The University of Montana – Western

Also known as Western Montana College

710 S Atlantic, Dillon, MT

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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:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Rodeo
  • Equestrian

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

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at The University of Montana – Western is about 1,400, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,500. 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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid90%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$6,892
Receiving Student Loans59%$8,088

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

Graduation Rates

Western Montana College has an overall graduation rate which is close to 37%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years21%
Graduating in 5 Years11%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1997)

Intercollegiate Athletics

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)
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Rodeo
  • Equestrian

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies


English Language and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation


    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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