Montana State University

MSU earns recognition on Forbes’ ‘America’s Top Colleges’ list

September 22, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Montana Hall is pictured on the campus of Montana State University. MSU recently earned the 310th spot on Forbes' 'America's Top Colleges' list, the highest rank of any Montana institution. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN -- Montana State University recently earned the 310th spot on Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list. The placement was up from last year’s ranking of 325 and was the highest rank of a public or private institution in Montana.

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

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

Forbes partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to produce the list of 660 schools. More information, and the full list, is available at

MSU is also designated as one of 222 U.S. universities – out of more than 4,600 institutions – with higher or highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Of the 107 universities ranked as having “higher research activity”, only 51 – including MSU – are also classified by Carnegie as having significant commitment to community engagement. In addition, MSU earned a Carnegie enrollment profile of "high undergraduate."

MSU offers more than 225 academic options within its colleges and programs. The university is among the top 3 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures. It is also Montana’s largest research enterprise, conducting more than $100 million in research annually.

MSU is a national leader in producing winners of the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates in math and science fields, according to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. MSU is 9th in the nation for Goldwater Scholars, ahead of Yale, Johns Hopkins and Northwestern universities.

For more information, contact Tracy Ellig, director, University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or

Contact: Tracy Ellig, director, University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or