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2022 Best Colleges in Montana

13 Colleges
$37,162 Avg Salary*
22% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Top Montana Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 13 schools in Montana, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as graduation rate, post graduate earnings, and a school's average expenditure per student - to make this determination.

Find out more about our ranking methodology.

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We've developed a number of other tools and rankings to help you make your college decision. Start by filtering this list by location or field of study and then explore our other rankings that feature schools great for different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

We've created a tool called College Combat that lets you create your own customized comparisons based on the factors that matter the most to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Top Colleges in Montana

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana

Our analysis found University of Providence to be the best school for overall quality in Montana in this year’s ranking. University of Providence is a private not-for-profit institution located in Great Falls, Montana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Providence make an average of $32,500 per year during the early years of their career.

Full University of Providence Report

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Montana Technological University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Montana.Butte, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 448 students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Montana Tech go into careers with an average salary of $41,700 during the early years of their career.

Full Montana Technological University Report

#3

Carroll College

Helena, Montana

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Carroll College. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Montana list. Carroll Montana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Helena, Montana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 366 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 1.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Carroll Montana make an average of $45,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana

Out of the 13 schools in Montana that were part of this year’s ranking, Montana State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Bozeman, Montana, the fairly large public school awarded 3,305 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,200 during the early years of their career..

Full Montana State University Report

#5

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Rocky Mountain College. The school came in at #5 in Montana on this year’s overall quality ranking. Rocky is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Billings, Montana. It awarded 227 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,800 during the early years of their career..

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With a ranking of #6, The University of Montana - Western did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana list. Located in Dillon, Montana, the small public school handed out 398 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Montana Western is $30,400 during the early years of their career.

Full The University of Montana - Western Report

#7

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Missoula, Montana, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,696 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,500 during the early years of their career..

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#8

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana

Miles Community College landed the #8 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana ranking. Miles Community College is located in Miles City, Montana and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 121 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Miles Community College go into careers with an average salary of $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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Montana State University - Billings landed the #9 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana ranking.Billings, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 791 students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University - Billings is $34,600 during the early years of their career.

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Montana State University - Northern came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Montana ranking.Havre, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 285 students in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Montana State University - Northern make an average of $37,100 a year.

Full Montana State University - Northern Report

Helena College University of Montana landed the #11 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana ranking. Helena College is located in Helena, Montana and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 176 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Helena College go into careers with an average salary of $36,900 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana

With a ranking of #12, Flathead Valley Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana list. Located in Kalispell, Montana, the small public school handed out 275 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Flathead Valley Community College is $28,200 during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #13, Highlands College of Montana Tech did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Montana list. This small public school is located in Butte, Montana, and it awarded 56 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Highlands College of Montana Tech go into careers with an average salary of $41,700 during the early years of their career.

Full Highlands College of Montana Tech Report

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 13 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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