Billings is Montana's largest city, and the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The "Star of the Big Sky Country" has earned its nickname, emerging in the past decade as the financial, medical, agricultural, and cultural center of the Northern Rockies and Great Plains region. Billings' economic development has brought a thriving healthcare job market, prompting Billings's colleges and universities to expand their healthcare education programs. The rapid growth of Billings, Montana has not compromised the city's laid-back appeal, however--Billings' tallest building is still the lone 20-story First Interstate Bank 'skyscraper.'
Billings is home to several state and private colleges and universities. Montana State University-Billings is a comprehensive public university with competitive education and rehabilitation programs. Rocky Mountain College, the oldest of Montana's colleges and universities, specializes in undergraduate liberal arts and professional majors. Its 99% placement rate earned it a spot among U.S. News & World Report's "best value" colleges.