Freshman Admission

Apply as a freshman if you are a first-time college student currently enrolled in high school, or concurrently enrolled in high school and a college (Running Start or Dual Enrollment program), or you have graduated from high school but have not attempted 12 or more college-level credits after completing high school or its equivalency.

  • Spring 2021 application closes at 5:00 pm (MST) on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
  • Summer 2021 application closes at 5:00 pm (MST) on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
  • Fall 2021 application closes at 5:00 pm (MST) on Tuesday, August 18, 2021.

Freshman Admission is a Three-Step Process


To apply online or print a paper application, click an application link above and choose the term you would like to start. You can also apply to UM using the Common Application.


Due to extenuating circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and by special exemption from the Montana Board of Regents, ACT/SAT test scores will not be required for admission to the University of Montana until spring 2022.


Send/upload an unofficial transcript when you apply. Send UM your official high school transcript upon graduation. The transcript must include your date of graduation and final GPA. The HiSET and GED are also acceptable.

Other Types of Admission


Apply as a transfer student if you have attempted 12 or more credits at another college or university. Transfer students may also apply to UM using the Common Application.


Apply as an international student if you are coming from outside the U.S., or you are living in the U.S. under an F, B, H, J, L, or M Visa.

Missoula College or Bitterroot College

Apply to Missoula College if you are interested in one- and two-year programs.

Apply to Bitterroot College if you are interested in taking classes in Hamilton. 


Learn more about applying for graduate programs, or applying for professional programs in Law, Pharmacy, or Physical Therapy.

Returning Student

Apply as a returning student if you previously attended UM and interrupted your enrollment for more than 24 months.


Post baccalaureate You have earned a degree and want to pursue another undergraduate degree

Home school


UM Online


Senior citizen Golden College Program

MOLLI extended and lifelong learning

After you're accepted

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Advanced Options: Earn Credit Toward College Graduation

The University of Montana recognizes alternative means to earn academic credits that can be applied to a college degree in several academic programs. Students should contact the UM Admissions Office for more information. Advanced Options to earn college credits include (but are not limited) to the following:

Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
College Level Examination Program CLEP
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Dual Enrollment (DE)

Statement on Admissions Policies Regarding Peaceful Protest Penalties

The University of Montana has decided to join a growing list of colleges offering amnesty through the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).  The purpose of joining this group of institutions is to demonstrate that we at UM stand with students impelled to use their voices in meaningful and peaceful ways. We ensure that disciplinary action associated with participation in such demonstrations will not negatively impact a student’s current or future admissions decision.

-Emily Ferguson-Steger, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Clery Act

In 1998, Congress passed amendments to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which had amended the earlier Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), renaming the law to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. 

The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate and important information about crimes and campus safety so they can make informed decisions. The U.S. Department of Education electronically publishes UM data, along with comparable information from other colleges and universities.

Campus Safety - Clery Act