Our distinguished faculty are genuinely interested in your academic success both at Montana Western and in the future.
A part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Montana Western is surrounded on three sides by the Continental Divide and seven mountain ranges.
Endless hiking, biking and climbing opportunities; world-renowned fly fishing and hunting; skiing and snowmobiling in all directions; and vast expanses of public land are nearby.
16 to 1 student/professor ratio. Your professors know you and since they only teach one class at a time, you and your success are their singular concern.
We are the only U.S. public college or university offering a unique scheduling program in which you take one class at a time, three hours each day for 18 days before moving on to the next.
We call this innovative program Experience One (X1 for short) and it allows you to concentrate on one class at a time and get more out of your education. And you learn by doing real-world work in a mentorship environment.
Small yet academically mighty, Montana Western courses are taught by distinguished faculty who are genuinely interested in your success now and in the future.
In fact, Montana Western boasts five Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year in five years including 2009 National Professor of the Year Rob Thomas.
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The University of Montana Western is a remarkably different kind of university.
Your professors know you and since they teach only one class at a time, you and your success are their singular concern.
First-time freshmen at Montana Western complete an incredible 96 percent of their courses.
Montana Western hasincreased the number of students receiving degrees by 80 percent in the last 10 years.
Nearly 80 percentof Montana Westerngraduates find employmentin Montana within one yearof graduation.
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Brandon Brown came to the University of Montana Western from Highline Community College in Tacoma, Wash. A basketball teammate of his had gone to UMW a year before and Brown came out for a visit the following year.
Delaney Hansen is the second generation in her family to attend Montana Western. She has felt a close connection with the university since she can remember.
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Brandon Brown came to the University of Montana Western from Highline Community College in Tacoma, Wash. A basketball teammate of his had gone to UMW a year before and Brown came out for a visit the following year. Upon meeting with head Coach Steve Keller and taking in the beauty of the area, Brown knew he had found his college home.
Brown graduated from the University of Montana Western in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After a tremendous college basketball career, Brown signed a contract to play professional basketball in Australia. He has since gone on to play throughout the world including Australia, Brasil, Cyprus and currently plays for the team King Wilki Morskie in Poland. “I knew I wanted to play this game for a living before I came to Montana Western,” Brown said. "Coach Keller gave me an opportunity to let me be me. He was one of my toughest critics but he was also one of my biggest supporters.”Brown had a storied career at Montana Western compiling records that are still held today. He is UMW’s all-time leader for points scored in a career and a season.Brown helped lead the Bulldogs to the NAIA national tournament in all three of his seasons at Montana Western.“My time at UMW was amazing. There were so many crucial, pivotal moments that made my journey so unique, Brown said. “Our accomplishments as a team were so gratifying for me, from our national tournament trips to our conference championship.Brown finished his UMW career with 1,770 points, 435 assists, 345 rebounds, 185 steals and 17 blocked shots.“It has been an honor and a pleasure to coach Brandon these past three years,” head coach Steve Keller said in 2012. “Brandon is arguably the best player to ever put on a Montana Western uniform.”Along with his on-court success, Brown also excelled academically, carrrying a cumulative 3.48 grade point average into his final semester at Montana Western. He was a positive influence and a role model who was looked up to and respected by both youth and adults in the Dillon community.“As good as Brandon is as a basketball player, he is even a better person and student,” Keller said. “I am proud to say I was Brandon’s coach for those three great years of Bulldog basketball.”