Montana State University recently earned the 255th spot on Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" list, which was the highest rank earned by a public or private institution in Montana. Here's how other Montana colleges and universities stacked up:

In addition to MSU, other Montana colleges and universities earning recognition on the Forbes list included Carroll College at number 269; Montana Tech of the University of Montana at number 373; the University of Montana at number 426; and Rocky Mountain College at number 602.

The Forbes rankings are based on several factors, including student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt levels, graduation rates, and nationally competitive awards received, according to the publication.

Forbes partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to produce the list of 650 schools. More information, and the full list, is available at forbes.com/top-colleges.