Missoula College Admission Requirements

Applying for admission as a student to Missoula College requires checking off important steps.

Missoula College Freshman

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 four-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 an unofficial transcript to be either sent or uploaded with your application.
  3. Submit placement test scores.
  4. Remember to request a final high school transcript be sent upon graduation which must include your date of graduation and final GPA.

Placement Scores

Placement tests in writing and/or math are required if the following criteria are not met:

Math:
  • A score of 22 on the ACT Math section
  • or a score of 27.5 on the SAT Math section (520 for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or transferring acceptable Math college credit
Writing:
  • 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 Section (440 for tests prior to March 2016)
  • or a score of 18 on the ACT Combined English/Writing section
  • or MUSWA 3.5 or above
  • or COMPASS E-Write 7 or above
  • or transferring acceptable English college credit
For more information regarding placement testing, please visit the Next Steps page.

Missoula College Transfer

A transfer student is a student who has completed 12 or more GPA or pass credits in college-level courses at another college or university, who is entering Missoula College for the first time, and whose credits at the previous institution have been accepted by Missoula College.

Submission of official transcripts issued from every regionally accredited institution a student previously attended are required for an application’s review, regardless of whether credit was earned or its applicability to your degree plan at Missoula College.

Transcripts

All college level (100 level and above), degree-applicable credits recorded on official transcripts from institutions that are regionally accredited at the time of your attendance will transfer. Official transcripts must be requested and sent directly from the institution to: University of Montana Office of Admissions, Lommasson Center Room 101, Missoula MT 59812. Submission of official transcripts issued from every regionally accredited institution a student previously attended are required for an application’s review, regardless of whether credit was earned or its applicability to your degree plan at UM. Please note that all faxed out-of-state transcripts are considered unofficial. However, those faxed directly from another Montana University System in-state institution with a macro-fax stamp are accepted as official.

Admissions
Lommasson Center 101
32 Campus Drive 
Missoula, MT 59812

Evaluations

An unofficial self-evaluation of course work can be accessed through our Transfer Course Equivalency Guide, available online here or through your student Cyberbear account. This information can be printed from the web and is for reference only, but will be a helpful resource when you are being advised. The equivalencies listed are the most current and subject to change. If a course or institution is not listed it does not necessarily mean that the course will not transfer, just that the information is not yet in our database.

Official evaluations of transfer credits will be processed by your Admissions Evaluator in the Enrollment Services-Admissions Office only after all official transcripts have been received for each applicant. A final transcript is one that posts ALL graded coursework through your final term of attendance at each institution. Your Admissions Evaluator will determine the equivalency of the transfer course work to University of Montana. The Admissions Office also determines which courses fulfill General Education requirements. The transfer course description is compared to the UM course description. Courses generally matching in credit amount, level, and content are considered equivalent. Courses not matching are granted elective credit or elective credit with general eds.

Per BOR 301.5, students have the right to appeal their official evaluation by contacting the Admissions Office. If a student exercises the appeal rights set out in this policy, the review and a final decision must be completed by the class pre-registration date for the following academic term.  The student must initiate the appeal process, in a timely manner, in order to give the institution time to complete its review before the deadline described in the preceding sentence.

Please note: an evaluation will not be done for students who have previously earned a U.S. baccalaureate degree. General Education requirements are considered complete for these students.

Application Procedures

  1. Submit a complete undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Send a current official transcript from each college you've attended so that we may process your admission without delays.
  3. Send a complete, official transcript as soon as you complete your final term.

Admission Requirement

Applicants must present a 2.00 (C) cumulative grade average (on a 0-4 scale) for all college level work attempted to be eligible for admission.

Missoula College Post-Baccalaureate

If you have earned a bachelor's degree from another institution or UM and want to pursue another undergraduate degree then you are considered a post-baccalaureate student. Note: Post-baccalaureate students must be degree-seeking. As a post-baccalaureate student, your first step is to apply for admission to Missoula College. Missoula College has rolling admissions, we are continuously evaluating applications on a space-available basis until the term begins; however, the sooner you apply the better.

If you are a UM graduate then you only need to complete the readmission application.

Students who have never attended UM must complete the general application for admission.

Once you have completed the Undergraduate Application for Admissions, paid the $30 application fee, and we have received all of the appropriate paperwork (official transcripts from all institutions of higher education/military), it generally takes two to three weeks to process an application before you hear back from us.

Feel free to contact our office at (800) 462-8636 to inquire about the status of your application if you have not heard back from us three weeks after submitting your application.

As a post-baccalaureate student, you are not required to meet with an academic advisor in order to register for classes. However, you are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor in your academic department to ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses necessary to graduate.

Missoula College Home School

  1. Submit a complete undergraduate admission application and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Home schooled students who have not completed a regionally accredited home school program are required to take the HiSET or ACT or SAT.
  3. 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 students is academically and emotionally prepared for college.

Transcripts

Submission of official transcripts issued from every regionally accredited institution a student previously attended are required for an application’s review, regardless of whether credit was earned or its applicability to your degree plan at UM.

Have transcripts or GED/HiSET certificates sent to:

Admissions
Lommasson Center 101
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812