UM Fast Facts

The Numbers

11K+ students
3.3 average high school GPA
24 average ACT score (out of 36)
1170 average SAT score (out of 1600)
54 percent female; 46 percent male

Missoula and UM at a Glance

Missoula: Known as the "Garden City" for its dense trees and lush green landscape, it is nestled in the heart of the northern Rockies of Western Montana. A community of over 70,000 residents, Missoula lies in a mountain forest setting where five valleys converge, three major rivers flow, and seven nearby wilderness areas offer a paramount playground for outdoor enthusiasts. You'll have ready access to some of the world's best hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and water recreation. Missoula offers urban sophistication in a mountain-town setting.

Elevation: 3,200 feet

Annual Snowfall: 42 inches

Ski Areas: Montana Snowbowl, 20 minutes from campus; Lost Trail and Discovery, both two hours from campus

National Parks: Glacier National Park, three hours from campus; Yellowstone National Park, four hours from campus

Type of college: Public, co-educational, doctoral; member of the Montana University System

Campus: Sits at the base of Mount Sentinel, which includes one of the state's most popular hiking trails, and is adjacent to the Clark Fork River. The campus occupies 220 walkable acres with 64 buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's campus also includes a golf course, pool, full fitness center, soccer field, softball field, and track.

Housing: Nine residence halls on campus offer students a variety of living options: double rooms, single rooms, and suites. Housing is also available off campus for upperclassmen and students with families. These options include Lewis & Clark Villages and University Villages. For more information, visit the UM Housing website.

Academic Year: Fall and spring semesters with two five-week summer sessions.

Degrees offered: Associate's, bachelor's, master's, first-professional, doctoral degrees, and technical certificates.

Experience Montana

  • International and national academic reputation as the state's flagship public university.
  • An extraordinary faculty that provide personal attention (translation: 19/1 student-to-faculty ratio)
  • 70% of all undergraduate classes have less than 30 students; 89% have less than 50.
  • World-class learning and undergraduate research opportunities and facilities–UM is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.
  • UM has twice hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This annual gathering welcomes up to 2,600 scholars and their faculty mentors from all the institutions in the United States for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement.
  • UM has more Udall Scholars than any University in the country.
  • A diverse learning community of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, artists, and writers, from several ethnic, economic, religious, national, and international backgrounds.
  • On the Peace Corps list of "Top Producing Colleges and Universities".
  • One of the nation's 377 top institutions for undergraduate education and a great buy according to the Princeton Review.
  • UM’s School of Journalism has been training journalists for 100 years.