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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Montana - Western is an above-average public university located in Dillon, Montana. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,177 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Montana - Western acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Early Childhood Education, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, Montana - Western alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,000.
710 S. Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Frontier Conference

University of Montana - Western Rankings

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Montana - Western Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1120
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,999/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,696/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    15%
  • On Campus
    68%
  • Online
    17%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,177Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
331
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Adventuresome
    44%
  • Wilderness-loving equestrian teacher white people.
    44%
  • Outgoing and Friendly
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Individualized to each person with block schedule
    69%
  • Inexpensive community for horse lovers & teachers
    23%
  • Underrated
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses
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I absolutely love going to school here. The classes I have take have been fantastic, I really love being on a block schedule! I went from a 3.4 high school student to a 4.0 college student because of it. The campus is small, but that just makes it easier to get to classes and the cafeteria. The game room and the Bark and Bite are fun places to go hang out after class and I love the coffee shop. Campus is also pretty close to restaurant and not very far from the grocery store. The one thing I would ask to be changed is having more in person classes offered, but of course, that is all based off of staff availability. If you love small towns, you will love attending this school!
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Montana Western is an okay university. Really the only good thing about Montana Western is the block schedule. Although the block schedule is not always a great things as it requires much outside work/studying. Dillon is a small town with not a whole lot to do. There is little to no diversity when it comes to race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicities. I have found Western to be a closed minded and mostly conservative campus. It has been hard to meet people with the same interests. Most students are in the horsemanship program or education program. Western does offer a solid Environmental Science program with the exception of some staff and classes. I love the location in Dillon (so pretty) but I really dislike the demographics of Dillon and Western.
The campus is made up of mostly education and natural horsemanship studies students. One of the most well known aspect of Western is the Experience One program. Experience One means that you only take one class at a time and each class focuses on experiential learning such as going out into the field and learning like you would in your future career.

The downside of Western is its size itself. There is very little diversity and the diversity that there is, is not very integrated into the campus. There are very clear cliques on the campus that go all the way up to the provost.

There is not much to do locally besides the bar scene. On-campus entertainment has been doing better in the recent years with more things for students to do being introduced, but there is still a lack of accommodation in regards to students. The cafeteria on campus is only open from 7am-7pm, and the food is very hit or miss.