Top 2020 Colleges in Montana

Montana's 33 Colleges and Universities

Colleges in Montana are within two public university systems - the Montana State University and University of Montana. There are a few private schools and community colleges. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Big Sky State:

  • Montana is home to 12 four year colleges. Most of them offer master's or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate degrees.
  • There are 21 two year or less colleges. Only 13 of them are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years Montana colleges have seen a small 4.9% drop in students. In 2017, 50,642 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 9,938 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 60% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecardtells us alums from the Montana State University earn among the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum from Montana State University earns $71,400. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Montana is $43,860. You do the math!

Montana's Tuition Program

There are several tuition savings options in Montana. For example, the Achieve Montana program is a 529 savings plan. The program offers tax advantages such as tax free withdrawals, tax-deferred earnings, and tax deductions. Tax deductions for Montana residents can be up to $3,000 or $6,000 if married.

Also, the savings can be used at any two or four year college around the USA. It can be used towards tuition, fees, books, equipment and room and board. It's a great way to save tax-free money for college!

Montana is also a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program. This program enables students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in-state tuition rate.  Montana is active in all three Student Access Programs. According to WICHE, Montana students have saved $124 million since 1988. In 2018, Montana saved about $8.8 million! Other participating states include Idaho and North Dakota.

Top Colleges in Montana

Top Montana colleges were ranked by total student population.

#1
16,814
Total Number of Students
$7,277/ $24,993
Tuition & Fees
83%
Acceptance Rate
#2
10,982
Total Number of Students
$7,244/ $24,959
Tuition & Fees
93%
Acceptance Rate
#3
4,315
Total Number of Students
$5,928/ $19,246
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#4
2,351
Total Number of Students
$6,180/ $11,948
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#5
1,844
Total Number of Students
$6,180/ $11,948
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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