Grizzly pride!

The University of Montana, founded in 1893, is a beloved Missoula institution. If there's one thing you should know about the Garden City, know that it's Griz Country!

UM Students

The University of Montana has an increasingly diverse student body and rich culture. As of fall 2012, the 14,943 UM students were comprised of:

  • 70% Montana residents ($6,216 tuition & fees)
  • 30% out-of-state residents ($21,806 tuition & fees)
  • 427 international students from 74 different foreign countries
  • 19:1 student-faculty ratio

Students quoted in the Princeton Review’s “Best 361 Colleges” said there really is no typical student at UM.

Walking across campus, they said, you might see “a student with dreadlocks down to their waist and amazing handmade clothing, and a minute later see a student wearing dress pants and a button-up shirt. Both fit in to the school and the town equally. … [Students are] easygoing and not trying to fit into a group. People mostly do whatever.”

Brains & Brawn

BY DILLON TABISH - From Whitefish to Missoula, Derek Crittenden has dev... more

Crittenden Named Semifinalist for “Academic Heisman”

By ERIC TABER-Montana senior defensive end and Rhodes scholarship nomin... more

Saint Mary’ Peak Trail

By CHAUNCEY LISTON-How did I get into this fix? It started with my pack... more

MacLay Flats Nature Trail

By MALLORY KERENSA WELLS - It was a quiet Thursday evening and after a long week I knew that a hike was not only a wanted but a needed.... more

Tower Street Trails: A Bold Dinner Date

By BRENDEN SPERR - I see trees. Trees and squirrels everywhere, squirrels that are so bold they get right next to me then turn and run as if they’re playing chicken.... more

Blue Mountain Folf Course: Too Much Fun to Hike Past

By DEVIN SLATER-It seems like if there is anything you want to do outdoors you can find it at Blue Mountain. But honestly, I wouldn’t know those trails. I never get past the folf course. ... more

The Clark Fork River Walk (VIDEO)

By CATHERINE ORFANOS: The Montana campus was quiet. The Oval, empty. Puddles formed across the sidewalk and my path through campus zigzagged between them. ... more

Rattlesnake Valley: Wood’s Gulch to Sheep Mountain

By REBECCA KEITH- I lean up against Jasmine; my red, secondhand mountain bike and stew in frustration. The 11-mile ride from Wood’s Gulch to the top of Sheep’s Mountain was kicking my butt. ... more

Kim Williams Trail: The Unexpected Wilderness in My Backyard

By MARTHA KREBILL- Walking the Kim Williams Trail that night had been a spur-of-the-moment decision, and I was captivated by the natural beauty of what I can describe literally as my backyard.... more

Rattlesnsake Recreation Area

By MEGAN FRANZ - I made it to the Main Rattlesnake Trailhead, locked up the bike, swung my beat up sack over my shoulder and started trekking along the old road that follows the creek. ... more

Greenough Park Trail: A Journey Into Art and Nature

By PARKER BRIXEY - I’m cruising into Greenough Park on my bike, entering the park at its southern end, closest to town. I’ve got my headphones in, and Wiz khalifa bumping loud. ... more

Randolph-Moon Homestead Trail: Pushing Back Against Doubt and Disease

By GARRETT SLADE - It wasn’t until I had topped the final crest in the North Hills that my anxiety about the day fled. From my vantage point over Missoula the stress of the past two weeks began to melt away.... more

Mount Jumbo – Daylight Turns to Dark, Marvel Fades to Fear

By By NICK MERTES- Our eyes locked. He reared back and then quickly struck the ground with his hooves, like he was revving his engine, looking to fight. He was ready to go, but was I?... more

North Hills – Making Peace With the Rural-Urban Medley

By BELLE GASH-GILDER - There are a number of different places to begin to explore the North Hills. I started at Mountain View Trail which literally literally starts in someone’s yard. ... more

Mount Jumbo – Rising Above a Rude Awakening

By HENRY CRIST- Sometimes, little adventures change your entire perspective, and you’re a different person because of them. My adventure wasn’t a heart racing one, but it was just what I needed.... more

