University of Montana

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Scholarships in Montana

Also called UM and simply Montana, the University of Montana is one of several public colleges that make up the Montana School System. When founded in 1893, Montana was still one of the newest states in the country and home to a small number of people. The government set aside a large piece of land to build the university on, which would eventually become part of Missoula. As classes started before construction finished on the campus, students attended classes in a smaller school building nearby. Its campus is unique because its original designer created a layout that would flow into and work with newer additions made to the campus later. Though the oldest part of the campus still sits near the center, the rest of the campus has a nice flow that makes it easy for students to reach residence halls and other buildings.

The 11 colleges within the University of Montana offer degree programs at different levels that cover a range of subjects, including journalism, social work, law, science and nursing. UM has its own Park and Ride system that lets commuters park their cars in two different parking lots and take a bus to campus. The university implemented this system after complaints about a serious lack of parking. Washington Monthly ranked UM as the nation's 115th best college, and U.S. News & World Report included the college in position number 214 on a similar list. It also frequently ranks as one of the top universities in the western region.

University of Montana Accreditation Details

The accreditation process is important because it allows a college or university to show that it offers the resources that students need while enrolled in classes and after they graduate. Students hoping to attend the University of Montana will find that it has accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is one of the main accreditation bodies around. More than 40 of the degree programs that Montana offers, including those for undergrads and upper level students, have accreditation as well. Some of the groups responsible for granting and checking on this accreditation include:

American Chemical Society

Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International

Council on Social Work Education

National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation

Society of American Foresters

National Association for the Education of Young Children

American Speech Language Association

University of Montana Application Requirements

UM has a high acceptance rate of more than 90%, but those accepted generally scored 20 or higher on the ACT and have a grade point average of around 3.0. As a prospective student, you have the option of printing off its application or completing the application online. Using the online application may help you get a response back faster. You must meet one or more requirement for acceptance: score 22 or higher on the ACT, graduate within the top 50% of your high school class, have a total GPA of 2.5 or higher or score at least 1120 on the newest version of the SAT. You can still get into UM, even if you do not meet all of these requirements.

UM also looks for students who complete a college preparatory curriculum, which must include two years of science courses, three years of math and social studies classes and four years of English classes. You'll also need to take two years of visual arts, performing arts, computer or foreign language classes. Before classes start, the university will also ask for an official transcript from your high school.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The price that you pay to attend Montana depends on where you live prior to enrolling. Tuition for Montana residents is around $6,200 a year, while the cost for out of state residents is around $23,700 per year. UM participates in a western exchange program that allows students from other western states to enroll at a lower price. Students in states like Wyoming and Utah pay around $8,400 a year. UM estimates that students will pay less than $9,000 a year for room, board and other expenses.

When you apply to UM, you should file the FAFSA at the same time because the university will use the FAFSA to build a financial aid package designed around your own specific needs. You can then log into the university's system to view your package and accept it before classes start. UM may ask that you do entrance counseling before giving you any student loans, and it will require that you do exit counseling before you graduate too. Financial aid packages may include a job on campus and federal or state loans too. UM has its own scholarship portal that you can log into to view scholarships that are available for the coming year and to apply for those scholarships also.

Autism Resources

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education & Human Sciences at the University of Montana is home to the Montana Autism Center, which offers resources for people of all ages with autism as well as their loved ones. It it responsible for the Youth Engagement Through Intervention Program, also called the YETI program, which works with younger people diagnosed with autism to teach them the skills that will help them engage with others in school. This center also offers help and support for Head Start programs across the state that work with children with autism. The idea is that early intervention and help can start kids on the right path.

Another helpful program offered by the center is its MOSSAIC program, which stands for Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion On Campus. This program will pair enrolled students who have autism with peers who will mentor and help guide them through the challenges of college life. Students can also get help signing up for classes, balancing their classes and even doing their assignments. Anyone diagnosed with autism and attending or working for the university is welcome to attend one of its social events too. The center hosts movie nights, meet and greets and other special events a few times every month. Parents can find out more about these programs before their children move to the campus. The University of Montana can help autistic students feel more at home while in school.