The University Of Montana Western

The University Of Montana Western

The University of Montana Western is abbreviated as UMW. It is a public university located in Dillon, Montana, United States. UMW was founded as the Montana State Normal School in 1893. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study including fine arts, education, business, social sciences, technology, environmental science, and philosophy. Special programs including honors seminars, and technical education is also available at the university.

UMW is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, and National Intercollegiate Rodeo. UMW is also a member of the Frontier Conference. The university mascot is a bulldog, and the athletics teams are nicknamed as the Bulldogs. Varsity athletics teams of the college participate in sports including basketball, volleyball, golf, rodeo and football.

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Contacting Montana Western

The University of Montana-Western
710 S Atlantic
Dillon , MT 59725-3598
General Phone: (406) 683-7011

Montana Western Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching88secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, teacher aide
Business and Management37business, business management
Liberal Arts32liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies
Animal Science and Care14equestrian studies
Family and Social Work3child care management
Hospitality2travel services
Design0design and applied arts

Number of programs and degrees for Montana Western in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree258
Bachelor's degree1487
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years31

Montana Western Student Body

In 2007-2008, Montana Western had a total enrollment of 1,148 students (1,084 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 0%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 27%
22-24 21%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Montana Western Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %

Montana Western Room and Board (2007)

Montana Western offers campus housing for 363 of its 1,084 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Dillon, Montana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Montana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Montana Western Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,228
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,740
Room and board $ 5,350
Room charge $ 2,120
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,230
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,510

Financial Aid:
Montana Western participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 253700)

Montana Western Faculty

Montana Western has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track128
Non-tenured and not on tenure track914

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year10$61,0575$57,658
Associate professoracademic year7$54,8876$53,155
Assistant professoracademic year8$47,2076$48,864
Instructoracademic year7$39,18311$35,393
All faculty totalacademic year32$51,46028$46,062

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Montana Western Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Frontier Conference
Basketball Frontier Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports132033

Montana Western Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

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Montana Western Highlights

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What Sets Montana Western Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 10%Montana Western Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Montana Western % students on athletic fin. aid
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 11%Montana Western Number of students
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Montana Western % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 14%Montana Western Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Montana Western Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Montana Western Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Montana Western Salaries of full-time faculty

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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