We Are Montana

The University of Montana is a place where top-tier students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come and thrive. We are happy that your student has chosen UM and we welcome you to our Griz Family!


During their time at UM, students make lasting memories. Campus traditions play an important role in creating those memories by teaching students about the history of their institution, building community, and cultivating pride and enthusiasm. Below are some of our many University of Montana traditions.

  • During Homecoming, a weeklong celebration, students partake in a parade, the Hello Walk, and Singing on the Steps during the Friday night pep rally.
  • The Forestry Club hosts Boondockers' Day and the Foresters' Ball.
  • The men's basketball team invites students to join them in re-painting the M annually.
  • Fraternities and Sororities have been active on campus for 110 years and have many traditions of their own.
  • The #37 Grizzly football jersey tradition began in 1983 with Griz fullback and Plentywood native Kraig Paulson, who passed his number on to a younger player who hailed from the state of Montana.
  • The Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow brings together Native Americans from across the nation for dancing, singing, and storytelling.
  • Each fall an unknown person scales Main Hall in the dead of night and impales a pumpkin on the spire atop the clock tower.
  • Family Weekend welcomes parents and families to campus to meet and celebrate the organizations, people and places that have become so important to your student(s).


The word "honor" evokes recognition, respect and distinction. The University of Montana hosts and endorses honor societies for students of all majors based on academic excellence and leadership.

Alongside our alumni, we honor the past to shape the future. UM alumni are loyal supporters and ambassadors who offer expertise from their professional lives.

UM recognizes that our campus is located on traditional Bitterroot Salish land. Montana is home to seven American Indian reservations, eight tribal governments, and twelve American Indian tribes. UM recognizes and honors the positive contributions of American Indian students, communities, history, and culture to the university.


We will celebrate Family Weekend with service to the campus and Missoula communities. Our collective impact is just one facet of UM's commitment to service.

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