Experience One engages students and faculty in actively exploring the knowledge, purposes, and practices in every field of study.

Experiential learning opportunities make up the heart of Experience One, or X1 for short.

Here’s how it works. You take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days before moving on to the next. Taking four courses or “blocks” during the semester, you’ll earn the same amount of credit as under traditional multiple class systems. Watch our quick videos about Experience One below to learn more!

The bottom-line is you truly experience your education through concentrated, active learning. That means you’ll have an advantage as you enter the workforce or continue on with graduate studies because your portfolio will already contain real-world educational experiences and projects. These projects often help the community at the same time by providing key services and contributing to ongoing research studies.

Outstanding Students

Our students are immersed in a supportive and challenging environment both in the classroom and in the field. They excel in internships all over the world, strive to become the best versions of themselves, and look towards the future. Montana Western provides the ideal setting for them to grow, collaborate and lead, and be prepared to succeed in the real world.

University of Montana Western professor with students conducting a plant study near Dillon, MT, in the field.

Engaging Professors

Small yet academically mighty, Montana Western courses are taught by distinguished faculty who are genuinely interested in your success now and in the future. Not only has Montana Western had five Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year, our faculty also continues to receive national recognition. All classes are taught by professors rather than graduate assistants, so you benefit directly from their expertise.

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A Spectacular Setting

Surrounded by seven mountain ranges and vast tracts of public land, lakes, forests and rivers, southwest Montana is a recreation paradise.

What’s more, Montana Western is located close to two of the most treasured national parks in the western region and the area features incredible skiing, some of the world’s best fly fishing, hunting, climbing, hiking and numerous outdoor activities.

We Can Help You Pay For College

Montana Western offers our unique way of learning at a cost you can afford. You’ll receive personal attention and truly experience your education for a fraction of the cost of other regional universities.

In addition, we can help you afford your education with numerous opportunities for financial aid and a host of scholarships and grants.

And for qualifying out-of-state students, the popular Western Undergraduate Exchange program (WUE) can significantly defray the cost of tuition.


Montana Western Admissions

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