Life in Misssoula
Nestled in the Northern Rockies, Missoula is the nexus of five valleys and three major rivers: the Blackfoot, the Bitterroot and the Clark Fork. With more than 70,000 residents, a major university, and a wide array of cultural, economic, and recreational opportunities, Missoula is a blend of small-town charm and big-city sophistication.
Graduate students find that living in Missoula is a transformative experience. It is a classic college town: a terrific arts and culture scene; a year-round schedule of concerts and shows; all manner of restaurants, breweries, coffeehouses; and close connections between the University and the surrounding area. Missoula is welcoming, progressive community, an economic hub of Western Montana, and home to a large number of non-profit organizations that offer work and volunteer opportunities for our students.
Missoula's recreational and outdoor opportunities are unrivalled. In addition to walking and biking trails throughout the city, several recreation areas are just minutes from downtown. Hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, river rafting and skiing are all popular activities here. And, Missoula is half-day drive from two majestic national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier.It's no wonder that the book, How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University called Missoula "a Rocky Mountain Berkeley ... the kind of place many people hate to leave."
For more information, check out Destination Missoula and Make It Missoula.