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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    15 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University is a welcoming place to anyone and everyone, and there are majors for all interests. The people have intense school spirit and take pride in the school, but it also seems to have a very laid back and comfortable atmosphere. This school would be a good place for anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you get to school, it is not hard to find people that are interested in the same things that you are, you just have to get out and get involved in the things that interest you. Challenge yourself with all of the classes, activities and new people that the University has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    For some students from out-of-state, the cost was a bit high, but the education and social opportunities offered to us made up for it.

    Did enjoy being here

    The school and the city of Missoula are just great. Everyday, there was some sort of activity going on in the UC or out on the Oval. The students were constantly being encouraged to join clubs, groups, or sports and to participate in school rallies and activities. And there were tons of things to do off campus as well, such as hiking, shopping, attending the farmer's market, and many other activities.

    Did learn a lot

    I only completed a year of general studies at the U of M, but the range of choices I had was great. In each class I had to work for my grades, but when the year was over, I felt like I had learned a lot.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. UM is such a varied type school. No matter what type of student you are, UM will have something for you. As a liberal arts college, there are of course all the art anyone could ask for. However, for those of you that are like me, there is also infinite possibilities in the world of math and science, English and literature.

    Tips for prospective students

    #1 Be on top of your game. Apply for deadlines early whether those are on housing deadlines, financial aid, or scholarships. #2 Use your resources. Professors and TA are there to help and to make your life easier. My TA's have been so incredibly helpful, and most them know the ins and outs at UM.

    Bang for the buck

    As a Montana resident, I find tuition and expenses to be very affordable considering what I get in return. I am getting the best education without ever leaving my home state. Many of the people on my floor are from out of state and they all say it is cheaper for them to go to UM than to stay in there own state! UM is definitely worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Originally, UM was not where I intended to go. However, since attending I cannot think of a place I would rather be. Missoula and UM feel like home. I feel like the entire campus and the people that live and work there are now my new home and family.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses I have taken helped me to develop and expand on the skill I already had in high school. This is a tremendous help. I find that I can recall this information at will and I believe I will retain what I have learned this past semester.

  • 10/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants a high bang for your buck. The University of Montana is an excellent school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come check out the campus, spend a couple of days here so you can get a feel for the different clubs and activities available on campus and so you can best explore Missoula.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education at state school prices!

    Am enjoying being here

    My involvement at the University has really helped me feel at home here. It's a big enough school that you can always find something to do (and if you can't, it's probably your own fault!) but has a great and supportive community so that you don't feel like you're falling through the cracks.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors in the business school help you learn to think critically.

  • 10/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 4 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are feeling like city life is a bit much for them. Needing a place to go away and not on vacation but some place where you can focus and not feel like you constantly want to see your friends from your hometown. Somebody who wants calm and quiet for once.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't close yourself off. I don't mean go party and drink all the time, I mean just focus on studies but there are other ways of having fun on this campus. Like dancing, watching movies, rock climbing, and many more. It's fantastic. Or go to the UC center and there are many things to do. If you feel that you're having trouble or just need someone to run to. Look-up my name on facebook and I'll be glad to talk and hang out with you.

    Bang for the buck

    This place is probably doesn't have a lot of scholarships but it does help you a lot in financial aid. It helps you get a job and doesn't make the work hours too bad. I know a lot about this campus just by walking around and it's wonderful!

    Am enjoying being here

    I do miss home a lot but the people are warm and welcoming and if you go in the right group you're on the right track. It's a nice place just you have to find the small and simple things in life that makes it worthwhile.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning more about myself than usual. I'm from Southern California and I know that life can be tough to keep up with high school and studies plus social life! It's tough! Luckily, when I came to Missoula Montana, it was more calming to be in a small town. It has a lot of things to do and keeps you on track with your studies. It has many programs and events so you're never bored.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is active and loves the outdoors. We have a great forestry program and a great education program. Anyone who is looking to mix their college experience with lots of outdoor experiences this is the school for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come for a campus tour! You will fall in love!

    Bang for the buck

    A great public school!

    Am enjoying being here

    So much to do. Lots of hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. There are lots of adult sport leagues that make it fun. Fall and Spring are good for camping, hiking, fishing, etc. Winter is good for skiing and enjoying the snow. It is a beautiful location, and the perfect location for the outdoor lover.

    Am learning a lot

    All the professors are very knowledgeable and want to help you succeed. They are very helpful and office hours are productive. I feel like they care about me and my education.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Curious, strong, independent, people who are very open to a fantastic community and student body. UM is a school that is changing with the ideals of the students. It is very revolutionary.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you feel like some aspect of your application doesn't match the colleges expectations, call them. Talk to them. They do actually care.

    Bang for the buck

    I have learned SO much.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Missoula is open, kind and incredible. I never want to leave!

    Am learning a lot

    Everything here is interesting and it is a refreshing different feeling I get when I talk to teachers.

  • 08/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who want to find themselves, you can easily find quite places to think about who you want to be in this big crazy world.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most beautiful place in the inland Northwest, you have a view, fresh air, the city life, and yet you still have the country life where you can just take a stroll through nature and not be far from the campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I will be attending this fall and the staff at the university have been very helpful it explaining the details of everything to me to make sure I make it through in four years and don't waste any money or time.

  • 07/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is music geek heaven, and those involved in business or nursing should definitely go here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is skiing, bands to join, sports, greek life, clubs, and several other opportunities to involve yourself in campus life.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of living in Montana is generally low, and even out of state tuition isn't ridiculous. It is totally worth the money paid to experience a great music program, not to mention the other courses they have to offer.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are lots of concerts, events, and opportunities here and there is no problem keeping yourself busy!

    Academic Rigor

    The programs they offer in music and business are fantastic! And their music program is an excellent one.

  • 10/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Someone looking for a quieter, non-distracting place to study, at a University that has some excellent programs and a community feel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the community. Missoula is a small town and people here are friendly and helpful. Also take advantage of scholarships which the university offers.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of scholarships available at the University of Montana and the area is a relatively inexpensive place to live as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Montana is in a great location. Missoula, Montana has lots of outdoor opportunities and is a safe and beautiful area to study. I have met lots of students here from diverse backgrounds and the faculty are friendly and helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    The program I am enrolled in is intensive and interesting. The faculty are all very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 10 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is Griz safety patrol who will pick you up and take you to your dorm late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't think that there is alot.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do in Missoula! There is tubing in river, biking, hiking, shopping, and swimming in the summer. There is skiing in the winter!

    Food and Dining

    The food is dynamic. Some days it good and other day it kinda sucks! But overall it alright.

    Dorm Life

    Don't wait to apply for housing!!! If you are looking for a great party dorm apply for Jesse Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the class are very difficult, but it is a great place to learn. If you are looking to party all the time, this is not the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait to apply for dorm rooms!

    In three sentences

    It's a great place for school, and I really enjoy attending school here. The Campus is beautiful. I give the school a 7 out of 10.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 108

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are numbers of things to do here especially if you are athletic but there are also a lot of clubs to join as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes very well but personally for me there is not a good amount of healthy choices. However there are a good amount of places on campus that stay open a bit late so when your studying you have somewhere to go for food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is good but also depends on what dorm you are placed in. The life in dorms depends on the dorm you are in but no matter what you will make friends and the RA's are very helpful and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't rate their academic rigor too well since I have only completed one semester so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tip I have is to have warm clothing for the cold.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a great place for people who enjoy beautiful scenery and the outdoors. This University is an inviting place to attend to get a good education and make long lasting friends. I would recommend this school to anybody with confidence.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    help buttons located around campus in the event that you are attacked...

    Great for these types of students

    outdoor types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    climb sentinel hill to the large m overlooking campus.

    What to do for fun

    here in the mountains you can go skiing and snowboarding in the winter, tubing and swimming in the summer, and hikes all year round. not including the stores and businesses around town, there's lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    with the all campus meal plan, you can eat at places like pizza hut and a few sandwich shops, as well as the country store and cafeteria, all found on campus.

    Dorm Life

    lots of people, lots of dorms, great experience and an easy way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    although some classes are too large for attendance, professor's generally do care about your presence and effort level in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    get out and meet people

    In three sentences

    the university has a diverse, fun, and clean campus. the variety of classes offered can lead students into varying majors and professions and help get their foot in the door. on a side note, the location of the campus, here in the valley, offers great views and many activities to keep yourself busy.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 108

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the university sponsors many large name shows, from artists like t-pain, the rolling stones, many different comedians and nationally known ballets. there is also a game room located in the university center, with pool tables, air hockey, video games, and a snack bar. art galleries are bountiful at the uofm, and are changing shows monthly. they range from all types of artistic media. the uofm offers transportation throughout most of missoula, so getting around to see the sights isn't difficult at all!

    Food and Dining

    there are several options in and around the campus for food and dining options. no matter what side of campus your on, there's some place to pop in and grab a bite. service is great too!

    Dorm Life

    i have not lived in a dorm here, but i've heard good things!

    Academic Rigor

    faculty and staff members of uofm are strict but full of ideas to help you learn in ways that support your needs. students are generally allowed to explore methods of learning, as well as the academic criteria. like any college, it is important to stay on top of each class, and be open with your professor about how your feeling in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    research heavily to make sure that uofm can provide you with further educational opportunities within your degree. also, it is in your best interest to join an many clubs as you can manage, the diversity of the clubs and club members is truly an amazing experience at the university of montana.

    In three sentences

    overall, the university of montana provides a unique and open campus. students are diverse and widely known for populating the greater part of missoula. uofm is beautifully loved and cared for by faculty and students.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    missoula is: a) in montana, thus the crime rate is already essentially low and b) so laid back and liberal that things are more often debated about in a civil fashion rather than with physical altercations.

    Greek Life

    the chapters at the university of montana are very respectable and honorable. each strives to make an impact in the missoula community and are very welcoming to new-comers.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's at least 100 different clubs, ranging from ping-pong to larping.

    Great for these types of students

    outdoors lovers, sports fans, musicians, people seeking a laid-back town with just enough to do without all the clutter of over-populated cities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there's a giant stone m on mount sentinel overlooking the campus, and every year forestry students climb the clock tower and place a giant pumpkin on top for halloween.

    Bang for the buck

    fairly affordable as far as universities run, especially if you can claim in- state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    hiking, fishing, floating, skiing, running, billiards, ping pong, numerous concerts and parties by big names, and of course going to grizzly sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring plenty of jackets and be ready to switch out your wardrobe on the fly, the weather changes to something new almost everyday.

    In three sentences

    if you can stand the drastic weather, missoula is one of the greatest places to compose, perform, and learn about music. the locals are incredibly relaxed and open to conversation about just about anything.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is really safe. walk across campus and the scariest thing you'll see is a squirrel.

    Greek Life

    not that big here.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have greeks, foresters club, and wildlife society, but that's about it.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are naturalistic and love nature this is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have hall brawls which are competitions between halls, winner gets a trophy. we light the m on fire during homecoming week. the oval is were it's at when the sun is out.

    Bang for the buck

    the money for the schooling is worth it. the money for the dorms, not so much.

    What to do for fun

    go to griz games and hit the town.

    Food and Dining

    eating at the food zoo is dangerous. it's edible, but that's about it. we have the uc with pizza hut, casa nina, famous dave's, doc's, and sushi! eat there all the time, exspensive up good.

    Dorm Life

    i love the floor i'm living on. in aber it's like we're our own little community. everyone is so nice and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are hard, but the teachers are helpful. i really love how hands on this school is with learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    come during to winter to see if you can handle the weather. eat at the food zoo to see if you can stand it for a whole year. go to a griz game!

    In three sentences

    natural. open. free.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe on campus. the campus is fairly small, but even so, if you are walking alone at night, you can call campus safety, and an office will either come walk with you, or come pick you up in their golf cart.

    Greek Life

    the greek life on campus is not very large, but the fraternities and sororities are very active in the community and donate a lot of time and money to various charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many different clubs and activities on campus. for every major, and even minors. the clubs led by students and many play a large part in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    the university has a very large glbt community. they are very supportive and offer their services to anyone who is having trouble or struggling. they do not feel threatened because of who they are, and so are able to live happily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    an unusual tradition on campus is every halloween night, the rock climbing club scales the clock tower and places a pumpkin on the very top. also, there is a 95 year old tradition of having a forester's ball at the end of january.

    Bang for the buck

    the university's tuition plan, while still expensive, is much more affordable than other large universities. in-state tuition was about $13,000 a year, and out of state was about $27,000 a year. while still up there, the tuition is definitely worth the education.

    What to do for fun

    for fun there are always sporting events on campus. the football games in the fall are hugely popular, and students get in for free. during the winter there are the basketball and volleyball games and during the spring there's lacrosse. there are also many clubs such as intervarsity, language clubs, and many more.

    Food and Dining

    the food zoo is the main dining hall, and they normally have good food. sometimes they try some new dishes that are a little weird, but for the majority, they provide good, healthy food. they have a vegetarian line as well as a global line. there are other places to eat on campus such as pizza hut, jus chillin, bakery, famous daves, doc's sandwich shop, and the cascade country store.

    Dorm Life

    getting along with your roommate is imperative because a lot of time is spent in your room. don't be afraid to get to know your roommate before you get to school and ask questions. it'd be better to try to get a new roommate before school starts than to be scrambling to find a new one during first semester.

    Academic Rigor

    students here are very driven towards their academics and there are always people here willing to lend a helping hand if you're having trouble understanding a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    the university is a great place to come learn, just make sure you attend class as often as you can, most professors don't post lecture notes online so the only way to get the information is to go to class.

    In three sentences

    the university of montana is a fantastic school. they have great programs and amazing staff. the location is a perfect environment for learning.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    oh yeah they carry guns.

    Greek Life

    i know they exist but i don't take part in them.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs!!

