Missoula College Admission Requirements

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

Application Procedures

  1. Submit a complete admission application and pay the application fee.
  2. Request a copy of your high school transcripts or GED/HiSET certificate and have them sent to University of Montana Admissions.
    • GED/HiSET certificates can be requested from the administering test center.
    • Transfer students who have completed less than twelve credit hours are required to submit proof of high school graduation or GED/HiSET certificate.
    • Transfer students and nontraditional students with more than twelve credit hours must submit official college transcripts.
  3. Submit placement test scores.


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.

Have transcripts or GED/HiSET certificates sent to:

Lommasson Center 101
32 Campus Drive 
Missoula, MT 59812


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.

Placement Scores

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

  • 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
  • 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

After your transcripts are evaluated, we will notify you if you have or have not met the placement requirement. To submit previous test scores, the tests must have been completed within the past three years.

For more information regarding placement testing, please visit the Next Steps page.

Transfer Credits

Only applicable to students coming in with college credit either from a dual credit course or from a previous institution.

To learn how your courses transfer to the University of Montana, please see UM's Transfer Guide. The contents of this guide are subject to change at any time and course equivalencies are contingent upon the academic program and the general education requirements of the University of Montana. If a course or institution is not listed, it does not necessarily mean the course will not transfer; rather the information is not yet in our database.

You must send us your official transcripts in order to receive a personalized official transfer credit articulation. Please check out our Transfer Credits page for additional transfer information.

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.
  • Per Montana Board of Regents policy, all students must have a high school equivalency assessment designated by the Montana Board of Public Education to be admitted to any campus of the Montana University System. For students who complete their secondary education through home schooling or at unaccredited secondary schools, this requirement may be met by submitting scores from the ACT, SAT, or a recognized testing instrument such as the HiSET or GED.