MISSOULA – The American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index recently ranked Missoula, home to the University of Montana, among the top College Towns in the U.S.
The index lists the top 75 destinations for 2014-15. Missoula was named No. 9 in the College Towns category. Other towns that made the list include Ithaca, New York; Corvallis, Oregon; and College Station, Texas. Missoula is the only town in Montana to make the list.
According to the report, UM earns the No. 9 spot “for its high concentration of arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments and high level of brain gain, calling itself home to the University of Montana, a public research university.”
The AIER considers 12 key criteria that enrich a college learning experience when creating the index, including three criteria in each of the following four categories: Student Life, Culture, Economic Health, and Opportunity.
The index uses data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation and Small Business Administration.
“The ‘college experience’ is about more than simply attending a top-notch university,” AIER states in the ranking report. “The city or town where the school is located also is important. The people students meet, the places they go, and the jobs they may hold are essential supplements to formal education.”
For more information about the AIER College Destinations Index, visit https://www.aier.org/cdi.