Montana State University

MSU named No. 1 in the nation on list of best colleges for outdoor sports and recreation

January 25, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

Individuals from MSU mountain bike in an alpine meadow along the Shafthouse Trail in the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN — Montana State University has been ranked No. 1 on a list of the 30 best colleges in the nation for outdoor sports and recreation. MSU was the only institution in Montana to make the list.

The rankings were made by LendEDU, which ranked the colleges based on:

  • Proximity to excellent off-campus outdoor experiences
  • Frequent weather suitable for enjoying the outdoors
  • Notable natural beauty on campus
  • School-sponsored outdoors activities like clubs, teams and equipment rental programs
  • Opportunities for academic work in the natural world

“There aren’t many other colleges that are so immersed in fantastic natural surroundings,” LendEDU noted in its accompanying write-up about MSU. “With world-class skiing a mere stone’s throw away and rich farmland all around the campus, MSU has much to offer to nature lovers.” 

LendEDU also noted that Bozeman is located just 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, while Glacier and Grand Teton national parks are also accessible for backpacking, camping and whitewater activities. In addition, LendEDU wrote that MSU organizes trips for students and offers equipment rentals, and it has a number of student clubs devoted to sports ranging from ultimate Frisbee to alpine skiing. 

“Many students with an itch for the outdoors think MSU is an ideal place to study and enjoy nature,” LendEDU concluded.

LendEDU was founded in 2014 as a marketplace for student loans, student loan refinancing, credit cards and personal loans, among other financial products. LendEDU has also created original guides, tools and resources designed to help students and graduates make tough financial decisions. It has been featured or mentioned on a variety of websites, including TechCrunch, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Business Insider, Forbes and Huffington Post.

Contact: Ronda Russell, MSU director of admissions, (406) 994-5541 or