About the University of Montana

Summer 2016

Welcome to the University of Montana!

I welcome you as new members of the academic community at the University of Montana. You are among the best and brightest in your field, and we take great pride in having you join this innovative and energizing institution. We admire you and your achievements, and we expect much of you.

We look for excellence in teaching and scholarship from our faculty. The University of Montana provides an excellent education for students because of the talent and dedication of the faculty. Your commitment as professors in the classroom and as mentors in research and service projects provides the key to the University’s success. Your acceptance of these responsibilities makes our University special.

Along with the other resources on this website, you will find a link to the University’s strategic plan, UM 2020: Building a University for the Global Century. After reading the plan, I am certain that you will be as excited about the future of the University as I am.

I offer my support as you begin your career with the University of Montana. I look forward to your contributions, and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.


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Royce C. Engstrom


University of Montana

The University of Montana (UM) is a multi-campus university serving the state of Montana. UM's main campus, located in Missoula, was founded in 1893.

UM has affilliate campuses in:

As a state institution, UM operates on a biennial (2-year) basis. Decisions made by the Montana State Legislature and the Montana University System Board of Regents have a direct bearing on our institution. UM is accountable to taxpayers concerning our use of state resources.

UM Mission Statement

The University of Montana pursues academic excellence as demonstrated by the quality of curriculum and instruction, student performance, and faculty professional accomplishments. The University accomplishes this mission, in part, by providing unique educational experiences through the integration of the liberal arts, graduate study, and professional training with international and interdisciplinary emphases. The University also educates competent and humane professionals and informed, ethical, and engaged citizens of local and global communities; and provides basic and applied research, technology transfer, cultural outreach, and service benefiting the local community, region, State, nation and the world.

UM Vision Statement

The University of Montana will lead as a globally focused public research university that serves the state, nation and world. Intrinsic to this mission are the underlying values of leadership, engagement, diversity and sustainability. These essential values underpin our preparation of graduates and our contributions to society in the 21st century through high-impact teaching, research, creative scholarship and service. The University of Montana will be recognized as a place of opportunity for those who study and work in a dynamic learning environment. It will be a place of vitality through its academic, cultural and athletic performance. We will realize our mission and vision through continuous, intentional integration of planning, budgeting, implementation and assessment. The University of Montana will drive economic, cultural and social development of Montana and the Northern Rockies.