    Great for these types of students

    environmentally friendly and the loners from hs. no one is that judgmental here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    haunted buildings and two gps worldwide competition points on campus. a large oval instead of a quad. brick-laid original sidewalk.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    camping, hiking, kayak, rafting, trailing, biking, skating, board/skiing. the campus can even provide equipment for those who lack and will offer transportation to such activities. on campus their are a number of inter-mural sports and events.

    Food and Dining

    the university dining experience is amazing, always have a great vegan selection in the main buffet style court. espresso shops everywhere and another food court in the main study area makes diet easy for students.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms can be a little cramped depending but you have the whole city as your campus and with a few arrangements you can open the rooms up quite a bit.

    Academic Rigor

    definitely more focused here on learning the how to's rather than information that the teachers would agree, you will never use.

    Tips for prospective students

    unless you are used to harsh weather during the winter months, buy a bigger coat :)

    In three sentences

    an amazing campus with great clubs, programs and students. the university of montana is environmentally aware and sound. all students from all over the world that i have met here agree that this college is by far better than most, a treasure in education.

  • 10/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy the outdoors this is your school. The Pharmacy program is top-notch and I was very impressed with the Political Science faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop relationships with your professors and understand that they are people and like to have fun as well. The more you interact with the instructors the more you will get out of school.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state, this school may be the best bang for your buck outside of Wyoming. Coming from out of state, I rushed through my undergraduate degree in order to save some money since tuition has increased and state funding has decreased since I've been here. There are also numerous opportunities for funding your education through the community or the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Missoula is a great town to go to school in. However, unless you are an avid outdoorsman, or are twenty-one years of age, the city can be quite limited. That said, the city is beautiful, it feels bigger than it is, there is a great mentality with the people, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better backdrop for your education.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Montana is good school that provides numerous opportunities to students. The faculty in my department, political science, is excellent. However, like most schools, one must truly delve into campus life in order to learn more. Developing relationships with instructors is key to learning at Montana.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Montana is great for students who are actively involved in their community, love the great outdoors but enjoy modern comforts, and take pride and tradition to heart.

    Tips for prospective students

    The community feel of Missoula is very strong. The university is a very important part of the city both because of its benefits to the economy but also because of the pride it brings Missoula. Be ready to be apart of something greater than yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is much more reasonable than other instate universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is wonderful and very comfortable, however I'm used to a smaller city than Missoula so sometimes the size of the city is overwhelming.

    Am learning a lot

    I find that all of my classes provided new information and built off my high school education rather than simply repeating it.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    missoula is a very safe town and there's always security available to escort people around if needed.

    Greek Life

    i haven't participated in greek life, but it's a popular are for some students.

    Clubs and Activities

    there aren't a lot of campus activities that are promoted.

    Great for these types of students

    liberal, artistic, outdoorsy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everyone hangs out on the oval during the warmer months. a lot of time you'll see frisbee and slack-lining in the sun. when it snows there's a tradition of skiing to class or putting on swimsuits and running around campus. it's a really fun place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    it's very cheap for in state and it's a great school.

    What to do for fun

    there's a million things going on every weekend, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking or going to lakes in the summer. it's a great area to have fun in the wilderness.

    Food and Dining

    there's a fair amount of dining options on or near campus, but a lot of them close very early.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are small, expensive, and not very well kept sometimes. they are extremely convenient, however, to get to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes aren't as difficult as i expected and there isn't too much homework for most courses. as long as you stay organized, a 4.0 is easily attainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for extreme heat, plummeting cold, and lots of partying. the town of missoula is a lot of fun and a very safe place in general, but the party atmosphere is very apparent. it's sometimes hard to stay focused on your education with so much going on in your social life.

    In three sentences

    this university is one of the most beautiful, lively campuses in the u.s. it's a very eclectic atmosphere and home to a variety of students. the curriculum is not as challenging as some schools, and some of the teachers are not as dedicated to teaching as they could be.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    the forestry school has great involvement.

    What to do for fun

    hike, bike, explorer, and anything outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    great. its so nice to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are fine if you study and go to class.

    In three sentences

    i love it. the campus is great. the mountains are wonderful.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is as safe as they get

    Clubs and Activities

    i am involved in a club working to work globally on environment

    Great for these types of students

    great for the outdoorsy types, granolas, animal lovers, and more down home types - not big city

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the forester's ball since 1918

    Bang for the buck

    food is inexpensive and so many choices - lots of free concerts and always something goin on all over town - caras park is always having festivals

    What to do for fun

    mountain biking, snowboarding, football, flyfishing, shopping, camping, and eating

    Food and Dining

    excellent. the food zoo is amazing and all the differenent choices on campus - plan for a weight gain.

    Dorm Life

    excellent - great people, great ra's and great dorms

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are tough but you'll learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring a bike to get around. be prepared to have the best time you've ever had.

    In three sentences

    i am so glad i chose the university of montana. the classes are great and i'm learning so much. the campus is beautiful.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe. Granted, there have been some safety mishaps, but Campus security is pretty good for being there when you need them. Be cautious in terms of alcohol and drugs, just as you would need to on any college campus. If you see someone with alcohol poisoning, notify campus security and don't let them sit there alone. Whether you have been drinking with them or not, you will not get into trouble for alcohol intoxication as long as you do not have alcohol in your possession.

    Greek Life

    I'm not too knowledgeable about Greek Life. All I know is that it is there. It isn't very big on campus, but there are houses that you can live in and there are Sororities and Fraternities. Keep in mind that if you plan on joining a Fraternity or Sorority, you will want to look into them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals are big. Intramural Frisbee and Softball are participated in a lot. Also, on sunny days you will see a few people who will set up a tightrope between two trees next to the Grizzly Statue. This ends up being a big activity on campus. The oval is also packed full of students on sunny days. Just as well, biking is very big on campus, whether it is for leisure or to get around campus, so be careful where you walk!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are very in- tune with nature. The main thing to do here is hike and ski/ snowboard, so if you are more into the city this may not be the school for you. The school's students and staff are very liberal. It's a good school for more hands- on studying in terms of science- related majors as we have research labs as well as wilderness right next to the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Forester's Ball is like Homecoming, but a lot cheaper. It is a very big deal and everyone is invited, but if you are a Forestry student and help out with the Forestry club, you get a discount. The ROTC Dining Out is not very well- known and is exclusive to ROTC cadets and their dates as well as Military Science instructors. It is, as described by cadets, a prom on steroids. Every Halloween you will see a pumpkin on the tip of the Main Hall, and nobody ever seems to catch the vigilante who does this.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty cheap if you are in-state, but out of state is a little pricey. It's worth it if your major is forestry, wildlife, or anything really wilderness- related, or psychology, but I haven't seen much in terms of mathematics or language arts. The room and board is a pretty good deal in terms of what you get with the cafeteria, cable, internet, and heating. Also, if you live in Aber or Jesse Halls, they have a kitchen on the 11th floor you can use to cook your own food as long as it isn't meat.

    What to do for fun

    You can go downtown and walk around, or there is always the mall and going out to eat. Intramural sports are popular because there sometimes isn't much to do on campus, especially in the winter and if you don't have a car. What my friends and I usually end up doing on Fridays or weekends is going hiking, shooting, or just sitting and watching movies on Netflix.

    Food and Dining

    For a college campus, the food here is pretty good. The meal plan is reasonably priced, but food in the University Center is a little more pricey. The food zoo has a variety of foods, and they change their menu every day throughout breakfast (they have a waffle bar on Sundays), lunch and dinner, but it does tend to get old. The food zoo is the most popular place to eat on campus because it is so cheap if you live on campus. However, with a sushi bar and vietnamese take- out in the UC, it may be a good idea to skip a day or two in the food zoo.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to make friends, and the rooms are very nice. However, make sure to set boundaries with your roommates around the first week so that if any case, you can refer to this during problems. Friends aren't hard to come by here, and the halls for the dorms are friendly, but usually a little louder during the night.

    Academic Rigor

    Much of it is self- induced. The only homework I have really had so far is math homework online that is due about once a week, discussions for reading, and taking notes on reading. The reading usually isn't quizzed, but is still expected to know. Some classes have homework, but most have tests, and only tests. Thus, studying is vital.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to keep on track of your grades and create good study habits before attending. While the classes are very interesting, the homework in some is rather rigorous. However, in many classes your only homework is to make sure you read the content, so you really have to be able to discipline yourself and sit down and do it. Also, get involved on campus. You will make friends quickly and build your networks.

    In three sentences

    It's really a beautiful campus. This campus has just about everything to offer, including a pretty good cafeteria, great opportunities to get involved on campus and in town, and has very interactive teachers. The campus is close to downtown, but you will need a ride to get to the mall and shopping centers.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 108

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    Campus Safety

    if you're on campus and you want a ride back to your dorm, you can call gps (grizzly personal service) and a guy in a golf cart will come and pick you up. campus does get pretty dark at night, but it's definitely safe.

    Greek Life

    there are four sororities (alpha phi, delta gamma, kappa alpha theta, and kappa kappa gamma) and six fraternities (kappa sigma, phi delta theta, sigma alpha epsilon, sigma phi epsilon, sigma chi, and sigma nu). going greek is a great way to meet people, and making life long friends.

    Great for these types of students

    i love it because i can be myself. missoula is an artsy town with free spirits. it's a pretty relaxing and laid back place. if you're looking for loud and bustling, this might not be the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the native american center is awesome. it makes a great place to chill- out in or study. the inside is really cool and offers a great view of campus.

    What to do for fun

    um has a pool, gym, and rockwall; there are also pool tables in the university center. lots of people hike the m for fun as well. there's a dance at the beginning of spring semester called forester's ball and it's amazing.

    Food and Dining

    there aren't a whole lot of healthy food options on campus. you can buy a salad or a cup of peaches with your meal plan, but other than that your only other option is the food zoo for assorted fruits and salads. the food zoo is good, but it gets old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is pretty good. personally, i enjoy the twin halls, aber and jesse. they have plenty of room and underbed storage. the ra's are nice, and they'll say to you if they see you around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are harder and require more than others, but you learn a lot. just do what your teacher wants you to do, and you'll be fine. if you need help, go to their office hours or send them an email.

    Tips for prospective students

    sign up for classes that you want to take and not just ones for your major. it does get chilly, so bring your north face jacket. enjoy your freshman year, and meet a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    the campus is stunning in winter. the faculty want to see you succeed. food services offers this awesome thing called bear hugs that your parents can buy and it gets sent to you; they often have treats and other good stuff.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 108

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    Greek Life

    There are several sororities that I know of and they are all very good.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for environmenty conscious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love the oval. Its a big, oval shaped courtyard where every one hangs around. On sunny days, people sun tan and in the winter, there are snowball fights.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I hang out with my roommates and walk around the surrounding area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class, its not worth it and learn how to use the website as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana has an amazing campus. It is very green and environmentally friendly. The camus has a community feeling to it.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 108

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    Campus Safety

    You should be aware - there have been problems with rapes on campus this past year. However the school is taking significant measures to try and stop this.

    What to do for fun

    So many things to do for fun - hiking, biking, swimming, rafting, rock climbing, you name it. Hit up Zoo town.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo does its best, but gets a little old.

    Dorm Life

    Aber and Jesse halls are rather small, but I live in Aber and am loving it all the same. Miller and Craig and excellent halls.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the career advising center if you need help deciding on a major, they're rockstars.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic school. I love the campus, classes, and people. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Individuals. Lovers of learning. Music lovers. Artistic people. Students interested in law or liberal studies. Environmental enthusiasts. People who love tight knit communities. People who love breakfast. Students who want to come back their sophomore year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a huge oval of grass right in the middle of campus. All the buildings face it and it's beautiful. It's where everyone lays down in the sunshine to do their homework, play folf, tan, and chill with their friends.

    What to do for fun

    MUSIC. Missoula is full of incredibly talented local musicians. There is always a live music event somewhere around town, every day of the week. In the summer there are farmer's markets where local farmers and crafters sell the fruits of their talents. The bar scene is awesome if you're into that, the wilderness around us is beautiful, you can hike anywhere and swim everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible! The Food Zoo, which is where most freshmen with meal plans eat is a huge marketplace of scrumptious meals! They use local beef, wheat, vegetables and fruit. They have a vegetarian section every day. They staff there is completely lovable and the environment perfect. The meal plans themselves are affordable too so that is a definitely plus!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but all of my friends did this past year. They are like any other dorm life. Full of parties and immature freshmen. The dorms themselves are nice and there is a wide variety for students to choose to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    I just took a 100 level Liberal Studies class that honestly should have been a 300 level. The professor is the chair of the Liberal Studies department and the essays assigned were challenging. Questions like 'What kind of statement about life does Tolstoy seem to be saying in The Death Of Ivan Ilych?'. The school pushes you to ask yourself what you want out of life and how important matters are to you, and which are most important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here if you're not too into frat parties. Come here if you want to expand your knowledge and meet true individuals. If you have a group orientated mindset, don't come here. Come here if you want to be academically challenged, especially if you're studying anything that has to do with liberal arts. Come to the University of Montana if you really want to find yourself in your college years. You WILL learn to love Missoula and the fascinating bunch of people it harbors. The oval on campus seems to me like my front yard and I don't even live on campus. The hospitality everywhere is so inviting, you won't want to leave. I don't!

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely stunning. The professors are superb and passionate about their subjects. The people make the environment, here in Missoula, and the way they make it is BEAUTIFUL.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 108

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking the M, swimming, walking about the trails, River Rafting, Water tubing (basically on the water and going down the river by a tube), Gym, movies, first friday, hang out at Five Valley Church of Christ on Sundays, Make snowmen, snow angels (when it's snowing obviously), and much much more!

    Food and Dining

    I gave this a 3 because I think 2 makes the food sound like it's mystery food which isn't true. It's actually good food but sometimes they do get repetitive or give you like a french toast casserole which isn't good. Could be due to the fact that sometimes they don't have a cook!!

    Dorm Life

    I gave this a 4 because it's actually not bad. It has all the basic essentials and it's quiet depending on what dorm you pick. Pantzer is the best one of all of them!

    Academic Rigor

    They give you lots of schoolwork later in the year. Usually you cruise on by during the first two weeks but sometimes they have really hard classes! Don't give up though because there are TAs and teachers to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be quick to go into sororities or crazy parties. If you really want to fit in, try not fitting in at all and usually you find your way into a group or affiliation. Don't take things too personally when it comes to academics, because if you do you end up feeling super sad and that's no way to live!

    In three sentences

    I am learning a lot about how to be myself again. I came here because of the low price of college compared to California but it also makes you work hard. I never ever regret applying and accepting because it's a really chill place to be.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus at night. However, it never hurts to walk with a friend late at night or even in the early hours of the morning. There are emergency phones strategically placed on campus for those who need them.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a minimal impact on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Forestry students, Law students, Journalism students, English students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every October a Jack-O-Lantern mysteriously appears on the spire of the University Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    DEFINITELY worth the money I'm paying for my education.

    What to do for fun

    Biking, river rafting, hiking, jogging, skiing, snowboarding... you name it, Missoula is the hotspot for it! Downtown hosts several bars, theaters, and the famous Big Dipper for homemade ice cream. Missoula is the place for dreamers.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Montana has great coffee shops and places to get sandwiches. The dining hall, also known as the Food Zoo has various types of food all the time, buffet style, especially a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be loud, as all colleges will sometimes find- but you make friends quite easily as long as you leave your doors open and are welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely tougher once you get into the upper levels.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors! Take your classes seriously- they may not be the most rigorous, (specifically your general education credits) but it's up to you to get what you can out of them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana at Missoula is perfect for those who are looking for a wonderful education close to nature. I consider Missoula my second home, and I'm from Hawaii! The community is extremely closely-knit, and there's never a dull moment on campus.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite the huge publicity around the cases of sexual assault, as long as you are aware of your surroundings and not in situations that could get out of control, campus is fairly safe. That being said, it doesn't hurt to walk in a group later at night, as is the case on basically any open college campus. Also, avoid the footbridge going to the Albertson's after dark.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty low key. I know lots of people who love being involved, but they aren't a huge deal on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If there is sunshine, there will be Frisbee on the Oval. Also, the Forester's Ball is a very rowdy but fun annual event.

    Bang for the buck

    More affordable out-of-state tuition than many college's in-state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost always something happening in Missoula. We have lots of concerts and events in the Adams Center as well as University produced plays, musicals, and concerts featuring the theatre and music students. Football season is always a big deal. There are lots of events downtown, which is about a 20 minute walk, especially considering the size of the town. Not usually a shortage of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo (the cafeteria) is sort of hit and miss. Sometimes they have really good things, but sometimes you have to wonder who thought this was edible. Otherwise there are plenty of other places to grab food. Doc's Sandwich Shop is one of the best in town. As far as meal plans, the All-Campus is worth the extra $200. There is an abundance of coffee shops and lots of cool local foods in The Market.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't a very good organizational system for encouraging dorm community, so it sort of falls on the shoulders of the residents. I would say attend any events they do have and take the time to introduce yourself to the people next door and across the hall. This also just depends on the people. I lived in the same room two years in a row and had entirely different experiences because of the girls. If you take the time, your neighbors can become great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends entirely on what your major is and how much you apply yourself. Like any education, you can do the minimum and slip through with a passing grade. How much you learn from a class is up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although they tell you at orientation that you have time to decide a major, declare by the end of your first year. Many of the colleges require you to be declared to take introductory classes which are required for upper-division classes, so if you don't take those early you are looking at an extra year. Don't underestimate the community in your dorm. Find ways to connect with the people on your floor. Also, if your adviser is confusing you or discouraging you, go to the Undergraduate Advising Center. Also, never underestimate the power of the librarians, they can save your life.

    In three sentences

    Although this school is medium sized, campus feels much smaller and personal, but getting the attention you need to guide you can sometimes make you feel like just one of the masses. It's a great city in a beautiful place with lots of opportunities for community involvement and outdoor recreation. There are definitely flaws, but that is inherent in any institution; I would say this a solid medium sized school that will suit most students.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus and dorms, and University housing all have campus safety. The University provides their own police, and patrols all the area's quit frequently. There is campus police and safety polls located all over the campus and housing. I live off campus, in the housing, and I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    The University has a wide range of Fraternities, and Sororities to choose from. They each have their own housing too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Um offers so many activities, that something is going on everyday and all throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love the outdoors, and your into outdoor sports, its great. If you love the mountains, it's great. For students who are looking for an extremely wide range of diveristy and culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual, well that is to be expected when an university established in 1879.

    Bang for the buck

    Tution is a little high, however after 1 year you can apply for In-State tution, and your cost's wil drop more than 65%.

    What to do for fun

    If your into Football, then you will love the University Football Games~They are wild. There is plenty of activities among campus and off campus too. This is a College Town to say the least.

    Food and Dining

    The University offers 2 Food meal plans. You can choose which one benefits you and your needs. Their is 2 places to eat on campus: Food Zoo, and the UC.

    Dorm Life

    The University has a wide range of Dorms to choose from. However freshman only have 2 choices. Honor students have their own dorms, and the University provides apartment housing for families and upperclassmen as well.

    Academic Rigor

    If your GPA is above 3.50, then The Davidson Honors College is a wonderful choice. It is located on campus, and the perks that come from being accepted to this college are out of this world. However, if your an Education Major, you must apply for that department separately. Each dept has their own applications. So be sure you have applied first before enrolling in department courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Montana offers student a diversity of choices: Main University, College of Technology: Applied Arts & Sciences â?¢ Applied Computing & Electronics â?¢ Business Technology â?¢ Health Professions â?¢ Industrial Technology . The University also provides; School for Extended & Lifelong Learning offering: UM ONLINE, and Grad School. Plus UM offers; Professional Schools with Special Degree Requirements: Law â?¢ Physical Therapy â?¢ Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a wonderful University. On a scale of 1-10 -I would rate it a 9. The University offers a wide range of Academic programs. It is located in Missoula, and if you love Mountains and Rivers, then you will like it here. I relocated from Northern California, and the only adjustment has been the STRANGE weather..

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you are out around campus late, they have people you can call to walk with you to where you need to go, so you feel safer. The dorms are also locked on weekends to people who don't live in them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different things you can get yourself involved in.

    What to do for fun

    Hike the M!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different places to eat! The main place to eat though is the food zoo, you can eat as much or as little as you want there, and the food usually is pretty good!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. The Resident Assistants keep it a fun and good place to study. There is an all girl and an all boy dorm, as well as boy girl dorms, but even in those the floors are separated by gender. There are 24 hour visiting hours, but you must stay with your guest at all times.

    Academic Rigor

    The General Education classes are pretty painless to get through, as long as you do your work and hold yourself to a high level. When you get to your classes for your major be sure to study! There is so much UM has to offer, and I am confident I will be prepared for my field when I graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for everything as early as possible, and be sure to study!

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a very homey, welcoming, and fun place to be. There is always something pretty to wake up to.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Montana has a security person walking around all the time and if not there are emergency buttons all around campus. We have certain numbers to call if you don't feel comfortable walking across campus at night or whenever they will pick you up and drop you off where your going. I feel completely safe being here

    Greek Life

    I'm in a sorority and gosh do I love it, and living here people don't judge you for being in one. It's not like the movies sororities and fraternities really get you involved with this town and give you a family that cares about you.

    What to do for fun

    Montana is all about outside so if your outdoor person this is the best school for you. There is any outside activity you can thing of, and they even have college courses for them too! If your an indoor person there is still so much to do even here on campus there is so many clubs but also in the dorm rooms they do activities everyday! Trust me you won't be bored at all, it's very fun here.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here at that school gives you so many options if you don't find something you like it would be shocking. Also great restaurants out here as well, there is a lot good food out here I'm sure you won't go starving.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a really tiny dorm room where I can literally touch my roommate when I get out of bed, most people would find this horrible. But it's really made me grow as a person and meet new people, I didn't know my roommate and now were best friends, it really gives you the college experience. Plus you should only be sleeping in them during the day time you should be exploring this beautiful town and getting the true feeling of college.

    Academic Rigor

    All the professors I have had already really work with you one on one. They know how much you spend to come here they understand that an want to see you succeed with them then giving up. Yes classes are hard but there are so many tutoring and outside help to keep you up to date with your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take AP writing in high school, it really helps you out in the long run. Research the career you want to take, there is so many options here. If you don't live in Montana really see if your okay with living away, I've seen too many people leave here because they weren't ready.

    In three sentences

    The university of Montana is a very nice and welcoming school. They are very reasonable and work with you. Has professors that don't want to see you fail and do everything they can to help you succeed.

  • 12/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    what kind of area is this school in? and how would you describe the diversity and campus life?

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 108

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who like the outdoors.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot on a variety of subjects.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone here!

    What to do for fun

    you can hike, swim, ski, horseback ride, canoe, raft, kayak, the possibilities are endless.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are pretty small, but comfortable.

    Tips for prospective students

    if able, join groups and activities so you don't get lost in the huge crowd of students here.

    In three sentences

    the university of montana has a beautiful campus bustling with activity. the people here are very friendly, and the teachers are great. the only negative for me is the cafeteria food is not that great.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Have college campus security and security alarms through out the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to ski and enjoy nature this is the school for you.

    What to do for fun

    There seems they have a lot of clubs and nature to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning provides many selection to choose from. The dinning room is comfortable and bright.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are clean and there seems to be more storage. There are several washing machines and dryers available.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic requirements are not as high as other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must visit the campus orientation with your parents. They give a lot of information and tour of the campus. Apply for financial aide as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    It was a beautiful setting by the mountains. The campus was complete with its own restaurants, store and post office. The dorms were spacious and clean.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous and outdoorsy people. Must like snow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Foresters Ball is not to miss.

    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of the Outdoor Program that takes you on weekend trips to Yellowstone or biking through the desert in Utah, there are activities for everyone, experienced or beginner. Soak up the sun on the grass around the oval when you can or hike up to The M for a great view. Hit up one of the many local breweries in town to relax a little.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in chapters, clubs, or groups. Really get to know your professors, make them know who you are by always asking questions or visiting them in their office hours. It's important to have teachers know you so they can write recommendation letters for graduate school. Get to know your classmates and have study groups.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is an amazing school because of it's location, diversity, and the unique programs they offer. I don't feel lost in the crowd at UM, and I have gotten to know my professors. There are so many excellent opportunities for all students to do adventurous things or join new groups, and make new friends.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been incidences of sexual assault on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fairly sparse, and mostly politically motivated rather than by interest, with the exception of sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal Arts Majors, Frat Boys, Business Majors, Psychology Majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There used to be a roleplaying group on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty cheap tuition, but not much help if you fall behind.

    What to do for fun

    Folf, golf, sports of all kinds are being done in the fall and spring there.

    Food and Dining

    Decent Food in the Food Court in the UC, crappy food at the Food Zoo.

    Dorm Life

    Shitty.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very helpful on either more technical areas(explanation and such) or tutoring, though there is some help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hang out on campus and check out the groups and social atmosphere before attending. Also, shadow a student if you can.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school for certain fields, like Liberal Arts and Business Management. It's decent for Gen Ed courses as well. It's not so good for other specific fields.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a great hike to the M located close to campus. You get a spectacular view of Missoula.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of outdoor recreation and activities here. There is plenty of stuff to do year round.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must enjoy the outdoors to truly appreciate this area.

    In three sentences

    I love attending the University of Montana. The surrounding area is beautiful and everyone is friendly and helpful.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Small but active Greek Life. Always doing many things and having tons of fun!

    What to do for fun

    Hike the M; movie theater on campus that is cheap; Forester's Ball; and much, much more!

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo isn't too bad and has a lot of different options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kind of old, but the are a lot of people around and you meet many new people and make lots of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty hard and challenging, but all the teachers are accessible and want you to succeed just as much as you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend class as much as possible and don't forget to take notes!

    In three sentences

    UM has an extremely beautiful campus that is small and intimate, but still bigger than the average small school. The sports are great and fun to watch (especially football!). I haven't had a single teacher that I didn't like.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, whether it's five in the evening or one in the morning. The campus is well-lit at night and even if you do feel unsafe their is an escort service you can call to pick you up and take you to your dorm.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love to go out and do a variety of things both on campus or off will love it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    U of M has the great mountain with the M behind it where you can hike up to and see the whole town, it's great for all times of the day.

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is relatively cheap for a University, though a lot of the time they'll find some fee or nonsense to slip into your bill, but don't most colleges? The textbooks tend to be written by a lot of your professors or special editions that you can't buy for cheaper online.

    What to do for fun

    Right behind the college is a mountain where you can hike up to the M. It's great to do on a nice day. The Recreation Center is free for students and you can do rock-climbing (which costs some fees) or use the equipment, track, or ball courts. Downtown is not a far walk to go to restaurants, cafes, and stores. Most roads have bike lanes so you can travel around faster.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo is the cafeteria on campus, and even though it has a wide variety of food options for everyone, even vegetarians and vegans, it can easily get boring to go there. The store on campus is very over-priced. Those with larger meals plans can enjoy the smoothie place and the food court that has a lot of great places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There's two dorms that have the smallest dorm rooms on campus, but there's a lot of storage. The furniture is all older and sort of beaten up. However, the dorms and RAs do a lot to bring everyone together and do a lot of events that you won't get off-campus. The dorms have a great community.

