Montana Colleges Summary

Montana offers prospective college students much more than affordable tuition and the chance to explore wide open spaces when not studying. For many students, obtaining a degree from colleges and universities in Montana marks the first step in their career aspirations.

The Montana University System is the premier system for higher education in the state. The MUS enrolls more than 46,000 students each year at its 16 universities and colleges. The system includes six institutions in the Montana State University system, as well as seven colleges in the University of Montana system. The University of Montana at Missoula and Montana State University at Billings are the two largest Montana colleges and collectively enroll more than half of all students in the Montana University System.

The MUS also includes community colleges at Dawson, Flathead Valley and Miles; there are seven tribally chartered two-year colleges in Montana.

Higher Education Initiatives in Montana

A major initiative within the Montana University System is increasing enrollment for both traditional and nontraditional students at two-year colleges in the state. To this end, the MUS is focused on broadening opportunities for high school students to enter college upon graduation, customizing programs for adult learners, and coordinating curriculum across the system to foster increased degree completion and transfer opportunities.

Distance learning also is a key initiative in the state. Students across Montana can pursue more than 100 online degrees through MUS Online, which offers associate degree programs from community colleges, and undergraduate and graduate programs from both state university systems. Montana students also can pursue online education at colleges in other states through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Sources:

  • Montana State University-Bozeman, http://mus.edu/Universities/Bozeman.asp
  • Montana State University-Billings, http://mus.edu/Universities/Billings.asp
  • Two-Year Education, Montana University System Strategic Plan, http://mus.edu/data/StratPlan/8_Goal_1_Two_Year_Education_2017.pdf
  • Distance Learning, Montana University System Strategic Plan, http://mus.edu/data/StratPlan/9_Goal_1_Distance_Learning_2017.pdf

Education Institutes in Montana
Total Number of Educational Institutes
31
Total Enrollment in all institutes
51,039
Number of Public Educational Institutes
17
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
8
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
6
Graduation Rate
16.07%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
2,706
On Campus and Online Programs in Montana
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
0
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
1
Number of Institutes Offering both
30
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Colleges and Universities in Montana
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Montana State UniversityBozeman16,613Four or more years$7,079157
The University of MontanaMissoula11,865Four or more years$7,063212
Montana State University-BillingsBillings4,401Four or more years$5,83398
Flathead Valley Community CollegeKalispell2,307At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,01065
Montana Tech of the University of MontanaButte1,909Four or more years$7,12541
Great Falls College Montana State UniversityGreat Falls1,691At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,25542
The University of Montana-WesternDillon1,538Four or more years$5,50240
Helena College University of MontanaHelena1,422At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,22926
Carroll CollegeHelena1,362Four or more years$34,48059
Montana State University-NorthernHavre1,236Four or more years$5,86153
University of ProvidenceGreat Falls1,066Four or more years$24,44030
Rocky Mountain CollegeBillings991Four or more years$27,56654
Salish Kootenai CollegePablo809Four or more years$6,34944
Highlands College of Montana TechButte769At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,35128
Stone Child CollegeBox Elder554Four or more years$2,64530