Even if Montana Tech of the University of Montana weren’t one of the only tech institutes in the state, its excellent science programs and reputation for developing high quality engineers to send out into the workforce would keep its classrooms filled. Located in Butte, the school “stresses the importance of knowing present technologies” and offers “hands-on experience” and “great internship opportunities” to assure great engineers after graduating (the job placement rate for many major approaches 100 percent).
For the most part, professors “have industry experience and can teach based on their personal experiences,” but everyone agrees that there are “always a few bad apples” in the mix. Luckily, the size of the classrooms is small “so you have more one on one time with your instructor.” The curriculum offers “ample opportunities for intellectual growth,” focusing on “quantitative learning” in order to send students off with “degrees that actually accomplish things and impact the world.” Students are “challenged by professors to work their hardest and to do the best that they can.” “It is very easy to stand out in a very good way,” says one sophomore. “If you are willing to put in the effort, the professors are more than happy to help you find internships, school jobs, and research opportunities.”
The school also has “some of the most cutting edge technology at its disposal.” This same equipment “can be accessed by most students no matter major or education level.” Workloads “can be grueling,” but interestingly (unlike many other engineering schools), the academics are “hardly competitive” as “most students attend MT Tech with the idea that they will be guaranteed a decent paying job as long as they graduate.”
During the school year, people generally go to class and do their homework in the evenings and then “blow off steam at bars and/or parties on the weekends.” There’s also a weekly movie night on campus, and campus entertainment “does its best to bring in musicians, speakers and comedians.” Intramural sports are popular, as are student clubs and Frisbee golf, and there is “plenty of bar hopping nearby.” Overall, MT Tech is “very calm and a great place to learn.”
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