    Academic Rigor

    The college has a wide variety of classes for just about any subject. They challenge you without being a chore and broaden your mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love to do a ton of seasonal activities outside then U of M is great for you. There are snowboarding and rafting classes, along with pool and martial arts. The campus is smaller so you can get everywhere fast. The town is incredibly bike-friendly and even if you don't bike it's easy to walk most places if you're not bringing a car.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is full of friendly people and great professors. Not only does the campus have tons of activities that range from recreational to academic, but the town also has a lot to offer to any student who chooses to attend.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have not been a whole lot of violence but rape is a rather big issue here. just stay in a group after hours and don't leave your drink unattended and you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't seen much of the clubs but there are a lot of activities on the oval (a big field in the middle of campus) almost every week.

    Great for these types of students

    They like to discuss about how to improve the eniviroment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people like to lounge out in the oval, there are also many Ummm... well I'm not sure how to put this nicely. This is a liberal arts college so i guess it shouldn't be a big shock for there to be many environmentalists and hippies. so any traditions associated with them are ubiquitous here.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm in state so it wasn't that bad for tuition but for somebody out of state, unless you have scholarships or your parents are paying for it, the money could be spent better at other campuses.

    What to do for fun

    This is one of it's strong points, there are many things to do out doors from hiking to lounging out on the river and shopping in town. plus the gym is actually very nice with a indoor climbing wall. it can be a little crowded during the week though, bring a friend with you for it to be a better experience.

    Food and Dining

    Was't to bad actually for $3.25 and all you can eat. the only problem though is that they tended to focus more on vegan and vegitarian products, so anything with animal based products in it will be of less quality and quantity. you may need to be a little aggressive with getting the chicken. plus the hours are terrible unfortunately, unless you want to eat off campus, you need to start eating dinner by 7, this can be very inconvenient if you are going to be up late studying for a test.

    Dorm Life

    It's not horrible but for my dorm it had multiple offensive odors (typical for a boys dorm) and it was very loud during the week ends. some people will not be very courteous and blast there music a lot and you may have to talk with them.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a legitimate college, but nothing extremely tough. if you just treat this like a full time job devoting 7-8 hours a day to classes and homework you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a fan for your Dorm during the summer, there is no AC. If you hate the smell of cannabis, stay only in Knowles hall every where else is pretty bad. If you are there for Pharmacy be prepared for a chemistry course from hell. also it's ok to walk on the grass.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is with out much for comparison, an alright campus. The typical students that attend are not very preppy and are more laid back. But overall it is a rather average college to be honest

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is alright, but not at the best. Recently there were quit a few sexual assults on students and the situations were not handled. This was odd to me because I have never felt more safe in a city then I have in Missoula. People do have a tendency to steal, but that happens at every college.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a little more laid back here than at other schools. There are fun activities that the Frats and Sororities put on, but it is not as excessive. I like it because I feel like I am not overshadowed because I am not in a Sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are intramural sports that are super fun! There are also clubs targeted towards specific majors that are good for networking. Just be proactive and get signed up. This way making friends is a lot more easier and based on common interests.

    Great for these types of students

    In Montana there are a lot of different types of people. Outdoorsy people and artsy people. However you have a mix of preppy kids and hipsters. Getting such a great variety will leave opportunities for everyone to find a circle of friends they feel comfortable in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Forestors Ball. It is a large hoe down where everyone gets buck wild and dances to country music. It was rated on Playboy's top 10 parties to go to for several years. It is well worth it! I have been two years in a row and would never miss it! Maggotfest is also a tradition. It is a large rugby tournament where they provide drinks and a mechanical bull! People come from all over to experience this!

    Bang for the buck

    It is all what you make it at the University of Montana. It is not as good at pushing students into activities so it is necessary to be proactive. There are a lot of opportunities to meet people and make new friends, one just needs to step outside their comfort zone.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options for fun things at the University of Montana. Going to the games is a must! There is a lot of student pride in our team and everyone gets really into it. There is also many outdoor activities available. Hiking the M is fun when the weather is nice. Also, there are natural hot springs that make for fun weekend trips. The snowboarding and skiing is amazing as well. Missoula is a college town so there are usually a lot of oppurtunities for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The University offers food for all types of eaters. They specifically provide vegeterian and healthier options for those students that need them. Sometimes the food options are restrictive to certain times in the day which makes things difficult, but besides that on campus you are set.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely small in Jesse and Aber; however, if you get into any other dorm you will be set. There is a lot more room and the dorms are a lot nicer. Being in the dorm is a little restrictive but students are still able to study in the study lounges while drinking on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at University of Montana have high standards. Most classes are intellectually stimulating and extremely difficult at times. The classes that are in the lecture halls are the most difficult because of the class size. However, there are some easy classes available for extra electives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into the school year with an open-mind and willingness to try new things! Get involved in school clubs as well as academic study groups to stay social and on top of grades!

    In three sentences

    Montana is a great atmosphere to learn and grow as a person. The extracurricular activities provided by the school make it easy to make friends with all types of people. It is perfect for those looking for a college experience because it is a college town.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tube the Clark Fork River, Hike the M, bike around the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. Night life can be a little dull, but I was never bored with so much other things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get your test scores up, it really helps with getting scholarships your first year.

    In three sentences

    Gorgeous surroundings and campus. Very intelligent professors. Decent class sizes.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Always go through Recruitment, whether or not you decide to Go Greek it's an amazing experience and it helps you figure out what you want to do in college and in life. There isn't hazing, so it's not something to be afraid of, just be yourself and you can find a house for you if you decide to.

    Great for these types of students

    Hippies, rednecks, liberals, and the open-minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone climbs the M (Mt. Sentinel).

    Bang for the buck

    The gym is apart of your tuition, so there isn't a monthly bill. The food nearby can be affordable if you use UMoney or your meal plan on your Griz Card.

    What to do for fun

    Missoula is an amazing town, full of life! There are plenty of shows to see all year round. But, during the summer the Clark-Fork River is the main attraction. Students are always floating down the river or going to the Farmers' Market (which is affordable on a budget)

    Food and Dining

    The food in the University Center is over-priced and the Food Zoo isn't anything special until you don't have a meal plan anymore.

    Dorm Life

    No matter where you go there is a down side to every down. Aber and Jesse are too small, Craig is too old, the list goes on and on. The RAs keep a small watch on you, but mainly you are on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes they can be either easy or hard. It's based on certain professors, although the classes are mainly enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending the University of Montana, you have to keep an open mind. The entire community can be quite the culture shock for those that have been sheltered. As compared to the rest of the state of Montana, it has an array of people and opinions, so there's no need to worry if you'll fit it. However, there is always something happening in this town, that means set aside a time for studying.

    In three sentences

    The people are intriguing, inviting, and enthusiastic. Professors here actually care about your well-being. Majority of classes may be challenging, but worth the while.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The security is very responsive, although one student says she feels unsafe to walk the campus alone when the deer are out and wandering it. (Fear of deer? Strange!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stories are great - ask about the moose, the pumpkins, or the clock tower on a tour!

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing in-state prices - great for out of state students, as well!

    What to do for fun

    Hang out around Missoula at some of their trendy restaurants, kayak on the river, or go to Missoula's many events in the park!

    Food and Dining

    The campus' mall had many nice places to eat - no complaints from me!

    Academic Rigor

    I am not a student, so I cannot say.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous and (thank goodness) walkable and easily bikeable, too. It's close enough to Missoula to feel like it's a part of everything, but not so close that you're feeling pushed around by the town, itself.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    at the Collage of Technology the food is Wonderful

    Dorm Life

    Im not living in the dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and make sure to do the required work!

    In three sentences

    The College of Technology has a really good culinary arts program. The people who have graduated from the program said that it was awesome. The food that they prepare here is really good as well!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who appreciate diversity, think critically, want to engage with their community, traditional or non-traditional.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The M on Mount Sentinel - a great hike that affords a wonderful view of the campus and the city of Missoula.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, movies, music, art shows, theater productions.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely ate on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend a few hours on campus and touring Missoula before you decide which school is right for you. The University of Montana can compete with more prestigious private schools on most levels.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus in a perfect location; UM is a large state school in a mid-sized city. Missoula is diverse and welcoming and the University influences local arts and culture in a positive way. UM offers a quality education for a reasonable price.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some issues on campus (as there have on any campuses) but they have been very professional in dealing with the situations.

    What to do for fun

    They have an on-campus movie theatre that is reasonably priced.

    Food and Dining

    The food court has several delicious options; you can choose to eat at the cafeteria or you can go up to the food court where they have a selection of Vietnamese, Sushi, barbeque, soup and sandwhiches, Pizza Hut, and Mexican.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    While it is not the most difficult program out there, it does still present a challenge.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus, wonderful professors, and an excellent student community. While it has its problems, like all campuses, they take great care to try and rectify the situations as soon as possible. The faculty also care greatly about your success and safety on campus.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels completely safe and if you are unsure there is a 24/7 security escort you can have back to your room by pressing one of the many buttons located around campus to get in touch with the security officers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to choose from so get involved! There is bound to be a club that you will enjoy. If not create one yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    For students who love the great outdoors there a river right near by to raft on, bike trails throughout town and hikes several places close to campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The haunted room in one of the buildings off of the oval.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot to do in Missoula outside and inside of the campus. As long as your willing to get out of your dorm room you will ahve a blast with all of the activities you can do.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I love to run, hike, swim, bike, spend time with my friends, play video games, and have super hero movie marathons.

    Food and Dining

    Great fresh food for every meal.

    Dorm Life

    Friendly, open, and very fun if you are involved with others in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers care about their work and they strive for the best out of their students as well as themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the campus before you go and make sure the school is something you can afford. If you can try to plan out where you might visit. Also, get to know your roommate are well as you can, it will make moving in day a lot less stressful.

    In three sentences

    First, absolutely beautiful campus. Second, the people are extremely kind to others. Finally, the professors are very passionate what they teach and their passion is passed on to their students.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's even a skydiving club!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year around Halloween, someone climbs the bell tower and puts a pumpkin on the very top. We also have a Forester's Ball.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition at least, though our of staters get plenty too.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are phones that dial caddy cars to pick you up from several locations on campus if you feel unsafe. Always walk with someone if you can.

    Greek Life

    I am not yet involved with greek life but I do know that there 6 fraternity chapters and 4 sororities. Being involved in school is important. Don't be intimidated to the point that It stops you from trying things and this is a club that is very active in the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There hare hundreds of clubs on campus. Ones I looked into were the snowboarding, french and equestrian clubs. They have a ton so you aren't limited, and if the school doesn't have the club you want yet they will give you the tools to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Eco-friendly. The school is all about reducing, reusing and recycling and has an amazing Environmental sciences program!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hiking the M is one of the schools oldest traditions. There is a trail behind the clock tower leading up to the M on the side of the mountain. There is a longer trail for the more experienced hikers that leads to the top.

    Bang for the buck

    For those of you who live in a state with sales tax, Montana is a state where they don't have that! Housing is also much more affordable if you consider moving off campus.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, Float the river, Snowboard, Go to shows at the wilma, shop, get coffee, explore the town, Camp, Go to the hot springs, Bike.

    Food and Dining

    There are awesome restaurants down town and even blocks from school. There is an amazing thai place called Sawadi thats highly recommended. Mckenzie river pizza is also worth trying, also downtown.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is FUN. You get to know people quite easily. Location is everything so consider that when selecting a dorm. Aber is by the gym, market and UC but its also secluded from all other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has great nursing, pharmacy, business and Enviro science programs. It is a good balance of academics and extracurriculars

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is great for anyone. There are 100+ majors you can look into and spending time in class on the beautiful campus makes it more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana at Missoula has a beautiful campus filled with a friendly and helpful staff. Financial Aid put me in awe with how helpful and reliable they are. Overall an amazing school with great programs.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even at the darkest parts of night, I have never felt uncomfortable. There are tons of lights and even if you are walking alone, you can call the hot-line and have a campus policeman accompany you while you walk at any time of day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hello walk is something that you cannot miss on campus. Every fall students paint the word hello in as many languages and ways possible down one of the main pathway.

    Bang for the buck

    You cannot beat instate tuition coupled with a great program for your intended major.

    What to do for fun

    Missoula is one of the great treasures in the United States. With everything from camping to fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, floating, skiing, and so much more outdoors than one could ask for, Missoula is a place that it is easy to find something to do. Even if the outdoors are not your thing, Missoula has the accommodations to satisfy the avid shopper or whatever your pleasure may be.

    Food and Dining

    I went to several different schools as a prospective student and the University of Montana was without a doubt the best when it came to food. There is always a great variety for everyone and no one leaves hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I will always recommend that every student goes through dorm life. Living in the dorms gave me the chance to meet so many new people and interact with them that I really could never regret my decision to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I found the perfect balance between a school that pushes me so hard I fail and a school that is happy with sub par.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things and get outside the comfort zone. I promise that great things are in store for the people that are willing to try new experiences.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is strong school filled with people that are willing to think outside the box in order to fulfill the goals set before them. The atmosphere is filled with creativity, honesty, and a passion for the new things to come. This university makes going to college as much fun as can be had while still attending a good school.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During Autumn and Spring semesters you are required to take a 30 minute safety tutorial. They really do care about your safety on this campus and are doing everything they can to make it an environment you can feel secure in.

    What to do for fun

    Spend time in the Oval (center of the university) playing Ultimate Frisbee with a bunch of church friends, as well as anyone else that chooses to join in. We also have trail leading up to a large 'M' hoisted on the side of a mountain which is great for hiking. Gorgeous view!

    Food and Dining

    I haven't experienced the food so much, but from what I've seen it looks really yummy!

