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U.S. News & World Report ranked UM the No. 1 university in Montana in its annual listing of best colleges in the country. UM came in at No. 201 overall in the national universities’ category, which includes both public and private institutions. The report also ranked the UM College of Business tops in the Big Sky Conference. The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings also rated UM the best in Big Sky Country.
Campus hosted several luminaries from the worlds of academics, literature and politics during fall semester. Among these were “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as part of his “American Promise” tour, Harvard University economist Lawrence Summers – a former U.S. treasury secretary – and Harvard literature and poetry Professor Elisa New, creator of the “Poetry in America” public television series.
In addition to serving as UM’s 19th president, Seth Bodnar now also holds the title of major in the Montana Army National Guard. Bodnar was sworn into the Montana Army National Guard by Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn at Fort Harrison near Helena on Jan. 8. The president joins Alex Butler, president of the Associated Students of UM, who also serves in the Montana Army National Guard. Officials suspect having university and student body presidents serving together in the military is unique in U.S. higher education.
UM students and graduates passed the certified public accountant exam at a rate higher than any other four-year public school in the West in 2017. UM’s 69.5 percent pass rate on the four-part exam is the highest in Montana and well above the national average of 52.9 percent, according to new rankings from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy