UM Ranked One of 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities

February 20, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has been ranked one of the top 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by The Best Schools. One university and one liberal arts college from each state was included in the ranking, with Carroll College taking Montana’s other top spot.

According to The Best Schools, the rankings are based on the reputation of a school, its faculty, its dedication to a broad liberal arts education, its accreditation and its overall academic caliber compared to other institutions in the same state. The rankings lean toward schools with a more dominant liberal arts and humanities focus, which offer a broader range of excellence across the curriculum.

“It is important that we continue to pay attention to the ability of our colleges and universities to deliver a full liberal arts-based experience,” said Chris Comer, dean of the UM College of Humanities and Sciences. “This academic core, which we have always had at the University of Montana, continues to give students exposure to understanding life’s most enduring questions and to provide crucial skills in communication, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity that are highly sought by employers.”

UM’s ranking recognizes its size, location, academic offerings, extracurricular activities and its extensive study abroad opportunities.

The Best Schools produces rankings and information on degrees and programs for prospective students through its website The full 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by State can be viewed online at  






Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president of integrated communications, 406-243-2311,