UM Tops in Montana According to World University Rankings

October 17, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana is the highest-ranked institution of higher learning in the state, according to the 2019 World University Rankings.

Founded in 2004, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings provide a definitive list of the world’s best universities. Institutions are evaluated for teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.

The organization ranked UM among the best 401 to 500 universities in the world. In addition, UM’s education curriculum was ranked even higher in the 251-300 range. The next-highest ranked university in Montana was in the 501-600 range.

“This ranking demonstrates that the University of Montana compares favorably with institutions of higher learning around the globe,” UM President Seth Bodnar said. “You can get a world-class education right here in the spectacular heart of the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

“We offer an incredible Big Sky Experience for our students that produces the leaders of tomorrow.”

The World University Rankings in-house data team now ranks 2,150 institutions worldwide, with 1 million datapoints analyzed across 2,600 institutions in 93 countries. In 2016, the global reach of the rankings was nearly 700 million.

The ranking list of Montana universities is online at The UM ranking is online at For more about The World University Rankings, visit

This is the second time in as many months that UM was ranked tops in Montana. In September, U.S. News & World Report named UM the best university in Big Sky Country. Read more at

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Contact: Cathy Cole, UM vice president for enrollment and strategic communications, 406-243-4012,