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University of Montana

Missoula, MT 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

University of Montana Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of Montana, the regular decision application deadline is August 18 and the fee for the application costs $30.

Students who apply to University of Montana for fall should anticipate a decision by July 1.

University of Montana Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Montana's admissions stats.

University of Montana 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist No

University of Montana Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Montana.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 25 July 1

Want to Apply Early to University of Montana?

University of Montana does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Montana Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to University of Montana?

Getting into University of Montana is moderately difficult. University of Montana evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, University of Montana accepted 82% of students, about 5,941 from the 7,233 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Montana, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Davidson Honors College is program extremely difficult.

Transferring to University of Montana

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Montana

University of Montana has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Montana Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Montana

Curious about the factors that are considered by University of Montana during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with University of Montana for more information on admission factors.

University of Montana 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Montana, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of Montana's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Montana?

Students admitted to University of Montana have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 65% submitted a class rank. At University of Montana 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38% were in the top 25% and 69% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Montana, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 8%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 14%
2.50 and 2.9 13%
2.00 and 2.49 6%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Montana directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Montana considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

University of Montana is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 9% of University of Montana's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Montana?

To be competitive with other University of Montana applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Montana 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Montana students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Montana students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for University of Montana?

To be most competitive at University of Montana, you should strive to earn between 18 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Montana's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Montana students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Montana

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Montana.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 25. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Montana during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

University of Montana Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Montana?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Montana.

Does University of Montana accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Montana accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Montana accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Montana accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Montana accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Montana?

❌ No, University of Montana is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Montana's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Montana has an acceptance rate of 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Montana?

❌ University of Montana does not offer early decision.

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University of Montana Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Montana? University of Montana is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Montana acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Montana Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 18

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 25

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Montana is Aug 18.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Montana is Aug 25.

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

University of Montana SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

University of Montana GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Montana, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.36. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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