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Academics

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Montana Tech is about "science," "engineering," and "getting students ready for a career in high-paying fields." With its "strong STEM programs," the focus is certainly on the technical side of education, and students praise Tech's engineering program and "connection to industry." The relatively small campus creates a "home-like atmosphere where everyone has a sense of community," as well as "the opportunity to really get to know professors." Looking beyond college, "Montana Tech's Career Fair almost guarantees an internship to anyone who is serious about their career." Several students who choose majors outside the popular STEM degrees do wish that the school would "[treat] our non-engineering degrees as part of the school and not [as] second-rate." Tech's nursing program is growing in popularity, and the school is known to "produce compassionate, intelligent nurses." Professors generally earn high marks, as "most of them come from industry backgrounds before they started teaching; therefore, the quality of the material brought to the classroom is top notch." Many professors are "actual engineers with real world experience" and while "Tech is not an easy school," students say that with "the help provided by the professors and the other facilities available on campus," it is possible for "anyone with the work ethic [to] meet their goals."

Student Body

There's no question that men outnumber women at Montana Tech, though the ratio is improving. While some say, "It isn't a problem being a woman here," others counter that Tech " is an unfriendly place for women." In general, the student body "is extremely focused and pushes each other to do better. With such a small campus, the students know each other quite well and want to see their classmates succeed." While some describe their fellow students as "lots of Canadians and cowboys," others say that there is "a very diverse population here at Montana Tech, everyone from transfer students to international students from Saudi Arabia." Even with a competitive atmosphere, students say that at Montana Tech the "clubs are active, the Student Senate genuinely cares about the happiness of their students, and the faculty [do] whatever they can to bring a smile to your face, especially during difficult days of midterms, flu season, and cold weather."

Campus Life

Life in Montana Tech's hometown of Butte is oriented around the outdoors, and students flock to activities like " skiing, biking, camping, [and] fishing" when they're not buried in schoolwork. Beyond the great outdoors, students say there's Butte is "pretty quiet with mostly bars and churches around town," so a lot of time is spent on campus or at off-campus residences (only roughly 12 percent of undergraduates live on campus). The rigorous curriculum means most students study during the week and let loose during the weekend. As one student puts it, "You have to be willing to search for things to do outside of class, [other than] drinking." There are intramural sports and Tech-sponsored events, and "sporting events are very popular activities at Montana Tech."

Overview

Applicants
894
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 560

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 650

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

Other Admission Factors

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Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
239
with Terminal Degree
45

145
Men
94
Women
15
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
45%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

  • Construction Trades

  • Carpentry/Carpenter

  • Engineering

  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
  • Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physical Sciences

  • Precision Production

  • Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
  • Precision Metal Working, Other
  • Welding Technology/Welder


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ryan Lance
Chairman and CEO, ConocoPhillips

Keith MacPhail
President and CEO, Bonavista Energy Trust

Gary Kolstad
President and CEO, Carbo

Doyle Beneby
President and CEO, CPS Energy

Mary Ellen Lutey
VP and Regional Manager, SM Energy Company

Julie Norman
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Massachusetts Institute

Mark Johnson
COO, Freeport McMoRan Corporation

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
45%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$86,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$88,100

Percent High Job Meaning
68%

Percent STEM
72%


Students Say

Most students attend Montana Tech with aspirations of a decent paying job upon graduation, and "students work hard to try and obtain this goal." The school "takes pride in the overall job placement of the students after graduation" and boasts a ten-year average placement rate of 93 percent. The university maintains strong connections with a host of companies that "create great internship and job opportunities" as well as "high wages immediately after graduation." As a small school, most career help occurs on a personal level between faculty, staff, and students, such as the coordination of on-campus and off-campus interviewing opportunities, job search strategies, and internships. The school's online career management system DIGGERecruiting also provides a centralized location for all job-seeking resources and listings and connects students and alumni with employers and internships. For those Montana Tech graduates who visited PayScale.com, 65 percent reported feeling that their career had a high social value.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,807

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,646

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,826

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,193

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,068

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,139
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,969
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,932
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,594
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

37% female
63% male
20% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
10%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
47%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Orediggers)
3 Sports

Basketball
Football
Golf
Women's Sports (Orediggers)
3 Sports

Basketball
Golf
Volleyball

Student Services

Health

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
27

Average Number of PC's per Lab
21

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Enrollment Services
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701

Phone
4064964256

Email
enrollment@mtech.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mineral Museum
Mil Building (student lounge & activity area)
HPER (athletic facility)
Student Union
Mall area (outdoor center of campus)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Uptown Butte
Berkley Pit
Mining Museum
Lady of the Rockies
Copper King Mansion

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8-5
4064964256

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8am-5pm
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Enrollment Services and Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
enrollment@mtech.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, MT is located about 8 miles from the campus. Several hotels in Butte offer shuttle services to and from the airport. We also have taxi services available. The Butte Transit System (bus service) is also a reliable form of transportation. Butte also has a Greyhound Bus terminal located in the center of town.


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