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UMW Reports Increase in Overall and Montana Resident Enrollment for Fall 2023 

December 7, 2023

Officials at the University of Montana Western said current headcount for the fall semester shows the university’s total enrollment is 1,406 students with a full-time equivalency of 1,220. 73% of Montana Western’s total fall enrollment is comprised of Montana residents, with a 2% increase in overall headcount compared to last fall.

Montana Western Director of Institutional Research, Charity Walters, said this year’s incoming class increased in Montana residents by 11% in comparison with last fall (and grew 2% overall). This year’s incoming class included 299 freshmen, 123 transfer students, and 17 readmits for a total of 439 incoming students.  

“We are excited to see the continued growth of our overall enrollment and this fall’s increase in Montana resident students. We are proud to serve students from Montana and across the country at Montana Western. Our top priority is providing them with immersive experiences in their fields of study. The combination of experiential learning and the ability to focus on one course at a time with the block scheduling model at UMW opens so many doors for our students as they graduate and pursue careers or graduate school,” said University of Montana Western Chancellor, Michael Reid. 

Montana Western is the only U.S. public four-year institution offering Experience One where students take a single course at a time. This innovative program of teaching and learning has realized great success and stability over the past two decades in several student outcomes including retention, class completion, graduation rates, career placement, and graduate, law, medical, and veterinary school acceptance rates.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked as the best college in Montana by and was ranked #7 in Top Public Schools and #8 in Best Value Schools in the Western region by U.S. News & World Report in their 2023-24 rankings. has also named Montana Western as the most affordable college in Montana.

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