Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Full Admission

Students who meet the academic and English language proficiency requirements are eligible to apply for full admission. We accept both freshman and transfer students for the fall or spring semesters.

Applications Steps

1. Complete an online application
2. Pay the application fee
3. Submit required application documents

You can also download our International Admissions Checklist to help you submit all required materials.

Deadlines

By submitting your application early there will be plenty of time to request test results and academic records as well as apply for a student visa.

A completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the following dates:

Fall Semester: June 15

Spring Semester: November 15
 
 

Expenses

For detailed information on estimated costs of attendance, please see Expenses and Scholarships

Scholarships

International Student Scholarship

Fully admitted undergraduate international students will be automatically considered for the International Student Scholarship at the time of application. No additional application is required.

To be eligible, students must be seeking their first bachelor's degree and must not be receiving full tuition support through an external scholarship program.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The Davidson Honors College Presidential Leadership Scholarship
The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana's premier academic scholarship, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance, and contribution to the community. Freshmen who wish to apply for the Davidson Honors College Presidential Leadership Scholarship must complete the Davidson Honors College (DHC) Application form by December 1.

For more information, please refer to The Davidson Honors College website.

Academic Department Scholarships
Many of UM's academic departments award scholarships to exceptionally talented students.  You are encouraged to contact the department of interest by January to find out more about the scholarships and application process or, when available look and apply for departmental scholarships online.  Learn more about UM Departmental Scholarships.

Intercollegiate Athletic Scholarships
If you are interested in becoming a student-athlete at the University of Montana, please contact the relevant sport in the Athletic Department.

Online Application

Application fee

A non-refundable US$30 application fee is paid online with a credit card when you submit the application. 

You can pay online after you submit the online application; OR you can mail a check or a money order with your documents. 

Checks and/or money orders should be made payable to the University of Montana.

English language proficiency requirements

Proficiency in English for study at the undergraduate level must be demonstrated by one of the following:

English Language Test     Score Requirement
TOEFL iBT and At-Home Edition
(Univ. of Montana code: 4489)
70 or higher including MyBest™ scores
TOEFL PBT 525 or higher
IELTS Academic 6.0 or higher
Cambridge English 180
Duolingo English Test (DET) 100
iTEP 3.8
PTE Academics 48
MELAB 74 or higher
SAT - Writing and Language 25
ACT - Writing 07
ACT - ELA (English Language Assessment) 18
EIKEN Grade Pre-1
UM English Language Institute 525 TOEFL ITP or a recommendation from UM English Language Institute   
ELS Language Center Successful Completion of Program Level 112
Kaplan International Successful Completion of Higher Intermediate Level
English Language Centres Successful Completion of Level 11
Education First (EF) Successful Completion of C1-1

Test scores must be ordered directly from the testing center and sent to:

University of Montana Undergraduate Admissions
32 Campus Dr.
Lommasson Center 101
Missoula, MT 59812 USA

Applicants transferring from a U.S. University or College may fulfill the English language requirement by completing a college-level English composition course with a grade of 'C-' or better. Online courses are cannot be accepted as proof of English language proficiency.

Exemptions

The following countries are exempted from submitting a test of English proficiency:
Australia, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom

International applicants who have attended and graduated from an American High School or American High School curriculum may be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders are required to take and meet the SAT or ACT general admissions requirements. These requirements can be found on the General Admissions website. (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 September 1, 2021.)

Academic Records

To be eligible for admission, freshman students must have earned/be on track to earn a U.S. high school diploma or the equivalent. For students in international secondary schools, U.S. high school equivalency is based on a 12-year program. Freshman applicants to UM must complete all (upper) secondary school requirements with the equivalent of a 2.5 GPA to be automatically considered for admission to undergraduate programs. Transfer students must have the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA. UM Undergraduate Admissions will calculate the GPA when we evaluate a student's educational records. 

International Freshmen Applicants should submit copies of:

  • academic transcripts/mark sheets listing courses and grades from all years of secondary school (grades 9-12), AND
  • any high school completion certificates/diplomas, higher secondary school certificate, "O" or "A" Level exam results, Baccalaréat results, or any other secondary school leaving certificates.
  • All academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an English translation. The applicant may make the translation themselves. 

International Transfer Applicants should submit:

  • official university transcripts from any post-secondary institutions the applicant has attended. While unofficial transcripts may be used to determine admission eligibility, the application will not be considered complete until UM has received official transcripts. Transfer credit evaluation cannot take place with unofficial transcripts.*
  • All academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an English translation.  The applicant may make the translation themselves.

*If you have completed post-secondary coursework at an institution outside of Montana, you may also be asked to submit additional information about your coursework (e.g. course descriptions, course catalogues, course syllabi) for complete transfer credit evaluation.

The University of Montana reserves the right to require further verification of all transcripts and academic records. Sending for verification may delay the admissions process.

A note on official academic records:

Academic records are considered official when they are issued directly by the school, educational bureau or ministry, sealed in an official school envelope and signed or stamped across the back flap by the school registrar, enrollment official, or exam controller. To obtain official transcripts and certificates, an applicant can do any of the following:

  • request that the school registrar, enrollment officer, or exam controller send the academic records directly to University of Montana, OR
  • request the school registrar/enrollment officer seal the documents in a school envelope and sign or stamp the back flap. The applicant can then place the sealed envelope in another envelope and send it to University of Montana. If the school envelope has been opened prior to arriving at UM, the transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Hand deliver the documents in the sealed envelope to the Undergraduate Admissions office upon arrival at UM.

Please have official academic records sent by regular mail to:

University of Montana Undergraduate Admissions
Attn: International Admission
101 Lommasson Center
Missoula, MT 59812 USA

While official, certified copies of academic credentials are not required for a provisional admissions decision, an admissions file will not be considered complete until official transcripts/exam results  have been received. A registration hold will be placed on the student's account until official copies are sent/presented to the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Country-specific Requirements

If you have completed study in one of the following countries, please see the link(s) below for specific instructions on submitting official academic records:

Financial Information

For detailed guidance on acceptable evidence of financial resources for the I-20 (Certificate of Non-Immigrant Student Status), please see Financial Documents for the I-20.

Copy of passport

Submit a copy of the information page in your valid passport. The passport should have validity for the duration of your study in the U.S.

Transfer Student from a US University

In addition to the steps above applicants must submit a completed Transfer form