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Jenna Meldrum, a junior from Havre studying music education at UM, doodles near the Grand Griz on a recent warm day.

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Coronavirus updates

All MUS campuses, including the University of Montana, will transition to remote delivery of instruction effective March 23. See UM's Coronavirus Information page for more details.

Students: Keep on Learning

UM students can find remote learning tools, tips and support on UMOnline's Keep on Learning webpage.

Faculty: Keep on Teaching

UM faculty members can find remote learning tools, tips and support on UMOnline's Keep on Teaching webpage.

Employees: Keep on Working

UM employees can find information on leave polices and remote working options on UMOnline's Keep on Working webpage.



Happening at UM

UM students work in a computer lab

UM Adds to Robust Lineup of Data and Technology Programs

UM students now have the option to explore three new degree options in software engineering, data science and algorithm design ­− each offered in UM’s Department of Computer Science.

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Face-to-Face for Fall 2020

The University of Montana is planning to host in-person instruction for fall 2020 classes. You’ll receive a tomorrow-proof education while enjoying all our wide open spaces.

Dr. Alan Townsend, new dean of UM's College of Forestry and Conservation

National Search Yields New UM Forestry Dean

Dr. Alan Townsend, an ecosystem ecologist who previously led distinguished programs at Duke University and the University of Colorado Boulder, will join the University of Montana as dean of the...

The Grizzly Statue at UM with fall foliage on the Oval

UM Updates Schedule for Fall Semester

UM has announced an earlier start and end to the fall semester 2020 as a mitigation measure in response to novel coronavirus. Fall semester at UM will start Wednesday, Aug. 19, and conclude...

University of Montana law Professor Jordan Gross

Law Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Study Indigenous Justice

University of Montana law Professor Jordan Gross has earned a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to serve as a research chair in Indigenous Public Policy and Criminal Justice at the University...

prayer flags sway in the wind atop Gangla Karchung Pass in Bhutan

UM Signs Agreement with Institute in Bhutan

The University of Montana has renewed a memorandum of understanding with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research in Bhutan.


A Day to Commit to Work That Remains

Let us not only recognize Juneteenth as a significant milestone in our history but also as a reminder that more work remains to dismantle racism and oppressive practices.
William Yellow Robe Jr.

UM Presents Honorary Doctorate Via Virtual Ceremony

In a sign of the times, UM presented an honorary doctorate virtually for the first time in its 127-year history. The online honor went to William Yellow Robe Jr., a noted playwright, author, poet...

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UM Launches New Environmental Science and Sustainability Degree

The University of Montana has created a new undergraduate degree program: Environmental Science and Sustainability. Housed in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the ESS program...

University of Montana: Office of the President

From the President: A Statement on Racist Incidents

Over the past few weeks, the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have convulsed communities across the country. We commit to acknowledging that we must do better.
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UM Creates University Design Team to Chart Direction of Flagship’s Future

Imagining a flagship for America’s future is the core mission of the University Design Team, a group of University of Montana employees newly charged with charting the University’s future...

Alumna Carly Zilge

Communication Studies Graduate Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Carly Zilge, a recent graduate of UM’s World Languages and Cultures department, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Russia during the 2020-21 academic year. 

Recent UM graduate Jiakai Lou stands outside the Journalism Building at UM

Journalism Student Wins National Multimedia Championship

Jiakai “JK” Lou, a student in the UM School of Journalism, was named the overall national multimedia champion of the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program on June 5.

UM alumna and filmmaker Alyson Spery

Alumna Filmmaker to Travel to Mexico on Fulbright Scholarship

 Documenting the lives of Mexicans impacted by immigration and teaching her subjects how to tell their own stories is a project University of Montana alumna and filmmaker Alyson Spery knows...

Hilary Martens, an assistant professor in the UM Department of Geosciences, with Mount Sentinel in the background

Geosciences Program Awarded $1.4M for Mountain Watershed Research

As mountain watersheds store and release water, the Earth’s shape changes ever so subtly. UM’s Department of Geosciences now can track those changes by GPS, thanks to a $1.4 million cut of a...

Nicholas Fry, a graduate of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana

Alumnus Awarded Fulbright for Iceland Energy Studies

Nicholas Fry, a graduate of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Iceland during the 2020-21...

UM alumna Margaret Schaefers stands in front of Main Hall in her cap and gown

UM Graduate Earns Fulbright Assistantship to Uruguay

Margaret Schaefers, a 2019 graduate of UM’s World Languages and Cultures department, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Uruguay during the 2020-21 academic...

UM grad student Scott Waller stands outdoors in the snow

Wildlife Biology Master’s Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Scott Waller, a graduate student in UM’s Wildlife Biology program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Russia during the 2020-21 academic year. Waller will conduct research in the...

