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Montana Western Nationally Ranked for Social Mobility, Research, Public Service and Best Value

October 8, 2021

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked #99 among bachelor’s colleges nationwide and #127 for the "Best Bang for the Buck in the West" list by Washington Monthly.

Washington Monthly is a website that ranks universities based on the degree to which they recruit and graduate students of modest means, produce the scholarship and scholars that drive economic growth and a flourishing society, and encourage students to be active citizens.

The University of Montana Western ranked #99 out of 244 colleges nationwide on Washington Monthly’s “2021 Bachelor’s Colleges Ranking” for meeting the criteria of awarding bachelor’s degrees that focus on arts and sciences and based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

UMW also ranked #127 out of 215 colleges for the “2021 Best Bang for the Buck Colleges: West” list for how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is made by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions. UMW offers in-state tuition of $2,261.50 per semester and an out-of-state tuition of $7,956.70 per semester, with tuition discount opportunities for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students.

The fields of academic study at Montana Western include Biology, Business and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Education, English, Equine Studies, Health and Human Performance, Fine Arts, Mathematics, and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences.

Students at the University of Montana Western enjoy a tight-knit community atmosphere and small class sizes where they work closely with peers and professors alike. Montana Western focuses on serving students, achieving academic excellence, and promoting experiential education. The 20-acre campus is an excellent choice for students to take advantage of the immersive learning opportunities offered by the nation’s only Experience One program, where they can build on critical and creative thinking skills to prepare for real-world job and graduate school opportunities. With Experience One, students at Montana Western take one course at a time for 18 days, take a short break and then move on to their next course. By utilizing block scheduling combined with immersive learning, UMW is the only public four-year university in the country to employ this model that is focused on student success.

For more information about Experience One and the University of Montana Western, or to schedule a visit, call 877-683-7331 or visit