BOZEMAN – Montana State University has earned a spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranks universities based on factors important to students, such as finding success in a chosen field and winning scholarships.
MSU was ranked 452nd in the listing, which includes 650 public and not-for-profit private institutions. MSU was the highest-ranked Montana institution on the list.
For the ranking, Forbes measured the factors they believe students care about most — how likely students are to find success in their chosen field, to win accolades or scholarships, to earn enough to pay their student debt and to become leaders in private and public life, according to the magazine.
Forbes partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to produce the list of 650 schools.
Additionally, MSU earned the 218th spot on the Forbes list of “America’s Best Value Colleges,” a ranking of the top 300 public or private not-for-profit colleges that provide students with the best return on their investment. Schools that made this list were scored on net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, school quality and access for low-income students, according to Forbes.
The largest university in Montana, MSU provides its undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to engage in hands-on research with world-class scientists and researchers. MSU is a national leader in producing winners of the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates in math and science fields, with 70 scholars to date. MSU students have earned other prestigious scholarships that include 11 Rhodes Scholarships, 14 Truman Scholarships, 12 Udall scholarships and 14 Boren awards, among others.
MSU offers more than 225 academic options within its colleges and programs. The university is among the top 3 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures. It is also Montana’s largest research enterprise, conducting more than $100 million in research annually.