The University of Montana Reviews

4.02 out of 5 stars
(15 Reviews)
  • Missoula (MT)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,959
92% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 15 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Tarren Andrews - 9/26/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2013
"I loved the University of Montana. It felt big when I needed it to and small when I felt overwhelmed. The faculty was dedicated, passionate, and present, something I didn't realize was rare until I got to a much, much bigger university where all the faculty offices are always closed and dark because the professors are rarely there. I still communicate with my professors from UM, and usually try to have coffee or lunch with them when I go back to visit. UM's academic strengths are in Forestry, Journalism, Social Work, and Biology, but even as an English major I knew that I was getting a top tier education. The quality of this education was doubly evident in the success I had when applying to PhD programs at other institutions. The size of the campus and prevalence of social groups and clubs allows for a deep sense of community and friendships to be built across disciplines and academic departments, As a Native American student, the weekly soup dinners and other events put on by the American Indian Center on campus were hugely important and allowed me to connect with Native students from all over the US and Canada. Notably, the University of Montana has a tuition waiver for any student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized Montana tribe. To top it off, the campus is gorgeous and I have heard that the dorms are comfortable and fun. It is easy to get out of town and up into the mountains by car or bike, and outdoor recreation is a year-round thing. It is affordable to live and recreate in the area, which helps keep you sane when school is just too much!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
TB - 8/12/2019
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2014
"The University of Montana is a great place to go to school. I loved my time in Missoula and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am originally from the Pacific North West and wanted to stay close enough to home but still be far enough away to get the college experience. The only ting I would have changed was the cost of attendance. Other then that I had a great college experience at UM. Dorms are nice. Can't beat a Griz game early in the fall either!! The athletic training education program faculty are top notch. You won't get a better education anywhere."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Ariana Valenzuela - 7/19/2019
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I transferred to the University of Montana my junior year of college; I was incredibly nervous for I had never lived outside of California before, let alone in a place that snowed! I had toured many other universities before deciding on Montana, but my decision to choose Montana was one of the best decisions of my life. The Anthropology Department at this University is unique in the way that I absolutely adored my professors and was eager to come to class every day. My advisor in the department was encouraging and went above and beyond in order to make sure my class schedule wasn't overwhelming but challenging and made sure I had internship opportunities whenever they became available, even in her ancient DNA lab. My time in Montana gave me incredible and lifelong friends with experiences I would not have dreamed of. I became more involved in on campus clubs, I held leadership positions that will surely benefit my future careers and I learned to become an independent individual. This University has molded me into the kind of person I never knew I could become. I am incredibly grateful for my time at the University of Montana."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Danielle Berardi - 7/12/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2013
"The University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation is one of the top colleges for natural resource and conservation programs in the country. While working on my bachelor's degree and now looking back at the education that I received in my degree program, I'm extremely grateful for the quality of the course work, the enthusiasm of the professors, and the mentorship that I received from the faculty members that I interacted with. The classes that I took for my degree program were engaging and challenging. We frequently had the opportunity to go on field trips to areas surrounding Missoula for outdoor labs in soils and forest ecology and to visit field research site. Our program exposed us to work in our field and a network of professionals that we were able to collaborate with as a part of our senior practicum. For my practicum, I was able to work with a local ecological restoration non-profit and design a monitoring program to evaluate the success of one of their stream revegetation projects. I had an academic advisor who helped me select course work that helped me to secure a job in my field after I graduated and also prepared me for graduate school. In addition to my experience with the College of Forestry and Conservation, I also enjoyed the atmosphere of the University of Montana campus. The campus is small, easy to navigate and a nice place to hang around. From campus, you can get to hiking trails, parks, and downtown Missoula, all within a 10-minute walk."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Tyler Cheesman - 11/12/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Psychology wasn't my first choice of education but as I continued to take extra classes at the University of Montana I slowly changed my major. The Psychology program at the University of Montana is one of the best programs they have on campus. Their professors are passionate about what they teach, and are willing to work with you and assist you if you are ever feeling overwhelmed or just need a little extra push. Aside from General Psychology they also offer an amazing research option allowing you wonderful opportunities to study what really interests you. The research professors I was lucky enough to encounter were down to earth and interested in their field. The only thing I really wish I would have changed about my college experience would be staying on campus my Freshman year. I feel like I really missed out on my opportunities to make new friends and increase my social skills."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Robert - 7/3/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The University of Montana will constantly surprise you. I bet you didn't know that the leading researchers in carnivore ecology, sexual selection theory, avian aerodynamics, and the physiology of bird flight all hail from U of M. Faculty here at UM are some of the world's leading researchers in their fields. In Montana, of all places!!! In spite of that, it is still Montana, so it comes with its own suite of issues. If you're gay, lesbian or trans, you can expect to be mistreated here. If you're female, a POC, or non-Christian, you shouldn't be surprised when you get assaulted. So unless you're a white male, I would choose a different university."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Andy Barnes - 6/10/2017
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014
"I feel as if the University of Montana played a crucial role in helping me cultivate the skills to be in a position to succeed in the Counseling Master's program I am currently enrolled in. A vast majority of the teachers both in my major concentrations (Psychology and History) and outside, were of the highest quality. Taking longer to complete my degree than the typical student, I had the opportunity to sample courses in a wide range of subjects and found mostly all of them to be worth my time. Located in absolutely stunning Missoula, Montana, the campus itself is beautiful. But having said that, Montana is not the most diverse state. To be fair there is one noteworthy exception in that regard as the University of Montana has a notable Native American presence and the University has put forth an investment to respect that fact with valuable and worthwhile investments in their Native American Studies Department including The Payne Family Native American Center which having opened in 2010 is one of the newer/nicer buildings. To its credit, The University does try to foster sense of inclusion and respect of diversity. A pre-requisite to earning my History degree was having at least one Native American History course which I appreciated. While enrollment is down, in no small part due to controversy such as Jon Krakauer's enlightening book based on events in Missoula, prospective students looking for majestic scenery and high caliber educational experience owe it to themselves to it least consider The University of Montana."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Rick Miller - 3/23/2017
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 1989
"Great school with a great campus. The professors are excellent and the learning environment is a good one. Recreational and outdoor activities are literally right next to campus. It is a great place to live while you are attending school. I would recommend it to anyone."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Kevin Carns - 2/26/2017
Degree: Forestry
Graduation Year: 2015
"The University of Montana is a great institution in a great location. Staff are easily accessible and cultivate relationships with their students. Classes are taught with an eye towards solving real world problems. Opportunities to be in the field are plentiful with an experimental forest less than half an hour from campus."
3.8 out of 5 stars
David R - 1/26/2017
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2010
"Missoula is great if you like climbing, skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, etc... The courses and instructors are in general very professional and very accomplished. But for me, the location and access to recreation was truly the best part about going to school at the University of Montana."