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Montana Western Named “Hidden Gem College” in the Rocky Mountains

October 12, 2020

The University of Montana Western has been selected as a 2021 "hidden gem college" for the Rocky Mountain region by

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To qualify as a hidden gem, a school must receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year, have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students, and have an acceptance rate higher than 10%. States included in the Rocky Mountain region are Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. The University of Montana Western ranked in the top three for hidden gem colleges in Montana. Click here to see the list in its entirety. 

Montana Western is unique because of its Experience One program, block scheduling model and small class sizes. With Experience One, students at Montana Western take one course at a time for 18 days, take a short break and then move on to their next course. By utilizing block scheduling combined with immersive learning, UMW is the only public four-year university in the country to employ this model that is focused on student success. Students at the University of Montana Western enjoy a tight-knit community atmosphere where they work closely with peers and professors alike. At UMW, students take advantage of immersive learning experiences and build on critical and creative thinking skills to prepare for real-world job and graduate school opportunities.

For more information about Experience One and the University of Montana Western, or to schedule a visit, call 877-683-7331 or visit