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Four Bear Program

The purpose of the Four Bear four-year graduation program is to facilitate, through commitments made by the participating student and The University of Montana, the student's goal of graduating from UM in four years.  First-time, full-time freshmen, including students with Advanced Placement, High School Pilot Program and college credits, are eligible. 

The Four Bear graduation contract is intended for students seriously committed to completing all of their degree requirements within four years.  More information about the program will be made available during orientations.  Students sign up for the program early in their fall semester, and must certify their compliance and participation at the end of each subsequent semester.  For more information, click here.

First-Year Reading Experience

Each year during fall semester, The University of Montana sponsors the First-Year Reading Experience to bring new students together to read a selected book and discuss it at events that include campus visits by the author.  The purpose is to provide new students a common connection through a thought-provoking book.  Every year, a committee of faculty, staff and students at The University of Montana select a book from nominations submitted by the entire campus community. The program is not mandatory but it is highly encouraged to help prepare students for their academic life on campus. 

The 2012 book selection is "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It", a collection of 11 short stories, mostly set in Montana and the American West. It was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review, along with one of the Los Angeles Times Favorite Fiction Books of the Year. It was also listed on’s Top Ten Story Collections of 2009. The book's author, Maiele Meloy, will visit campus in October to pseak about her book.

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