Crazy Canyon – An Easy Climb in Nature’s Cathedral

CHARLES EARLY - I decided to hike Crazy Canyon with a friend in early Fall. Although this is a popular hike, we didn’t see another person, which only added to the beauty of the trail.... more

Ch-paa-qn Peak

By KIAN BERTIN - People from all over the world have summited this mountain. “Pride of Britain,” one of the rocks has written into it. Another one reads, “I hate this damn wind.”... more

Crazy Canyon

By LIONE CLARE - I was happy to be back in the woods about to climb a mountain, an activity much more accessible and frequent in my hometown of Sitka, Alaska.... more

Pengelly Ridge

By CARLY STINSON - I love hiking, but as I spun in circles running from class to class this semester, I just couldn’t find time for the Pengelly Ridge Trail hike.... more

Smokejumpers’ Trail

By COLIN BRUST - We trudged up the steep and rocky path, leaving the Kim Williams riverside trail below us. Even though there was a great view of the Missoula Valley behind us, I felt uneasy.... more

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

By JOEL CARLSON-Ground was broken Wednesday on the UM campus for a new athletics academic center, and a $1 million gift gift was announced that will go toward additional facility improvements.... more

Hill and Sullivan Not Done With Basketball Yet

By JOEL CARLSON-Torry Hill and Jordan Sullivan, seniors on last year’s Lady Griz team, both were raised on basketball, and even though their college playing days are over, their basketball careers are not. ... more

Big Sky “50 Greatest Men’s Moments”: No. 8: Don Read Goes Out on Top

(VIDEO) - They'll never forget the 1995 Montana Grizzly football season. Decades from now, grandfathers will tell there grandkids about quarterback Dave Dickenson, or where they were when Larson kicked the fiel... more

Griz Players Ask Fans to Donate Toys at Montana-Weber Football Game

Grizzly football players are giving back to the community with the ninth annual Griz for Kids Toy Drive, at the UM football game against Weber State this Sat. Nov. 16.... more

Love at First Listen with the Avett Brothers

Every once in a while in life, you stumble upon something that grabs you, shakes you, and is "love at first listen". UM Productions presents the Avett Brothers at the Adams Center, Oct. 20, 2013. ... more

Tyler Barham: Working on a Nashville Dream

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Dreams without application are barren hallucinations. Tyler Barham is fully invested in his dream – a fantastic trip with a trajectory that could one day get a whole lot more unbelievabl... more

UM Students Team Up with St. Jude Hospital for Up ‘Til Dawn Fundraiser

Up ‘til Dawn is a nationwide college letter-writing fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The Feb. 28 event will be held at the University Center on campus.... more

Japanese Exchange Students Expand Life Experiences at MCT

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Mariko Shimada and Mizuho Yamada, Japanese exchange students at the UM, are proof that life expands in proportion to one’s courage.... more

MSU Sets Enrollment Record, UM Sees Decline

Montana State University is reporting record enrollment this fall, while the University of Montana says a record graduating class this spring cut into its enrollment figures.... more

The Story of Missoula’s “M”

By MAKE IT MISSOULA. At 620 feet above the city of Missoula and and elevation of 5,158 on the slope of Mt. Sentinel sits a symbol that has become synonymous not only with the University of Montana, but also th... more

Video: Finding the Source of a Frosty Facebook Fad

By TOM HOLM and MASAKI NAKAGAWA - (VIDEO) The godfather of Frosting explains the story behind the Facebook trend that started in Missoula this past winter and went global.... more

The Naked Truth: How Art Modeling Transformed My Self-Image

By ANNA PENNER-RAY - I knew I would be naked, sketched by strangers for an art class at the University of Montana. I didn't know I would see myself in a whole new way.... more

Firm Ground: Black Coffee Makes Its Mark in Missoula

By DILLON KATO - Black Coffee Roasting Company, started in 2010 by Matt McQuilkin and Jim Chapman, has been carving a niche in Missoula's gourmet coffee world.... more

