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Colleges / The University of Montana Western

The University of Montana Western

Dillon, MT 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate26%
Acceptance Rate26%

About Montana Western

The University of Montana Western Overview

The University of Montana Western is a public, state school in the small town setting of Dillon, Montana. Montana Western was founded in 1893 and enrolls 1,400 undergrads and no graduate students. Montana Western offers on-campus housing for up to 413 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Activities at Montana Western

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Montana Western's theater groups.

Montana Western does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Montana Western has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Montana Western on the Student Life page.

2022 Montana Western Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 26%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 5%
In-State Tuition $4,659
Out-of-State $16,391
Percent of Need Met 14%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $3,169

Is Montana Western a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Montana Western offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for The University of Montana Western

Montana Western is not difficult to get into. Montana Western admitted 26% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 1,277 applications received in 2022, 329 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Montana Western

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 73% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Montana Westerncome back their sophomore year. Montana Western's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 39%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Montana Western Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Montana Western directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

The University of Montana Western's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of The University of Montana Western's endowment was $5.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,462 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Montana Western

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Montana Western meets 14% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Montana Western full-time are awarded $3,169 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Montana Western.

Based on this information, does Montana Western seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Montana Western a good school for you?

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Where is The University of Montana Western Located?

Montana Western is located in the small town setting of Dillon, Montana.

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College Info

710 South Atlantic Dillon, MT 59725-3598

Campus Setting: Small Town

Montana Western Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Montana Western is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Montana Western is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Montana Western ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 21

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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21 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Montana Western is 19. Students with an ACT score of 21 and above have a good chance of getting into Montana Western. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 21 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Montana Western SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

450 - 550


Reading SAT Range

490 - 570

Montana Western Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Montana Western is like? There are approximately 1,400 students enrolled at Montana Western. 73% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from MT and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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