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UM Facts

The Numbers

14,964 students
3.3 average high school GPA
24 average ACT score (out of 36)
1617 average SAT score (out of 2400)
53 percent female; 47 percent male
80 percent attend full time; 20 percent part time
74 percent Montana residents
26 percent out-of-state and international students

Missoula and UM at a Glance

Missoula: Known as the “Garden City” for its dense trees and lush green landscape, it is nestled in the heart of the northern Rockies of Western Montana. A community of nearly 86,000 residents, Missoula lies in a mountain forest setting where five valleys converge, three major rivers flow, and seven nearby wilderness areas offer a paramount playground for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll have ready access to some of the world’s best hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and water recreation. Missoula offers urban sophistication in a mountain-town setting.

Elevation: 3,200 feet

Annual Snowfall: 41 inches

Ski Areas: Montana Snowbowl, 14 miles from campus; Lost Trail, 60 miles from campus; Discovery, 70 miles from campus

National Parks: Glacier National Park, 140 miles from campus; Yellowstone National Park, 270 miles from campus

Type of college: Public, co-educational, doctoral; member of the Montana University System

Campus: Sits at the base of Mount Sentinel, which includes one of the state’s most popular hiking trails ,and is adjacent to the Clark Fork River. The campus occupies 200 acres with 64 buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM’s campus also includes a golf course, pool, full fitness center, soccer field, softball field, and track.

Housing: Nine residence halls on campus offer students a variety of living options: double rooms, single rooms, and suites. Housing is also available off campus for upper classmen and students with families. These options include Lewis & Clark Villages and University Villages. For more information, visit the Residence Life website.

Academic Year: Fall and spring semesters with a three-week winter session between semesters; two five-week summer sessions.

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

Experience Montana

  • International and national academic reputation as the state’s flagship public university.
  • An extraordinary faculty that provide personal attention (translation: 19/1 student-to-faculty ratio)
  • 76% of all undergraduate classes have less than 30 students; 89% have less than 50.
  • World-class learning and undergraduate research opportunities and facilities–UM is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.
  • UM has twice hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This annual gathering welcomes up to 2,600 scholars and their faculty mentors from all the institutions in the United States for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement.
  • Ranked 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars. Only five public universities rank in the top 20, and the rest are elite private universities like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
  • UM has more Udall Scholars than any University in the country.
  • A diverse learning community of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, artists, and writers, from several ethnic, economic, religious, national, and international backgrounds.
  • On the Peace Corps list of “Top Producing Colleges and Universities” ahead of Brown and Yale.
  • One of the nation’s 377 top institutions for undergraduate education and a great buy according to the Princeton Review.
  • UM’s School of Journalism has been training journalists for 100 years.
  • During the past five years, radio-television students at UM have won 13 Northwest Emmy Awards, more than any other college or university in the region.
  • The school’s alumni include nine Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.
  • In 2013, recent UM grads took first and second place in the multimedia and radio competitions of the national Hearst Journalism Awards.