Located deep in the heart of the gorgeous northern reaches of the Rocky Mountains, in Butte, Montana, the Montana Tech of the University of Montana is a well-respected school with heavy focus on technical and scientific education which has branched out to include a few liberal studies programs over the last few decades. It is a school whose foundation can be traced all the way back to the very same presidential act—signed by President Grover Cleveland in 1889—which introduced Montana to the Union of States.
Starting out as the Montana State School of Mines, following a few reforms in the mid-20th century the school changed its character a bit and broadened its orientation, allowing students in one major to take classes outside of it and renaming itself to the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology by 1965. By the early 1990s, the school was known simply as Montana Tech, and with its incorporation into the state university system it adopted its current name of Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
Academically speaking, Montana Tech of the University of Montana is divided into four principal units: the College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies; the College of Technology; the School of Mines and Engineering; and the Graduate School.
The College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies provides associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs (in science, not in the arts) covering various areas of study. At the associate level, the only program available is nursing. At the bachelor’s level, there are several options from nursing to liberal studies to computer science, biology and much more. At the master’s level, students get the opportunity to specialize in geoscience of technical communication.
The College of Technology is more of a vocational/career school, and students can pursue associate of science degrees or certification programs in the fields of business technology, health programs, network technology, or trades & technology.
The School of Mines, the oldest and likely the most respected at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas such as mining engineering, geophysical engineering, environmental engineering and so on.
Finally, the Graduate School offers master’s as well as PhD programs in areas complementing the other schools’ focuses, with a particular focus on mining-related studies.
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Montana Tech of the University of Montana is fairly selective in its admissions processing, and roughly 90% of applicants are ultimately admitted to study at the school, though general admission does not always imply entry into one’s program of choice (as admissions requirements for some programs are more stringent than those of the school at large). The application process for an incoming freshman entails filling out the standard form accompanied by the $30 fee, sending in high school transcripts or one’s scores on the GED (as applicable), submitting official SAT/ACT results and finally providing proof of double immunization against MMR (measles/mumps/rubella).
As far as admissions standards are concerned, Montana Tech of the University of Montana wants to see that incoming freshmen have graduated in the top half of their class or have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have met certain minimal level of achievement in math and reading/writing on the SAT/ACT exam; finally, completion of college preparatory curricula in high school, as determined by the student’s home state, is demanded.
There are roughly some 2,500 students attending Montana Tech of the University of Montana, with just over 100 of these representing graduate students. Numerous students groups and organizations are active on-campus including the Business Activities Club, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the Student Nurses Association and Beta Xi Sigma.
Given the proximity of the towering Rockies and the broad spaces surrounding the school, students have plenty of recreational activities available to them.
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The school mascot at Montana Tech of the University of Montana is called Charlie Oredigger, and the school’s sports teams are simply known as the Orediggers. School colors are green and copper.
The teams competing in the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association for Montana Tech of the University of Montana are women’s and men’s basketball, volleyball, golf and football.