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Academic Fitness Awards

Encouraging college preparation

Success in college depends upon many factors, and academic preparedness ranks among the most important. The University has stepped up its partnership with Montana high schools to encourage high school students to arrive ready for college-level work. The effort is paying off with more students arriving ready to succeed. The percentage of freshmen who took the full UM-recommended college preparation curriculum in high school now exceeds 50 percent. This curriculum includes four years of English, three years of social studies, three years of math, two years of lab science and two years of electives.

Freshmen with strong preparation are more likely to come back for their sophomore years. They also have higher GPAs and are significantly more likely to attain graduation.

Academic Fitness Awards are designated for students who follow the recommended college prep curriculum. The new award provides $1,000 for each of the first two years of college to each recipient. The University anticipates a budget of $1.4 million will be needed to fund 700 new, two-year awards annually.

To speak with our team about making a gift, contact one of our development officers in the area you wish to support, or contact us at 800.443.2593. We look forward to hearing from you!