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UMW ranks among top western colleges in U.S. News Survey.

September 13, 2016

Charity Walters, the university’s registrar and director of institutional research, said the publication also ranked Montana Western near the top for western regional public and private colleges including third for students graduating with the least debt; fourth for best colleges for veterans; and eighth for best value.

“Many across the country are recognizing that we have a very special university here in Dillon, Mont.,” Chancellor Beth Weatherby said. “With our unique approach to higher education, emphasis on student success and commitment to delivering quality education at an affordable price, many are taking notice.”

Montana Western has experienced over 10 years of remarkable success under Experience One, Weatherby said. “Our innovative method of teaching and learning where students take a single class at a time is credited with UMW leading the Montana University System in many success measurement categories.”

“Experience One gives us a unique advantage in that our faculty are able to provide a real-world teaching environment which gives our students a leg up as they enter the job force or graduate school,” Weatherby said.

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

The U.S. News rankings come on the heels of Money Magazine naming Montana Western the best university in the state.  

The University of Montana Western is the only public four-year U.S. college or university offering Experience One.