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Montana Technological University

Originally chartered as The Montana State School of Mines, Montana Technological University (Montana Tech) has evolved into a dynamic institution composed of two colleges and two schools (College of Letters, Sciences, & Professional Studies; Highlands College; School of Mines and Engineering; and Graduate School); and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

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Opening in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, Montana Tech’s funding and land came from the Enabling Act of 1889, which admitted Montana to the Union and allocated 100,000 acres of public land to establish a state school of mines.


Montana Tech, through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, workforce development, research, and service, builds on a strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology that blends theory with practice in meeting the changing needs of society and the responsible development and use of natural resources.


Montana Tech’s commitment to research has resulted in an unprecedented growth in its funded research over the last several years. The institution’s funding base has diversified to include local, state, and national support from the private sector and government. Undergraduate and graduate students are frequently involved with faculty and staff in research programs.

  • Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • The Center for Advanced Mineral, Metallurgical and Materials Processing
  • Montana Tech's High Performance Computing Cluster
  • Underground Mine Education Center (UMEC).


Montana Tech consistently ranks as the college with a high return on investment (ROI) and career outcomes in Montana, and our graduates earn some of the best salaries in the nation. By providing career exploration, preparation, implementation, and management assistance to students and alumni, Career Services plays a crucial role in making sure our students succeed professionally.


Student services

We want all of our students to feel comfortable and at home both on campus and in our community. We provide important supports for international students through the Student Life Programs Office.

Housing services

Of all the memories you'll make in college, the most meaningful and long-lasting will include your friends. Many of those friendships will begin in your residence hall.

You'll meet students who share your interests and people with lives quite different from yours. Students from familiar places, and students from half a world away. You'll stay up late talking, study together, relax over a board game, play Frisbee on the lawn, and make friendships which will last a lifetime. Freshmen under 21 years old are required to live on campus.


  • Residence Halls
  • Campus Apartments

Library services

Montana Tech Library began in 1900 when the school's first professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Alexander N. Winchell, wrote scores of letters to foreign and domestic  geological organizations requesting that they send him conference proceedings and scientific reports.  The first library building was completed in 1940 and moved to its current location in 1978.

Medical services

Montana Technological University’s Student Health Center provides several services to keep our students healthy.  Our health care providers can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions. Common conditions include strep throat, influenza, common cold, urinary tract infections, basic first aid, sports physicals, depression and other mental health concerns.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The HPER Facility is an academic and recreational facility on the Montana Tech Campus. It is dedicated to serving the academic, recreational, athletic, and other official programs or activities of the campus.

  • Kelvin Sampson Court: Seats 2000 fans and is home to Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Five Racquetball Courts
  • Cardio Room
  • Weight Room
  • 25-meter pool
  • Mezzanine
  • Dance Studio
  • Four Classrooms and Health & Performance Lab
  • Digger Athletics Hall of Fame Lounge

Student clubs

Montana Tech has numerous student clubs! See the list of clubs below, and contact the Student Activities Office in the SUB for the most current information.

  • American Association of Drilling Engineers
  • Baptist Student Union
  • Biology Club
  • Campus Corps
  • Chemistry Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance Club
  • Drillers Club
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Environmental Engineers of Montana Tech
  • Fly Fishing Club
  • Geology/Geological-Engineering Club
  • Health Care Informatics Club
  • Highlands College Pole Monkeys
  • Judo Club
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • NASA Robotics Mining Competition Club
  • Pre-Professional Health Club
  • Rodeo Club (MTARC)
  • Shotgun Sports Club
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


Montana Tech is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). In spring 2017, Montana Tech was visited by a NWCCU Evaluation Committee concluding the 7-year accreditation cycle.

In spring 2018, the Montana Tech NWCCU Steering Committee submitted a Year One Report for Standard 1. In spring 2020, Montana Tech’s Mid Cycle Report is scheduled followed by the Year Seven Report in spring 2024 addressing all five standards.

Butte, Montana, United States

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