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UMW Named Rocky Mountain “Hidden Gem College” Two Years in a Row

October 5, 2021

The University of Montana Western has been selected as a 2022 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.

College Raptor recognizes the University of Montana Western 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. To view the full list, visit

“Finding hidden gem schools for students is core to how we help families discover great college choices. We take pride in making it easy for students to make those connections through our Hidden Gems Rankings lists by highlighting excellent schools like Montana Western,” said Bill Staib, CEO of College Raptor.

UMW offers in-state tuition of $2,261.50 per semester and an out-of-state tuition of $7,956.70 per semester, with tuition discount opportunities for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students. 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. The 20-acre campus is an excellent choice for students to take advantage of the immersive learning opportunities offered by the Experience One program, where they can 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