Get Ahead, Catch Up, Stay on Track With UM Summer Courses

UM student Siena Cysewski studies on the UM Oval during a sunny summer afternoon.

MISSOULA – Summer courses are on again at the University of Montana from May 22 through July 28. With more than 700 available options – including over 200 online and remote courses – students can get ahead, catch up and stay on track during 10-week and two five-week sessions.

Last summer, more than 430 degrees, minors and certificates were awarded from UM Summer, with nearly 3,000 students taking advantage of summer offerings. Summer 2023 courses are available to view, and registration launched Feb. 21.

“Students are always commenting about how UM Summer allowed them to get ahead on classes, and they always meet so many new friends,” said Julie Cahill, the director of UM Summer. “It’s amazing to spend a summer studying at one of the most scenic campuses in America.”

Hands-on summer learning opportunities are a hallmark at UM, which is surrounded by some of nature’s greatest outdoor classrooms. Students can take special topics and field courses or participate in research beyond the classroom in places like the Flathead Lake Biological Station, PEAS Farm or Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Members of the community, alumni and visiting students are all invited to enroll in courses, along with qualifying UM employees who can use the faculty and staff tuition waiver. Summer also offers noncredit opportunities, microcredentials and certificates available through UMOnline.

Summer 2023 also will bring high school students from in state and out of state to participate in a pre-college program. One of these programs, Summer Exploration, offers students infinite possibilities during a transformative live-in, shared, two-week experience.

“Summer 2023 will be the third time Summer Exploration has run, and for the past two years we have received extremely positive feedback from the students, who enjoyed meeting new people and getting a taste of the pre-college experience,” said Becka Simons, associate director UM Summer and Pre-College. “Parents and guardians have also shared with us how their students returned home filled with amazing stories, new friendships and a realization that college isn’t as scary as they once thought.”  

The UM Summer Office invites everyone to join the UM Summer Kick Off from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, on the UM Oval to meet the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region Pack Train. This is the third year the mule train will visit campus, and hosts will include UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Political Science and University Center.

For more information about summer, including courses, registration, tuition, financial aid and pre-collegiate opportunities, visit, email or call 406-243-5673.


Contact: Julie Cahill, UM Summer director, Office of the Provost, 406-243-5658,; Becka Simons, associate director, UM Summer and Pre-College, Office of the Provost, 406-243-5674,