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UMW Ranked Among Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

September 18, 2023

The University of Montana Western has been ranked #7 in Top Public Schools, #8 in Best Value Schools, #23 in Best Regional Colleges, and #46 in Top Performers on Social Mobility in the Western region by U.S. News & World Report in their 2023-24 rankings.

Now in its 39th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1500 colleges and universities on up to 19 measures of academic quality. Each year, they provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information to help them make informed choices on selecting institutions of higher education.   

“For 40 years, students and their families have come to count on Best Colleges as a vital resource as they navigate one of the most important decisions of their lives,” says Eric Gertler, executive chairman and CEO of U.S. News. “The significant changes in this year’s methodology are part of the ongoing evolution to make sure our rankings capture what is most important for students as they compare colleges and select the school that is right for them.”

The Western region is comprised of 15 states including Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Hawaii. U.S. News calculates each ranking based on a specific methodology, using factors including overall graduation rates, academic quality, Pell grant graduation rates and social mobility, first generation graduation rates, student support services, financial support, and academic resources for faculty. 

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. The 20-acre campus is an excellent choice for students to take advantage of the experiential learning offered by the Experience One program, where they can build on critical and creative thinking skills to prepare for real-world job and graduate school opportunities. Montana Western’s commitment to engagement and support offer an incredible experience for students while maintaining a high standard of academic excellence and low tuition costs.

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