The University of Montana-Western
Dillon, MT 59725-3598


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,505
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 19:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 420 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


The University of Montana-Western has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Application Fee

Undergrad students

Tuition & Fees

The University of Montana-Western charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $15,231 and in-state students paid $3,699.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 88% of The University of Montana-Western's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 44% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,208 (which is 5.1% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at The University of Montana-Western in 2016-2017, was 186, which is 58% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,714 (which is 26.6% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, The University of Montana-Western has enrolled a total of 1,505 students (1,232 students full-time and 273 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,505 students, 159 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 39% men and 61% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 157 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 86%

Hispanic: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Black/African American: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at The University of Montana-Western.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 30% 404 132
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 21% 276
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 150
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 6% 81
Natural Resources And Conservation 4% 50
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 46
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 2% 32
English Language And Literature/letters 1% 16
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 14
History 1% 12

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of The University of Montana-Western full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of The University of Montana-Western graduates 6 years after enrollment is $26,500. Last year, out of the total 490 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 451 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 559 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 498 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $26,500 $29,600
Employment Rate 92% 89%
Total Graduates 490 559

Campus Location

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