Office of the Registrar

Office of the Registrar

Affiliate and Griz Visitors

The University of Montana has a process by which people working or studying at the University in an unofficial but closely associated manner may obtain access to a variety of University resources. The level of access to these resources is controlled through the approval process in the appropriate office as described below. There are two types of affiliation, Affiliates and Griz Visitors.

Will you be a Griz Visitor or Affiliate?

Griz Visitor is associated with the University of Montana through some contractual, collaborative, or familial relationship that requires the use of a Griz Card, generally to access the UM Fitness and Recreation Center.


An Affiliate is associated with the University of Montana through some contractual or collaborative relationship that requires the use of a Griz Card and a NetID for online resources.

Types of Affiliates


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Dependent Griz Visitors are associated with a currently registered student or current employee of UM through a familial relationship such as spouse, domestic partner or child.

Student Dependents

  • Approval office: Office of the Registrar
  • Contact information: Office of the Registrar, 406-243-5600
  • Application Form: Student Dependent Griz Visitor Form
    • When using this form, please SIGN IN with your UMontana student email (i.e. Afterwards, you will be promoted to enter your NetID and password. You will receive a confirmation email when the form has been successfully submitted.

Employee Dependents

Student Affiliate

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Student Affiliates are associated with the University but not currently registered. For more information and to submit the request, the sponsoring department, advisor or program leader must submit an email request to the Office of the Registrar. International students must contact the Office of Foreign Student and Scholar Services at 406-243-5580.
Examples: Short term international students, visiting student groups or students completing courses work.

Faculty Affiliate

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Faculty Affiliates and Griz Visitors are associated with an academic department or organization of the University for the purposes of research or academic oversight. For more information and to apply to become a faculty affiliate, please visit the Faculty Affiliate site
Examples: Serving on a graduate committee, preceptor for nursing students, or mentoring students.

Campus Affiliate

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Campus Affiliates and Griz Visitors are associated with an external organization that works closely with the University. For more information and to submit the application, please visit the Campus Affiliate siteExamples: Employee at the UM Foundation, UM Bookstore, UM Dining or University Center Vendor, or employee of 5-year term maintenance agreement with University. 


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Alumni Griz Visitors must be annual dues-paying or lifetime members of The University of Montana Alumni Association and must have completed the minimum academic requirements to qualify as a UM alumnus/a. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association by emailing or by calling (406) 243-5211.

Obtaining a Griz Card

Once the Affiliate or Griz Visitor has completed the approval process and is entered in Banner with a University ID the person can obtain a Griz Card at the Griz Card office in the University Center.

Use of the Recreation Center

Campus Recreation membership includes access to the Fitness & Recreation Center, Grizzly Pool, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Programs (trips, classes and equipment rental), fitness classes, personal training and rock climbing wall. More on how to join may be found on the Campus Recreation website.

Accessing Network Services

Twenty four hours after the affiliate has completed the approval process and is entered in Banner with a University ID the person can utilize online services which include:

To access these services the NetID should be used for authentication purposes. More information on NetIDs and the associated password.

Emergency Messaging

All Affiliates can go to CyberBear and set their UMontana alias to point to an email account of their choice in order to receive emergency emails. They can also enter a cell phone number to receive emergency text messages.

More information on the UMontana alias.