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The University of Montana (UM, U of M, or 'The U') is a state university located in Missoula, Montana, U.S. The school was founded in 1893. It is the largest campus in the five-campus University of Montana System.The main campus of The University of Montana is located at the foot of Mount Sentinel, the mountain bearing Missoula's most recognizable landmark—a large letter "M." Since its charter in 1893, UM has provided a high-quality, well-rounded education to students and a wide range of services and resources to Montanans. UM is the center of liberal arts education in Montana, balancing that with intensive programs of professional preparation. It is a major source of research, continuing education, economic development and fine arts, as well as a driving force in strengthening Montana's ties with countries throughout the world.

The university calls itself a city within a city, and contains its own restaurants, medical facilities, banking, postal services, and ZIP Code.

The University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, with a total of 28 such scholars.[1] The University of Montana has 11 Truman Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars and 31 Udall Scholars to its name.[2]

The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library houses the earliest authorized edition of the Lewis and Clark journals.

Rolling Stone magazine has called the university the "Most scenic campus in America",[3] while Outside Magazine states "Among the top 10 colleges nationally for combining academic quality and outdoor recreation".[3]

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The Payne Family Native American Center, located at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, is the first facility built exclusively for a department of Native American Studies and American Indian Student Services in the United States.

Monte, short for Montana, is the University of Montana's award-winning athletics mascot. He is modeled after a grizzly bear, in reference to the nickname of the university's athletic teams, the Grizzlies.

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Grizzly Statue at the entrance to the Oval at the University of Montana with Mount Sentinel in the background.

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Michael Joseph Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was an American Democratic politician and the longest-serving Majority Leader of the United States Senate, serving from 1961 to 1977. He also served as United States Ambassador to Japan for over ten years. Born in New York City to Irish Catholic immigrants, he was raised in Montana, where he graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula (then called Montana State University). Mansfield represented the state of Montana throughout his political career.

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