The University of Montana - Western

The University of Montana - Western Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is The University of Montana - Western Ranked?

2022 Rankings

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The University of Montana - Western was awarded 54 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Montana Western is ranked #1,265 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Montana Western also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Montana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Montana Western?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to The University of Montana - Western you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 61%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to Montana Western submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 480 to 590 )
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SAT Math Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 490 to 550 )
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Montana Western received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for The University of Montana - Western  ( 16 to 22 )
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The University of Montana - Western Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At The University of Montana - Western, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at The University of Montana - Western is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at The University of Montana - Western

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like The University of Montana - Western enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 11% for first-time, full-time students at Montana Western, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

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The University of Montana - Western Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,358 undergraduates at Montana Western with 1,126 being full-time and 232 being part-time.

How Much Does The University of Montana - Western Cost?

The overall average net price of Montana Western is $13,929. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Montana Western

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,142 $11,133 $14,264 $15,719 $15,912

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Montana Western, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Montana Western, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,968 a year. That adds up to $27,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Montana Western is 11.1%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Montana Western Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Montana Western with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $30,400 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 24% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.

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Location of The University of Montana - Western

Located in Dillon, Montana, The University of Montana - Western is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Dillon draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Montana Western are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 710 S Atlantic, Dillon, MT 59725-3598
Phone: 406-683-7011
Website: w.umwestern.edu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MontanaWestern

The University of Montana - Western Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 70 $31,900
Business Administration & Management 54 $32,700
Teacher Education Subject Specific 32 $33,500
Animal Services 18 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 17 $30,500
Health & Physical Education 14 NA
General Psychology 11 NA
General Biology 9 NA
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 7 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 7 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at The University of Montana - Western along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Montana Western

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 394 students took at least one online class at The University of Montana - Western. This is a decrease from the 479 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 394 234
2017-2018 479 254
2016-2017 484 257
2015-2016 355 157
2013-2014 297 83

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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