MISSOULA – The University of Montana recently was named to the Princeton Review’s 2018 list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America.


“The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition” was released in August. The rankings in the 2018 edition are based on surveys of 137,000 students at the 382 colleges that appear in the book. The survey asks students 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, life at their college, their fellow students and themselves.

UM also was listed among Princeton Review’s “Best Western” colleges and “Green Colleges.”

“Once the surveys have been completed and the responses stored in our database, we tally the results,” Princeton Review said of its processes to rank the schools. “The methodology and the math we use is quite simple. Each college is given a score (similar to a GPA) for its students’ answers to each multiple-choice question. These scores enable us to compare student opinion from college to college and to tally the ranking lists.”

“While the university maintains a fantastic liberal arts program, students especially laud the wildlife biology, forestry, physical therapy and forensic anthropology departments,” the publication said of UM. “Moreover, undergrads at Montana are highly complimentary of their teachers who are generally ‘helpful, engaging and accessible.’ One thrilled student claims that the professors are ‘amazing!’”

The review of UM also expands on student life at UM, directly quoting students’ experiences.

“Fortunately, for the most part, everyone is ‘accepting, friendly and very involved in college and community life,’” one student wrote in the Princeton Review survey.

Annually published since 1992, the annual Princeton Review ranking includes detailed profiles of each school and ratings in a variety of areas, such as academics, campus life and tuition and aid.

For Princeton Review’s full profile of UM, including a financial aid ranking and tuition breakdown, visit https://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1023574/college/university-montana.

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