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Montana State University among world’s top 1,000 universities

July 27, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham   High-Res available

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Montana State University is among the world’s top 1,000 universities, according to the Center for World University Rankings’ annual report.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions, according to the organization’s website.

MSU ranked 556th in the world rankings, the highest of any university in Montana. It also ranked 170th out of 936 American universities, which was again the highest of any Montana university. To see the ranking, visit

“At the heart of our success is our talented faculty and staff who work so hard to help our students,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “It’s gratifying to see their efforts recognized by this ranking.”

The CWUR ranking is the third major ranking for MSU this year. In February, MSU was recognized as the highest-ranked institution in Montana by The Business Journals’ 2015 list of U.S. public universities.

The Business Journals’ rankings were based on several factors, including retention and graduation rates, admissions processes, tuition and housing costs, diversity of faculties and student bodies, and economic strength of communities. The study covered 484 public colleges and universities.

In May, MSU was recognized for the second year in a row for its scientific impact and collaboration from the CWTS Leiden Ranking, which orders the 750 universities in the world with the largest contributions in international scientific journals. MSU’s overall publication impact rank was 370, while its overall collaborations rank was 442. MSU was one of only 158 U.S. universities to be included on the list, and it was the only university in Montana to be recognized.

With an enrollment of more than 15,000 students, MSU offers more than 225 academic options within its colleges and programs. MSU is also designated as one of 108 U.S. 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. And of those, MSU is the only institution whose Carnegie enrollment profile is "very high undergraduate."

Contact: Tracy Ellig, executive director of MSU Communications, 406-994-5607 or

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