Montana Tech of the University of Montana is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the city of Butte, Montana.
The school was founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines. In 1965, the school changed its name to the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and in 1995 it became part of the University of Montana System. The Butte Vocational and Technical Center and what is now known as Highlands College joined with Montana Tech when it became part of this system, as well.
The Mission of Montana Tech is:
Montana Tech through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, workforce development, research, and service builds on a strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology blending theory with practice in meeting the changing needs of society and the responsible development and use of natural resources.
Montana Tech aims to lead its undergraduates and graduate students to acquire their skills and knowledge related to research that specifically concerns the Pacific Northwest in engineering, science, energy, health, information sciences and technology.
In addition to academic and vocational programs of study, Montana Tech also offers its students a wide range of campus activities, social engagement opportunities, and other extracurricular activities. Montana Tech encourages students to take advantage of an internship, which can help them to acquire practical and pragmatic work experience, as well as job-related skills. The Career Services department of Montana Tech is available to students who wish to take advantage of these opportunities. Students can also participate in the Recreational Sports Program, which organizes the intramural sports like flag football, volleyball, basketball, softball, racquetball, and dodgeball. Students at Montana Tech can also join a wide variety of clubs and organizations. These organizations range from social clubs like Saudi Club, Dance Club, and Judo Club; professional organizations like Society of Petroleum Engineers, Montana Tech Business Club, and Society of Women Engineers; and religious clubs like Montana Tech Catholic Campus Ministry and Baptist Student Union. If a student chooses to live on campus, they have the choice of either residence halls or apartment housing. Montana Tech offers a Health Center, Tutoring Center, and Disability Services. Students are also required to have and maintain health insurance through Montana Tech. Veterans who wish to to enroll at Montana Tech can take advantage of Certifying Officials and Educational Benefits as well as an outreach coordinator and a Veteran’s Club. it is important to note that Montana Tech is a Tobacco free campus, as is the entire Montana University System.
The four schools and colleges that make up Montana Tech are: School of Mines and Engineering; College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies; the College of Technology; and the Graduate School. Each of these schools and colleges offer a plethora of programs of study. Majors range from Health Care Informatics to Metallurgical and Materials Engineering to Health programs to Geochemistry.
Montana Tech awards degrees ranging from associate’s to master’s degrees. Montana Tech is known for offering individualized and specific programs of study such as a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering. A department of this institution is the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG), which is a geologic and hydrogeologic research facility funded by the State of Montana. The objective of the MBMG is to develop, gather, analyze, catalog, and disseminate studies and information that relates to the location and development of the mineral, water, and energy resources of the state of Montana. Montana Tech focuses heavily on research based learning.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
In addition to traditional on campus programs of study, Montana Tech also offers degrees and certificate programs in both the fully online and the hybrid learning environments. These programs include: the Health Care Informatics Graduate Certificate Program, the Industrial Hygiene Professional Track, the Project Engineering and Management, and the Health Informatics Technology Certificate.
Montana Tech enrolls around 2,030 students a year, 1,860 of which are undergraduates. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1 and around 12 percent of those students take advantage of some or all distance education opportunities offered by Montana Tech. Around 44 percent of the graduate student population, however, is enrolled only in distance education and 6 percent is enrolled in at least some distance education. The overall graduation rate is 48 percent and 66 percent of first time students pursuing a baccalaureate degree returned for a second year. Around 709 students enrolled at Montana Tech are over the age of 25. Around 80 percent of undergraduate students at Montana Tech are White; the closest population to that are the non-resident alien students at about 9 percent.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Undergraduate students at Montana Tech can expect to pay around $6,464 a year if they are in-state and 18,606 if they are out-of-state. About 86 percent of students at Montana Tech receive some kind of financial aid.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:709
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