The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation is much like an extended family – we are a closely knit, relatively small academic unit that provides personal attention, advising, and mentoring for each student. At the same time we're large enough that students can interact with an extensive network of new friends, find experienced counsel from faculty and staff, be introduced to a network of alumni and professionals actively working in the field, and have challenging academic choices.
We're confident that your student will graduate from our college ready and able to work in their chosen natural resource profession. A recent survey of our existing students found that 95% of seniors had held a job or internship related to their major while they were in school; 80% of those jobs or internships were paid. A recent survey of alumni found that 97% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school and 85% of those work in the field they studied in. Employers tell us that they prefer to hire students they know and students who have experience − we'll help your student gain that experience by working with our network of more than 150 local, state, federal, NGO, and private employers. We also partner with UM's Career Services office to keep students informed about jobs, posting approximately 1,700 active job/internship listings in the past year.
Alumni and friends have long supported our students through endowed and annual scholarship funds. We're proud to offer more than 80 scholarships every year to our students. Students are selected in a variety of criteria, including academic accomplishment, involvement in service projects, and more. The University of Montana also offers many scholarships to both in-state and out-of-state students.
Please schedule a visit to our campus any time, and when you do please feel free to contact us directly. We love to host visitors and we know that you and your student will find our staff, faculty, and current students welcoming. The University of Montana campus is one of the country's most beautiful, and a campus tour will help you experience it all firsthand.