The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation is much like an extended family. We are a closely knit, relatively small academic unit that provides personal attention, advising and mentoring for each student. At the same time, we're large enough that students can interact with an extensive network of new friends, find experienced counsel from faculty and staff, be introduced to a network of alumni and professionals actively working in the field, and have challenging academic choices.
We're confident that your student will graduate from our college ready and able to work in their chosen natural resource profession. A survey of our existing students found that 95 percent of seniors had held a job or internship related to their major while they were in school; 80 percent of those jobs or internships were paid. A survey of alumni found that 97 percent of our graduates are employed or in graduate school and 85 percent of those work in the field they studied in. Employers tell us that they prefer to hire students they know and students who have experience. We'll help your student gain that experience by working with our network of more than 150 local, state, federal, NGO and private employers. We also partner with UM's Career Services office to keep students informed about jobs.
Alumni and friends have long supported our students through endowed and annual scholarship funds. We're proud to offer more than 80 scholarships every year to our students. Students are selected in a variety of criteria, including academic accomplishment and involvement in service projects. The University of Montana also offers many scholarships to both in-state and out-of-state students.
Please schedule a visit to our campus any time, and when you do, please feel free to contact us directly. We love to host visitors, and we know that you and your student will find our staff, faculty and current students welcoming. The University of Montana campus is one of the country's most beautiful, and a campus tour will help you experience it all firsthand.