    Dorm Life

    I've found the dorms to be quite lovely myself.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't think it's too bad, definitely manageable. Make some time for studying and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great way to meet new (and extremely nice) people is to join in some of the activities held by some local religious groups. Don't shy away from them if you aren't religious yourself! They are people too! They enjoy having a good time as well, and won't push you into joining them. See for yourself!

    In three sentences

    A very friendly College that I believe truly values my safety and success. With a moderately high activity level on campus it isn't hard to find ways of meeting new people. Peaceful, prosperous, perfect.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Griz games!!

    Academic Rigor

    Very high!

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn all of your assignments in on time.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great place to attend college! They have great teachers and excellent customer service. I would rate them a 9/10.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do here for fun. We have multiple clubs at the University, there is a recreation center where we have workout areas and also a climbing wall. Football games on weekends are the biggest thing on Saturday's, and other sports as that season passes. Playing sports on your own in the Oval is another popular activity because it is a big courtyard of grass. People Frisbee, play soccer, even slack-line which is basically tightrope walking. Concerts come to Missoula a lot, so those are fun to go to, and there are plays put on by the Theatre department as well. Missoula is a bike friendly town, so you can bike around and get ice cream with your friends at the Big Dipper which has homemade ice cream. The campus is right at the base of a small mountain (really big hill) so hiking that is always a good exercise. Obviously people party a lot so if you are into that it happens a lot. If you're not into that, that is totally fine you aren't alone. There are many other things to do on campus and around Missoula.

    Food and Dining

    The food selections here at U of M are amazing! The Food Zoo is our 'cafeteria' if you want to call it that where mainly everyone gets their food. It has a main line that is different every night and rotates through so eventually they go back to what they served a while ago. The food is great quality; it makes you actually want to eat at school! (Compared to high school or middle school cafeterias) There's a salad bar with multiple types of lettuce and dressings and toppings for it, along with fruits and other salads. There is also pasta and pizza every day in case you aren't feeling the main line. There is also a vegan and vegetarian line, burger line, and a large variety of drinks you can have, along with dessert! And you can eat as much as you want. Outside the Zoo is the Country Store where they have sandwiches and such, but also a mini grocery store to buy snacks in and anything else you may need. Besides the Food Zoo there are also restaurants in the University Center which are also great. You have to have the All-Campus meal plan to use your Griz Card there, or else you just eat at the Food Zoo. Overall I really enjoy the food on this campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the best aspects of college because you get to meet so many new people. Getting a roommate is a change because you're living with someone you most likely have never met before. Unfortunately for me, my roommate is a year older than I am and has already experienced college so we don't connect as much, but this doesn't happen very often. Most roommates become great friends, and it's fun to decorate your room together. There are different dorms on campus, but all are relatively close to each other with the exception of one or two. Adapting to both of your schedules is something to get used to because you may get up earlier than your roommate or vice versa, and the dorms can be loud at night at times. But you get used to it after a while.

    Academic Rigor

    How hard your academics are in college really depends on what you are studying. There are great programs here at U of M and the teachers really know their stuff. If you disagree, there are multiple places you can go for help if you need it. For big lecture classes such as math, there is a separate math lab later in the week that is condensed to 20 students or so, to help answer questions on homework or a problem during class. Keeping up on homework is important, and staying ahead is even better because you may get extra credit. For freshman year, you can take a lower amount of credits if you choose so it can lighten the load of school work and allow you to ease into your first year. But again it depends on your area of study, but expect homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to go to class, don't party too hard, and have fun. This isn't high school anymore, you are now paying for your education, so I would suggest going to class or else it is a big waste of your money. Maybe college isn't for you, and it is good to find that out as quickly as possible. But if it is right for you, go to class and get your money's worth. You actually get to study what you are interested in, so enjoy it! But don't enjoy it too much by partying all of the time because there can be consequences such as MIP's and such. It's alright to have fun, but just be careful and make smart decisions; there are other things to do besides drinking. Lastly, have fun at college! You're on your own finally and are in charge of yourself, which is both a daunting and exciting task. There are many fun things to do at college such as clubs, games, hiking, biking, hanging out with friends, you name it. Enjoy yourself, but also your studies.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is an excellent university with a beautiful campus, where teachers are very friendly and treat you your age, and school spirit is everywhere you go. It is a bike friendly campus which is extremely helpful for getting to class on time, and allows you to enjoy your surroundings and nature; mainly all of the squirrels who wander around everywhere and get close enough to pet. The teachers are wonderful and very knowledgeable and treat your education seriously, and they work as hard as you do to make sure you are getting the education you need and deserve while being relaxed and fun to work with, making the classroom atmosphere welcoming and fun, but the classroom isn't the only place you'll be; football games get intense here at U of M, because students go crazy in rooting for the team, and it can be overwhelming at times, but it's also a great thing to be a part of, like many other activities here at the University of Montana.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some issues with assault lately, especially coming from the football team. President Engstrom is doing an amazing job of bringing awareness to the university community. Basically, if you use common sense (don't have sex when you've been drinking, call campus safety for a ride in a golf cart if you need to be out after dark, use a buddy system, etc.) you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    We have a great Greek Life system. There is absolutely no pressure to join a sorority or fraternity. Anyone can attend their parties. The sororities and frats are all focused on volunteer work and building friendships, so there is no hazing or harassment of any kind. We are not your stereotypical Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an abundance of activities here, but unless you can attend the Welcome Feast during lunch the first Friday of classes, you will never hear about them. You need to go out of your way to find out about activities. Look on Facebook for club pages, but only a handful have them. Go find someone involved in the club you are interested in, since your emails may go unanswered.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be able to study, work, and still have a life. People here tend to work hard during the week and party hard on the weekend. Regardless of whether you party or not, you will find your niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you go looking, you can find all sorts of weird, tucked in the middle of nowhere studying spots. Homecoming is huge here. We take our football seriously. We have a parade the Saturday of Homecoming that the whole town attends. Our rivalry with the Montana State Bobcats is very intense as well.

    Bang for the buck

    As a college student in today's economy, nothing is affordable. The nice thing about UM is that it gives away a lot of scholarships, but you need to apply early. It is an especially good deal if you are a Montana resident. It is also easy to work while you take classes, and if you start applying for jobs in August, you can get a good one on campus. The relatively inexpensive cost (compared to out-of-state schools) and the quality of the classes makes UM an excellent choice.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of options for fun, especially is you are outdoorsy. There are many hiking trails almost literally on campus, and the river is about a five minute walk, available for fishing, tubing, and kayaking. Our mall is relatively small, but it has good stores for shopping. You need to be on the look-out for clubs around campus: information does not get around at all on when different clubs are meeting.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo (the cafeteria) has won awards for the amazing quality of its food. It is also a candidate for the best vegan food in a university in the country. There are several different selections of food each day, and three different meal plans to choose from. Watch out for the burgers, though. They are always slightly under-cooked.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of different dorms to choose from. Aber and Jesse are high rises, with lots of people in them. Aber is farthest from everything, but close to the football stadium. Jesse is known as the freshman dorm. Pantzer has suites (four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen and common area per suite) but is only available to people with 30 credits or more. Miller has singles (which are possible to get as a freshman), doubles, and pods (three bedrooms and a living area). Knowles is the honors dorm, Turner is all-female and old, Craig, Duniway, and Elrod are all old and connected in an L-shape. Elrod is all-male, and Craig and Turner have the biggest rooms. Turner has sinks in each room, too.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put in to your classes. I had high school AP classes that are far more difficult than my classes this year. The classes themselves aren't terribly difficult, but you do need to study. Since your grade is based on just two or three tests, you need to keep up. If you study, you will do well. If you don't study, you will do poorly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus, even if you live in Missoula. Living in the town is very different than living on campus, or even just going to school here. experience UM as a student rather than a Missoula resident.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is very friendly here. The classes aren't too difficult. The professors are very helpful.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bike riding, hiking, mountain climbing, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to students to set up a systematic approach to their studies as well as having healthy intervals to socialize and interact with fellow students.

    In three sentences

    I believe the University of Montana is abundant with opportunities for any student willing to work tenaciously and efficiently to achieve one's goal. It has all the tools and technology to enhance a student's proficiency in any given subject as well as highlighting other fields of interest they might be interested in. The environment surrounding the campus is rich with nature and prime for outdoors adventures.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go and enjoy the outdoors

    Food and Dining

    They have many selections including the UC which has a food court in it.

    Dorm Life

    I was told I need to be in their dorms for my first year.

    Academic Rigor

    They say it is tough but not too tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to a current student they are friendly and will tell you the U of M is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    The area is very college friendly. Although all the bad things that have been happening, the town makes it perfect for any college students. Also there is so much to do in Missoula, MT.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Has emergency phone all over campus and the college provides many safety seminars.

    Greek Life

    Has many greek life opportunities which add a lot experiences to college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any kind of club someone could want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University Center has plants from exotic places growing inside. And has a glass roof.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the costs.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs and sports to do. And many different things around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different choices for food.

    Dorm Life

    Safe and convenient dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers and programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a current student to help with registration and academic planning.

    In three sentences

    Great diversity of people. Many different classes and majors. And fun campus

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are so many ways to stay safe on campus. They have emergency free motor carts that will pick you up wherever you are and take you to wherever you need to be during night hours to maintain safety. There is also the Curry Health Center open 24 hours a day and is on campus so medical care is there for you always, and very close.

    Great for these types of students

    Missoula is a very recreational town, and there is always lots of hiking, skiing, and fishing to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During halloween someone mysteriously puts a pumpkin at the very top of the University Hall. No one has ever been able to catch them doing it.

    What to do for fun

    The clubs on campus are a great way to get involved, as well as intramural sports and other various activities. The town of missoula is also very upbeat and there is always something creative and fun going on downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Montana campus has an abundance of food venues here on campus. From pizza hut, to greek, there are options for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love dorm life. My dorm always has fun activities going on, like pumpkin carving, and floor snacks. I was also blessed with a very big room, and I am rooming with a good friend friend from high school.

    Academic Rigor

    I find science to a be a very challenging subject, but I am ready to take it on when it comes to pursuing a career in social work. I am currently enrolled to take biology next semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure this school has your major. Make sure you feel comfortable going to a a school of 15,000 students. Last, be prepared for the unpredictable Montana weather!

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana has one of the most beautiful college campuses I have ever seen. It has a diverse group of people with more than 150 clubs to get involved in. It has an excellent social work program.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus features a program called Grizzly Personal Safety that offers students rides around campus after dark. They also have safety phones at different places around campus so that if you run into trouble you can call for help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs and activities that you can participate in including intramural sports and language, study abroad, etc. clubs that you can participate in.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has a great recreational program and Missoula is a bustling artistic hub that has many opportunities and things to do including festivals and parades that you can attend.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo hosts a variety of healthy food choices every night along with a global line that features food from around the world.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious and comfortable and offer a variety of activities that you can participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are difficult, but fun and definitely worth the money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you check out the campus and meet with the advisers to be sure that the college is a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a wonderful school that offers several different options. It is a school that gets it's students involved and offers many different opportunities to expand ourselves. The University of Montana is a great school and ranks around a nine on a scale of one to ten.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus tries to make you feel as safe as possible. If you are at the library or somewhere else till late you can call the security station and they will send someone in a golf cart to come get you so you don't have to walk to your dorm late at night alone. They also have these emergency beacons all around campus that if you are being attacked you press the button and it will alert the police to come help you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone here and for every activity you can imagine. The clubs range from Criminology club to Quidditch Club and everything in between.

    Bang for the buck

    Coming for in state I do not have to pay outside tuition, but even outside tuition is not that bad compared to other colleges I have visited. You are getting a great variety of classes for a very reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    During warm weather you will see students hanging out in the courtyard, or if you go by the river you will see people in inner tubes floating down the river. In the winter there are two moutains close by for skiing and snowboarding. There are so many outdoor activites that you will never get bored, and one thing every student should try is hiking to the M.

    Food and Dining

    The main food place is called the Food Zoo, and they have a great variety of food. Missoula has also won awards for our vegetarian and vegan food. Other places on campus to eat are the Country Store, and the University Center Building, which has pizza hut, Chinese, Greek, Sushi and more.

    Dorm Life

    There is always a lot of activity in the dorms; ranging from floor snacks to winter balls. I would recommend staying in Craig because they have the biggest dorm rooms, and are close to the Food Zoo. Another bonus about our dorms is you don't have to pay to use the washer's and dryer's!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from very hard to very easy, and everything in between, it just depends on what you decide to take. Some of the classes are going to take a lot more work than others, but the professors and TA's are all very helpful and will help with any problems that you have. The U of M also has great tutoring programs if you feel like you are not getting enough help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, and there are so many of them you are sure to find at least one. Also make sure to stay healthy while your here. Missoula has a great health center, and a wide variety of food at the Food Zoo.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana offers a wide range of classes with both large and small classes. The campus is beautiful, and just the right size. It is my favorite campus in Montana.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is an issue the college is working on to improve how the student perceive safety. We're getting there as all campuses across the U.S. are in meeting the needs of students in positive manner.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 150 clubs on campus so once you figure out what they are from the ASUM directory or one of their tabling events life is good. Remember that freshmen and return non-traditional students should be involved to feel more connected to campus life but don't over do it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun a person can attend theater performances on campus, go to the rec center for exercise, attend campus sports events, ride your bike anywhere, walk the river.

    Food and Dining

    The food zoo is a great place to eat and for quick snacks go to the University Center (UC) and there are other local food places within walking distance to the campus

    Dorm Life

    Although I have never been in the dorm, they have weekly meetings and activities for the residents on a regular basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Students just need to read their regular assignments, take notes and attend class on a regular basis. The only time it seems to get out of hand is when a person is busy doing non-curricular things and get behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to the campus as often as possible before you start to become familiar with the layout. Print a copy of your class schedule and map the location of your courses before the first day of class for new students By the second week of courses, sit down and make at least a week at a glance calender of all of your assignments so you can stay on task for the semester.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed the opportunities available to get involved int he community as a student. The diversity of the student body makes this an exceptional experience in education overall This college is rich in culture, music and art making it a wonderful place to expand your horizons outside of classes.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The school has a special food program for its students which seems convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life seems suitbable from what I've read about it.

