University Of Great Falls

University Of Great Falls

University of Great Falls, UGF, was established in 1932 by Edwin Vincent O'Hara, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls with assistance from the Sisters of Charity of Providence and the Ursuline Sisters. Initially named the Great Falls Junior College for Women, it became a co-educational institute in 1937. By the early 1950's, UGF became the College of Great Falls and it obtained university status in 1995, when it came to be known by its present name.

The college offers undergraduate program through the following academic schools.

  • The School of Arts and Humanities
  • The School of Business
  • The School of Education
  • The School of History, Language and Literature
  • The School of Human Services
  • The School of Mathematics and Sciences

The sports teams of UGF, which are known as Argos, participate in basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, softball, and volleyball athletics activities. Robert M. Wiprud, Director of Family Practice; John Waldhausen, pediatric cardiologist; and Jon Tester, United States Senator from Montana are some of the famous alumni of UGF.

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University of Great Falls
1301 Twentieth St S
Great Falls , MT 59405-4996
General Phone: (406) 761-8210

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University of Great Falls Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling48psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, substance abuse counseling, mental and social health services
Education and Teaching37educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed
Security and Law Enforcement19criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Business and Management18business administration, accounting
Liberal Arts13English, general studies, social services, sociology, history courses
Law9legal assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering3information science, computer science
Art Studies2art studies
Science1biology, chemistry
Religion and Philosophy1religion

Number of programs and degrees for University of Great Falls in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree269
Bachelor's degree11921
Associate's degree113

University of Great Falls Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Great Falls had a total enrollment of 722 students (605 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 3%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian 5%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 23%
20-21 16%
22-24 15%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 10%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)2%
New York1%
State unknown1%

University of Great Falls Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 38 %
Part-Time 27 %

University of Great Falls Room and Board (2007)

University of Great Falls offers campus housing for 260 of its 605 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Great Falls, 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.

University of Great Falls Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,582
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,582
Room and board $ 6,270
Room charge $ 3,186
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,200
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 6,676

Financial Aid:
University of Great Falls participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 252700)

University of Great Falls Faculty

University of Great Falls has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$48,5783$46,270
Associate professoracademic year11$42,3873$41,002
Assistant professoracademic year6$37,9673$36,294
Instructoracademic year3$32,7333$32,267
All faculty totalacademic year26$41,68212$38,958

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

University of Great Falls Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Frontier Conference
Track Frontier Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports504292

University of Great Falls Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, Other
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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