University of Great Falls
1301 20th Street South
Great Falls MT 59405
(406) 791-5200 or
FAX: (406) 791-5209
men 208/women 402
men 138/women 342
men 40/women 134
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John Waldhausen, M.D., Pediatric Cardiologist, Associate Dean and Director for the Milton Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University
Karl Jorda, David Rines Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Industrial innovation, Director Kenneth J. Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Franklin Pierce Law Center, New Hampshire
Judith Cole, Advisor of International Development/Public International Law, United Nations Legal Division/ United States Department of State, Switzerland
Mary Ann Epley, Executive Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development, Arlington, Va.
Most popular majors:
Criminal Justice, Human Services, Elementary Education, Counseling Psychology, Paralegal Studies, Business Administration, Accounting, Computer Science, Biology, Sociology
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University of Great Falls
Great Falls, MT
The Providence Bell Tower serves as a landmark on the University of
Great Falls campus.
A private, Catholic university open to qualified men and women of every race and creed, the University of Great Falls is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. As an expression of the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, the mission of the University of Great Falls is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and making a living. The College of Great Falls was founded in 1932 by the Bishop of the Diocese, the Sisters of Providence and the Ursuline Nuns. CGF was elevated to university status in 1995. The University is located in Great Falls, Montana, a city of about 55,000 in North Central Montana. The student body consists of approximately 1,090 undergraduate students and 174 graduate students. In addition to its campus offerings, UGF serves 31 sites in Montana, Southern Alberta and Wyoming through its Telecom Distance Learning Program.
The UGF undergraduate program consists of two colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, which contains the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of History, Language and Literature, and the School of Mathematics and Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies, which includes the School of Business, the School of Education and the School of Human Services. Teaching certificates are offered. The most popular programs are criminal justice, human services, elementary education, counseling psychology, and paralegal studies. The College of Graduate Studies offers eight master degree programs. UGF's calendar consists of four-month semesters in the fall and spring, and a 12-week summer term.
UGF students may participate in a number of organizations, Lumen Press, the university newspaper, and Campus Corps, an AmeriCorps organization where students build connections between their campus and community by coordinating service projects. Student Senate meets weekly, and students have an opportunity to participate in many aspects of decision making on campus, including representation on the Board of Trustees and Budget Committee. Student Clubs on campus include Business Round Table, Computer Science Club, Law and Justice Club, Medical Science Club, Minorities United Club, Paralegal Club, Science Club, Sociology Club, Student Montana Education Association, and United Tribes Club. UGF provides living facilities in the University Villa apartments near campus. A meal plan is available for resident students. Services available to students include Campus Ministry, Career Services, Child Care, counseling and tutoring through Student Support Services and the Learning Center, and student intramural program. The UGF Campus Activities Board organizes, sponsors and promotes a well-rounded program of entertainment, dances, and family activities. Adult entertainment includes dances, concerts, and comedians. The whole family can enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt and Parents' Night Out. Student government-sponsored clubs also provide a wide range of activities and opportunities for involvement in university life.
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The major landmark of the 50-acre campus is the Providence Bell Tower, located near the chapel. Construction is underway for a library addition which will double the size of the present library, which contains over 75,000 books and 445 journal subscriptions. Services include reference, interlibrary loan, and on-line bibliographic searching via Dialog. Among research tools available on CD-ROM are Expanded Academic Index, LaserCat, ERIC, and Social Sciences Index. Students may conduct research on-line using Lexis, Nexis, and the Internet. The Library also houses special collections on business resources, Montana history, and the Law Library. McLaughlin Memorial Center provides facilities for bowling, billiards, swimming, weight lifting, a double gym, and an Olympic-sized pool. The computer lab houses nearly 50 Pentium personal computers as well as a scanner, laser and color printers. Students have access to the Internet in the computer lab and library. UGF holds articulation agreements with five tribal colleges and four Montana Community Colleges, as well as four Canadian colleges and seven Wyoming colleges, where distance learning sites are located.
Opportunities are available through the UGF Physical Education Department to participate in men's, women's or mixed intramurals, such as volleyball, flag football, basketball, and floor hockey.
Financial Aid/ Scholarships
The scholarship and financial aid programs at UGF are designed to assist students in paying expenses associated with earning a degree. Students must be enrolled at least half time to receive financial aid. Assistance may be provided through some combination of scholarships, grants, college work study, or loans. Scholarship selection is based on academic merit, leadership, and service. New students should submit a scholarship application by April 1. Continuing students should submit the Merit Scholarship application by February 1. Financial Aid applications must be completed each academic year for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Application materials are available in the Financial Aid Office each December for the following year. Financial Aid Priority Deadlines are Fall Semester: April 1; Spring Semester, October 15; Summer Term, March 1.
Admission Requirements/ Application
The University of Great Falls has an open admission policy. Applications will be considered without regard to race, gender, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, financial status, physical or mental disabilities, and national origin. Applicants may apply for admission any time; however, applicants are strongly urged to apply at least one month prior to the first day of classes for the term they intend to begin. Required documents must be submitted before a student can be admitted and allowed to register for classes. It is particularly important that the UGF Placement Test be taken prior to registration. Prospective students must complete an admission application, pay a non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee, and provide official high school transcript or official certificate of high school equivalency with scores from the General Education Development Test (GED). Results of ACT or SAT are recommended for academic advising and consideration for merit/no-need scholarships, but not required. To register, proof of two immunizations for measles and one immunization for rubella must be supplied.
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