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Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Montana Tech)
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Address: 1300 West Park Street
City: Butte
State Zip/Postal Code: MT 59701
Phone: 406-496-4256
Fax: 406-496-4710
Web Site:

Description: Originally founded 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.

The School of Mines opened its doors with only one building, Main Hall, holding 21 students. The School of Mines offered only two degrees: mining engineering and electrical engineering.

Today, Montana Tech has nearly 3,000 students, 13 campus buildings and offers 73 undergraduate degrees along with 18 minors, 14 certification degrees, and 10 pre-professional career programs. Montana Tech also offers 21 graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Materials Science.

Montana Tech has evolved into a dynamic institution composed of three colleges, one school, and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Montana Tech is known around the country and world as a rigorous but rewarding university and consistently ranks among the best public institutions in the nation for graduate return on investment.

The exceptional job placement rate of graduates, our successful alumni, combined with the low cost of attendance in a highly personalized environment, attest to both quality, value, and overall return on investment we deliver. Offering practical, hands-on learning, Montana Tech provides the opportunity for students looking to be difference-makers, leaders, innovators, healers and problem-solvers.

Originally chartered as The Montana State School of Mines, Montana Tech of the University of Montana 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.

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.

To be a leader for undergraduate and graduate education and research in the Pacific Northwest in engineering, science, energy, health, information sciences, and technology.

Core Themes

  • Education and Knowledge
  • Student Achievement
  • Engaged Faculty
  • The Montana Tech Community

Type & Affiliation of School: Public College or University
Size and Mobility of School: Small (0-5K) - Commuter
Actual Enrollment: 2,594
Type of Enrollment - Population: Mostly non-traditional age (over 22 years old)
Predominant Racial Makeup: White non-Hispanic
Political Classification: Liberal
Religious Affiliation: 0
Size of City: Mid-sized city (25-150K population without students)
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