Montana Western climbs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

UMW News Bureau

us-news-2013The University of Montana Western again climbed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, jumping to 17th in the Best Regional Colleges West category.

U.S. News defines regional colleges according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and states “these schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts.”

Montana Western maintained its position as fourth in the Top Public Regional Colleges West.

According to U.S. News, Montana Western improved upon last year’s ranking, boasting a 72 percent average freshman retention rate, a 17:1 student-to-professor ratio and tying for 12th place in the region for percentage of classes with under 20 students (63 percent). U.S. News also ranked Montana Western with the second highest percentage in the entire region of faculty who are full time at 92 percent and tied for fourth in the region with an average annual alumni giving rate of 11 percent.

The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook will be in stores on Sept. 18 and is available online at the U.S. News Store: www.usnews.com/usnews/store/college_compass.