The University of Montana-Western

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,658
2.98% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$11,584
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.13%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
36.3%
1,476 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,424
71.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
47.1%
105 Graduates

About

The University of Montana-Western is a higher education institution located in Beaverhead County, MT. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at The University of Montana-Western were Elementary Education & Teaching (73 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (33 degrees), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (28 degrees).

In 2022, 425 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Montana-Western. 71.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 28.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (338 degrees), 10.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (32 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,658, which is $−23,672 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,658, which is $−23,672 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,584.

In 2022, 98% of undergraduate students attending The University of Montana-Western received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 34% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,658
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western was $4,658. The cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $−23,672 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$11,584
2022 Value
6.41%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 The University of Montana-Western had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,584. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of The University of Montana-Western grew by 6.41%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,743
Room and Board
$924
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Montana-Western was of $9,743 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $924. The cost of books and supplies increased by 15.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
34%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

98% of undergraduate students at The University of Montana-Western received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 16.7% with respect to 2021, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.13%
2019 Default Rate
11
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Montana-Western was 3.13%, which represents 11 out of the 352 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

The University of Montana-Western received 1,476 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 15.5% annual growth. Out of those 1,476 applicants, 536 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 36.3% acceptance rate.

There were 1,424 students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in 2022.

The University of Montana-Western has an overall enrollment yield of 50.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

36.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
536
Accepted Out of 1,476

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Montana-Western was 36.3% (536 admissions from 1,476 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 33.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 15.5%, while admissions grew by 25.8%..

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Enrollment

The University of Montana-Western had a total enrollment of 1,424 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,013 students and the part-time enrollment is 411. This means that 71.1% of students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at The University of Montana-Western, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.5% White, 6.18% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.58% Hispanic or Latino, 3.44% Two or More Races, 0.983% Black or African American, 0.562% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.211% Asian.

Students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (53.9%), followed by White Male (28.2%) and American Indian or Alaska Native Female (3.95%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Montana-Western in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,424 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,013 and the part-time enrollment is 411. This means that 71.1% of students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at The University of Montana-Western was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), The University of Montana-Western had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,046 enrolled students
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    88 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    51 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at The University of Montana-Western is 73.5% White, 6.18% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.58% Hispanic or Latino, 3.44% Two or More Races, 0.983% Black or African American, 0.562% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.211% Asian. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 163 students (11.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 179 more women than men received degrees from The University of Montana-Western. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at The University of Montana-Western is white (338 degrees awarded). There were 10.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (32 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western is Elementary Education & Teaching (73 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (33 degrees) and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (28 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at The University of Montana-Western, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (225 degrees awarded), Applied Sciences (3 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,696,304 people), Secondary school teachers (545,771 people), Physicians (421,159 people), Education administrators (302,790 people), and Other managers (251,854 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western in 2022 are Education (225 degrees awarded), Applied Sciences (3 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (55 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Education (225 degrees awarded), Applied Sciences (3 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (55 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Elementary & secondary schools (3,033,926 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (617,939 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (559,171 people), Offices of physicians (233,249 people), and Outpatient care centers (168,470 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Education (225 degrees awarded), Applied Sciences (3 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (55 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by The University of Montana-Western.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western was Elementary Education & Teaching with 73 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

123
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
302
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 123 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western, which is 0.407 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (302).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 19 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.826 times less than the 23 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 81 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 16.2 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
49%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 28% of students graduating from The University of Montana-Western completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at The University of Montana-Western is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    338 degrees awarded
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    32 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    19 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Montana-Western is white (338 degrees awarded). There were 10.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (32 degrees).

2.12% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    235 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    103 degrees awarded
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native Female
    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at The University of Montana-Western is white female (235 degrees awarded). There were 2.28 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (103 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at nearly $10.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 37k (0.349%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, The University of Montana-Western had a total salary expenditure of 30.9M. The University of Montana-Western employs 27 Professors, 16 Associate professors and 15 Assistant professors. Most academics at The University of Montana-Western are Male Professor (17), Female Associate professor (11), and Female Professor (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western are: Management, with 32 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 22 employees, and Service with 16 employees.

Endowment

$10.6M
2022 Endowment
39.2%
growth from 2021

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at about $10.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Montana-Western grew 39.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $38.7M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$10.7M
2022 Salaries
0.443%
decline from 2021

In 2022, The University of Montana-Western paid a median of $10.7M in salaries, which represents 34.5% of their overall expenditure ($30.9M) and a 0.443% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.26M
Instructional Salaries
68
Number of Employees

In 2022, The University of Montana-Western paid a total of $4.26M to 68 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
27 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
32 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Professor with 27 employees, Associate professor with 16 employees, and Assistant professor with 15 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Management with 32 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees, and Service with 16 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western was Male Professor with 17 employees, Female Associate professor with 11 employees, and Female Professor with 10 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at The University of Montana-Western.

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