Top Montana Colleges and Universities

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Montana is a northwestern state that is known worldwide for having some of the most scenic geography around. Its public university system provides an excellent, well-rounded educational opportunity, as do its several smaller, private institutions.
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Top Five Schools in Montana

University of Montana-Missoula

Rolling Stone magazine has called the University of Montana-Missoula campus 'the most scenic campus in the country', and, indeed, its campus in the northwestern Rocky Mountains is a gorgeous atmosphere for students to study and enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. The campus has an undergraduate enrollment of 11,547 and is the largest university in the state. Founded in 1893, UM has continued to grow and develop and in fact now produces the fifth-largest number of Rhodes Scholars among public universities in the nation. It has three colleges -- technology, conservation and forestry and arts and sciences - plus six schools -- fine arts, pharmacy, education, business, law and journalism.

Montana State University-Bozeman

Montana State University-Bozeman is located in the southwestern part of the state in the fastest-growing county in Montana. The university was founded in 1893 as part of the state's public university system and has grown to include an undergraduate enrollment of 10,727 students. There are currently 51 major fields of study for undergrads, most notably programs that focus on the study of the Yellowstone and other surrounding natural ecosystems. The university also houses the largest T-Rex skull ever found. MSU-Bozeman consistently ranks as one of the 'best buys' in postsecondary education.

Montana State University-Billings

Located in the south-central part of the state, Montana State University-Billings offers a world-class education to its 3,222 undergraduate students. Two of the most prestigious academic programs on campus are the education and the rehabilitation departments. The university was founded in 1927 and has since developed a reputation for paying particular attention to the needs of nontraditional college students. The average age of a student at MSU-Billings is 28; however, the campus also offers a rich student life for more traditional students.

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Montana Tech is located in Butte, Montana in the eastern portion of the state. Founded in 1900, the institution joined the Montana University System in 1994. The school focuses on engineering and technical education and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,843 students. Montana Tech has grown from being a mining school to now offering students a choice of 19 bachelor's degree programs. Princeton Review cited Montana Tech on its list of 81 colleges in the U.S. offering the best value. In addition, its graduates have less debt than those graduating from other four-year universities and colleges in Montana.

Carroll College

Helena, Montana is the home of Carroll College, a private, Catholic institution founded in 1910. Originally founded as a men's only university for the purpose of training men for the priesthood, Carroll is now ranked as the second best western regional comprehensive college in America's Best Colleges for 2007. The 1,344 undergraduate students choose a wide range of majors, several of which are renowned for their excellent pre-professional preparation (business, law, medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary). Carroll can also boast of having the only professional ballet company in the state of Montana.

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Colorado Christian University

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Northcentral University

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Penn Foster High School

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