The following is a news release from the University of Montana:

    "The University of Montana was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization that helps recruit and retain students for institutions of higher learning.

       UM was the only Montana university to make the list, which was released Sept. 20.

       “It’s wonderful to receive this type of acknowledgement from an organization that specializes in student recruitment,” UM Provost Perry Brown said. “We know we provide an excellent educational product, but it’s nice to hear they think we provide great value as well.”

       The 23rd Annual National College Survey was conducted between April 1 and July 31. The survey was submitted to 1,452 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs and facilities for both room and board. About 1,040 institutions responded to the survey.

       Those considered for the list must be accredited institutions offering bachelor’s degrees, offer residence halls and dining services, have an entering freshman class with GPAs and SAT or ACT scores equal to or above the national average for entering freshmen, and have out-of-state attendance below the national average or not exceeding the national average by more than 10 percent."