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Rocky Mountain College newly ranked in “Regional Universities in the West” category by U.S. News & World Report

BILLINGS, Mont., October 7, 2019 – U.S. News & World Reports recently published its 2020 Best Colleges rankings. Rocky Mountain College is pleased to announce that we have been recategorized to the sector “Regional Universities in the West.” For the comparative methods employed by U.S. News and World Report, RMC’s peers now include schools such as Western Washington University, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University. 

The re-categorization comes with implementing the College’s first doctoral program. As Montana’s leading institution in rural healthcare expansion, RMC launched a new Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in 2018, taking a dramatic step toward addressing the urgent need for medical professionals in the state’s underserved communities.

“It is an honor for Rocky Mountain College to have a placement in an upgraded category by U.S. News & World Reports," said Dean of Enrollment Services, Austin Mapston. "As the College continues to implement initiatives that promote academic excellence, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program and new Dr. Charles Morledge Science Building are notable milestones in the institution’s evolution."

Provost and Academic Vice President, Dr. Stephen Germic, added that, “this is an important indicator of RMC’s evolution. We are very pleased by this, and we look forward to continuing to grow as a leading undergraduate and graduate institution.”  

Reaching the top ten, RMC received #9 in subcategory of “Best Value Regional Universities.” Offering an average financial aid award package of $24,000, the College strives to assist a diverse student population and eliminate financial obstacles. 

U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best College” rankings, now in their 35th year, compare over 1,900 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from across the U.S. on 15 measures of academic quality. Factors include ACT/SAT scores of admitted students, tuition and financial aid, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates. For more information on methodology, visit: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings.

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