For Release: March 6, 2018
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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – Things are looking upward at the University of Providence as it continues with its bigger and bolder vision throughout 2018. This year brings new athletic programs, new academic programs and partnerships, a refreshed mission, along with new infrastructure.

With all the changes at UP, one thing that remains central is the dedication to its mission. The university declared this year as a Year of Mission and is re-examining its mission statement to be more aligned with its partner, Providence St. Joseph Health. Faculty and staff of the university will participate in mission sessions to better understand how to live the mission in their work. As UP recreates itself, it will remain rooted in its Sisters of Providence founding.

In order to accommodate the growth in athletics and the student population through new academic programs, UP is undergoing renovations and constructing new buildings.

A new wrestling facility, University Center, and renovated Student Center are all in the works. This $25-million investment is a direct result of the new partnership between the University of Providence and Providence St. Joseph Health.

“Our goal at University of Providence is to provide our students with a great college experience,” Tony Aretz, university president says. “We saw a need—our students are changing, and as a result their needs are changing. We are meeting those needs in a competitive way by enhancing student experience in learning, career readiness, leadership development, and student development.”

The UP Argos have an exciting 2018 planned with additional sports programs and new athletic facilities. A men’s and women’s eSports program will start with the 2018-19 academic school year as a scholarship, varsity program. Along with the addition of eSports, Argo Athletics will add men’s and women’s ice hockey next winter.

Athletics aren’t the only thing expanding this year at UP. The addition of an online medical assistant program and a 2+2 partnership with Great Falls College MSU provide more opportunities for future students. The medical assistant program is currently offered only in the state of Oregon in partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health System, but will expand to other states in 2019. All coursework is delivered online, with competency testing completed in a traditional classroom setting.

“The addition of the Medical Assistant Certificate program gives us an opportunity to share our mission across several more states,” Greg Stivers, program coordinator for the Medical Assistant Certificate. “The partnership between the UP and St. Joseph Health is quite remarkable and cutting edge. Education and healthcare can co-exist. Not only do students learn from highly qualified faculty, they are receiving the opportunity to practice what they are learning in an actual healthcare facility.”

One constant amidst all the change at the university is the desire to recruit from and support the local community.

A practical application of that can be found in the Cascade County Scholarship. Designed for local students who want to stay in the Great Falls area while completing a college degree, it allows students to graduate at a fraction of the cost of other institutions. Students living at home are offered a tuition match that is equivalent to the published tuition and housing price at the University of Montana and MSU-Bozeman.

The University of Providence is a private Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana. Founded in 1932, the university includes both a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a School of Health Professions. For more information, go to