Montana (MT): Colleges and Universities

Montana is home to 25 public and private, not-for-profit higher education institutions. The schools in this article have been organized by price, location, student enrollment, and graduation rates.

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Students in Montana can find 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in cities such as Billings, Helena and Bozeman. Programs range from certificates to doctoral degrees in such areas as business, nursing and education, and you can see many of these options below with statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Montana Schools Near Large Cities

Although there aren't any large cities in Montana, Billings is considered a mid-sized city and has three postsecondary options available. Small cities, like Missoula and Great Falls, house additional universities. The rest of the schools are located in rural areas and remote towns, like Helena, Glendive, and Poplar, where Carroll College, Dawson Community College, and Fort Peck Community college are all located, respectively.

  • City College Montana State University Billings (Billings)
  • Montana State University-Billings (Billings)
  • Rocky Mountain College (Billings)
  • Great Falls College Montana State University (Great Falls)
  • The University of Montana (Missoula)

Largest Schools in Montana

The largest schools in Montana offer enrollments that average around 14,500 students, as of fall 2014. Then there is a drop-off, where a majority of the schools have ultimately less than 5,000 total students.

  • Montana State University (14,982 students)
  • The University of Montana (13,952 students)
  • Montana State University-Billings (4,768 students)
  • Flathead Valley Community College (2,161 students)
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana (2,085 students)

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Lowest Net Price

Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing a school, and the NCES lists the net price for schools in Montana for 2014-2015. The net price is determined by taking the total cost of attendance and then subtracting any aid offered by the government or the institution. Montana schools with the lowest net price are around $5,000-$8,000 for full-time undergraduates.

  • Chief Dull Knife College ($4,486)
  • Aaniiih Nakoda College ($4,502)
  • Fort Peck Community College ($6,586)
  • Little Big Horn College ($7,508)
  • Dawson Community College ($7,851)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates are determined by calculating how many students completed their degree within 150% of normal completion time; this figure would be three years for associate's degrees and six years for bachelor's degrees. Full-time undergraduate students reflected in the schools listed below completed their studies in 2015:

  • Carroll College (64% graduation rate)
  • Montana State University (52% graduation rate)
  • Dawson Community College (44% graduation rate)
  • The University of Montana (44% graduation rate)
  • Rocky Mountain College (44% graduation rate)

All in all, Montana has a plethora of smaller schools to choose from around the state and two larger state schools near established cities.

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