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27 Colleges
1,661 Yearly Graduations
$30,323 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,988 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Montana ranked #47 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 1,661 students received some type of diploma that year. Montana colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $7,581 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $13,250 per year.

About 54% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,997 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
203 Yearly Degrees
$3,418 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Great Falls College Montana State University is 1,514, which includes 635 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 49% of students at Great Falls College Montana State University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,860 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,800 during the early-career years.

#2

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
176 Yearly Degrees
$7,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,962 students at UM in total, 8,306 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,752 are full-time. It takes the average UM undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

57% of UM students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,104 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
170 Yearly Degrees
$7,325 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,851 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman, of which 12,516 are full-time, and there are 16,814 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Roughly 46% of students at MSU Bozeman take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,859 a year. MSU Bozeman has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MSU Bozeman is $33,500.

Public Public vs. Private
138 Yearly Degrees
$5,933 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Montana State University - Billings is 4,315, of which 3,960 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,303 are full-time. For undergraduates at Montana State University - Billings, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

50% of Montana State University - Billings students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,438 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Montana State University - Billings with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees
$6,377 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Flathead Valley Community College is 2,351, which includes 848 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,277 a year. Flathead Valley Community College has a 8.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
106 Yearly Degrees
$5,955 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Montana State University - Northern is 1,090, of which 1,031 students are undergraduates and of those, 811 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 66% are men and 33% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,495 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Montana State University - Northern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
92 Yearly Degrees
$3,579 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Highlands College of Montana Tech is 739, which includes 361 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,654 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Highlands College of Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Montana Academy of Salons

Great Falls, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
85 Yearly Degrees

There are 91 students at Montana Academy in total, 91 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,227 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
82 Yearly Degrees
$3,455 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,520 students at Helena College in total, 488 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 46% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,542 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,900 during the early-career years.

#10

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees
$6,399 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Salish Kootenai College is 720, which includes 586 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at SKC, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Roughly 20% of students at SKC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,574 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from SKC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
68 Yearly Degrees

There are 80 full-time undergraduates at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts, and 80 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 63% of students at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,094 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#12

Bold Beauty Academy

Billings, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Bold Beauty Academy is 85, which includes 85 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,254 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bold Beauty Academy is $13,900.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
50 Yearly Degrees

There are 43 students at PMI Dillon in total, 43 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

67% of PMI Dillon students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,739 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#14

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
34 Yearly Degrees
$25,892 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Providence is 1,038, of which 876 students are undergraduates and of those, 453 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

59% of University of Providence students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,919 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,800 during the early-career years.

#15

Bitterroot School of Cosmetology

Hamilton, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
30 Yearly Degrees

There are 33 students at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology in total, 33 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

64% of Bitterroot School of Cosmetology students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,098 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#16

Carroll College

Helena, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
27 Yearly Degrees
$36,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,335 students at Carroll Montana in total, 1,327 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,195 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

57% of Carroll Montana students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,547 a year. Carroll Montana has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Carroll Montana with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Academy of Cosmetology

Bozeman, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
24 Yearly Degrees

There are 35 full-time undergraduates at Academy of Cosmetology, and 35 students altogether. Academy of Cosmetology has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Roughly 39% of students at Academy of Cosmetology take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,371 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees

There are 21 full-time undergraduates at Butte Academy of Beauty, and 21 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

74% of Butte Academy of Beauty students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,382 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#19

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
22 Yearly Degrees
$29,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 897 undergraduates at Rocky, of which 867 are full-time, and there are 997 students altogether. For undergraduates at Rocky, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

72% of Rocky students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,959 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Rocky with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
19 Yearly Degrees
$5,715 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 505 students at Miles Community College in total, 283 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,318 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Miles Community College is $30,800.

#21

Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
12 Yearly Degrees
$2,645 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Stone Child College is 444, which includes 132 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SCC is $10,600.

#22

Aaniiih Nakoda College

Harlem, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$2,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 108 full-time undergraduates at Aaniiih Nakoda College, and 150 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Students who graduate from Aaniiih Nakoda College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $14,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9 Yearly Degrees
$3,010 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Blackfeet Community College is 305, which includes 249 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BCC is $11,900.

#24

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$5,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 413 students at DCC in total, 179 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,871 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
7 Yearly Degrees
$3,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Little Big Horn College is 255, which includes 226 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Little Big Horn College is $14,300.

Other Montana Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Montana Tech of the University of Montana 6
27 Fort Peck Community College 4

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