    Academic Rigor

    This schools academics are more than adequate, so I hear.

    In three sentences

    I have not been there yet but I've heard many positive reviews on the school!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Some of the best food. You have multiple food items tho choose from

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a safe and fun environment. Where you will meet most of your friends as you go on in the future.

    Academic Rigor

    We have excellent professors, so you are learning a lot and will be prepared when leaving off into your career field

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a clear mind and open heart. So much to learn in and out of class, and a lot of people on campus willing to take you in as a Grizzly!

    In three sentences

    Is an excellent school with wonderful caring professors. It is also has a great learning environment for students.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Is this school a commuter campus? Also, if I have a 3.57 unweighted GPA (3.8 weighted) and a 1770 SAT score, what are the chances I will receive the WUE scholarship?

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The great outdoors are literally right out your door, so go explore!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria (foodzoo) has the best chicken sandwich you can hope for in a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Depending what dorm you are in (and you can get a full commentary from anyone who lives or has lived on campus) will determine your own personal experiences with dorm life so choose wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigorousness of your semesters is entirely up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure and visit not just the campus but the city of Missoula as well. Don't overload yourself your first year. Make sure and get involved in your program early.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most beautiful and diverse campuses in the the United States. There are many extracurricular activities to either go along with or distract you from your studies. The undergraduate advisors are great at seeing to your specific needs and desires.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is Campus security that does patrol on a regular basis as well as emergency phone around campus.

    Greek Life

    Many opportunities to find the right fraternity or sorority that fits you!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, activities and interests that will please anyone. From Horseback riding, tight rope walking to Campus politics.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Montana is aware that students live on a budget and so do their parents. Things are affordable on and around campus to make it easier for us to concentrate on our studies.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun in Missoula and on campus, hiking, biking, theater, kayaking. Think of it and you can do it!

    Food and Dining

    Many different choices for you palate. You can try something new everyday!

    Dorm Life

    Unknown, but from what I hear it is fun and interactive!

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the departments study make sure to challenge you with the course materials in class and push you to use your skills outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and get the chance to experience some of campus life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana campus is a very diverse and welcoming place for new and current students.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Our basketball program is great, the football program, though maybe not winning all the time, has an entire town behind it, with an average of 23,000 people at each game and tailgates lining the streets. There are an incredible array of clubs, and it is easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have an outdoor movie showing and Christmas cookie decorating that is open to the public and free.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it. Bigger schools cost a lot more, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

    What to do for fun

    The University offers all kinds of clubs and sports, long with fun non-serious sports (like water-polo). Their two gyms and pool are included when you're enrolled, and they offer very cheap movies most weekends and a game room.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of places to eat on campus, including smoothie bars, pizza hut, the food court, the market, and the buffet. while the buffet is included in all meal plans, it is way overpriced if you do not have a meal plan. However, there are still tons of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home, but I know a lot of people that live in the dorms and they love it!

    Academic Rigor

    I have only had one semester here, but I loved my classes and I am excited for next semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress so much! I was always worried about whether or not to live in the dorms; I stayed at home and enjoyed it, while my friend stayed in the dorms and had fun there, too!

    In three sentences

    I really love it so far, though there are some things that could be improved. The school has a large variety of classes, friendly people and teachers, and Missoula is a beautiful and exciting place to live.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Yes, the University of Montana has been under heat lately for the amount of rapes, but really there hasn't been many and they are taking more and more precautions to prevent it. We have mandatory programs we must take dealing with sexual assault and awareness. They security and safety on campus is not what it used to be, its better.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there isn't a club on campus, all you need is a small group of friends and an adviser to get it up and running.

    Food and Dining

    The FoodZoo is where most students eat, but depending on your meal plan, you can also eat at the various food places in the University Center and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful. The RAs are pretty welcoming in each dorm. The rooms aren't too small and most of the time your roommate and neighbors can become your new best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your classes is what you make of it. If you choose not to do homework and go to class, it will be hard, but if you decide you want to participate, even the most rigorous courses can be easier.

    In three sentences

    I love it here!!!! The students, professors, and the all around atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I can't think of another school I'd prefer.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They make a very large effort to make the campus feel safe, and we have to attend mandatory safety seminars throughout our first year

    Greek Life

    Some sororities and fraterntities but not a huge presence

    Clubs and Activities

    High student involvement

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are interested in humanities degrees such as communications, art, or business and biological/environmental sciences

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone here has hiked the historic M on the top of the hill.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Montana has one of the lowest rates for out of state tuition for all public schools on the west, and it offers a much higher standard than most schools. The on campus living is generally less expensive than most other schools as well.

    What to do for fun

    This campus thrives from being in a great location in Missoula, right next to downtown. There are great resturants, concerts, shops, and parks all in walking distance from campus so it is easy to partake in all town activities.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent, very healthy food. There are many options for every meal and a large dining facility makes for more of a social gathering.

    Dorm Life

    Very active campus with many people living on campus and everyone else living in very close proximity, lots of fun things to do and very active resident assistants who provide many fun activites.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to many public schools I believe that this school holds higher standards for academics, it is definitely challenging as far as homework and out of class effort goes. If someone is an A student in high school, they will be a B student at the University of Montana.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for this school early in order to get out of state scholarships like WUE.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is very challenging academically compared to most western public schools, but the campus life is very fun and interesting. There are many things to do around campus and in the town, and it is a great place to be if you are interested in any kind of humanities degree.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have these alarms all around the campus oval you can press if anyone's attacking you and the police will show up.

    Greek Life

    It's there.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer a lot. At the beginning of the year they all set up booths along the oval and try to get you to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Hippies or athletics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of hippies on campus. They sometimes knit sweaters for the trees. It's interesting...

    Bang for the buck

    Not a college I would have gone to if I didn't have a scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of clubs to join. There is also Greek life that can be big for you if you invest the time.

    Food and Dining

    Mediocre quality on campus. There are only fast food restaurants near campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's expensive and you're in small cramped rooms. Thankfully, you're close to your classes...

    Academic Rigor

    They do have some good programs. Psychology, business, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take general education classes first. Make sure you know what you want to do, before you declare a major.

    In three sentences

    Good academics. Awful Parking. Poor advisors.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am in the Greek Life at UM and I absolutely love it. We are small and tight knit. We support everyone and make lasting friendships.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of outdoor activities from biking to snowshoeing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the four-bear program

    In three sentences

    UM is great for people who want to have a good out of state college experience. You get a wonderful education.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have people looking out, but things always happen at college that is out of anyone's control.

    Greek Life

    They're really accepting and laid back and not like normal snobby houses which is nice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just Chilln every morning and Pizza Hut in the UC at midnight. Study on the Oval and watch Shakespeare in the park on the oval. Go Day is a welcome to newbies before classes start and it's a day you really don't want to miss.

    Bang for the buck

    Its so beautiful and educational I never want to leave in all honesty.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports, watching games, anything outdoors, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options all the time and the Food Zoo is ranked one of the best food facilities at a university. I love the food.

    Dorm Life

    My best experiences happened because of the dorm life. My old roommate is my best friend and I will never forget my amazing RA. The RA's are great and hand picked. Dorm life really does open up so much opportunity for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    You will learn something new every day I guarantee. Every major will provide different challenges, but really try in the Gen.Ed classes because they will turn around and bite you in the butt if you just shrug them off.

    Tips for prospective students

    When your on campus get involved with your floor and go to all hall outings. You meet great people that way and it makes the experience worth it. Try to get into a club because once again you meet great people that way, but also because Montana is to beautiful to not venture out into. Get involved but don't get to distracted from your work. If you end up living off campus try to carve out study time because you will get distracted.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is fun but also educational. There are always professors that will drive you crazy but this university has great professors that leave lasting impressions and have really contributed to my learning success and have helped me realize my career path. It is also one of the most beautiful places to be. If the surroundings don't distract you the cowboys will!

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Now that most members of the football team are gone that caused the problems here last year, the campus is pretty safe. Since the school's little public humiliation last year the administration has strived very hard to implement new policies and rules to keep the students safe. It has worked.

    Greek Life

    No idea. I hear it's pretty interesting though. The y are also highly visible on campus doing and recruiting for volunteer work around the campus and in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Missoula is a college town, so bars and nighttime hot spots abound. Outdoor concerts, and farmer's markets in the summer. Hiking, and biking clubs year round.

    Great for these types of students

    People searching for a school that specializes in outdoor jobs (ie. agriculture, wildlife biology, forestry etc. ) will find no better school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The M is a 1.5 hike uphill that has an abandoned cave at the top. It is known for parties and has myths, urban legends and folklore surrounding it. The fact that the school is located on an old military training field only heightens the mythology surrounding it that includes deaths, cults, ghosts and the like.

    Bang for the buck

    For instate residents it's a great deal. For non-residents and international students the price ranks up there with ivy league schools. It is well worth the price for teaching and the beautiful surroundings.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking you name it's here in Missoula. If it's not in Missoula you are seriously only minutes away from white water rafting, fishing or anything outdoorsy.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is an amazing buffet that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also the choice of burger, pizza, sandwich, and taco places if buffet isn't your style. The school is also in close proximity to eating in the downtown area.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in the dorms and never have.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are pretty laid back. But, for the serious student challenges can be had at the honors college. We are in the top five of public schools for churning out Rhodes scholars and number one (per capita) for peace corp volunteers .

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is what you make it, self starting is a must. One can not just sit back and hope that they receive a good education you must seek it out. The best teachers and classes are sometimes hard to find but, they are there.

    In three sentences

    If your the outdoors type this is the campus for you. High standards in teaching and academic diversity will keep the mind candy flowing. The surroundings will keep a person pumped to remain physically active.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Be outdoors, go downtown, volunteer, hike the mountain and the base of campus, etc.

    Food and Dining

    We have amazing food on campus. Also really great places to eat around town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty good. Nice rooms and amazing cafeteria food.

    Academic Rigor

    Work Hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    I love this school. Great people, great atmosphere, a lot to do. Couldn't be happier!

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students open to new ideas and other cultures, with a desire to make the most of their college years.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A Forester's Ball, extensive classic art collection, beautiful Oval that is the center of campus..

    Bang for the buck

    They don't call it the Harvard of the West for nothing!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options! Every outdoor activity you can think of in a mountain town near rivers and lakes. A thriving arts scene with theater, live music of every genre, visual and film arts, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of campus activities; but also get out and explore this community. Be organized and make use of available resources if you encounter issues.

    In three sentences

    This campus has a very diverse population. There are many progressive degree options. This school is located in an area with many recreational opportunities.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Missoula is a great place to be. If you use common sense, you'll be perfectly safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities near campus and they are really enjoyable.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've heard great things but I haven't actually gotten to go out and experience them yet.

    Bang for the buck

    It's super affordable when you come to the university from a Montana city. The tuition is almost completely covered by your pell grant.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to do on campus. For example, there's concert band and choir activities, intramural sports,, the gym, the university center, pool, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. I enjoy Jus Chill'n the most because they make great smoothies and have sandwiches too.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to live! I love living in Miller Hall because they have pods which allow you to have your own room and a shared living space with two other people.

    Academic Rigor

    College can be as hard as you make it. Depending on what classes you take, you could be hitting the books all the time or chilling with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to talk to your professors if you ever have any issues with your classes. They are great and understanding of issues.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a very friendly and inviting place. It's diverse student population and friendly professors make it a very enjoyable college to attend. It is a great place to go to college at.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus isn't set up with any blue lights that I'm aware of, maybe a couple, but certainly not enough for a campus so easily accessed to the public. I hardly ever see campus cops either, but I'm sure they are out there. I've never heard of all attacks on campus, but beware that this town has its low points, so carry something to protect you at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    For the size of the campus, the university doesn't have a fair amount of clubs, but surprisingly not a lot of people are club orientated, so they end up being small gatherings and become very close-knit so it's a great way to meet long lasting friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students: Hippies, Local-grown people, Outdoorsy people, Animal people, People not very interested in a diverse setting

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, you get a lot out of this University. Unfortunately, school itself is way over priced, so if you're an in-state student you're definitely getting the best deal in town. But if you're out-of-state I would say it's average. If you're looking to go into anything that involves the outdoors (natural resources, wildlife biology, forestry) pick this school over any others. It has a great reputation and high credentials. For any other major, I'd say keep shopping around.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to get involved with at the university. The central green is a nice place to play some games. There are also a lot of parks near the campus, and the town is very bike friendly with bike trails so you can escape for a while if you'd like. The mall is about 10 minutes away which is well stocked with multiple stores, and downtown has a lot of nice cafe's and shopping stores.

    Food and Dining

    It's college food, so it's not going to be spectacular. But the university does a nice job trying to put in diversity in the food selection, and if you're poor like me there's a McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell all off campus but a short 10 minute walk away.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a fan of dorm life on campus. Too many inconsiderate jerks that keep you up late at night and trash the halls. But this is similar to the majority of campuses all around the country. Luckily, Montana lets sophomores and up live off campus, so you only have to deal with the craziness for one year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, it all depends on the professor. Some will have a test every two weeks with no extra credit given at all during the course, while others will only have 3 exams total and small pop quizzes that only count for you, not against you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into getting as many scholarships are you can, the university doesn't offer a simple way to locate all the money out there that can be given to you. Also be aware that they pile on A LOT of fees, so even though it's unfair because you never take the bus or go to the gym, you'll still have to pay about $500 a semester for it all.

