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Montana Tech of the University of Montana: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Montana Tech) is a 4-year, public school located in Butte, Montana. The school was established in 1900 as the 'Montana State School of Mines' and, at that time, only allowed students to major in mining or electrical engineering. The school began its affiliation with the University of Montana in 1994. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Montana Tech number two of the top public schools and in the top ten best value schools in the west.


Montana Tech is organized into four schools and colleges: the College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies, the College of Technology, the School of Mines and Engineering and the Graduate School. Together, these schools and colleges offer over 60 programs of study, some of which are available entirely online. The school awards the majority of its associate's degrees through its Highland College.

The school's programs are weighted toward science, engineering and technology. It is one of only two schools in the country offering a bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering, and one of nine schools in the nation offering a program in metallurgical engineering. In 2011, the most popular undergraduate field of study was petroleum engineering.

The campus is home to the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, which is a part of the state's research initiative. This bureau provides laboratory and research data about Montana's natural resources to federal, state and local governments as well as private sector companies.

The faculty at Montana Tech includes 181 full-time and 79 part-time professors. In 2011, the average class size was about 19 students and the student to faculty ratio 12 to 1.


Applications to Montana Tech can be submitted online. Applications must include a $30 application fee, official academic transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. The school requires applicants to have scored at least a 22 on the ACT composite, a combined score of 1530 on the SATs, ranked in the upper-half of their high school class or have a high school GPA of at least 2.5. The school recommends submitting all application materials by January 1.

Applicants seeking an associate's degree or certificate from Highlands College are accepted to those programs on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must submit their high school transcripts and take a placement test.

In fall 2010, the school admitted 88% of the 581 undergraduate applications it received. Of those admitted, 60% enrolled at the school. At that same time, over 90% of Montana Tech students attended classes on a full-time basis, and 79% were from Montana.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition and fees were $6,435 for in-state, $18,078 for out-of-state and $8,966 for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students per year. At that same time, the school estimated books and supplies to cost $900 per year and room and board at $7,626 per year.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees**
Post-baccalaureate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Remote town**
Student Body 2,646 undergraduate and 170 graduate students in 2012*
Student Housing Two co-ed residence halls are available on-campus*
Schools and Programs Four schools and colleges offering about 60 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: health professions (28)**
Bachelor's: engineering (192)**
Master's: engineering (23)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in four years**
42% in six years**
45% in eight years**
Admission Rate 88% in 2012**
Entering Class Size About 1,190 in fall 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 68% of full-time and 67% of part-time students**
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students In fall 2010:
Middle 50% ACT composite: 21-26**
Middle 50% SAT critical reading: 470-580, math: 520-630 and writing: 450-560**
Application Due Date Recommended submission date is January 1*
Decision Notification Date Information unavailable*
Tuition (2012-2013) $6,432 for in-state, $18,070 for out-of-state and $8,966 for Western Undergraduate Exchange students per year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grant or scholarships (61%)*
Pell grants (37%)*
Federal student loans (47%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2011*

Sources: *Montana Tech of the University of Montana, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701
  • Phone: (406) 496-4101
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