Reporter E. Tammy Kim

Journalism School Welcomes Fall Pollner Professor

The School of Journalism has named reporter and former attorney E. Tammy Kim the Distinguished T. Anthony Pollner Professor for fall 2020. Kim will be in residence this fall, teaching about the...

UM student works on a laptop in a study lounge

Micro-Internships Provide UM Students Big Opportunities

Montana’s Experiential Learning and Career Success office now offers an innovative micro-internship program through Parker Dewey, a freelance platform for college students and recent graduates.

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UM to Light Main Hall and M to Honor Area High School Grads

UM will celebrate Missoula County high school graduates by lighting its historic Main Hall in the various school colors from 9 to 11 p.m. June 1-8, with each high school getting its own evening. 

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UM Announces Spring Semester Graduates

The University of Montana has 1,863 students who are degree candidates for spring semester 2020. 
Congratulations Class of 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020

We are proud of you and wish you well as you graduate this weekend from the University of Montana! While we will not all be together, there are plans to celebrate at the departmental level and we...

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Emergency Fund Helps UM Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

The UM Emergency Student Support Fund has been established to help enrolled students with unexpected crisis or hardship created by COVID-19. Funds are made available through the generous donations...

Kathleen Cotter of Helena

Graduate Student Earns Top Speech-Language Fellowship

 For the first time ever, a UM student has earned a highly competitive Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities’ Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship at Oregon Health &...

UM student Jonathan Karlen

UM Student Wins Prestigious Udall Scholarship

UM student Jonathan Karlen has been named a Udall Scholar, considered one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to students studying in fields related to the environment and issues related...
UM graduate student Claire Rawlings Gilder takes notes while wearing waders in the river

Graduate Student Earns Major NSF Fellowship

Claire Rawlings Gilder, a geosciences graduate student at the University of Montana, has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
Business Emergency Assistance and Recovery Powered by UM

UM Launches Initiative to Aid Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 now have a single point of entry to assistance and expertise, thanks to the new Business Emergency Assistance and Recovery (B.E.A.R.) Powered by UM initiative.

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Professors Create, Post Signs of Support Outside Missoula Hospitals

Two UM professors in the College of the Arts and Media decorated dozens of signs showing support for health care professionals and posted them outside Missoula’s two hospitals earlier this week. A...

UM student dancers perform in “Void”

Dance Students Excel at Regional Conference

UM's School of Theatre and Dance bolstered its standing as one of the nation’s most decorated institutions with another extraordinary showing at the recent American College Dance Association...

Researcher Curtis Noonan stands in front of the Skaggs Building at UM

UM Receives Over $10M for Research Center on Population Health

As emergent pathogens like coronavirus and climate-related health challenges like wildfire smoke plague human populations, UM has received funding for a center dedicated to understanding and...

A student fills a small bottle with liquid hand sanitizer made in a UM lab

Regents Professor Produces Hand Sanitizer for First Responders

On a normal day, UM Regents Professor Richard Bridges spends his time researching potentially life-saving projects in neuroscience. These days he’s elbow deep in isopropyl alcohol and vegetable...

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Keeping UM Connected

Stay connected even while you learn remotely! Find virtual activities with other UM students to have fun, pass the time, stay healthy and prepare for your future. 

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Start Planning Your Summer of Learning Today

UM offers more than 200 online courses over seven different session during the summer. Registration is open and no pin is required.

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Options for Applying to UM Are Now Twice as Nice

There are now two ways to apply to the University of Montana! Complete our standard application or apply using the Common App.


UM wildlife biology students practice telemetry on campus

UM Launches Joint Wildlife Biology, Public Administration Degree

Recognizing an increasing demand for careers in wildlife biology and public and nonprofit administration, UM’s Master of Public Administration and Wildlife Biology programs have created a new...

Rancher Tyrel James Bignell, left, and UM student Jiakai (JK) Lou poses for photo on the Bignell Ranch

Journalism Student Wins National Award for Ranch Documentary

A UM journalism student received first place in the Hearst Journalism Awards – one of the most prestigious honors for college-level journalism – for his multimedia look into Montana...

UM Alumna Rose Bear Don't Walk smiles at the camera during her December graduation ceremony

Alumna Brings Indigenous Plant Knowledge Home to Her Community

Rose Bear Don’t Walk is returning to her roots — and bringing some traditional knowledge back with her. As the recipient of a prominent Fellowship of the Future from the organization 500 Women...

A map of the world with dots indicating the hometowns of UM students on the Dean's List and the President's 4.0 List

UM Students Make Dean’s List, President’s 4.0 List

At the University of Montana, 2,429 undergraduate students made the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. That represents more than one-third of the University’s undergraduate...

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