School Spotlight: The University of Montana

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: The University of Montana
Missoula, MT

With three ski areas within two hours of campus, and immediate access to some of the best hiking, biking, and fishing areas in the country, the University of Montana is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Throughout the year, students can take advantage of trips through the campus recreation outdoor program, such as rafting down the Clark Fork River, backpacking in nearby Glacier National Park, and cross-country skiing at Lolo Pass. With so much natural beauty surrounding the campus, it’s no wonder that the University features outstanding programs in forestry and resource conservation. And with classes like “Forest Insects and Diseases,” “Yellowstone Studies,” and “Climate Change Ethics and Policy” students who are passionate about the environment will surely feel at home. As the state’s flagship institution, the over 10,000 undergrads enrolled here receive access to cutting-edge research opportunities. Twelve UM students and recent graduates have been named Fulbright Scholars in the past two years, and the University is the number five producer of Rhodes Scholars for all public universities in the country. Fun fact: non-MT residents with strong SAT/ACT scores and GPAs can qualify for renewable 4-year scholarships worth up to $15,000 annually.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of the University of Montana

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.