University of Montana: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Main Hall at the University of Montana
Main Hall at the University of Montana. Edward Blake / Flickr

The University of Montana's 200-acre campus is located in Missoula and sits at the base of Mount Sentinel in a scenic valley. The area wins high marks for its beauty and for the opportunities it offers students for outdoor recreation. Glacier National Park is two hours away, and Yellowstone is a four-hour drive. The university is made up of five colleges and five schools, and business administration is by far the most popular undergraduate major. In athletics, the Montana Grizzlies compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Football and men's and women's basketball have met with much success in recent years.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2019-20 admissions cycle, The University of Montana had an acceptance rate of 96%. This means that for every 100 applicants, only 4 students were not admitted. Overall, the University of Montana's admissions process is not very competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2019-20)
Number of Applicants 5,380
Percent Admitted 96%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

SAT scores are not currently required for admission to the University of Montana, but the data the school reported for the 2019-20 admissions cycle can give you a sense of typical scores. 33% of applicants submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 630
Math 510 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2019-20 admissions cycle, most of the University of Montana's admitted students fall within the top 50% of test-takers nationally. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students who enrolled at the university scored between a 540 and 630, while 25% earned a 540 or lower, and another 25% got a 630 or higher. On the math section, 50% of matriculated students scored between a 510 and 610, while 25% scored a 510 or lower, and 25% got a 610 or higher. While SAT scores are not currently required for admission to the University of Montana, this data tells us that students who earn a composite score of 1240 or higher will be particularly competitive.

Requirements

SAT scores are not required for admission to the University of Montana, but students should make sure they don't need scores to meet NCAA eligibility requirements or qualify for certain scholarships. Also, the college does not use SAT Subject Tests or the now obsolete SAT essay test in the admissions process.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The ACT is considerably more popular than the SAT at the University of Montana. During the 2019-20 admissions cycle, 70% of applicants submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 26
Math 18 26
Composite 20 27

From this data, we can see that the middle 50% of students who enroll at the university received a composite score between 20 and 27. This tells us that 25% scored a 20 or lower, and another 25% scored a 27 or higher. These numbers indicate that most matriculated students fall within the top 53% nationally on the ACT.

Requirements

Since standardized test scores are not required for admission to the University of Montana, applicants do not need to take the SAT or ACT. However, students should check to see if scores are needed for scholarships and/or NCAA athletics eligibility. Also, while the University of Montana does not use the ACT essay in the admissions process, scores can assist with academic advising.

GPA and Class Rank

According to the University of Montana's Common Data Set, the average high school GPA of all new first-year students was a 3.37. This tells us that successful applicants earned mostly "A" and "B" grades in high school. Some students are admitted, often conditionally, with significantly lower GPAs. For example, 20% of matriculated students had a high school GPA below a 3.0, and 6% had a GPA below a 2.5. Many students were very strong, for 31% had GPAs of 3.75 or higher.

Class rank follows the GPA numbers. 16% of students were in the top 10% of their graduating class, 40% were in the top quarter, and 75% were in the top half. Only 8% of matriculated students were in the bottom quarter of their graduating class.

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Data Source: The National Center for Education Statistics and the University of Montana website.

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