Parents and Family

Welcome to the University of Montana Family!

We are excited to be a part of your student's transition to college, and we realize families play an important role in this experience.  We invite parents, guardians, spouses and other family to attend certain portions of the Big Sky Experience - our award-winning week of welcome. 

You will have the opportunity to meet professional staff and administrators who can answer your questions and provide you with information on student programs and services. You can talk to current students who can give you a realistic idea of college student life. Our program also offers a variety of social events where we extend our casual Montana hospitality.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Griz Family Portal is your key to staying in the loop about important upcoming events, dates and deadlines, news, and more!  We use a platform called CampusESP, which allows you to completely personalize and curate the kinds of topics you are interested in hearing about, as well as the frequency with which you will get emails. Create your account here.

Yes, please do!  Families are always invited to attend the opening Welcome and a variety of special activities and sessions on the first day of the program in both fall and spring.  Sessions families are invited to attend are marked with an * in the posted schedules.

Here at UM, we pre-register new first-year students in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for their academic major or their area(s) of interest. After students complete Bear Tracks, they will be contacted by their academic advisor, who will arrange a time to meet with them 1-on-1 to review the course schedule they created and provide the opportunity for students to make adjustments. 

If you have questions about this please contact the Admissions Office at 406-243-6266.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with academic advisors remotely after they have completed their Bear Tracks.

Additional Information

  • Visit our Resources page for additional information on travel & accommodations, outdoor trips, and campus contacts.
  • Griz Family News is the official newsletter for families of enrolled students at the University of Montana. This newsletter is published monthly during the academic year and offers useful information and dates for families and students.
  • For more information about our new student transition programs, please visit the First-Year or Transfer Student pages.