University of Montana - Missoula

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: West
City/State: Missoula, MT
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 9,000
In-State Tuition: $7,720.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $29,622.00
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LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

The University of Montana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion of all people. At UM, students, staff, and faculty work to support the needs of LGBTQ community members. We include LGBTQ perspectives on the world in our classrooms, in our administrative teams, and in our interactions with one another. In all that we do, we are dedicated to uplifting the voices, experiences, and work of LGBTQ people. The promotion of groups like the Lambda Alliance, One Persons, Outfield Alliance, and OUTLaws exemplifies UM's focus on community. Through spaces like the Branch Center and the Residence Life Gender Inclusive Floor, UM provides a home for LGBT students. Through offices like Inclusive Excellence, the Diversity Advisory Council, and UM Allies, campus is becoming a better place to be every day.

Our Synopsis

The University of Montana invites LGBTQ students to be who they are, and live their identities boldly. No matter who you are, you can find community in Residence Life, or new experiences in classes that recognize our complex world. In Student Life, UM wants to honor LGBTQ history and culture through events like Queer Pride and our annual Rainbow Welcome. Student groups like the Lambda Alliance and the Student Life Activities Committee provide a space for students to express themselves without fear. UM does not only offer a community for LGBTQ students and allies. We take an active role in education and innovation. Through programs like Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Sessions and Allies Trainings, allies and LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty can learn more about how to support their UM family. Classes through programs like the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program aim to investigate questions of gender, equity, and equality. Finally, UM’s commitment to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan illustrates our dedication to ensuring safety and happiness for all students for years to come.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love University of Montana - Missoula

Being at UM has taught me so much about community, queer joy and pride, and love for the people around me. If I were not in Montana, being myself would not be so easy and exciting. Especially in Missoula, where the LGBT community is so vibrant and active, being proud of who I am comes naturally.

— 20 year old, transmasculine and bisexual junior

There is a great community on campus, and the University is always working towards being more inclusive.

— Age 20, nonbinary queer junior

Dedication and love are the road for us. Apathy and hate have no place here. Welcome to Lambda!

— 1975 Newsletter from University's LGBT Student Organization, the Lambda Alliance

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Rainbow Welcome


Queer Prom


National Coming Out Day

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

University of Montana - Missoula Admissions Office

University of Montana Admissions
University of Montana - Missoula
Gilkey Center
Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: 406-243-6266

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

University of Montana - Missoula
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
1.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
2.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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