Montana State University Campus Aerials

An aerial view of the Montana State University campus is shown June 2, 2018. MSU was again ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 annual college guide and rankings.

Montana State University was again ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 annual college guide and rankings.

In U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook released Monday, MSU tied for 119th place in the top public schools category. MSU also tied for 246th overall in the best national universities category, which includes both public and private institutions.

Rankings are based on several key measures of academic quality, including social mobility; first-year student retention and graduation of students; expert opinion; faculty resources; student excellence; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance, which is a comparison between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who did graduate.

“This recognition from U.S. News and World Report reaffirms the excellence that we practice every day at Montana State University,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “As the land-grant university of the state of Montana, we are proud to focus on teaching and learning, research and creative projects, and outreach and service, and we’re confident that this mission has a positive impact on individuals across the state and beyond.”

In addition to MSU’s rankings in the top public schools category and the best national universities category, MSU was recognized with the following rankings:

n No. 134 in the top undergraduate engineering programs

n No. 224 in the top undergraduate business programs

MSU offers more than 250 academic options across nine colleges. MSU is Montana’s largest university. MSU is also the largest research entity in Montana, with research expenditures at MSU topping $100 million for five years in a row.

For more information on U.S. News’ 2020 annual college guide and rankings, visit usnews.com/best-colleges. To view MSU’s full listing, visit usnews.com/best-colleges/montana-state-2532.

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