The University of Montana-Western

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,523
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$13,519
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
11.1%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
56.5%
793 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,358
82.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
41.5%
68 Graduates

About

The University of Montana-Western is a higher education institution located in Beaverhead County, MT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at The University of Montana-Western were Elementary Education & Teaching (60 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (43 degrees), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (30 degrees).

In 2019, 562 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Montana-Western. 67.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (478 degrees), 17.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (28 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,523, which is $−22,757 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,523, which is $−22,757 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,519.

In 2019, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,523
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western was $4,523. The cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $−22,757 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$13,519
2019 Value
12.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 The University of Montana-Western had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,519. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of The University of Montana-Western grew by 12.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,763
Room and Board
$850
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Montana-Western was of $9,763 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $850. The cost of room and board increased by 24.9% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at The University of Montana-Western received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.54% with respect to 2018, when 65% 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.
11.1%
2017 Default Rate
39
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Montana-Western was 11.1%, which represents 39 out of the 350 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 793 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 9.83% annual growth. Out of those 793 applicants, 448 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.5% acceptance rate.

There were 1,358 students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in 2019, and 16% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Montana-Western has an overall enrollment yield of 60%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
448
Accepted Out of 793

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Montana-Western was 56.5% (448 admissions from 793 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 60.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 9.83%, while admissions grew by 2.99%.

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SAT Scores

16%
Submission Percentage
44
Scores Submitted

16% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Montana-Western in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Montana-Western has a total enrollment of 1,358 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,126 students and the part-time enrollment is 232. This means that 82.9% 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 81% White, 4.86% Hispanic or Latino, 4.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.83% Two or More Races, 1.33% Black or African American, 0.736% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.515% Asian.

Students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (52%), followed by White Male (31.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.02%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Montana-Western, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,358 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,126 and the part-time enrollment is 232. This means that 82.9% of students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2019 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 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), The University of Montana-Western had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,100
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    66
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native
    59

The enrolled student population at The University of Montana-Western is 81% White, 4.86% Hispanic or Latino, 4.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.83% Two or More Races, 1.33% Black or African American, 0.736% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.515% Asian. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2019, 200 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 (478 degrees awarded). There were 17.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (28 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western is Elementary Education & Teaching (60 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (43 degrees) and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (30 degrees).

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 Agriculture (29 degrees awarded), Education (217 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (187 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,522,262 people), Secondary school teachers (527,685 people), Education administrators (273,887 people), Special education teachers (212,701 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (195,954 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (29 degrees awarded), Education (217 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (187 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (9 degrees), and History (8 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

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 Surgeons, Dentists, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (29 degrees awarded), Education (217 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (187 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (9 degrees), and History (8 degrees).

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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 (2,845,627 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (315,128 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (137,066 people), Construction (109,246 people), and Legal services (104,740 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (29 degrees awarded), Education (217 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (187 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (9 degrees), and History (8 degrees).

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Degrees

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.
Most Common
  1. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 43 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 30 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western was Elementary Education & Teaching with 60 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

181
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
381
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 181 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western, which is 0.475 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (381).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 64 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western in General Studies, which is 0.52 times less than the 123 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 123 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Montana-Western in General Studies, which is 1.92 times more than the 64 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 23% 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, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 50% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of Montana-Western is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    478 degrees awarded
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    28 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    23 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Montana-Western is white (478 degrees awarded). There were 17.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, american indian or alaska native (28 degrees).

4.09% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    328 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    150 degrees awarded
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native Female
    19 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at The University of Montana-Western is white female (328 degrees awarded). There were 2.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (150 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at nearly $5.78M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $211k (3.66%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, The University of Montana-Western had a total salary expenditure of $27.8M. The University of Montana-Western employs 28 Professors, 14 Instructors, and 13 Associate professors. Most academics at The University of Montana-Western are Male Professors (19), Female Instructors(10), and Female Professors (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western are: Service, with 29 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 22 employees, and Management with 18 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$5.78M
2019 Endowment
3.11%
growth from 2018

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at about $5.78M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Montana-Western grew 3.11% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $34.9M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.15M - Federal
  2. $316k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, The University of Montana-Western received $1.15M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $316k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10.8M
2019 Salaries
1.47%
growth from 2018

In 2019, The University of Montana-Western paid a median of $10.8M in salaries, which represents 38.9% of their overall expenditure ($27.8M) and a 1.47% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.73% growth from 2017 and a 1.44% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.97M
Instructional Salaries
66
Number of Employees

In 2019, The University of Montana-Western paid a total of $3.97M to 66 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
28 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
29 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Professor with 28 employees; Instructor with 14 employees; and Instructor with 13 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Service with 29 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees; and Management with 18 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western was Male Professor with 19 employees, Female Instructor with 10 employees, and Female Professor with 9 employees.

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

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