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The University of Montana is ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities across the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2015 Edition of U.S. News’ Best College rankings, UM tied for 194th place. The University last made the list two years ago, when it was ranked 199. UM is the only Montana institution to make it onto the top 200 list this year.

U.S. News released its flagship Best Colleges rankings Sept. 9 after surveying 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence such as peer assessment, high school counselor assessment, retention, graduation rate and faculty resources.

“This ranking shows that people recognize the caliber of our extraordinary faculty and staff and the world-class education we offer our students,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “I know the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is used by potential students and their parents, so this ranking helps prompt them to give us a closer look. UM is one of the most special universities in the world, offering our students the blend of a strong liberal arts base and professional programs, with research opportunities and robust advising for all their studies.”

This year’s list was topped by Princeton, Harvard and Yale. For more information on the 30th edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges Rankings, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

UM also was listed at No. 69 on U.S. News’ national list of Best Colleges for Veterans. That ranking names the best institutions for participation in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees. UM made the list a year ago as well. The full 2015 list is online at http://bit.ly/1pcbyJD.

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