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Montana Western Recognized Among Best Colleges in Montana  

November 9, 2023 has recently named the University of Montana Western as the best college in Montana in its 2023 rankings.

Montana Western Main Hall in the Fall, a leading online resource for students, and leading authority in higher education research and college planning, is pleased to announce that the University of Montana Western has secured the top spot as #1 in “Best Colleges in Montana” for 2023. UMW stands out in the state based on affordability, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

“Since 2014, our mission has been to provide an objective assessment of relative quality in higher education, taking into account factors such as academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of learning opportunities,” said Eden Glass, Best Colleges Communication Associate.  

Best Colleges evaluate academic quality by examining the number of students graduating in specific majors, indicating a school’s commitment to those programs. Their affordability score considers program cost, student loan rates, and post-graduation loan repayment ability.

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. Montana Western’s commitment to student engagement and support cultivates a meaningful educational experience, characterized by high academic standards and affordable tuition.

Enjoying a strong sense of community, students at the University of Montana Western experience small class sizes and dedicated professors. The 20-acre campus, surrounded by the mountains, rivers, and trails of southwest Montana, provides an immersive environment for the Experience One program, enabling students to refine critical and creative thinking skills essential for success.

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