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Information for High School Counselors, Independent Counselors, and Transfer Coordinators

We recognize the critical role that high school counselors, independent counselors, and transfer coordinators play in advising students. As you prepare your students for their transition to the University of Montana, we would like to provide you with one place where you can find the most current information on admission requirements, scholarships, and deadlines. We are looking forward to meeting you and assisting you and your students in their college search and application process.

If we can answer any questions or tell you more about this great place, please feel free to contact us directly at, or call us at (406) 243-6266, (800) 462-8636.

What makes UM unique

The University of Montana offers one of the richest and most beautiful learning environments in the nation. The focus here is on the student and on discovery. The academic program is backed up by dedicated faculty & staff, technology resources, a support system designed to help students thrive academically, a strong student life program, and state-of-the-art facilities. In combination with a tremendous selection of social and outdoor recreational activities on-campus and off, it is hard to find an atmosphere more conducive to learning and adventure.

The View: Set in beautiful Missoula, Montana, with views of the mountains and access to millions of acres of wilderness for students who love to recreate or simply love the beautiful outdoors.

A River Runs Through It: Yes, it does! The beautiful Clark Fork River runs right along campus. Students have easy access to the Missoula trail system which leads to nearby parks and wilderness areas.

Undergraduate Research: The University of Montana is also a national leader in providing students the opportunity to conduct major research during their undergraduate education. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research at a world-class institution.

UM at a Glance

Academic calendar: Autumn and spring semesters with a three-week winter session in January and two five-week summer sessions.

Accreditation: Regionally accredited by Northwest Commission on College and Universities. Professional schools and departments are approved by specialized accrediting organizations.

Degrees offered: Associate, bachelor’s, master’s, first-professional and doctoral degrees, and technical certificates.

Campus: Nearly 200 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and next to the Clark Fork River; includes 64 buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM’s 180-acre South Campus offers housing, a golf course and soccer, softball and track fields. Missoula College occupies two sites in central and west Missoula.

Housing: Nine residence halls; three apartment complexes for students with dependents; and one apartment complex for single junior, senior, and graduate students.

Campus organizations: One-hundred and fifty clubs dedicated to academics, volunteer service, diversity, recreation, Greek life, politics, religion, and many other interests.

Varsity sports: Men (Grizzlies) – football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, cross-country and tennis. Women – volleyball, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, cross-country, tennis, golf, soccer and softball (Spring 2015).

Club and intramural sports: Eighteen club sports and more than 30 intramural sports.

Athletic conference: Big Sky Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I Football Championship Series.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 15,642

Average Class Size: 27

Popular Majors and Unique Programs: Business (accounting, information systems, finance, marketing), Climate Change Studies, Journalism (broadcast, radio/TV, print, photo), Forestry & Conservation (Recreation Management, Wildlife Biology, Conservation), Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Education, Geo-Sciences, Fine Arts (music, media arts, theatre, dance), Wilderness & Civilization Program, Creative Writing, Entertainment Management, Native American Studies.

Estimated costs for freshmen (2012-13) per semester

Montana resident
Tuition and fees, $2,993
Room and board, $3,750
Books and supplies, $475
Total costs, $7,218

Tuition and fees, $10,539
Room and board, $3,750
Books and supplies, $475
Total costs, $14,764

Important Deadlines

Important Deadlines

March 1Priority Processing Admission Deadline for Autumn Semester
November 15Priority Processing Admission Deadline for Spring Semester
December 31Scholarship Deadline for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship
December 31Scholarship Deadline for Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship
December 31Priority Deadline for Non-Resident Entering Student Scholarship
December 31Priority Deadline for admission to The Davidson Honors College
February 15Priority Processing Deadline for FAFSA
April 1Priority Deadline for on campus housing

Pre-College Programs (K-12)

Our Pre-College programs will show you what life at the University of Montana is all about – from the classroom to what’s happening on weekends.  You’ll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus life and have the opportunity to explore the city of Missoula. To get a better idea of what Pre-College is all about here are a few programs we offer!