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The University of Montana – Western, located in Dillon, Montana, was founded in 1894. Originally known as the Montana State Normal School, and later as Western Montana College, the name was changed to its current form when the school joined the University of Montana System.
UMW is the only public institution in the United States to offer Experience One model where a term is broken into four parts of 18 days each. Each part focuses on a single subject. This method has proved successful for UMW, whose students have shown above average results. UMW offers many four year degree programs in a variety of subjects.
Some programs are:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrolling at UMW must meet one of the following three requirements:
An ACT score of 22 or an SAT score of 1540
A cumulative GPA of 2.5
Rank in the top 50% of the graduating class
Students who meet one of the above requirements must then submit a completed application along with the fee, send a high school transcript (once high school is completed), complete a high school self report form, submit form showing immunizations and a transcript of either the ACT or SAT exam.
Students may receive financial aid. All students pursuing financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code for UMW should placed in the application. The code is 002537.
The University of Montana West athletics teams, known as the Bulldogs, participate in the Frontier Conference, which is an affiliate National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Sport programs offered:
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates Western Montana College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at The University of Montana – Western is about 1,800.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,300. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,700-$4,400
- Out-of-State: $15,000-$17,740
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $150-$180 per unit
- Out-of-State: $620-$740 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||91%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||63%||$3,893|
|Receiving Student Loans||89%||$4,232|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, The University of Montana – Western may provide student services including:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
Western Montana College has an overall graduation rate which is close to 37%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||11%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
- * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1997)
The University of Montana – Western is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports belonging to the NAIA Division I classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Basketball (Frontier Conference)
- Football (Frontier Conference)
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