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. The University of Montana has 11 Truman Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars and 31 Udall Scholars to its name.
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", while Outside Magazine states "Among the top 10 colleges nationally for combining academic quality and outdoor recreation".