UM Named One of America’s 100 Best College Buys

December 06, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana recently was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for its combination of high quality and low cost.

The ranking was compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization based in Rome, Georgia, that specializes in recruiting and retaining students.

“Frankly, we are not surprised to be on this list,” said Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “We offer our students high-quality education, campus life and community – and all at a very reasonable price for families.”

The ranking organization conducted its 26th annual National College Survey between April 1 and July 31. The survey was submitted to 1,461 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs that provide facilities for both room and board. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,123 schools responded.

UM was lauded for its 2016-17 in-state tuition of $14,943 and out-of-state tuition of $28,456. Those costs were lower than the other in-state institutions that made the list, Montana State University and Montana Tech.

Of the 100 institutions listed, UM had the seventh-lowest in-state tuition. For more information visit


Contact: Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs, 406-243-4703,