    In three sentences

    The university has a great campus, the set-up is very easy for students living on campus to get around. The teachers seem to be impressionable and friendly. The location of Missoula is nice because it has all the amenities that you need, plus National Parks everywhere! (Great for the outdoorsy person)

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Liberal, freethinking, creative writing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Right against a mountain base.

    Bang for the buck

    Ivy league education without the cost or pretentiousness.

    What to do for fun

    Any kinds of outdoorsy things, great college town.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plan only allows you to buy Monsanto products, does not roll over weekly. $68.50 of your real money, converted into this fake currency every week.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome, but some resident assistants take it upon themselves to get kids in trouble due to their power complexes due to shortcomings as human beings.

    Academic Rigor

    Incredible academics for the price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live on campus, or at least don't get the meal plan.

    In three sentences

    This school has an incredible faculty, especially in the creative writing department. If you don't want to put up with the rest of the incredibly conservative state of Montana, Missoula has all of the charms and is a blue city. If you choose to stay in the dorms, be aware that Coca-Cola essentially owns the campus and all of your meal plan money can only be used to by $68.50 that doesn't roll over in Monsanto products every week.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a serious sexual assault problem on campus, but they're working to address it I think.

    Greek Life

    NOT the place to go for Greek life. The kids who join Greek life would probably be laughed out of every other university's Greek life system, but I suppose they still have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't a ton of clubs, but the ones that exist are decent.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The M is always fun to hike.

    Bang for the buck

    If you pay in-state tuition, this is one of the best deals in the country. It's kind of pricy for out-of-state students, though.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of places to go skiing, hiking, kayaking, whatever. The area might not be fun if you don't like outdoor activities because the nearest city is like 7 hours away.

    Food and Dining

    The farm to school program brings a lot of great food in!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine, nothing unique but nothing horrible.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors college is a bit more challenging than the rest of the campus, but like pretty much anywhere, you'll get out of it what you want to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus to make sure you like the area - there aren't really any other towns around for hours.

    In three sentences

    The campus is in a fun small town in a gorgeous outdoor location. It's a large school that feels like a small campus. There are a ton of amazing opportunities to study abroad or participate in Honors college programs.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety was huge. If you didn't want to walk back to your dorm late at night, it's no problem. A golf cart with a trusted student or faculty member will come pick you up and take you back to your dorm. There's also emergency buttons all around campus so if you need help it's at your finger tips.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is very obvious. Almost every week you hear about the fraternities or sororities doing some activity such as the Greek Olympics. The people that participate in them are generally very nice also, which is a good change from the normal.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Montana offers an abundance of clubs and activities anything from a tennis club to a tea club, they have it all.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students that like the outdoors or like a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Halloween someone puts a big pumpkin on top of the clock tower which is a fun little tradition. There are also fun little events that the University offers every year.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in state going to the University of Montana is a very smart move. It's very inexpensive and you get a very high quality education out of it. As for out-of-state, it may be a little more pricey but the education and experiences you gain from Montana are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Missoula. They have concerts all the time in the Adam's center and in the Wilma theater, people from Macklemore to Gabriel Iglesias. On top of that it's Montana, so of course there's an abundance of outdoor activities. You can walk a short distance to the river and fish and swim or you can hike the M.

    Food and Dining

    It was nice to have the University Center close by which offers a variety of delicious foods. The food zoo, which is basically a cafeteria, was also very nice and offered different foods every day and included healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    I was terrified at the thought of living in a dorm, but once I got to my dorm I loved it. I stayed in Aber dorm and it was wonderful, the resident assistance's were wonderful and it was really nice being close to the gym and the football field.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary greatly but the University of Montana offers a great variety of classes. It's also very helpful having the East campus, they go a little more in depth in some of their classes and it's really easy to switch back and forth between the two campuses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for scholarships and do your FAFSA early. Join lots of clubs on campus, they're a great way to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a great place to go and get away from the hustle and bustle of normal colleges. It's a great place to go to clear your mind and it includes a great atmosphere to learn in. The people are nice and the area is beautiful.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Missoula has been in the news lately because of safety. It is a very safe campus, even with the issues the past year. Public Safety works to make sure kids can get around campus safely and easily. There are problems, but nothing out of the extreme for a college this size.

    Greek Life

    The Greek system is not as large as some campus. I am a member of the Greek system and it is a ton of fun. It provides all types of opportunities to meet people, network, and get involved. It is not for all people, but I had never planned to join so it can be something to check out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone with sports, religion, academic, and social. I play rugby which is a huge part of my life. I love it and am okay with it taking up my time

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who love the outdoors. There are opportunities for all types of outdoor activities. It is also great for students who enjoy a little

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year around October someone places a pumpkin on the top of University Hall and it stays there year round. There is the Oval in the center of campus where people are always doing something.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth the amount I am paying. I am on the WUE scholarship, so it costs the same as it would for me to have gone to school in my home state of Arizona. It is with the chance to go somewhere new if possible and Montana is well priced.

    What to do for fun

    There are all types of things to do. Everything from club sports to playing Frisbee in the oval, to joining a club is available. Some big name bands come through; we have Old Crow Medicine Show coming in July and just had Lamb of God and Dropkick Murphy's in fall 2012. There is hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snow sports, and pretty much any type of outdoor activity.

    Food and Dining

    The main place to eat is the Food Zoo. It is all you can eat and serves all meals throughout the day. There are really good food like chicken strips or lasagna, but the seafood has never been my favorite. In the UC there are all different types of places to eat like Mexican, Pizza Hut, and burgers, so that is always an option.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are good for dorms. I have visited colleges with better ones, but its is all about the experience. Each dorm has a different vibe, but it is with spending a year there because it helps to grow up.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to work and study in order to pass classes, but usually they are not majorly difficult. Most of the professors want you do to well and are willing to help. Going to class everyday no matter what is one easy way to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a wonderful school if you are looking for a smaller school since it has 15,000 students. If your state has the WUE scholarship look into it because it is a huge help with money. There are tons of activities to get involved in with, so if you come here join one or two or five.

    In three sentences

    The campus is wonderful and easy to get around. The students and professors are friendly. The only issue is the administration needs to be more clear and work to help the students.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the unfortunate scandals that have hit Missoula, Missoula has sadly earned a reputation for not being a safe campus. I find this to be untrue. There are emergency button calls around campus and Grizzly Protection Service that will take you anywhere on campus and Greek Row in the evening and nighttime. I overall felt safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is great! Many students come in with stereotypes of sororities and fraternities in their minds, but if anyone takes time to meet the young men and women of the many fraternities and sororities, they will find that the men and women that make up this system are wonderful people. Greeks are very involved in campus activities and in the community in general.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Montana always has something going on every week, and if nothing interests you there, Missoula's downtown is only a few blocks away for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo, The Country Store, and The UC are probably pretty top notch in dining for universities. While eating this food may become slightly boring, there are always quite a lot of options. The university is also very accommodating, especially with vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    I had a wonderful experience living in the dorms because my roommate was great and I made friends with nearly everyone in my hall, plus many others in all of the other dorms as well. I definitely suggest living in the dorms for your first year to make friends

    Academic Rigor

    I have only taken intro, general education classes, and many of these classes are slightly harder than high school classes, but not enough to make you stress 24/7. The easiest thing you can do for yourself is to go to class and keep up with homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms and considering rushing into a sorority and fraternity. Friends is what makes college great, and both of these are easy ways to make a large amount. However, always make your studies your first priority because you are paying for it after all.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana always has something going, whether it is craft fairs or live bands in the middle of the Oval. It is an absolute beauty to look at every day. Many professors here truly care about teaching their students effectively and are always there to help.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, my tuition is not terribly expensive (although getting more expensive), but I have heard from several out-of-state students that the tuition for them is a little much. As for bang for the buck, I think it's pretty decent for the most part. You do get a lot of class options, most of which are great, and the campus itself definitely helps to make it worth it. However, I personally think some of the fees are somewhat extensive and ridiculous, and in addition you have to pay for books which are pretty costly.

    Food and Dining

    There are a wide variety of options for food on campus, and the all-campus meal plan covers a lot of them which is nice. The Food Zoo (cafeteria) has tons of options like a salad bar, burgers and hot dogs, a pasta bar, and a vegetarian bar that are there all the time, and they offer other options that vary by day. They also have lots of breakfast options and often do special breakfast events and specials too (Saturday breakfast is always really good!). The rest of the food options are in the University center, and these are more pricey but offer more of a variety. There's a sandwich and soup shop, sushi, Chinese food, and a taco bar, along with various pre-made sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc. to choose from. Lastly there's the Country Store, which is like a mini grocery store that also offers some hot food options (taco bar, different soups every day, burgers and fries, breakfast burritos). You can use your meal plan money for everything in the country store which makes it easy to stock up on snacks and drinks to keep in your room.

    Dorm Life

    There are several options for dorms, but you don't get to pick which one you live in. Most of the rooms are small when being shared with another person but that's to be expected. Some dorm activities are offered throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are challenging and stimulating, but overwhelmingly so. Most of the professors go out of their way to help students with any questions or challenges they are having as well.

    In three sentences

    Overall, The University of Montana is a decent school. There are tons of diverse class options, and many opportunities for clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities. The campus itself is gorgeous and the surrounding area offers lots to do especially in the way of nature-related activities.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    STAGE 12 AND THE WILMA, ELBOW ROOM, ECT

    What to do for fun

    MUSEUMS, CONCERTS, COLLEGE SPORTS, RESTRAUNTS, BARS, BOATING, RAFTING, SURFING BRENNENS WAVE, MOUNTAIN HIKING, PARACHUTING, GLIDING, FISHING, HUNTING, SHOPPING, SHOWBOARDING/SKIING,

    Food and Dining

    FOOD COURT IN THE UNIVERSITY CENTER ROCKS!

    Dorm Life

    QUIET, FUN, SOCIAL.

    Academic Rigor

    STUDY STUDY STUDY BASED ACADEMICS.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will be able to study and find the right career path here. They work with students in all aspects of difficulty in their lives. Finances, Housing, Lack of Support services or resources.

    In three sentences

    Quiet and exciting place to learn. Many good quality folks and programs. Worth the serious consideration.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are few incidents, however, there are also few police officers/campus security officers on patrol.

    Greek Life

    This is a very small influence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, ask your RA or program director for more information.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal arts and natural sciences

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, around Halloween, there is a pumpkin on the top of the bell-tower on main hall. In my time here, I have yet to figure out how they get it up there.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has a low graduation rate, however, the students that succeed are well-prepared for the job market or graduate school

    What to do for fun

    Nearly every outdoor activity that you can imagine is supported by the University of Montana or its clubs. If you like the outdoors, this is the university for you.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options on and around campus are limited. Missoula is lacking in good food establishments.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not communal. If you want to meet people, you're going to have to branch out on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    This school uses a +/- system. I have seen no evidence of grade inflation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk with faculty. Most professors are very open to mentoring students - learn from them. If you find that their research is interesting, apply.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a hidden jewel for academics. For students interested in conservation biology, this is one of the best institutions. Faculty research is diverse and classes are small enough to engage professors.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo is actually a wonderful place. Each and every day I looked forward to going to lunch or dinner and being able to eat whatever I want and however much I wanted.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are completely what you make of them. If you want to meet people then you need to put yourself out there and introduce yourself to strangers. Craig Hall has the largest/most comfortable rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Montana offers a variety of academic opportunities ranging from I can't believe this counts as a college course to This class may be the death of me. Spending time (every night) in the library has been the one thing that has kept my grades exactly where I want them, while taking on multiple hard classes finding a balance and keeping calm has helped me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with an open mind and take classes outside your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is the perfect size; small enough that you can see the people you want to see, but big enough to avoid those you don't. The small(ish) town atmosphere brings everyone in Missoula together during sporting events. It is the most beautiful campus I have ever been to in the United States.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ummmmm the famous down town life of Missoula. Oh and of course the famous Griz Nation!

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of deals in Missoula MT

    What to do for fun

    Ugh where do I start. There is so much to do for fun and it is the kind that has something to offer every individual. Missoula and the university its self is just a great place for each person.

    Food and Dining

    Not to familiar but the Food Zoo food looks and smells amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I am not familiar with the dorm life as I am a young parent and living the grown up life.

    Academic Rigor

    The business division at the University of Montana is remarkable. It makes sure you are ready for what real life situations will be like, and gives you the knowledge/skills to conquer anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say that this university is top of the line. It makes you feel at home and gives great hospitality, memories, and education. Missoula is just a great place to live overall.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of Montana at about a seven on a one to ten scale. Mind you this rate comes from personal experience with this college and only one other community college. I have not attended school any where else.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Awesome! Join, or at least rush.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During our rival football game against Montana State Bobcats we sing our school fight song for a whole 24 hours non stop before kick-off.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a festival going on in downtown Missoula, which is in walking distance from the University. Of course we have Griz football games during the fall and basketball during the winter and spring. There is always something going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay in close contact with an adviser. If you're not sure on what you want to do then take general education classes, they're required for all majors anyways.

    In three sentences

    It's wonderful, beautiful and inspirational. I enjoy the campus and the professors. Definitely a great place to complete my undergraduate.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As always, use common sense, especially young women, make sure that you have a friend with you if you are out very late walking around. It is a safe town and campus over all, however, there have been incidents and using common sense if your best options.

    Greek Life

    not involved so cant' say.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activity opportunities are also abundant. Yay for the Social Justice program, with the School of Social Work.

    Great for these types of students

    International students are abundant on campus, I highly recommend that all students get to know the students that are here from afar.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football program is really fun. Get involved and enjoy the school spirit!

