UM Pre-College

Welcome to Summer Exploration! 

Applications for Summer Exploration 2024 are CLOSED! 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Becka Simons at

Summer Exploration offers high school students infinite possibilities during a transformative live-in, shared, two-week experience. Admitted students will explore all aspects of student life as they engage with world-class faculty, explore the iconic landscapes and communities surrounding Missoula, Montana and build meaningful connections with other high school students and graduating high school seniors.

Who? Open to in-state, out-of-state and international mature and academically motivated students who are entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 2024, as well as seniors graduating in the spring of 2024. Admitted students will need to be present for the entire length of the official program (July 13 in the afternoon through the Final Showcase and Closing Dinner on July 25). 

Where? The University of Montana (Missoula, MT.) and/or a backpacking and camping trip via the Wild Rockies Field Institute (Montana) 

When? Saturday, July 13 - Friday, July 26, 2024 

Why? Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Students will have a choice from four course options and will earn two college credits upon successful completion of the program. 

Cost: $3,000 (the cost includes course fee, room and board, all meals and program costs.

Scholarships: Limited $500 scholarships are available. More information can be found on the scholarship information page.  

Still have Questions? Please contact Becka Simons, Associate Director of UM Summer and Pre-College at