UM Will Return to Face-to-Face Instruction for Fall 2020

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The University of Montana is excited to welcome students back to campus this fall for face-to-face instruction. We are working hard to provide the safest environment possible, and assure you that the health and well-being of our students, employees and community are top of mind for us as we prepare to be back on campus together. Find UM's Healthy Fall 2020 plan here

Current students: If you haven’t yet registered for fall classes, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Please contact your academic adviser for any help you might need completing your your registration. 

Incoming students: New Student Orientation will take place in-person Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17-18. All first-year students are expected to attend this programRegister for New Student Orientation here.  View the New Schedule Orientation schedule here.

UM will start the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

We have implemented a staggered approach to student residence hall move-in that will allow small groups of students to arrive between Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 16. If you will be living in the residence halls, please log into the myHousing portal to select your move-in date and time.

Students who are participating in the Freshman Wilderness Experience will follow different move-in procedures. Please visit the FWE website for more information.

All other Big Sky Experience programs and events will be held during fall semester.

If you have concerns, please email Director of New Student Success Devin Carpenter at or call 406-243-2332. If you have concerns about arriving by the start of classes on Aug.19, please contact your academic adviser.

The last day of the semester and the conclusion of finals week will be Wednesday, Nov. 25, eliminating the need for students, faculty and staff to travel between the Thanksgiving holiday and the conclusion of the semester.

Winter break will last until Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, when spring semester begins. Consistent with past semesters, there will be a limited set of exceptions to meet clinical and other programmatic needs that are not directly tied to the traditional academic calendar.

We know these changes raise many questions. We will communicate with you directly — to your official University of Montana email account and will post all information on this webpage. Please check it often for more information.

We will look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


Aug. 6, 2020: Montana Invests in University System COVID-19 Testing

Today by Gov. Steve Bullock announced a $20 million investment in COVID-19 testing capability for the Montana University System.

Aug. 4, 2020: Important Information for Off-Campus-Residing Grizzlies

This year is certain to have some unique elements to it, and I hope you will find the information below helpful as you navigate the COVID-19 environment in the Missoula community.

Aug. 3, 2020: Face Covering Policy

The University of Montana’s Interim COVID-19 Face Covering Policy is posted to the campus policies website. Additionally, the accompanying implementation procedures are posted on UM's COVID-19 website.

July 30, 2020: Student updates on UM housing, dining and more

We are working hard to get campus ready for the start of fall semester! As promised, here is information about housing, dining and Healthy Griz Kits.

July 23, 2020: How UM will teach this fall

Important information for students on how UM will teach classes this fall, the fees you may pay and what to do if there is a health reason you cannot attend in-person classes this semester.

July 17, 2020: President's MPulse Message

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to disrupt every sector of society across the world — including right here at the University of Montana.

July 10, 2020: UM Releases Healthy Fall 2020 Plan

Today, we are releasing the University of Montana Healthy Fall 2020 plan. As you look through the plan, please know that this will continue to be a work in progress.

July 8, 2020: MUS Task Force Recommends Mask Requirement

We are pleased to announce that today the MUS Healthy Fall Task Force recommended a mask requirement for all campuses across the system.

July 6, 2020: President's Message on Mask Guidance

Thank you for continuing to provide feedback on our campus-specific guidance for UM’s Healthy Fall 2020 plan. I write today with important updates regarding mask policy and plans for testing on our campus this fall.

June 19, 2020: Feedback Sought for Draft Healthy Fall 2020 Plan

I write today to share a draft of the campus-specific guidance for UM’s Healthy Fall 2020 plan. To help our planning teams refine this campus-specific guidance and to help surface considerations not yet addressed, we invite your input on this document.

June 10, 2020: General Health and Safety Guidlines

The General Health and Safety Guidelines developed by UM’s Health Advisory Group provide important context for our planning for the fall semester.

June 5, 2020: Fall Planning Measures

Over the past two months, our teams have been hard at work ensuring we have appropriate mitigation measures in place for our UM family to work, learn and live on campus during this world pandemic.

June 1, 2020: MUS Issues Fall Guidelines

The Montana University System Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force has been working over the past six weeks to develop a blueprint to guide colleges and universities as we develop plans for a safe return to campus life this fall. Now the task force has release its comprehensive handbook of guidelines.

May 21, 2020: Fall Semester Schedule

While all the details are not quite finalized, UM will start the fall semester Wednesday, Aug. 19. Final exams — and the last day of the semester — will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

May 18, 2020: UM is Face-to-Face for the Fall

I am sure you have heard by now that we will be back on campus this fall for face-to-face instruction and we are busy getting ready for you!

May 15, 2020: Fall Semester Timing Message from the President

To help reduce the risk of infection by the COVID-19 virus, all MUS campuses are encouraged to plan an academic calendar that allows for the completion of the fall semester by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

May 14, 2020: Fall Academic Calendar Update from Commissioner Clay Christian

I write today with guidance for MUS campuses regarding the Fall 2020 academic calendar. Specifically, I am encouraging campuses to design a fall academic calendar that allows for the completion of the fall term, including any required on-campus final exams, by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

See more communications from UM regarding coronavirus.