UM Among World’s Top 500, Nation’s Top 125 Universities in Academic Ranking

August 20, 2015

MISSOULA – The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003.

For the 13th year, UM has ranked between 301 and 400 in the study. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“The Shanghai ranking is important to us as they identify, using publicly available information, the top 500 universities among more than 22,000 in the world,” UM Provost Perry Brown said. “It is another statement about the quality of education and the stature of the University of Montana.”

UM is among 125 institutions in the country to be featured in the 2015 rankings, and was ranked between 103 and 125 nationally.

“In this ranking, UM is among many of the best-known and influential universities in the world, and it is really nice to be the one Montana university recognized again this year,” Brown said. “This ranking, along with several other announced this summer, is a recognition of the world-class faculty and students at UM.”

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Contact: Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president for academic affairs, 406-243-4689,