The University of Montana-Western

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,308
16.5% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$11,305
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
9.7%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
60.7%
815 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
1,538
80% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
49.7%
76 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 General Business Administration & Management (55 degrees awarded), Elementary Education & Teaching (31 degrees), and Equestrian Studies (26 degrees).

In 2017, 424 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Montana-Western. 62.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (365 degrees), 28.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (13 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,308, which is $-20,886 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $4,308, which is $-20,886 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,305.

In 2017, 62% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,308
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western was $4,308. The cost of tuition at The University of Montana-Western is $-20,886 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$11,305
2017 Value
4.99%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 The University of Montana-Western had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,305. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of The University of Montana-Western grew by 4.99%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,940
Room and Board
$850
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Montana-Western was of $6,940 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $850. The cost of room and board increased by 4.52% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

62%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
49%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

62% of undergraduate students at The University of Montana-Western received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.59% with respect to 2016, when 63% 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.
9.7%
2016 Default Rate
39
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Montana-Western was 9.7%, which represents 39 out of the 402 total borrowers.

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Admissions

The University of Montana-Western received 815 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a Infinityk% annual growth. Out of those 815 applicants, 495 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 60.7% acceptance rate.

There were 1,538 students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in 2017, and 14% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Montana-Western has an overall enrollment yield of 56%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

60.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
495
Accepted Out of 815

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Montana-Western was 60.7% (495 admissions from 815 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of false, which was N/A%. Between false and 2017, the number of applicants grew by Infinityk%, while admissions grew by Infinityk%.

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SAT Scores

14%
Submission Percentage
39
Scores Submitted

14% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Montana-Western in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Montana-Western has a total enrollment of 1,538 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,230 students and the part-time enrollment is 308. This means that 80% 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 83.7% White, 4.36% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.32% Hispanic or Latino, 2.47% Two or More Races, 1.17% Black or African American, 0.65% Asian, and 0.52% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (52.4%), followed by White Male (33.5%) and American Indian or Alaska Native Female (2.28%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Montana-Western, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,538 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Montana-Western is 1,230 and the part-time enrollment is 308. This means that 80% of students enrolled at The University of Montana-Western are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2017 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 77%. 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
    1,288
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    67
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    51

The enrolled student population at The University of Montana-Western is 83.7% White, 4.36% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.32% Hispanic or Latino, 2.47% Two or More Races, 1.17% Black or African American, 0.65% Asian, and 0.52% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 56 students (3.64%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 106 more women than men received degrees from The University of Montana-Western. The majority of degree recipients at The University of Montana-Western are white (365 degrees awarded). There were 28.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (13 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western is General Business Administration & Management (55 degrees awarded), followed by Elementary Education & Teaching (31 degrees) and Equestrian Studies (26 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 (55 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (13 degrees), and Education (128 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 (1,916,389 people), Secondary school teachers (310,374 people), Education administrators (261,569 people), Other managers (143,977 people), and Postsecondary teachers (121,971 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (55 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (13 degrees), Education (128 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (106 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, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Physicians, and Information security analysts

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (55 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (13 degrees), Education (128 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (106 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 (2,788,303 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (281,591 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (169,289 people), Child day care services (98,239 people), and Construction (95,730 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Montana-Western are Agriculture (55 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (13 degrees), Education (128 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (106 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. 55 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 31 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 26 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Montana-Western was General Business Administration & Management with 55 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 159
  2. 265

In 2017, 159 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western, which is 0.6 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (265).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 54 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Montana-Western in General Studies, which is 1.04 times more than the 52 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 52 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Montana-Western in General Studies, which is 0.963 times less than the 54 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
40%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 11% 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, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% 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 (68.1%).

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, 3.95% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    365 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    13 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    13 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Montana-Western is white (365 degrees awarded). There were 28.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (13 degrees).

3.07% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    226 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    139 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at The University of Montana-Western is white female (226 degrees awarded). There were 1.63 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (139 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at nearly $5.07M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $63.3k (1.25%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, The University of Montana-Western had a total salary expenditure of $27.1M. The University of Montana-Western employs 31 Professors, 13 Instructors, and 12 Assistant professors. Most academics at The University of Montana-Western are Male Professors (21), Female Professors(10), and Female Instructors (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western are: Service, with 28 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 22 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 20 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$5.07M
2017 Endowment
20.3%
growth from 2016

The University of Montana-Western has an endowment valued at about $5.07M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Montana-Western grew 20.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $32M 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. $1.2M - Federal
  2. $832k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, The University of Montana-Western received $1.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $832k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10.4M
2017 Salaries
1.44%
growth from 2016

In 2017, The University of Montana-Western paid a median of $10.4M in salaries, which represents 38.2% of their overall expenditure ($27.1M) and a 1.44% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.66% decline from 2015 and a 1.3% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.95M
Instructional Salaries
67
Number of Employees

In 2017, The University of Montana-Western paid a total of $3.95M to 67 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.02M (30.9%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Professor with 31 employees; Instructor with 13 employees; and Instructor with 12 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western were Service with 28 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 20 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Montana-Western was Male Professor with 21 employees, Female Professor with 10 employees, and Female Instructor with 9 employees.

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

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