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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Montana include 9 public and 5 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Montana is $7,457, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Montana. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of higher education programs in the northwestern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Montana

Best Colleges In Montana

Montana State University

Carroll College

University of Montana Western

University of Montana

Montana Technological University

Rocky Mountain College

Montana State University Northern

University of Providence

Salish Kootenai College

Montana State University Billings

Stone Child College

Aaniiih Nakoda College

Helena College University of Montana

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Montana

Montana offers a wide range of employment opportunities for college graduates. The five biggest industries in the state are office and administrative support occupations, food preparation and serving, sales, transportation and material moving, and construction and extraction.

Also, between 2020 and 2030, many careers that require an undergraduate degree are projected to experience substantial growth. The demand for software developers is expected to be the most significant, followed by health and safety experts and industrial engineers.

You should become familiar with the largest employers in Montana as well. These include Billings Clinic, Logan Health, Montana State University, St. Vincent Healthcare, and Big Sky Resort.

What’s Next?

Pursuing an undergraduate degree is a significant financial investment, and many Montana residents rely on financial aid to help cover the costs associated with obtaining their degree. The following resources can help students identify and apply for student loans, grants, and scholarships:

  • Montana University System. The Montana University System provides students and families with important information about preparing for college and obtaining financial aid. Through their website, students can research types of financial aid, calculate how much money they need for college, and apply for loans, grants, and scholarships.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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