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Missoula, Montana (MT) Colleges and Universities

While there are only three schools in Missoula, MT, there are nine more schools within a 100-mile radius. Read about the traditional schools in several categories, including lowest net cost and highest graduation rates, to find the school for you.

Schools can be pretty far apart in the wide expanse of Montana, but those looking to move to or stay in the Missoula area still have options. We will focus on the traditional schools and compare them using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Missoula, Montana

The schools near Missoula are primarily 2-year institutions. There is only one 4-year school within 100 miles that offers graduate degree programs.

  • The University of Montana (2.6 miles from downtown)
  • The University of Montana - Missoula College (2.6 miles from downtown)
  • Salish Kootenai College (52.7 miles from downtown)
  • Flathead Valley Community College (90.8 miles from downtown)
  • Highlands College of Montana Tech (94.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Missoula, Montana

The largest schools near Missoula are almost entirely public institutions. Most of the schools in the area have greater than 500 students.

  • The University of Montana (13,952 students)
  • Flathead Valley Community College (2,161 students)
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana (2,085 students)
  • Helena College University of Montana (1,564 students)
  • Carroll College (1,440 students)

Lowest Net Price

An average net price for a school is figured out by taking the total cost of resident, full-time, undergraduate student attendance and subtracting the average amount of financial aid given. The NCES reported net prices of less than $15,000 for almost all of the traditional schools in the Missoula region. According to NCES statistics for 2014-2015, the following schools had some of the lowest net prices for Missoula.

  • Flathead Valley Community College ($8,290)
  • Salish Kootenai College ($8,375)
  • Highlands College of Montana Tech ($8,522)
  • Helena College University of Montana ($10,079)
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana ($11,764)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES determines graduation rates by counting full-time, first-time students who graduated within 150% of the normal time for their program. For example, associate's degree students who graduated within three years of starting their program would be counted, as would students who finished a bachelor's degree program within six years from enrollment. The highest graduation rates in the area for 2015 belonged to specialty schools, with almost all of the traditional schools falling below 50%.

  • Carroll College (64% graduation rate)
  • The University of Montana (44% graduation rate)
  • Salish Kootenai College (41% graduation rate)
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana (38% graduation rate)
  • Flathead Valley Community College (23% graduation rate)

Even with Montana schools being fairly spread out, the Missoula area provides students with a few options of private and public schools that differ in graduation rates, price, size, and location.

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