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Freshman Admission

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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 High School Pilot Program);

You must meet the following admission requirements and college preparatory classes in addition to completing the freshman application procedures.

Freshman 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 submit the $36 application fee online. (Or you may also submit the attached application form with a $30 check enclosed.) If you are still in high school, you must include the Self-Report of High School Courses. If you are unsure of anything concerning your academic record, consult your guidance counselor.
  2. Request that your ACT or SAT test results be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing company. All freshmen under 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. This transcript must include your date of graduation and final GPA.

You must meet one criterion in each of the following three categories:

  • Primary Requirements
    • An ACT composite score of 22
    • or a SAT combined score of 1540;
    • or a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average;
    • or a class rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class.
  • Math Proficiency Requirements
    • A score of 22 on the ACT Math section
    • or a score of 520 on the SAT Math section;
    • 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 7 on the ACT Writing Test Subscore;
    • or a score of 440 on the SAT Writing Section;
    • or a score of 7 on the SAT Essay Subscore;
    • or a score of 3.5 on the Montana University System Writing Assessment
    • 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

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.

Transfer Admission

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A transfer student is considered to be someone who has graduated from high school or has earned their GED and attempted 12 or more college-level credits.

Transfer Application Procedures

  1. Submit an application
  2. In addition to submitting an application, please send a current official transcript from each college you’ve attended so that we may process your admission without delays. Then, send a complete, official transcript as soon as you complete your final term.

International Student Admission

Freshman International Student Admission
Transfer International Student Admission
Conditional Admission

At the University of Montana, you are considered an international student if:

  1. You are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refugee; or
  2. You are living in the U.S. under an F,B,H,J,L. or M visa.

If either of the above is true, then you should complete the International Student Admission application.

Missoula College (One and Two Year Programs)

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Missoula College Application Procedures

Applying for admission as a student to Missoula College requires checking off important steps. Regardless of the applicant; freshman, transfer, nontraditional, the goal of enrollment at the Missoula College is reached by completing these steps and letting us help along the way.

  1. Submit a complete admission application and submit the $36 application fee online. (Or you may also submit the attached application form with a $30 check enclosed.) If you are still in high school, you must include the Self-Report of High School Courses. If you are unsure of anything concerning your academic record, consult your guidance counselor.
  2. Missoula College requires all students to have received either a high school diploma or a GED certificate. Request a copy of your high school transcripts or GED certificate and have them sent to Missoula College. GED certificates can be requested from the administering test center. Have transcripts or GED certificates sent to: Missoula College Admissions, 909 South Ave W. Missoula, MT 59801. Transfer students who have completed less than twelve credit hours are required to submit proof of high school graduation or GED certificate and must also submit placement test scores. Transfer students and nontraditional students with more than twelve credit hours must submit official college transcripts.  More transcript credit and evaluation information can be found at Next Steps.
  3. Submit placement test scores. Assessment scores in writing and math are required. To submit previous test scores, the tests must have been completed within the past three years. If you are not transferring acceptable math and English college credit, you must complete both the writing and math placement assessment.  After your transcripts are evaluated, we will notify you if you have or have not met the assessment requirement. For more information regarding placement testing, please visit the Next Steps page.

Readmission to the University of Montana

Students previously enrolled at the University of Montana-Missoula who have interrupted their enrollment for 24 months or more must submit an application for readmission. There is no online readmission application available for returning students. Applications for readmission may be obtained from the Registrar’s, or Graduate School offices. There is also a downloadable form available from the Registrar’s Office.

Former undergraduate degree students who do not plan to change their status and who have attended another college/university since attending the University of Montana, even if their absence from UM has been less than two years in duration, must submit college transcripts.

The application should be returned to the registration counter in Griz Central one month before registration to avoid registration delays and late fees. Applications for readmission are accepted through the third week of the semester for which you are applying. Students who have only previously enrolled in Continuing Education courses must use the standard admissions application, available from Enrollment Services-Admissions.

Students applying to enroll as a graduate non-degree or graduate degree-seeking student should contact the Graduate School for the proper paperwork.

New or former students who are applying for readmission after an absence of 24 months or more must also submit a Medical History Report to the Curry Health Center before registration can be permitted.

If you have any questions regarding the readmission process to the University of Montana, please contact Linda Jesse at (406) 243-2939. For the Missoula College, please contact Bonnie Dux at (406) 243-7887.

Home School Student Admission Requirements

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  • 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)
  • You must take the ACT or SAT exam. Official scores of at least 22 on the ACT composite or a combined score of 1540 on the SAT is required.
  • Math and Writing Proficiency requirements must be met to be admitted to The University of Montana. This is determined by the student’s standardized test scores of the ACT or SAT.
    • Math Proficiency Requirements
      • A score of 22 on the ACT Math section
      • or a score of 520 on the SAT Math section;
      • 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 7 on the ACT Writing Test Subscore;
      • or a score of 440 on the SAT Writing Section;
      • or a score of 7 on the SAT Essay Subscore;
      • or a score of 3.5 on the Montana University System Writing Assessment
      • 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
  • The Montana University System requires that you complete the following College Preparatory Program:
    • 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.
  • 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.

Traditional-aged Freshmen with a GED

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

Non-Traditional Students

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Non-traditional-aged applicants (over 21 years old or out of high school more than three years) submit a complete application with payment (preferably online) and request high school or college transcripts or GED scores be sent to Enrollment Services-Admissions. Non-traditional students will be admitted provisionally if test scores are not posted on the high school transcript or if a student has never taken the ACT or SAT or if the high school Grade Point Average is less than 2.5.

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 students. As a post-baccalaureate student, your first step is to apply for admission to the University of Montana. UM has rolling admissions, meaning that there is no deadline for applying for admissions; 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.
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Taking classes at UM for Summer-Only is easy!

This admission status is designed for undergraduate non-degree students who have never attended UM and will attend only Summer Semester and are not using financial aid to pay their tuition. It is not intended for those pursuing a UM degree. Students in this status can register for a maximum of six (6) credits during Summer Semester.

Students should complete the Application Form and submit the nonrefundable application fee of $30. Students attending Summer-Only are not required to provide proof of immunization, but must provide this information if they apply and attend UM in a semester other than Summer 2013. Students who previously attended UM should follow the readmission procedures and update their Pre-Registration Immunization Requirements Form.

New graduate non-degree and graduate degree students should apply online at www.umt.edu/grad.

Students needing financial aid for the Summer semester should complete an Undergraduate Application for Admission (or Reapplication, if you’ve attended UM previously) and submit transcripts from all other institutions attended.