Montana State University

MSU helps Montana earn recognition as state with the best colleges

September 3, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University and other higher education institutions in the state have earned Montana recognition for being the state with the best overall colleges in the U.S., according to a ranking system developed by the research group FindTheBest.

FindTheBest developed a rating for each state based on a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics. West Virginia and Maine tied Montana for the top spot.

Founded in 1893, MSU is Montana’s land-grant university, with a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. U.S. News and World Report routinely lists MSU as one of America's "best buys" for undergraduate education. The university is also often ranked among the leaders in the nation in the number of Goldwater scholarship recipients.

In recent years MSU has set records for enrollment, with more than 15,000 students signed up for classes for fall semester in 2013. Since 1994, MSU has added to its enrollment by nearly 50 percent. MSU offers more than 125 major options within its colleges and programs. MSU is also designated as one of 108 universities—out of 4,600 institutions—with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Of those 108, only 51 – including MSU – are also classified by Carnegie as having significant commitment to community engagement.

FindTheBest is a company that collects, structures and connects data from around the world so that individuals may research a wide variety of topics.

More information about FindTheBest ratings is available at

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