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 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 two steps before you are admitted; the third step is completed once you graduate from high school.

  1. Submit a complete admission application and pay the application fee.
  2. Request that your ACT or SAT test results be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing company.
    • All freshmen under age 21 must take the ACT or SAT test.
    • UM's ACT code is 2422; UM's SAT code is 4489.
  3. Request a final high school transcript 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."

Traditional-Aged Freshmen with a GED/HiSET

First-time college students who are not yet 21 and have earned a GED/HiSET must submit a paid application (preferably online), and request GED/HiSET scores be sent to the Admissions Office. Traditional-aged students must take the ACT or SAT test.

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

Non-traditional-aged applicants (21 years or older and did not enter college for a period of at least three years from the date of high school graduation) must submit a paid application (preferably online) and request high school transcripts or GED/HiSET scores be sent to the Admissions Office.

Home School Students

  • In addition to a completed application, please submit a written statement of 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 General Education Development Test (GED) or HiSET.
  • Home School Students must fulfill the Admission Requirements outlined above.