Next Steps for Missoula College Students

Here at the Missoula College we look forward to welcoming new students. 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 or GED/HiSET diploma. 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:

Lommasson Center 101
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

NOTE:  Admission is possible without ACT or SAT scores.  If standardized test scores are not provided, placement testing in math and writing will be required prior to the start of the semester.

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 Missoula College, 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).

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 November 15.

  • 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 Missoula College.

NOTE: Housing is required for all incoming Missoula College Freshman who are under the age of 21, as we believe it is integral to your success as a student. If you would like to request to live off campus you may submit the Release Form.

  • 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 the MC 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 the Residence Life website.
  • To check your room assignment once assignments have been made can be done by assessing your Residence Life Portal.

Placement Testing

Math Placement

  • Math placement is required only if you have not met the ACT, SAT or college level math equivalent found on our admission requirements.
  • The test is free, online, and your scores will help determine which math course you will be most successful starting in.

Writing Placement

  • Writing placement is required only if you have not met the ACT, SAT, COMPASS E-Write, UM Writing Diagnostic Exam or college level writing equivalent found on our admission requirements.

For further information about both the math and writing placement testing please visit the Missoula College Advising Center.


*Distance-only Students Excluded

As you prepare to attend the Missoula College, 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 (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. Please submit these documents to the Curry Health Center as soon as possible, so you may register for classes.

Orientation and Academic Advising

*Distance-only Students Excluded

Attending an orientation is required, as they are designed to help you prepare for your first semester at the Missoula College.

During orientation you will attend an academic advising meeting, register for classes, as well as learn about various services that are available to you as a new student.

To learn more visit the Orientation page.

The Last Step!

Oh wait, that’s it! Missoula College 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.