Local Vitamin Manufacturer Reaches Global Markets

By JON TWEETEN - In an inconspicuous building on Third Street, Nutritional Laboratories International makes supplements and vitamins that are sold all over the world.... more

Multimedia Feature: Griz Basketball Team Beats the Bobcats

By PATRICK RECORD - It was a low-scoring grudge match, but the Montana Grizzlies battled to an important win over the Montana State Bobcats on Saturday night.... more

Multimedia Feature: Lady Griz Beat Rival Bobcats

By PATRICK RECORD - The Lady Griz took to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon in hopes of defeating their biggest rivals, the Montana State Bobcats.... more

Lady Griz Basketball Pre-Game Rituals

By KRISTA REDPATH PYRON - I've been reminiscing about Lady Griz memories and pre-game rituals. Routines, rituals, superstitions... call them what you want, they formulate after years of playing together.... more

Living Laboratory: State Arboretum at the University of Montana

On April 4, 1991, the Montana legislature and the Board of Regents designated the arboretum at the University of Montana. Today, three stories of plants reach to the ceiling of the University Center.... more

Tyler Hobbs: Life After Griz Football

By PATRICK RECORD - Former starting defensive tackle and team captain Tyler Hobbs looks back on his years as a Montana Griz football player.... more

A Missoula Fundraiser for a New Orleans School

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - On Dec. 10, there will be a benefit event at Free Cycles Missoula to help send a group of UM students to Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans.... more

It’s a Funny Thing: Missoula a Starting Point for League of Talented Comedians

By TOR HAUGAN - While Missoula's comedy scene may lack the scale of a larger city's, the Garden City circuit has served as a starting point for a growing group of successful comedians.... more

Hunting for Clarity on Thanksgiving Break

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - Whether you're in Missoula or not, if you live or have ever lived in Montana, count yourself lucky. 20 years of Big Sky Country have taught me to be thankful.... more

Folk Musician Chris Bathgate Plays at the UM FLAT

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - Last Monday, my band The Trees had the privilege of opening for Michigander folk musician Chris Bathgate and his band. I must say, I'm still giddy from the show. ... more

Snowbowl Set to Expand, Make Public Freestyle Terrain Park

By BILLIE LOEWEN - Montana Snowbowl ski area is preparing to expand their terrain park to bring freestyle skiing in western Montana to new heights.... more

A Salute to Our Troops: The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana

By PATRICK RECORD Last Friday, as the rain began to turn to snow, I stood and watched as a handful of Montana’s military men and women revealed the new Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana.... more

Playing in a Missoula Band Called “The Trees”

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. So I'm in a band now. We're called The Trees. I know what you're thinking: “The Trees? Really?” Yes. We're The Trees. ... more

A Marriage of Music: Successful Jazz and Pop Artists Make Missoula Studio Work

By RACHEL A. SEIDENSTICKER - After recording seven jazz CDs and headlining clubs in Chicago, appearing on ABC’s “The Commish,” and performing, acting, and modeling across the world, Eden Atwood found hers... more

Bluegrass Music Growing Missoula Roots

By ALANYA CHERKIS - Last month, Missoula hosted its first ZooGrass festival at the Top Hat lounge downtown. Live bluegrass has recently taken hold of the music scene in Missoula, with its upbeat energy, foot-st... more

Multimedia Feature: California Street Tag Wall Becomes Home to Missoula Graffiti Artists

By ANNELA ROVA and BILLIE LOEWEN - When Missoula business owner and artist Dan Tabish posted a sign on the gigantic wall surrounding his property, he created the only space in the city free and open to graffiti... more

We Are Family: Griz Family Weekend

By MARGARET DEWILLIAM HORTON - On a Wednesday several weeks ago, I sat poised by the computer, waiting for the stroke of 10 AM Mountain Time (which I had to remember translated to 9 AM Pacific Time). I was hopi... more