    Bang for the buck

    Taco del Sol! Yummy mexican food at a very affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    Missoula is a wonderful community. There is great music, and night life. The restaurants are very good. The recreational opportunities are abundant, with local skiing, hiking and river activities, there is no reason to be bored ever!

    Dorm Life

    Can't say I do not live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program, your success is always linked to your commitment to work hard. The courses are rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend the Social Work Program at UM. Although entrance into the Graduate School is highly competitive, I encourage prospective students to not give up and apply again if you are not accepted the first time around.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a top notch school. The faculty in the Social Work Department is stellar. They are helpful and committed to each student's success.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UM has made a much needed security bump recently. There are help buttons located around campus and a 24 help team that will come pick you up if you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    There are some great sororities and fraternities located just off campus. They are very involved in campus activities and throw several events of their own.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone! The UM advertise is events and clubs all over campus, and it seems that if you love doing something, chances are there is a club for you to join.

    Great for these types of students

    The UM has a great international student programs, and the campus is very culturally rich. The students seem very accepting and welcoming. It really is a campus for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UM loves zombie days, where nerd guns and a rising zombie population is the main concern of UM students. It is a great time to get involved. The first snow is always fun especially for students who have never experience snow before.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly the UM is a great school, great classes, lots of activities, and very involved students. Its such an accepting campus and set in such a amazing location!

    What to do for fun

    Missoula is a hip town, so go downtown and check out the great restaurants and the farmers market on Saturday mornings. Float the river, hike the M, take a drive to Jerry Johnson Hotsprings, go snow skiing up at Snowbowl, go to the Griz games, and get some ice cream at Big Diper. There is no end to the fun you will have in this town!

    Food and Dining

    The Food Courts at the UM have won awards for their food. There are lots of choices and plans for different finical circumstances. I love the UC and the Country Store!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't stayed in the dorms but some friends have and they thought it was great for your first year. Do the activities and and get involved, it will make life way better!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at the UM is astounding. Students work hard and have incredible results. The classes are hard but there are tons of resources and tudors available! Work hard and it will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the city, float the river, hike the M, go snow skiing, study hard so you can play harder! Take some journalism classes, the teachers are phenomenal.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Montana is a great school. They are very accepting, academic focused, school spirited, and engaging school. There are some amazing classes and some great teachers, not to mention its location being in the incredible city of Missoula!

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency phones can be found all across campus, the campus police are always somewhere, and guys in golf carts are only a phone call away for all the girls who don't want to walk home alone in the dark.

    Greek Life

    Not a prominent force on campus, but those who want to be immersed in a fraternity or sorority are able to get the full experience! Smaller than many public schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want, you can find a club for it or make your own. There is greek life, intramural teams, LARPing, religious groups, lectures, plays, weekly movies, etc...

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is outdoorsy, laid back, and likes having things to do! Students who don't want to be in a big city, but don't want to be stuck in a small quiet college town will be at ease here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Halloween a pumpkin mysteriously ends up impaled on the top of the clock tower...

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty low for a public school if you are an non-resident. You also get full access to the rec center, gym, pool, and many other things. Printing is NOT free however...

    What to do for fun

    Hike the M trail above campus! Float or paddleboard down the river next to campus. Go downtown for the Saturday farmer's market or any of the many festivals that happen almost every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Zoo is the place to be! The vegetarian and gluten free lines always have top notch food, and the omelet and waffle bars in the mornings are the best way to start the day.

    Dorm Life

    Staying in the dorms is the best way to meet people! Each hall has it's own dynamic so talk to current students to get an idea of where you want to life. Be sure to bring a fan and a mattress pad.

    Academic Rigor

    You can make school as easy or as hard as you want in college. You have the ability to challenge yourself if you want to, or you can meander your way through school and enjoy the journey.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit campus and check out the Food Zoo! Get a feel for the college and the city, and be sure to talk to professors in the academic areas that interest you.

    In three sentences

    Montana is a medium sized school nestled in the quintessential college town. Numerous academic programs, great sports teams, and easy access to the Montana outdoors scene await you!

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Students in Missoula are known to be active and outdoorsman. The Clark Fork River runs through the school and is within walking distance. Many students can be found here during the summer floating and fly fishing. For those that enjoy to hike, there are many trails such as Mt. Sentinel, and the Rattlesnake that can be found just outside of the campus. During the winter, Snowbowl Mountain provides excellent skiing and snowboarding to the community of Missoula that can be accessed by the shuttle buses. The night life is also an area of interest in this college town. Downtown Missoula has a wide variety of thrift stores, restaurants, and breweries. On the weekends, students have time to enjoy their surroundings and relieve stress from coursework.

    Food and Dining

    The students have a wide variety of places to eat and relax. The Food Zoo is the main dining hall that provides a range of different food groups to keep their students happy and healthy. Also, the University Center offers many other options such as sushi, Pizza Hut, as well as many other facilities that offer refreshments and a place to study with other students. The student here are never hungry with the options provided by the university.

    Dorm Life

    The students that live on campus have every resource to succeed and some. The meal plan options are affordable and convenient. The main dining hall also known as the Food Zoo provides quality and quantity to their students. The dorms are zoned within the campus and gives the students the ultimate college experience. The rooms are spacious and come equipped for those coming from out of state. Also, the dorms provide an atmosphere for relationships to be built and to present the feeling of being at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty or challenges in the academic setting at The University of Montana are only projected if one does not put forth the three tips of communication, dedication, and preparation. The ability to succeed at this college is powered by these three attributes. The professors are there for one to succeed in their educational endeavors. The abundant of resources are in reach and can help overcome ones challenges if presented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Three tips I would like to provide for prospective students would be to present skills of communication, dedication, and preparation. College is only as difficult as one makes it. The ability to communicate ones needs to faculty and staff will help one succeed because they want to help. Dedication in ones coursework, as well as attendance will provide one with the ultimate accomplishment of completing the course with better outcomes in final grades. With dedication comes preparation for exams and projects. Putting the time and effort into ones work will resort in successfully completing the class, so do it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana provides student livability with quick access to recreational activities. The community within the University promotes traveling by bus or bike to destinations and therefore preserving the environment. Its the perfect atmosphere for a student with free bus systems and faculty that dedicate their lives to the success of their students.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the brawl of the wild U of M against Montana State

    What to do for fun

    anything outdoors

    Tips for prospective students

    Come check it out

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a great place to go to school. The U of M has a beautiful campus, and a great learning environment.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very good flagship style programs with intramural activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grizzly football games are a tradition every Saturday. The stadium pulls in more than 25,000 fans every game day.

    Bang for the buck

    All of the free activities Missoula has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Go watch a movie, hang out with friends, go play pool in the gameroom. Go learn the town and do all of the activities which are in and around it.

    Food and Dining

    Very good food with the meal plan or just to go pay out of pocket.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms, but have been in friends. The dorm life is really good. It helps you get to know more people.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academics. Class sizes are good and only get better the further along you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out what you want to do before you waste money on classes you wont need or use.

    In three sentences

    I really like the University of Montana. Great campus, a lot of activities for a pastime. Football games on saturdays are awesome.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety officers around 24/7, almost always visible.

    Greek Life

    A street by the university dedicated to all of the Greek houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a paragliding club!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors enthusiasts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The legendary Stoop is the most unusual, and strangest location on campus. All kids, from every dorm, and every walk of life congregates by the front of another dorm on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    My tuition is pricey, still not the cost of Harvard or Yale though!

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Go hike mount sentinel using the private access gate the university offers! If you don't want to hike, go float the river with some friends! The possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Get the all-campus meal plan and you'll be fine. NO FOOD ZOO!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is extremely friendly and the RA's are more than informative.

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't go to class and do your work, your not going to make it. Simple as that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for scholarships early

    In three sentences

    The university has been both an influential, and invaluable resource for me. The educational experience has been top notch, as I've gained a wealth of knowledge in one short semester. The university is a truly unique opportunity, filled with an array of colorful people, and nuzzled away in the mountains.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do. You can hang out downtown, go to movies, hike the M, rafting, and many other outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has multiple places to eat besides meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I have heard from people that do that they are pretty decent to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't unbelievably hard, but they do stretch you when it comes to learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get an appointment with your advisor early so you can register for classes. Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is great. The teachers are super helpful. The classes are good sizes.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone! all sorts of people all over campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Haven't been here long enough to really know.

    What to do for fun

    What not to do for fun?!?! You can do everything that involves the outdoors. The campus even has a place you can rent outdoor supplies at a reasonable rate. Camping, skiing, hiking, walking, night life, drag shows, anything!

    Food and Dining

    Everything is as local and fresh as possible. Great food, as well as not so great food, but every place will had food dishes where their the most delicious things ever and some not so much. They have a good variety and some things you can always depend on them being their.

    Dorm Life

    Where I was, we had the biggest rooms. But all dorms seem to be acceptable area compared to campus buildings and food.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your future goals as well as major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy the outdoors as well as a great learning environment this is the place for you. If you hate the outdoors as well as a beautiful areas then this is not the place for you. This is where you can have fun equally with being surrounded by intelligent people.

    In three sentences

    A place to learn and strive. A place to grow and thrive. A place I love to be.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Girls night is always fun! Planning things to do things with a big group of friends always has something fun involved!

    Food and Dining

    Some people don't like our Food Zoo, but I like their food. They offer different meals and give vegetarians and vegans some options as well. It's conveniently located and has a nice atmosphere.

    Dorm Life

    Love the dorm life! I was lucky to have a social floor and became friends with almost everyone. It's nice to be on campus because classes are close and when you have half an hour to spare, you have time to go back to your room to grab some things or just chill.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some super easy classes along with very difficult ones. Depending on the subject, the academic rigor varies.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a friend with a vehicle, avoid bringing your own. Most places people want to go are in walking distance or a bus has a stop near there. Save some money and carpool!

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a very social campus with friendly people everywhere. The campus layout is convenient with the majority of the buildings on the oval. It's located in a great city that offers many opportunities for a variety of people.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Outdoors are a major turn-on when it comes to Missoula. Into hiking or skiing? Love the river or snowmobiling? Western Montana is the PERFECT playground for you!

    Food and Dining

    Great food available!

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it depends on your course of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared- its cold in the winter, and marvelous in the late Spring. The winter will make you not want to leave your dorm and the beauty of late Spring will make you not want to go to class, but rather do some major hiking.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana is a laid back campus in a beautiful town. Teachers are genuinely interested in seeing their student succeed and school pride runs ramped through the entire city. If you're looking for a great education, U of M is perfect!

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can receive UM alerts when something has happened so you can stay aware and safe. The school also has what is called Grizzly Personal Safety or GPS that you can call after dark so you don't have to walk across campus by yourself.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs to join on campus. There is also a recreation center for those who like to work out. Being in Montana there is also a lot of outdoor activities that students can do.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to find food on campus which gives you a little bit of variety. If or when you get tired of the food on campus there is and Albertson's close by along with some fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. They have what you might need to feel comfortable there. Resident Assistants are always around to help answer questions.

    Academic Rigor

    The facility expects you to do your best, be honest, and get things turned in on time. Some professors are willing to work with you when you let them know in advance if you are unable to get things done. Some professors expect assignments turned in on time no exceptions or make ups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, study hard, get involved, and remember to have fun.

    In three sentences

    The University of Montana has lots of resources for when you need help. It's a friendly campus. The faculty and administration take interest in their students needs.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are big outdoorsy types, there's tons to do here, from biking and hiking to skiing to backpacking, there something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a set of stairs in Main Hall that lead to nowhere. It's rumored that if you.climb the stairs to nowhere before graduation, you'll never graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Campus always has events or speakers or performers going on that mean that one could never be bored. But if you do get bored, downtown and the mall are not to far away and both offer a wide variety of other activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is for the most part tasty and well prepared. Dining services buys local and organic whenever possible and it shows.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kept clean and in excellent condition. While slightly one the expensive side, the convenience and practicality, make it well worth the extra expense, especially once one considers the price of heat alone in a place that does get snow and cold weather.

    Academic Rigor

    Once on campus, academics are an important focus. For students who need a little more rigor in their academic life, the Davidson Honors College is the highest ranked honors program in the western United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students from large cities, they should realize that in Missoula and the university itself, people are friendly and very trusting. A lot of things seem to run on an honor system here; it's a bit of an adjustment. Don't expect that just because it's a smaller school, that you won't be doing the work it takes to keep up.

    In three sentences

    A mix of the old and the new, from its architecture to its approaches to teaching, the University of Montana is a beautiful and unique center of learning. A midsized school in a city with a small town feel, the University is a great place to get your feet wet when it comes to living on your own. It's not so large as to be overwhelming, but not so small as to be stifling; I love it here!

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Look our for the hobo with the shiv or the college freshman with a little to much friskiness on the brain.

    Bang for the buck

    WORST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK EVER!

    What to do for fun

    Who has time for fun when you can't get good advise about how to continue with your future?

    Food and Dining

    Good food. I will give them that

    Dorm Life

    They've got beds and cleans tiles. That is about it. Beware of Montana freshman; they're off the wall.

    Academic Rigor

    A school that cares more about its pockets and its image than it does its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go here unless it is for a Masters or Graduate school.

    In three sentences

    A terrible school for a student who needs help find the way to graduation. Their courses are dry and all about memorization while their advising will point you in all the wrong directions just to keep you around for your money.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Montana seems like a nice place to go. I've been accepted, and have met with several professors there, and they are all very helpful and willing to go the extra mile for students who want to learn more about their classes.

  • 04/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Freshman weight gain scares me a bit!

    Dorm Life

    Excited to meet my roomie! Scared to fit all my stuff into the tiny space !

    Academic Rigor

    Bring it on!

    In three sentences

    I cannot wait to start this next step in my education! I am the oldest of 3 so I am the first to leave for college and am a bit nervous but completely ready!!