Freshman Residency Requirement

Residency Policy

The State of Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education has a residency policy that requires all students with less than 30 earned college credits reside in the residence halls unless this requirement has been waived by the specific university.  At the University of Montana, exceptions to this policy are determined on a case by case basis by the Director of Residence Life.  Proper verification must be presented to support residency requirements release.  Please note that high school AP credits do not count towards the 30 earned college credit requirement.

Housing Hold

All incoming freshmen automatically have a housing hold placed on their University account until one of the following requirements are completed:

  • A housing application is submitted for the Residence Halls.
  • A release from the Freshman Residency Requirement has been submitted and approved.

The housing hold will prevent the registration of classes until the hold is released.  To avoid delays in class registration, freshmen should complete one of the above steps as soon as possible.

Release Process

Release from the Freshman Residency Requirement is not guaranteed for any reason and all releases are at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life. Please review the Release Request Form in its entirety for release guidelines, policy, and procedure.  Requests will not be reviewed unless all necessary documentation is attached.

Students must submit the following:

  • Completed Release Request Form
  • Letter from the student explaining why they should be released from the requirement.
  • If under the age of 20, a letter from the student's parents or legal guardians supporting the student's request to be released from the requirement.
  • Any additional documentation supporting the student's request.

Release request materials may be submitted to one of the following:

  • By Mail:
    • Residence Life Office
      University of Montana
      101 Turner Hall
      Missoula, MT 59812
  • By Fax:
    • (406) 243-2344
  • By Email:
    • housing@mso.umt.edu

For more information, please contact the Residence Life Office at 406-243-2611.