Almost 100 years old, The University of Montana School of Business Administration is the oldest AACSB-accredited business school in the state. Today it enjoys a reputation as a premier provider of business education in the region. Its goal is to help students realize their potential as future business leaders. The School focuses on applied, experiential education by having students participate in hands- on business projects. It also offers extensive internship opportunities and an integrated professional career development program. It partners with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to bring the most current technological advances to the classroom. Student excellence is rewarded at UM. The robust scholarship program provides hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Students have numerous opportunities to excel by developing their talents through student competitions offering recognition and cash awards for individual and team projects, including seed money for entrepreneurial start-ups. Specific attention is given to professional networking. Because the school is nestled in the Rocky Mountains in a spectacular natural environment, the school attracts the interest of international and national business experts. Over one hundred business professionals came to campus last year to share their knowledge through formal lectures and to talk with and recruit students. Faculty dedication to excellence in teaching and research provide inspiration and support helping students individually realize their potential. Student test scores and strong alumni relationships are testimony to the fact students thrive while attending the University of Montana School of Business.