Located in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University of Montana is a place where outstanding students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come to thrive. A city within a city, UM has an increasingly diverse population and rich culture.
Roughly 13,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world- class education in a broad range of degrees that include the sciences, liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.
The main campus spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus. More than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium round out the main campus. UM’s 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer and softball fields and an outdoor track. A new two-year education building will open in mid-2017 across the river from the Mountain Campus.
With 174 academic programs to choose from, every UM student can build an educational career that fi ts their individual interests and passions. Seventy-six percent of all undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students and the university’s 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio equates to personal attention.
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- UM has been ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2014-15, 2013-14 and 2012-13.
- Along with nursing, two-year programs at Missoula College offer education for health careers such as medical assisting, radiologic and surgical technology.
- Sunburst Sensors LLC, a company resulting from UM research by chemistry Professor Michael DeGrandpre, won $1.5 million in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition in July 2015 for producing the best device that affordably, accurately and efficiently measures ocean chemistry.
- Pharmacy students complete internships and residencies to gain real-world experience. Through the IPHARM program, UM students bring free and low-cost diagnostic testing services to communities throughout the state.
- In July 2015 UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among six winners worldwide selected to receive a grant from the Head Health Challenge I, a program sponsored by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. Patel and Rau’s work aims to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury.
- 100% of Missoula College Culinary Arts students are placed in jobs in their field upon graduation.
- More than 100,000 people attend UM theater, music, dance, art and media performances, exhibitions and screenings each year.
- UM Student Entrepreneurs compete yearly in the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. University-student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in hopes of earning a portion of more than $50,000 in prize money, all of which is generously contributed by businesses, organizations and individuals who are committed to the future of
entrepreneurship in Montana. Previous winners include the original concepts for Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing, 5 on Black restaurant and American Expedition Vehicles.
- In the past three years, 28 films by media arts students, faculty and alumni have been official selections for national and international film festivals.
- UM was ranked one of “The 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses” in 2014 by Thrillist.com.
- The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana helps UM students, alumni, faculty and staff turn their ideas into real-world businesses and nonprofit organizations.
- UM student researchers are currently involved in studies of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury and mental health disorders such as addiction and autism.
- Home to pioneering entrepreneurs, the Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) is affiliated with UM as its technology incubator, providing high tech office resources to fledging businesses. MonTEC helps entrepreneurs and startups navigate the complex world of service providers and gain access to high-quality resources such as interns, seed funding or business mentoring.
- Project Minerva engages UM undergraduate students in the search for Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars. Funded by NASA and in partnership with Harvard, University of New South Wales and Penn State, UM students work on all aspects of exoplanet science and generate publishable, original undergraduate research.
- UM recently was awarded a five-year, $45 million agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. UM faculty and students will help the Corps study and solve environmental and cultural resource problems across the nation.
- In May 2015, seven UM students became the first to graduate with a certificate in data analytics. Several departments at UM built an interdisciplinary curriculum to educate students in this cutting-edge field, starting with a first-of-its-kind course in real-time data analytics that was first offered in 2012.
- Princeton Review named the University of Montana one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2014. The list profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) offers a rich array of educational and social opportunities that promote lifelong learning and personal growth for people over 50 through noncredit short courses, special member events, lectures and community activities. This is truly learning for the joy of learning. No exams, no
grades – just fun!
- The UM School of Business Administration offers the only MBA program in the state. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business can receive an MBA in just one year.
- In May 2016, UM opened the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building. The 31,411 square-foot building is home to new executive education offerings, the Global Leadership Initiative and the UM Foundation.