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UM Makes Princeton Review's List of Best Colleges

The University of Montana once again is ranked as one the top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review.

The 2011 edition, "The Best 373 Colleges," was released Aug. 3. The rankings are based on surveys of more than 122,000 undergraduate students. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their school on several topics and report their campus experiences. Top schools, such as UM, receive a two-page profile with student comments. Only about 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges made the list. 

"Inclusion once again among the 373 best colleges listed by the Princeton Review indicates that the University has sustained its programs and services despite the economic conditions," said UM President George Dennison. "We value this listing because it reflects the opinions of students, and as such serves as a beacon to attract other outstanding students to the campus." 

This year’s report quotes students as saying, "Life at UM combines a love for the Grizzlies with the outdoors." Another says, "Academics at UM are facilitated by great instructors [who do] anything and everything for their students."

The Princeton Review also rates schools on a scale of 60 to 99 using data collected during the 2009-10 academic year. UM received an 86 for "Quality of Life" and a rating of 94 in the "Green" category.

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