The University of Montana – Western
710 S. Atlantic St.
Dillon, MT 59725
(406) 683-7011
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Originally founded in 1893, the University of Montana – Western is located in Dillon, Mont. Before the university joined Montana University System, it operated on its own as Montana State Normal School. The university has been recognized by the Noel-Levitz National Survey of Student Engagement and ranked No. 17 in the Regional Colleges (West) category by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to university awards, faculty members have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for their academic achievements.

Programs Offered

Students can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees through the University of Montana – Western. Students will move through their program one class at a time. Montana Western is currently the only public higher education institution that operates in this way. This model of learning allows students to focus their attention to the material they are learning completely. Classes are also kept small in an effort to provide a rewarding experience for students. All programs will be taught by faculty members and not graduate students allowing students to gain real-world and academic knowledge. Faculty members also only teach one class at a time so that they are readily available to the needs of their students.


Since 1932, the University of Montana – Western has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Students seeking admission to the University of Montana – Western must submit their application online or by mail. First-time students should have graduated in the top half of their graduating class, have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, and a 22 on the ACT or 1540 on the SAT. In addition to meeting these requirements, student must submit their high school transcripts, application fee, self-report form, and immunization records.

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