As if Missoulians didn't already know that their local university was great, maybe these additional top notch rankings will be a helpful reminder...

On Thursday, the Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. More surprisingly, (or maybe not so surprising), UM has made this list every single year since the study began in 2003.

"In this ranking, UM is among many of the best-known and influential universities in the world, and it is really nice to be the one Montana university recognized again this year," UM Provost Perry Brown said. "This ranking, along with several other announced this summer, is a recognition of the world-class faculty and students at UM."

For the 13th consecutive year, UM has ranked between 301 and 400 in the study. Brown said for UM to even be ranked this high out of 22,000 universities in the world is a huge honor.

"It is another statement about the quality of education and the stature of the University of Montana," Brown said.

On a national level, UM ranked between 103 and 125 out of 125 universities.