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UMW Named “Hidden Gem College” Three Years in a Row

October 14, 2022

The University of Montana Western has been selected as a 2023 Hidden Gem College in a recent announcement by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform.

College Raptor is a website designed to help students, parents, counselors, and colleges resolve significant challenges in college planning. College Raptor is the only college search platform that enables students and families to discover quality, affordable college options based on personalized estimates of financial aid, scholarships, academic match, and acceptance odds at every four-year college in the country. 

This selection recognizes UMW as one of the best colleges in the country, based on a combination of factors, including retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.

“At College Raptor we recognize the challenges many students and families face when creating their college application lists,” said William Staib, co-founder and CEO, College Raptor. “With our 2023 Hidden Gem Colleges, we chose to highlight great schools like UMW for their academic, financial, and social fit.”

UMW offers in-state tuition of $2,329.35 per semester, WUE tuition of $3,494.17 per semester, and out-of-state tuition of $8,195.40 per semester. The fields of academic study at Montana Western include Biology, Business and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Education, English, Equine Studies, Health and Human Performance, Fine Arts, Mathematics, and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences.

Students at the University of Montana Western enjoy a tight-knit community atmosphere and small class sizes where they work closely with peers and professors alike. Montana Western focuses on serving students, achieving academic excellence, and promoting experiential education.

UMW and the community of Dillon are an excellent choice for students to take advantage of the immersive learning opportunities offered by the Experience One program, where they will build 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