Chancellor Blackketter's Welcome
Montana Tech is a premier institution of higher education in the United States. This is evidenced by our ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Montana Tech is also one of the best universities for your return on investment. Tech was named the #1 Montana College for Best Lifetime ROI by AffordableCollegesOnline.Org.
The cultural on our campus is student-centered with engaging faculty and staff. Students benefit from faculty who conduct relevant scholarship and research into the classrooms. This means both graduate and undergraduate students experience a great learning environment and find numerous applied research opportunities.
As a student, you will be part of a distinguished student body. For example, current Montana Tech environmental engineering student Joe Mitzel was the recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship in 2013. Our students work hard in and outside the classroom. While Tech is known world-wide for its mining and petroleum engineering programs, excellence is found in all our disciplines including science, health, business, communications, trades, technical education and a variety of engineering programs. Montana Tech continues to offer degrees that lead to employment and/or professional programs and our ten-year annual average placement rate of 93% indicates our graduates are truly “In Demand.”
Over $1.5 million in new student scholarships are awarded to new students each year. The low cost of living and affordable housing in Butte is a huge benefit to Tech students. Tech is located in beautiful southwestern Montana with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Campus life is full of activities ranging from hikes to the M to live bands to various fun events in the residence halls. Life here is laid back and personal. Classes are challenging with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration. Outdoor recreation provides a great balance to the rigors of the course work at Montana Tech.
If you are a veteran, Tech is a great choice. For the fourth year in a row, Montana Tech has received the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
As a student or alumni, you will be proud to see the many campus physical changes over the years and will be excited for what’s on the horizon. The Health Sciences Building (former Petroleum Building) has been renovated to house the Nursing Department and the Institute for Educational Opportunities. The HPER renovation and expansion is complete and the beautiful Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center is up and running housing the Foundation, Alumni Affairs, Public Relations and Career Services Offices. In the future, the campus will be adding a natural resources laboratory building and discussions are taking place about adding another dormitory.
The past year has also seen excitement on our campus with the approval of the collaborative PhD in Materials Science, teaming up with the University of Montana and Montana State University. The PhD program will focus on near-term industrial need and long-term research issues, both of which will directly benefit Montana industries. We expect to see our first students enroll in the program in fall 2014.
The future is bright for our university.
Don and Vicki Blackketter