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About the University of Montana


The University of Montana (UM) is a multi-campus university serving the western portion of 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.


Welcome Message from President Engstrom

UM 2020: Building a University for the Global Century

The Strategic Plan for the University of Montana


Global Leadership Initiative (GLI)

One of the most exciting new programs UM offers is the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI).  Currently in its third year, the GLI brings together a cohort of first-year students from all backgrounds to participate in a four-year program teaching them the skills necessary to be leaders in an increasingly interconnected, or global world.

As a faculty member at UM, you can participate in this initiative by:

  • developing a course proposal for the first-year students,
  • participating in one of the faculty subcommittees,
  • volunteering to lead GLI discussion sessions,
  • getting involved in the student advising process, or
  • mentoring capstone projects.

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.