The University of Montana offers many opportunities for student employment. The University of Montana Student Employment website is designed to allow for you to search and apply online for part-time on and off campus work study, non-work study and volunteer positions.

Internship Services provides students with comprehensive services and coordination of the internship process.

You can meet with a Career Counselor to discuss your major and career options, resumes, job search, interviewing, etc. Together you can decide what next steps are best for you.