Best colleges in Montana

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March 6, 2023
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Best colleges in Montana

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a person will make for their education, impacting everything from future earnings and employment to potential student loan debt and social circles.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there are myriad considerations to take into account: location, size, diversity, areas of focus, study abroad opportunities—the list goes on. While best college lists are often topped with the same handful of expensive Ivy League schools, the U.S. is home to more than 4,000 degree-granting schools spread out across all 50 states and several territories, with amazing education offerings for students to consider.

Stacker compiled a list of the best four-year colleges in Montana using rankings from Niche. Tuition, student-to-faculty ratio, acceptance rate, and graduation rate are factors considered in deciding these rankings. Location is also often a key factor in a school's appeal, whether it be a beachside location, one full of New England foliage, or proximity to tech hubs and companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Online and unspecified location schools were excluded from the rankings. Keep reading to see the best schools in your state.

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#10. Montana State University - Billings

- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Net price: $12,025
- Enrollment: 1,985 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: C+
--- Diversity grade: B+
--- Campus food grade: B
--- Value grade: B-

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#9. Montana State University - Northern

- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Net price: $11,851
- Enrollment: 729 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: C+
--- Diversity grade: B+
--- Value grade: B
--- Campus food grade: B

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#8. University of Providence

- Acceptance rate: 99%
- Net price: $25,023
- Enrollment: 528 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Safety grade: A-
--- Party grade: B+

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#7. University of Montana

- Acceptance rate: 96%
- Net price: $15,220
- Enrollment: 5,654 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Athletics grade: A
--- Diversity grade: B+
--- Party grade: B+

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#6. Rocky Mountain College

- Acceptance rate: 71%
- Net price: $20,615
- Enrollment: 816 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Student life grade: B+
--- Athletics grade: B

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#5. University of Montana - Western

- Acceptance rate: 52%
- Net price: $11,679
- Enrollment: 1,060 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Party grade: B+
--- Academics grade: B
--- Location grade: B

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#4. Carroll College

- Acceptance rate: 73%
- Net price: $24,037
- Enrollment: 1,065 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Value grade: B+
--- Academics grade: B
--- Diversity grade: B

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#3. Salish Kootenai College

- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Net price: $5,893
- Enrollment: 570 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Safety grade: A
--- Campus grade: A-
--- Value grade: B+

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#2. Montana Technological University

- Acceptance rate: 97%
- Net price: $14,618
- Enrollment: 1,323 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Value grade: A+
--- Safety grade: A
--- Party grade: B+

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#1. Montana State University

- Acceptance rate: 81%
- Net price: $17,656
- Enrollment: 12,026 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Campus food grade: A
--- Campus grade: A-
--- Athletics grade: A-

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