Frequently Asked Questions


Each student has a personalized "Admitted Student Checklist", which is your pathway to completing all the nuts and bolts of becoming a student after you are admitted.  Ultimately, this checklist will help you get connected with your assigned academic advisor so you can register for your first-semester classes.  If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 406-243-6266.

Fall Start

Here at UM, we register new first-year students in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for your academic major or your area(s) of interest. Students will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their schedule during a one-on-one meeting after completing required tasks on your Admitted Student Checklist. In order for us to register you in Core Courses, you must complete all necessary tasks first.

Transfer students who complete required tasks on their Admitted Student Checklist will be contacted by their academic advisor to set up an appointment, during which they will register for classes.

Spring Start

The first step for both first-year and transfer students is to complete all required tasks on their Admitted Student Checklist.  Academic advisors will reach out to students once they are eligible to register for classes to arrange an academic advising appointment.  During this appointment students will be able to select and register for their spring classes.

Yes, all incoming students are expected to complete our completely online, self-paced New Student Orientation program.  This program will become available over the summer for fall students and in November for spring students, so keep an eye on your email!

In addition to this, all incoming traditional aged first-year students are expected to also attend the Big Sky Experience before classes begin.  For Fall students, the BSE is Monday-Fiday before classes begin, and for Spring students the BSE is a one-day program right before classes begin.

Fall Start

The Big Sky Experience is UM's award-winning week of welcome, which includes moving in to your residence hall, starting to use your meal plan, a multi-day community immersion project, and tons of opportunities to meet new friends and become familiar with campus. Students will be asked to select their desired project site over the summer.  See past campus and community partner sites here.

All traditional-aged first-year students are required to attend this in-person program, in addition to completing our online New Student Orientation program.

Transfer students and adult learners over the age of 21 are invited, but not expected to attend the in-person Big Sky Experience program.

Spring Start

For a variety fo reasons, the spring BSE program is condensed to one day.  Students will still have the opportunity to make connections with other new students and near peers, learn all they need to be successful in their first semester of college, and become familiar with campus and our support services.

Every new student will see a $153 New Student fee on their first semester's bill. Transfer students are required to pay this even if you do not plan to attend the in-person Big Sky Experience program.

Yes. Keep an eye out for more information from UM Housing regarding arrival and move-in.

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.