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University of Montana Western

Dillon, MT


  1. UMW offers Experience One block scheduling or one course at a time.
  2. Uniquely located in the Northern Rockies; two hours from Yellowstone Park.

About This Campus

Montana Western is a comprehensive, four-year, regional university located in Dillon, which is the county seat and largest town in Beaverhead County, the largest county in Montana, covering an area nearly as large as the combined areas of Rhode Island and Connecticut. UMW largely serves mostly in-state students, 75%—with 24% from out-of-state. Known for Ecology, Environmental Science, and Sustainability studies, UMW is unique among small, public four-year universities as it formally operates on the semester system, but it is the only public university in the United States that utilizes a form of immersion scheduling, called Experience One, to facilitate collaborative and experiential learning. On-campus students enroll in four 4-credit courses each semester, taking one course at a time, with each course meeting three hours per day for 18 days.

Location Information

Situated in the northern Rockies, students can enjoy experiential learning opportunities in public lands. UMW is located in Dillon in southwest Montana approximately two hours from Yellowstone National Park, and within just a few miles of multiple blue-ribbon trout streams and several mountain ranges.

Helpful Information

The UMW Experience One block-scheduling model (one course at a time) format accommodates many learning strategies that emphasize classroom-based problem solving, collaborative projects, field trips, research collaboration, peer tutoring, service learning, and other day-long experiences because there are no competing courses.

2023/2024 Placement

Campus Is Currently Not Accepting Students
Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Dillon
Population | 4,134
Enrollment | 1,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | -
Spring | -

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 3%
Asian | 1%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 0%
White | 85%
Other | 6%
International | 1%


RegistrationClosed Programs
All courses/programs through the Center for Horsemanship are closed.

Music courses/ensembles may require an audition.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology, Biology/Life Science, Business Administration... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 01/24/23

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: None.

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status

Important Notes: Student ID: All students MUST present a valid form of government-issued ID in order to get a Bulldog Card.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 01/24/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 15% living on campus
  • not available
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 01/24/23

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2310 Year Host Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
If you are covered by your own health insurance, you can waive the mandatory University Student Health Insurance plan.


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