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University of Montana

Missoula, MT

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About This Campus

Chartered in 1893, UM offers a broad arts and science curriculum. Fully accredited, the University offers over 174 majors/minors. More than 80% of the full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree offered in their field. Enrollment is approximately 11,500, with 26% of students from out-of-state. The 200-acre campus is centered on a tree-lined oval, skirted by the Clark Fork River. Missoula is an outdoor mecca where students enjoy many outdoor recreation including downhill/cross-country skiing, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, camping, and more! Missoula is the second largest city in Montana and is often referred to as the cultural center of Montana. Students take advantage of the city's unique cultural activities- downtown farmer's markets, art walks, festivals, and concerts in Caras Park just minutes from campus. Because of its mild winters and moderate summers, Missoula is referred to as the "Garden City."

Location Information

University of Montana is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluence with the Bitterroot River in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the "Hub of Five Valleys." Missoula is an easy day drive from Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Parks and Canada, and just miles from campus you will find numerous wilderness areas.

Helpful Information

Students at our campus enjoy recreating outdoors in all seasons. UM's Outdoor Program offers transportation, classes, workshops, and a full outdoor gear rental program for many outdoor activities. Transportation: Missoula International Airport is a 10-minute drive from campus. Public transportation in Missoula is free for UM students, so there's no need for a car but definitely bring a bicycle!

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Missoula
Population | 70,000
Enrollment | 9,200
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/27-12/14
Spring | 01/10-05/03

Campus Diversity

White | 79%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 5%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 2%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Professional programs in pharmacy and physical therapy are closed.

Registration in most upper division courses may require consent of instructor and demonstrated proof of prerequisites. Art, biology, business, computer science, education, and media arts cannot be guaranteed and may require instructor consent. Most classes in creative writing and journalism require instructor's consent which must be negotiated by the individual.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Wildlife Biology - Our academic programs and geographic location provide excellent opportunities for wildlife study and student research. Students come to UM from across North America to benefit from the close proximity to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the National Bison Range, and nearby national forests and wildlife refuges. The University's Biological Station on Flathead Lake offers biology courses during the summer and is available for research. We offer options in both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife biology with courses ranging from organismal biology to applied ecology and conservation management.
  • Journalism - Our goal here is to train working journalists who can hit the ground running when they enter the job market. Soon after students arrive, we send them into the world. They learn how to report and write about public affairs. They talk with experts, debate important policy issues and learn how to use digital tools to reach a broader audience.
  • Environmental Studies - The EVST Program's mission is to provide students with the literacy, skills, and commitment needed to foster a healthy natural environment and create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world. Our faculty offer courses in natural science, social science, and humanities, and our students are encouraged to engage fully with the Missoula community and Montana landscape around us. EVST features at 10-acre working organic farm (PEAS Farm), a 2-house/6-student community sustainability residence project (UM FLAT), and a 25-year old environmental literacy magazine (Camas). We welcome you to join us!See www.cas.umt.edu/evst for more information.
  • Creative Writing - Founded in 1920, University of Montana's Creative Writing Program is one of the oldest, most prestigious in the country. Shaped by presences such as Leslie Fieldler, Patricia Goedicke, Richard Hugo, and William Kittredge, the program offers student writers instruction and mentorship by a committed and diverse group of faculty, visiting writers, alumni, and peers.
  • Business Administration - The School of Business Administration prides itself on its strong commitment to experiential learning. In fact, most classes at the junior and senior level are built around a focus on learning by doing. Pair that with our notable career development program, and our graduates are well-prepared for a professional career.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Entertainment Management - The University of Montana Entertainment Management certificate explores the entertainment business-- music, television, film, sports, live performance, literary and visual arts. UMEM introduces students to the business of entertainment while providing an opportunity to learn from top industry professionals, including alumni, representing: WME/IMG, CUT Recordings, SRO Consultants, Citizen Net, Paramount Pictures, and more, in a relaxed classroom environment. This one-of-a-kind program offers an incredible opportunity for students looking to break into the entertainment industry and is designed to be completed in 1 year.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Forensic Anthropology

Area Studies: African American Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Celtic Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Cinema and Cultural Studies, First Nation Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanese Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Design Technology, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Field Biology, Fish Biology, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Entertainment Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Sound Design, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Design/Web Media

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminology, Forensic Science

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Technology Education, Theatre Education

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Range Management/Resources, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Recreation Management

Forestry: Forest Management, Forestry

General Studies: Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Cartography, Environmental Planning, Geography, Physical Geography, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Community Health, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Health Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

Interdisciplinary Studies: Non-Profit Programs

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Languages, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish

Library Science: Library Science

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Acting, Ballet, Dance, Design/Technical, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Recreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Rural Sociology, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Summer-only exchange is open to Plan A and requires on-campus housing.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, 193.00 computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 08/05/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3677.00.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 21
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 21
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/05/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $30.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $75.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $225.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee $73.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $138.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee $123.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $276.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $15.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $99.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $121.00 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $67.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Transportation Fee $42.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Facilities Fee $97.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Equipment Fee $25.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Student Support Fee $25.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
ASUM Fee $73.00 Year Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: Plan A or B students exchanging to UM without valid insurance must purchase UM insurance each semester of attendance.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,850 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002536

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/05/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 0% living on campus
  • Double: $9966.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $544.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UM has an off-campus, fully-furnished apartment complex (Lewis & Clark Apartments) for upper-class student ~1 mile from campus on the bus route. NSE students love L&C! SUMMER-ONLY students (only Plan A accepted) are required to live on campus.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2836.00 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
The All-Campus Meal Plan offers 21 "Food Zoo" entrances a week and $200 flex dollars for any campus location- Pizza Hut, Food Court (Docs Sandwich, Burgers, Tacosano, Eson Gib Japanese, Harvest Salad Bar), Just Chillin smoothie shoppe, coffee shoppes, and "The Market" grocery store.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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