Montana State University and other higher education institutions in the state have earned Montana recognition for being the state with the best overall colleges in the U.S., according to a ranking system developed by the research group FindTheBest.

FindTheBest developed a rating for each state based on a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics. West Virginia and Maine tied Montana for the top spot.

FindTheBest is a company that collects, structures and connects data from around the world so that individuals may research a wide variety of topics.

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