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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Montana and 767th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.24

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4764th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Butte, MT 59701-8997
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population33,654 (30,615 urban / 3,039 rural)
Households14,079 (2.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,046
Families8,651 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3000

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1268th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,177 $5,177 $17,955
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,545 $1,545 $1,545
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $286 $286 $818
FT Graduate Tuition $4,352 $4,352 $15,855
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,196 $1,196 $1,196
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $314 $314 $953
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,724 $18,724 $30,866
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,724 $18,724 $30,866
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,724 $9,724 $21,866

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,175 $6,435 $6,175 $6,435 $17,269 $18,080
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,266 $7,626
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,258(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,266 $7,626
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,258(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,258(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 586 (440 male / 146 female)
Admitted 521 (395 male / 126 female)
Admission rate 89%
First-time Enrollment 262 (188 male / 74 female)
FT Enrollment 259 (187 male / 72 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (1 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment2,010

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Frontier Conference
NAIA Basketball Conference Frontier Conference

ACT Test Admission

352nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 80%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

357th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 30%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity280
Meals per Week17
Room Fee$3,524
Board Fee$4,404

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1883rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,759 ($65,864 male / $51,470 female)
Number of FT Faculty 136 (87 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 210
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $3,406,074

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