The University of Montana Western is a public university located in Dillon, Montana, United States. It is affiliated with The University of Montana and is part of the Montana University System. Enrollment as of fall 2011 was 1,379 students
It was founded as the Montana State Normal School in 1893, to train teachers according to a model used by other states. Education was considered highly important for the state. It was expanded with increased programs and had a four-year curriculum; the addition of other subjects and departments led to its being renamed as Western Montana College. It became part of the Montana University System in 2000, and is titled University of Montana Western
The University of Montana Western provides innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western serves citizens of all ages with its academic, community service and lifelong learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world.
Professor of Geology Robert C. Thomas was recognized as a 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Professor of Education Delena Norris-Tull was recognized as the Carnegie Foundation's 2010 Montana Professor of the Year. Professor of Early Childhood Education Julie Bullard was recognized as the Carnegie Foundation's 2011 Montana Professor of the Year