Bear Tracks

Already registered for Online Bear Tracks? That’s great! Your next step is to log in and complete the self-paced program so you can connect with an academic advisor and review your first-semester course schedule with them.  Log in to Online Bear Tracks with these instructions today!


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.

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?

First-year students beginning in summer or fall are expected to complete Bear Tracks and attend New Student Orientation. Students must be admitted for the summer or fall term at the University of Montana or Missoula College prior to completing Bear Tracks.

You can register now by clicking the button below.

How do I complete Bear Tracks?

Bear Tracks is now open!  Students should first register for the Bear Tracks program via the link above, and upon registration lookout for an email confirmation with instructions on how to log in to Moodle and get started.

If you are already registered for Bear Tracks, simply follow these instructions to access the course:

  • Log in to your Moodle account using the Moodle NetID Log In
    • You can find your NetID using the NetID Lookup Tool
    • If you have never logged in with your NetID, your initial password is the last six digits of your UM ID number (begins with 790)
  • Access "Online Bear Tracks" on the left side in the Orientation tab
  • Complete all of the required steps and submit the "Completion Survey" survey at the end

Where can I find more information?

Join Devin Carpenter, Director of New Students Success, every other Wednesday from 3:30 – 4 p.m. beginning on March 31, 2021 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.