Bear Tracks


Bear Tracks is currently only open for students beginning in Spring 2022.  Students beginning in Summer or Fall 2022 will get access in late February.

When you earn your degree at the University of Montana, you’re going to be ready for anything the future throws at you. We call it tomorrow proofing, and it’s part of a transformative educational experience in the extended classroom of Big Sky Country and the Rockies. Take the next step right now! Register for and complete Bear Tracks – our online program to help get you ready to Go Griz.

Video: Bear Tracks Video Tutorial

View this quick run-through for assistance completing the Online Bear Tracks program.

What is Bear Tracks?

Bear Tracks is a required online program and your first step to becoming a Griz. It’s designed to help you explore academic options, register for courses and get a head start on other important next steps for college – even before New Student Orientation. It’s also a fun opportunity to get acquainted with the UM community!

Why is Bear Tracks important?

At UM, your success is our top priority. It’s a place where people know your name, and you can always be sure someone has your back. That’s what Bear Tracks is all about: preparing you to hit the ground running as you begin a new adventure. It’s an opportunity to:

  • Hear from current UM students
  • Complete academic advising and course registration
  • Finalize your financial aid
  • Submit your student ID photo and set up your student email account
  • Learn about placement testing and more

Who should complete Bear Tracks?

All incoming first-year and transfer students attending UM in person are expected to complete Bear Tracks and attend New Student Orientation. Students must be admitted to the University of Montana or Missoula College prior to completing Bear Tracks.

How do I complete Bear Tracks?

Incoming students will receive information in November or March on accessing and completing this pre-orientation program.  You will be granted access to Moodle, an online learning platform you will use here at UM for many of your classes.  Simply follow the instructions provided to get logged in and begin making tracks.

Where can I find more information?

Join Devin Carpenter, Director of New Students Success for casual drop-in conversations about how you can make tracks toward your first semester at the University of Montana. Whether you have specific questions about your next steps or are just looking to learn more about the University and Missoula, feel free to stop in! These conversations are aimed at admitted students who plan to enroll at the Missoula College or the University of Montana in summer or fall 2021. We look forward to talking with you!

Please contact Devin Carpenter at 406-243-2332 or with any questions or concerns.