The University of Great Falls was founded in 1932 by the Most Reverend Edwin V. O'Hara, Catholic Bishop of Great Falls, in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of Providence and the Ursuline Sisters. It is a Roman Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana and it is accredited with Northwest Association of schools and colleges. The main aim of university is to provide students liberal education for living and making a living. In 1944, the Sisters of Providence purchased lands in south of the city and in 1950s plans was made to move the College of Great Falls to the new campus. In 1995, the institution became the University of Great Falls. Over the years university has been involved in outreach education efforts. For many years, university had a resident centre on the Fort Belknap Reservation, and in Lewistown, as well as a continuing education program at Malmstrom Air Force Base. In addition to different campus, university serves 31 sites in Montana, Southern Alberta and Wyoming through distance learning programs. The university consist of different colleges and their sub departments like; The College of Arts and Sciences, which contains (school of arts and humanities, history language and literature and school of mathematics) and
The College of Professional Studies, which contains (School of Business, Education and Human Services). The university also provides teaching certificates in the popular courses like criminal justice, human services, elementary education, counselling psychology and paralegal studies. The university ranked in top 19 universities in Regional Colleges of Egypt. The total student enrolment in university is 1052, with a gender distribution of 33 percent male students and 67 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, self-operated or affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. University of Great Falls is part of the NAIA athletic conference.. Student faculty ration in university is 14:1 and the school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67 percent. At university, 77% percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,896.
The university headed by the President Dr. Tony Aretz. He dedicated his 30 years of experience as a professor and administrator. He committed to an education that develops students who are ethical while seeking to ensure the education serves their practical needs as well. There are different alumni who are at higher position passed out form this university like; Judith Cole, Advisor of International Development/Public International Law, United Nations Legal Division/United States Department of State, Mary Ann Epley, Executive Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development, Paul G. Hatfield, United States Senator, and Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court etc. Recently, in January 2017, university presents MLK celebration and in February 2017, Providence St. Joseph Health and the University of Great Falls Add New Online Graduate Programs. In December 2016, they announces S-Stem scholarship and in April 2016, they announces Dr. Anthony Aretz as Next President.