HC At-a-glance


Helena College University of Montana, a comprehensive two-year college, provides access to and support of lifelong educational opportunities to our diverse community.

Vision Statement

Helena College will be recognized as a responsive regional provider of comprehensive educational opportunities, as a partner in economic and community development, and as a diverse and accessible community of learners. Helena College will promote excellence in education, maintain fiscal and operational integrity; and cultivate an environment of fellowship, inclusiveness, and respect.

Core Themes

Through an inclusive campus and community-wide discussion of Helena College’s purpose and goals, three core themes have been identified as key aspects defining the College’s mission:

  • Provide access and support; high quality educational activities and programs important to achieving student success.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence; a high degree of integrity, quality and reliability in all academic and non-academic programming.
  • Strengthen the community; meeting regional workforce needs, strengthening employee knowledge and skills, providing a bridge to additional educational attainment through advanced degrees, and serving as a facilitator for cultural enrichment.

Quick Facts about Helena College (Fall 2017)

Type of Institution Public, Two-Year
Degrees and Certificates Offered 30
Average Class Size 13
Student to Faculty Ratio 13:1

Headcount 1,424
Full-time students (12+ credits) 544 (38%)
Part-time students (<12 credits) 880 (62%)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 841

Enrollment by Instructional Area
General Education/Transfer 419 (35% of headcount)
Technical Education 267 (19% of headcount)
Trades Education 139 (10% of headcount)
Non-Degree Seeking 50 (4% of headcount)
Dual Enrollment 471 (33% of headcount)
Dual Credit 373
Access to Success/High School Completion 79
On Campus Experience 19

Enrollment by Geography
Lewis & Clark County Residents 69%
Adjacent County Residents 12%
Rest of Montana 17%
Out-of-State 2%

Enrollment by Gender
Female 56%
Male 44%

Enrollment by Ethnicity
African-American <1%  
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 2%
Other 1%
White/Non-Hispanic 86%
Unknown/Not Reported 6%

Enrollment by Age
Average Student Age 24
18-24 69%
25 and older 31%

Financial Aid
 % Receiving Financial Aid 67%
 % Receiving Federal Pell Grant 51%

Veterans Receiving Educational Benefits: 7%

1st Generation College Students: 38%

Students Receiving Disability Accommodations: 6%

Top Feeder High Schools: Helena, Capital, Jefferson County

Participating Dual-Credit High Schools w/Fall 2017 Enrollment
(Enrolled in 68 sections of 22 different college courses)

Capital High School 108
Helena High School 104
Sentinel High School  73
Jefferson County High School  36
Broadwater County High School  23
Seeley-Swan High School  14
Granite County High School  12
Drummond High School  10
Manhattan High School   3

*Technical Programs include: Accounting & Business, Computer Technology, Fire & Rescue, Nursing, Office Technology

**Trades Programs include: Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Diesel Technology, Industrial Welding & Metal Fabrication, Machine Tool Technology, Metals Technology, Welding Technology

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