University of Montana Western Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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University of Montana Western Admissions Overview:

The University of Montana Western has open admissions. Any qualified student has the chance to study at the university. In addition to the application, students will need to send in ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts. Most admitted students have grades in the "B" range or higher. For more information, be sure to visit the school's website or contact the admissions office for help.

Admissions Data (2016):

University of Montana Western Description:

Located in Dillon, Montana, the University of Montana Western is a small public university and an affiliate of the University of Montana. The rural campus is surrounded by natural wonders, including the Beaverhead National Forest and Yellowstone National Park within a few hours of campus. UMW is also the only public college in the country to offer the Experience One scheduling model, an educational program that emphasizes hands-on experiential learning while students take one class at a time.

The university has a student faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Students can choose from 24 academic majors in programs including business administration, secondary education and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree in natural horsemanship. Students at Montana Western are actively involved in campus life, participating in over 30 clubs and organizations.

The University of Montana Western Bulldogs compete in the NAIA Frontier Conference in men’s basketball, football and rodeo and women’s basketball, rodeo and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,505 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $4,893 (in-state); $16,497 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $850 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,940
  • Other Expenses: $4,192
  • Total Cost: $16,875 (in-state); $28,479 (out-of-state)

University of Montana Western Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 80%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,473
    • Loans: $6,899

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Liberal Studies, Secondary Education, Teacher Education

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Football, Rodeo
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Rodeo, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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