MSU NEWS SERVICE

BOZEMAN – Montana State University recently earned the 255th spot on Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list, which was the highest rank earned by a public or private institution in Montana.

The Forbes rankings are based on several factors, including student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt levels, graduation rates, and nationally competitive awards received, according to the publication.

In addition to MSU, other Montana colleges and universities ranked on the list included Carroll College at 269; Montana Tech of the University of Montana at 373; the University of Montana at 426; and Rocky Mountain College at 602.

MSU also ranked higher than many of its peer universities in the West, including Washington State University, Utah State University, Colorado State University and Oregon State University.

MSU reported historic high growth in enrollment this week, with a record 15,294 students attending classes this fall. In addition, it continues to draw many of the state’s best and brightest students: of the 211 Montana high school graduates offered Montana University System Honor Scholarships, 127 – or 60 percent – chose MSU.

With enrollment upward of 14,000, MSU offers more than 125 major options within its colleges and programs.

Forbes partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to produce the list of 650 schools. More information, and the full list, is available at forbes.com/top-colleges/.