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Online Student Application Process

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Applying as an Online Student

The University of Montana provides the opportunity to apply as a distance-only student, meaning you only take online classes and do not attend classes in-person.

Students who are interested in applying for this status must meet the University's general admission requirements for first-year and transfer students. This student status is designed for those who are taking online courses only.

When applying for this status, students are not required to provide proof of immunization or complete a Medical Requirement Form. Distance-only students are not eligible for health insurance, services provided by the Curry Health Center, athletic event discounts or the Campus Recreation facilities.

Let’s start simple: What kind of applicant are you?

First time as a degree-seeking student planning to take online-only classes? Awesome you’re in the right place. If you’ve been enrolled concurrently in high school and college, or if you’ve completed fewer than 12 college-level credits, you’re still in this group, too. You’ll apply for freshman admission.

(More than 12 credits? No worries just check out the application process for transfer admissions.)

Step one: Start your application.

You can apply online, through the Apply Montana Portal (if you are a Montana resident) or using the Common Application.

Test scores are optional at UM no need to include SAT/ACT scores unless you want to! Just include an unofficial high school transcript with your application and let us do the rest.

Step two: Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or HiSET.

Once your official high school transcript is finalized with your final GPA and graduation date, have your school send a copy to UM. And if you’ve got other documentation, like a GED or the HiSET, that works too! Request those official documents be sent to UM to be considered alongside your application.

Online Students

Planning to attend UM as an online student? You’ll want to check out these dates.

“But wait! This isn’t me!”

Looking for a different application process? Choose the app that best fits your case. Or, tell us a little more about what you're looking for, and we'll get you where you need to be.