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
49,723
Number of Public Educational Institutes
17
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
8
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
6
Graduation Rate
16.44%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
2,702
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

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Montana
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Montana State UniversityBozeman16,814Four or more years$7,277162
The University of MontanaMissoula10,962Four or more years$7,244237
Montana State University BillingsBillings4,315Four or more years$5,928102
Flathead Valley Community CollegeKalispell2,351At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,18064
Montana Technological UniversityButte1,844Four or more years$7,41241
Helena College University of MontanaHelena1,520At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,35925
Great Falls College Montana State UniversityGreat Falls1,514At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,38634
The University of Montana-WesternDillon1,508Four or more years$5,71739
Carroll CollegeHelena1,335Four or more years$35,48661
Montana State University-NorthernHavre1,090Four or more years$5,95535
University of ProvidenceGreat Falls1,038Four or more years$25,16830
Rocky Mountain CollegeBillings997Four or more years$28,57252
Highlands College of Montana TechButte739At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,56926
Salish Kootenai CollegePablo720Four or more years$6,34945
Miles Community CollegeMiles City505At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,55026

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/