What makes Salish Kootenai College campus unique?

Nestled against the foothills of the Mission Mountains, Salish Kootenai College’s 128 acre campus is an inspiring location to learn. SKC faculty and staff take interest in the progress of every student and endeavor to make sure each student reaches their educational goals.

As a small minority college, SKC understands the importance of inclusion. While our primary mission is to ensure Native American students have access to higher education, all students are welcomed and valued here for the unique outlook and experiences they bring to the learning environment at SKC.

Describe student life at Salish Kootenai College. What do students experience as freshman on your campus? How do students connect on your campus?

SKC Students have access to our Student Union, which hosts a variety of social and educational programs, ranging from movie-watching marathons to guest speakers. There are a number of ways to get involved on campus at SKC!

Both single students and students with families have housing options at Salish Kootenai College. Private rooms are available in the Lefthand Dorm, where students share a full kitchen and living room with two to three "Podmates,” providing a good balance between privacy and meeting new friends. Two Resident Advisors provide live-in support at the Dorms, including social programming (which has been adjusted for COVID 19 safety guidelines).
 
Students with partners and children can apply to our apartment units, which range from one to four bedrooms. Each apartment comes with a kitchen featuring full-sized appliances, as well as access to our on-campus, coin-op laundry facility. Our family housing also provides outdoor gazebos for studying and a playground for students’ children.

What is the average cost of attendance?

It will typically cost $1,437.00 (tribal members), $1,653.00 (tribal descendant), or $2,133.00 (non-native Montana residents) to attend Salish Kootenai College for a single quarter with a class load of 12-18 credits. A total yearly cost will be somewhere between $4,311.00 and $6,399.00 for native or in-state students. Find out more on our website.

What programs would you like to highlight, or which programs are you best known for? What does job placement look like for your students?

SKC has 17 Bachelor degrees, 22 Associate degrees, and 12, 1-year Certificates of Completion. When our students leave here they are ready to pursue a Master’s degree, continue their education with a 4-year degree, or head out into the workforce.

A leader in Native American Education, SKC programs are designed to serve unmet needs in tribal communities and the broader region. Many of SKC’s programs are unique, such as Tribal Governance and Administration and Hydrology. The College offers short-term training programs, Certificates of Completion, and Associate and Bachelor Degrees.  Plans for SKC’s first Master’s Degree Program are well underway.

Of the 2018-2019 graduates that responded to the Graduate Survey, 70% were gainfully employed or continued on to another degree program.

What deadlines should students know about?

SKC accepts new students of all ethnicities until the first day of class every quarter. Winter quarter begins January 4th.

Anything else you’d like students to know about Salish Kootenai College?

SKC’s learning environment is one that treats each student as an individual. It is common for many students on campus to be familiar with the majority of the SKC staff and faculty. Our paths cross continually in the course of a student’s time here at SKC making the campus a truly connected place for learning.

We have some of the smallest class sizes in the state. Our smaller class sizes allow for instructional environments and learning experiences that are more personal and individualized so that all in the learning community feel invited and valued.

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City:
Harlem
Enrollment:
122
Tuition/Fees:
$2,410
Student/Teacher ratio:
10:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Bozeman
Enrollment:
31
Tuition/Fees:
$12,005
Student/Teacher ratio:
31:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Hamilton
Enrollment:
140
Tuition/Fees:
$1,315
Student/Teacher ratio:
15:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Hamilton
Enrollment:
37
Tuition/Fees:
$14,150
Student/Teacher ratio:
10:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Browning
Enrollment:
375
Tuition/Fees:
$3,370
Student/Teacher ratio:
11:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Billings
Enrollment:
107
Tuition/Fees:
$12,000
Student/Teacher ratio:
13:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Butte
Enrollment:
37
Tuition/Fees:
$10,950
Student/Teacher ratio:
7:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Helena
Enrollment:
1,362
Tuition/Fees:
$35,486
Student/Teacher ratio:
11:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Lame Deer
Enrollment:
186
Tuition/Fees:
$2,260
Student/Teacher ratio:
10:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Billings
Tuition/Fees:
$3,843
Majors/Programs:

City:
Kalispell
Enrollment:
69
Tuition/Fees:
$12,800
Student/Teacher ratio:
11:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Glendive
Enrollment:
329
Tuition/Fees:
$5,250
Student/Teacher ratio:
13:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Kalispell
Enrollment:
2,307
Tuition/Fees:
$6,180
Student/Teacher ratio:
11:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Poplar
Enrollment:
358
Tuition/Fees:
$2,250
Student/Teacher ratio:
10:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Bozeman
Enrollment:
545
Tuition/Fees:
$3,400
Student/Teacher ratio:
20:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Great Falls
Enrollment:
1,691
Tuition/Fees:
$3,386
Student/Teacher ratio:
15:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Helena
Enrollment:
1,422
Tuition/Fees:
$3,359
Student/Teacher ratio:
13:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Butte
Enrollment:
769
Tuition/Fees:
$3,569
Student/Teacher ratio:
14:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Crow Agency
Enrollment:
243
Tuition/Fees:
$3,200
Student/Teacher ratio:
15:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Miles City
Enrollment:
459
Tuition/Fees:
$5,550
Student/Teacher ratio:
10:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Great Falls
Enrollment:
82
Tuition/Fees:
$17,200
Student/Teacher ratio:
13:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Bozeman
Enrollment:
16,613
Tuition/Fees:
$7,277
Student/Teacher ratio:
19:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Billings
Enrollment:
4,401
Tuition/Fees:
$5,928
Student/Teacher ratio:
14:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Havre
Enrollment:
1,236
Tuition/Fees:
$5,955
Student/Teacher ratio:
14:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Butte
Enrollment:
1,909
Tuition/Fees:
$7,412
Student/Teacher ratio:
14:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Dillon
Enrollment:
37
Tuition/Fees:
$12,974
Student/Teacher ratio:
25:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Billings
Enrollment:
991
Tuition/Fees:
$28,572
Student/Teacher ratio:
11:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Pablo
Enrollment:
809
Tuition/Fees:
$6,349
Student/Teacher ratio:
9:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Box Elder
Enrollment:
554
Tuition/Fees:
$2,645
Student/Teacher ratio:
18:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Missoula
Enrollment:
11,865
Tuition/Fees:
$7,244
Student/Teacher ratio:
17:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Missoula
Tuition/Fees:
$3,886
Majors/Programs:

City:
Dillon
Enrollment:
1,538
Tuition/Fees:
$5,717
Student/Teacher ratio:
17:1
Majors/Programs:

City:
Great Falls
Enrollment:
1,066
Tuition/Fees:
$25,168
Student/Teacher ratio:
12:1
Majors/Programs:

* Figures are based on 2018-19 National Center for Education Statistics data and may be estimated. Tuition is calculated for full-time in-state students. Consult each institution for current tuition rates.