#3 Best Public Universities in Montana

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

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The University of Montana overview
Location Missoula, Montana
Online umt.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
The University of Montana overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Montana, located in Missoula, offers a picturesque campus set in the western part of the state, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Northern Rockies. Founded in 1893, it is the flagship institution of the Montana University System and boasts a rich historical context with notable campus architecture, including the iconic Main Hall. The university provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with particular strengths in environmental sciences, wildlife biology, forestry, and journalism. The University of Montana has a moderately selective admissions process and fosters a residential academic experience with a variety of on-campus housing options. While not primarily known for its athletics, the school competes in NCAA Division I as the Grizzlies, particularly distinguished in football within the Big Sky Conference. The campus atmosphere blends academic pursuits with access to outdoor activities, mirroring the adventurous spirit of its location.

In the most recent statistical year 8,943 prospective students applied, and 8,530 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,621 enrolled in the school.  6,941 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,014 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,515 plus fees of $2,204. The University of Montana is ranked 724 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












The University of Montana is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

The University of Montana overview
SAT 1070/1280
ACT 18/26
GPA 3.36

Applications Accepted

The University of Montana overview
Applications Due Aug 18, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Montana Resident Tuition

In State Costs for The University of Montana
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$2,204
Room and Board $11,608
Budget for Other Expenses$4,932
Total One Year Cost$25,359

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for The University of Montana
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$2,204
Room and Board $11,608
Budget for Other Expenses$4,932
Total One Year Cost$47,012

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by The University of Montana students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Social Sciences 12%
Communication 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Health Professions 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=180489 IPEDS survey data for The University of Montana.

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