University of Montana, Missoula

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University of Montana, Missoula was Labeled the most scenic campus in America by Rolling Stone. The University of Montana (also referred to as "the U", "U of M", and "UM") was founded in 1893 and today is the flagship campus of the University of Montana system. It is renowned for its research, fine arts, economic development and prowess in producing Rhodes Scholars, in addition to Udall Scholars, Goldwater Scholars and Truman Scholars.

The university traces its roots back to 1881, when Congress dedicated 46,000 acres for it. The first set of buildings went up in 1895, and today landmarks include the Oval (the school's traditional center), the "M" hiking trail, which runs three-quarters of a mile above campus, and Memorial Row, two columns of evergreen trees planted in 1919 to honor those who died in World War I.


UM is made up of five colleges and three independent schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (est. 1893)
  • College of Forestry and Conservation (est. 1913), which houses the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Social Work and School of Public and Community Health Sciences
  • College of Technology (est. 1956)
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts, which houses the School of Art, School of Theatre and Dance, School of Media Arts and School of Music
  • School of Business Administration (est. 1918)
  • School of Journalism (est. 1914)
  • School of Law (est. 1911)
  • Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences (est. 2009)

In 2012, there were just under 15,000 students at the university, with the great majority enrolled in the arts and sciences. Online courses are offered through the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning.

UM is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Financial Aid

UM offers a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid. Merit-based scholarships include an Army ROTC scholarship, Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program and The Davidson Honors College Presidential Leadership Scholarship.

The school also offers a range of government and private loans through its financial aid program.


UM's sports teams are nicknamed the Grizzlies, competing in the NCAA's Big Sky Conference since 1963. Previously, UM's teams were part of the Pacific Coast Conference, which today is the PAC-12. The school has a notorious rivalry with Montana State University.

Student Housing

There is one all-female hall, one all-male hall and seven co-educational halls in the student housing program. Within these quarters, there are several Living Learning Communities for students with particular interests.


The school's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library is host to the oldest edition of the Lewis and Clark Journals. In May 2000, the library added its millionth volume. It also has thousands of periodicals and newspapers.

General Information

Lommasson Center 103
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6266
(800) 462-8636
Fax: (406) 243-5711
[email protected]
Contact: Jed Liston
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services
Enrollment Services, Lommasson Center 103
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6266
Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,200

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
First Professional

Admissions Information

College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Percent applicants admitted: 96%

College Majors

Architecture& Related Programs
City/Community/RegionalPlanning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Asian Studies B
Native American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/TheaterArts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular/MolecularBiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Administrative/SecretarialServices A,C
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management A
InternationalBusiness B
ManagementInformation Systems B
MarketingManagement A,B
Office Management A
Sales and Distribution C

Communications & Journalism
BroadcastJournalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Data Processing Technology A

Construction Trades
Building/PropertyMaintenance A,C

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Education– General B
ElementaryEducation B
English Teacher Education B
MathematicsEducation B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
SecondaryEducation B

Engineering Technologies
ElectricalEngineering Technologies A

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/RhetoricalStudies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Latin B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Clinical/MedicalLaboratory Technology A
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Assistance A
Medical Transcription A
Nursing – Practical A
Pharmacy Assistance C
RespiratoryTherapy A
Surgical Technology A

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Legal Administrative Assistance A
Paralegal/LegalAssistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics– General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Diesel Mechanics A
IndustrialEquipment Maintenance/Repair C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics/ComputerScience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Wildlife/WildernessManagement B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/PhysicalFitness B
Parks/LeisureFacilities Management B

Personal & Culinary Services
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C

Philosophy & Religion

Physical Sciences
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
CommunityOrganization/Advocacy C
Social Work B

Social Sciences
InternationalRelations B
PoliticalScience/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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