The University of Montana

The University of Montana Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how The University of Montana ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is The University of Montana Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

The University of Montana was awarded 88 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, UM is ranked #1,519 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

UM is also ranked #7 out of 13 schools in Montana.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UM?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 93%, The University of Montana is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to UM submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Montana  ( 540 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for The University of Montana  ( 520 to 620 )
UM received ACT scores from 77% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for The University of Montana  ( 21 to 26 )

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The University of Montana Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, The University of Montana is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at The University of Montana is 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at The University of Montana

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at The University of Montana is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

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 24% for first-time, full-time students at UM, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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The University of Montana Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,714 undergraduates at UM with 6,163 being full-time and 1,551 being part-time.

How Much Does The University of Montana Cost?

The overall average net price of UM is $15,246. 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 UM

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,064 $14,314 $17,049 $18,209 $18,239

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 UM, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UM, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,104 a year. That adds up to $24,416 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UM is 11.0%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do UM Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UM with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,500 in their early years. This is about 11% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at The University of Montana make the most money.

Location of The University of Montana

The University of Montana is a public institution located in Missoula, Montana. Missoula is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for UM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Missoula, Montana, Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-243-0211

The University of Montana Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 96 majors graduated from The University of Montana. Of these students, 1,694 received undergraduate degrees and 1,000 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 97 $24,500
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 93 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 61 $30,500
Wildlife Management 54 $23,200
Management Information Systems 53 $53,900
General Biology 53 $24,200
Business Administration & Management 53 $38,300
General English Literature 52 $23,700
Political Science & Government 50 $27,100
Sociology 49 $27,100

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

Online Learning at UM

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 3,057 students took at least one online class at The University of Montana. This is an increase from the 2,897 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,057 609
2017-2018 2,897 587
2016-2017 2,717 652
2015-2016 2,601 522
2013-2014 2,519 504

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Notes and References


*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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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