University of Montana ranked tops for Native Americans

            MISSOULA – Great College Deals recently ranked University of Montana’s Native American studies among the top 20 best-deal colleges in the nation.

The organization ranked UM 18th, which was published in a full report on its website in January.

The 20 best deals on colleges for Native American studies were selected and ranked based on total number of points. Points were assigned based on the following criteria: presence of a well-rounded Native American studies curriculum, field-related internships, scholarship options and any additional special features that add value to this degree. Featured colleges scored the highest among institutions with a net price of $30,000 or less, data that was drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database.

“Language and cultural studies are essential to a 21st century education,” said Ted Van Alst, UM Native American Studies co-chair. “At UM, we are proud of our strength and tradition in these essential academic arenas and excited to be ranked among the best college deals for Native American studies.”

UM offers both a major and minor in Native American Studies, and students on this track receive a liberal arts education focused on past and present issues facing American Indians.          The curriculum is designed to provide a study of American Indians from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint by focusing upon their cultures, history and contemporary life. For more information on the program, visit


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Founded in 1893, the UM is a public research university and the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Montana system. UM is located in Missoula, Montana’s second-largest city. With more than 13,000 students, UM is a national leader in science, health, business, the environment and the creative arts.  

Great College Deals is a free online resource guide for finding up-to-date advice on affording a high-quality college education. The site’s mission is to provide other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates. Along with featuring the best college deals, the site includes comprehensive lists of scholarships and grants, infographics, featured articles and frequently asked questions concerned with affording a college education.

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