UM Listed Among Nation’s Top 150 Public Universities

September 15, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana ranks among the top 150 public universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook, UM tied for 113th place in the top national public universities category, which also ties it as the state’s highest-ranked institution in that category. UM also tied for 207th overall in the national universities category, which includes both public and private institutions.

U.S. News released its flagship “Best Colleges” rankings on Sept. 12 after surveying more than 1,600 colleges and universities across the nation. Its methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality, with an overall emphasis on student outcomes.

“This ranking validates what we at UM already know – our institution offers our students a world-class education, bolstered by the high caliber of our faculty and staff,” said Tom Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “Many prospective students and their parents pay close attention to these rankings, so this strong showing will help them discover what UM has to offer.”

UM also was listed at No. 68 among global universities – and No. 1 in Montana – in the environment and ecology category, which includes fields such as environmental health, environmental monitoring and management, and climate change. In 2016, Academic Analytics ranked UM’s wildlife biology program as No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada, and in 2009, UM launched the first academic program in the nation focused on climate change studies.

According to the rankings, UM also has the state’s top programs in business, plant and animal sciences, and fine arts. Several of the University’s graduate-level programs, including online education, law, psychology, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, and speech and language pathology, also fared well.

To view UM’s full listing, visit For more information on the 2018 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges Rankings, visit

Located in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape in Missoula, UM was founded in 1893. The University offers academic excellence and unique educational experiences through the integration of liberal arts, the sciences and professional education, with an array of international and interdisciplinary emphases. For admissions information, visit


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