Maybe I'm being biased toward the Alma Mater, but I can kind of start to feel the momentum starting to swing in a positive direction again.

And while rankings in well-known publications are certainly not a cure-all, they are bound to generate some much-needed interest and they look pretty good on the status update. So, with that:

It was announced Friday the University of Montana ranks among the top 150 public universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. In their "Best Colleges 2018 Guidebook," UM tied for 113th place in the top national public universities category. U.S. News released its flaship "Best Colleges" rankings after surveying more than 1,600 colleges and universities across the nation. Its methodology focused on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality, with an overall emphasis on student outcomes. Even someone like me who graduated with a 2.84 GPA knows that is some pretty thorough sampling!

So congrats UM. Here's hoping it's one more jewel in the recruiting crown for you and your new president, whoever that ends up being.


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