A Message from Missoula’s MMA Fighters: All Blood Spilled Must Be Wiped Up

By RUSSELL GREENFIELD, UM Student Journalist. On the night of Aug. 13, Jason Zentgraf, a Missoula mixed martial arts fighter, entered the caged ring at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes, Washington. Across fro... more

Urban Bees in Missoula: Neighbors Against Neighbors While Drafting New Rules

By DANIEL VIEHLAND. UM student and citizen journalist Daniel Viehland reports on the conflict between an urban beekeeper and his neighbors in Missoula. Will it prompt changes to local beekeeping laws?... more

This Time Last Year

By MARGARET HORTON. Just about this time last year I was busy trying not to address my empty nest and trying hard to concentrate on moving my son into his room in Aber Hall at UM.... more

Thomas the Tarantula

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. I spent the summer volunteering for Missoula's Summer Arts and Leadership Camp, a free camp for 68 homeless and at risk of being homeless kids in Missoula. There I met Thomas the Tarantula.... more

Power Shift

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. A Day in the Life of a UM student: traveling to Washington D.C. for a national youth conference on climate change. The conference was called Power Shift, and about 10,000 young people from ... more

Migratory Notions and Desert Solidarity

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. A Day in the Life a UM student--backpacking in the desert of Utah. If there's one thing I've learned from my backpacking journeys, it's that things rarely go exactly according to plan. Tha... more

Bear Wrestling and Farm Work

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. As I sit typing this, according to my fancy computer thermometer, it is 9 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I'm quite positive this measurement isn't accounting the windchill factor from the hur... more

Art Studios and Lebowskifests

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. After a long week of struggles in the studio, I celebrated the completion of my winter session course by heading over to Lebowskifest at the Wilma theater on Saturday night. This movie wil... more

The Facts of Life

By VERINA PALMER MARTIN. If I were to name two things I learned during my college years that have resonated with me throughout my life, it would be these: 1. Always check your facts. 2. Never forget how little ... more

Zen and the Art of Stacking Wood

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. So, I've been living at home in Helena with my parents for the last few weeks for winter break, which basically means I get to live there free of rent for my devoted and uncomplaining slave... more

The Year of Missoula

By CLAY SPRINMEYER. Happy holidays and blessings of the new year, dear reader. As we flow forward in the river of time into 2011, I've been reflecting on some of the adventures that 2010 brought me.... more

When Aliens (and Cryptosporidium) Attack

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A UM STUDENT. Blog by Clay Springmeyer. I have aliens chewing on my intestines. Ever seen that cult classic, Alien? Remember that part where the alien baby bursts out of the guy's stomach ... more

Zoo Town Night Life

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A UM STUDENT. Blog by Clay Springmeyer. Goodbye Day Light Savings! Don't you love getting to sleep in an extra hour? Well, readers, so much has happened in the last week that I don't eve... more

Carpooling Has UM Students Seeing 3x3x3

11/2 Blog by Ryan Newhouse. Beginning on November 3, a new carpooling campaign, 3x3x3: Rideshare at UM, will launch to showcase the feasibility of a university-supported carpool program at the University of Mon... more

A Day in the Life…

A DAY IN THE LIFE A UM STUDENT. Blog by Clay Springmeyer. I play Dungeons and Dragons in a basement on Sundays. On Sunday nights I'm Terran Crane Fist, a half-orc monk that kills zombies and skeletons with my h... more

Pleasing Your Palate in Missoula

Hungry? You'll be able to satisfy just about any craving in Missoula! Whether it's a casual meal for the family, a fine dining experience, or dessert after a concert or play, Missoula offers a wealth of opt... more

Monte Mascot Mania

[caption id="attachment_36417" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Monte - UM's award winning mascot wins over fans.[/caption] More than a university named as one of the nation’s most scenic, The Univ... more

Volunteer Opportunities

Missoula is known for its giving spirit. On a per capita basis, Missoula is home to more non-profit organizations than any other city in the nation. That means volunteer opportunities abound. ... more