5 Biggest Colleges in Montana

Find out students flock to the wide open spaces in Big Sky Country.

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Due to the interesting landscapes of Montana, students studying agriculture, geology and ecology often have great research opportunities.

Montana is a sparsely populated state but there are a few colleges and universities in Montana which are very popular among students. Curious about which schools have the most students? We have the answers, along with vital info like what the best programs and tuition rates are at each of Montana’s most popular colleges.

5. University of Great Falls

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 1,005

Cost: $20,288

Best Programs: Twenty five percent of students are enrolled in the education program.

Fun Fact: Over 70 percent of classes at University of Great Falls have fewer than 20 students.

4. Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 2,651

Cost: $6,693 (in-state), $18,948 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Twenty-nine percent of students are enrolled in the petroleum engineering program.

Fun Fact: Montana Tech is located halfway between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone.

3. Montana State University, Billings

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 4,719

Cost: $5,711 (in-state), $12,212 (out-of-state)

Best Program: 25% of students are enrolled in the elementary education/teaching program.

Fun Fact: Classes at Montana State University, Billings are intimate — less than 4 percent of classes have 50 or more students.

2. The University of Montana

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 10,567

Cost: $6,216 (in-state), $21,807 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 21 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: The University of Montana offers numerous academic programs and student organizations that focus on American Indian culture.

1. Montana State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 12,188

Cost: $6,749 (in-state), $20,018 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Engineering, business, management, marketing and related support services — 22 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: The Museum of the Rockies — which has an extensive dinosaur fossil collection — is located at Montana State University.

Quick Facts

  • Interestingly, four out of five schools on this list were founded in 1932. The one exception is the University of Great Falls, which was founded in 1935.
  • Due to the interesting landscapes of Montana, students studying agriculture, geology and ecology often have great research opportunities. For instance, the University of Montana has a Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society that offers student internships on a 10-acre farm.
  • There are tons of great grant and scholarship opportunities for students who want to attend college in Montana.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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