Fast-track your high-paying career at Highlands College.

At Highlands College of Montana Tech, we focus on preparing students for in-demand careers in the trades and technology. You'll receive hands-on training from industry-seasoned faculty committed to your success both in the classroom and beyond. The view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the background is just a bonus.

Highlands students have access to all the same room and board opportunities, academic supports, and student clubs and activities as students on our main Montana Tech campus. Most Highlands programs are also directly transferable to programs on Montana Tech's main campus, so if you decide you'd like a Bachelor's degree on top of that trades associate, the path is clear.

Aid & Scholarships

About 90% of Montana Tech and Highlands College undergraduate students receive scholarships or grants. In other words, our financial aid team works hard to help our students graduate with the lowest debt loads of any school in Montana.


Highlands College students are welcome, but not required, to live in the residence halls on Montana Tech's main campus. There are three residence halls to choose from, each with distinct character.

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We accept applications beginning the summer before your senior year. Not there yet? We can still answer your questions, and help you prepare to apply.

Highlands Programs

The trades and technology programs at Highlands College will put you on the right path toward a rewarding career. But which route should you take? From the high-climbing outdoor pursuits of our Pre-Apprenticeship Line certification program to the patient care-focused world of Radiological Technology, there are plenty of options to explore.

Ready to take the next step?

Must be a United States citizen and provide proof of High School Graduation or High School Equivalency Exam.

  1. Submit your completed Application for Admission.
  2. Request to have your official ACT or SAT scores sent to Montana Tech.
    • Test scores are optional for an admission decision. However, depending on your Highlands program, they may be used to determine course placement and eligibility for some scholarships, so they are recommended.
    • Scores must be sent directly from the testing company using Montana Tech’s school code; ACT (2418) and SAT (4487).
  3. Send proof of high school graduation or equivalent.
    • Transcripts should come directly from your high school and must include your graduation date, final GPA, and an official signature.
    • If you completed a High School Equivalency Exam, official scores must be sent to Admissions when you apply.
  4. Request to have any college-level credit sent to Montana Tech
    • Dual Enrollment credits must be submitted with an official transcript from the administering college or university.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) scores must be sent directly from College Board.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) scores must be submitted with an official IB transcript.

  1. Submit your completed Application for Admission.
  2. Send us all past and current unofficial transcripts. These will be used to make an admissions decision and develop a preliminary transcript evaluation. Email to:
  3. Request to have your official transcripts sent to Montana Tech. A transcript will be considered official only if:
    • All final grades are posted, i.e. no “in progress” courses; and
    • It is emailed directly to Montana Tech from the transferring institution via a secure transcript delivery service; or
    • It is stamped with the institution’s official seal and delivered to Montana Tech in a sealed envelope.
  4. A placement exam may be required if you have not completed a college-level math or writing class within the last two years. 
  5. High school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores are required if you graduated from high school within the past three years and are transferring with fewer than 30 college credits.
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Personalized Visits

A visit to Montana Tech's campuses echoes our student experience - personal, relevant, and totally worth the effort. Tour either or both of our campuses with a current student, meet with faculty in your area of interest, and get all those burning questions answered.

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Now, this is Montana!

Welcome to historic Butte, located in the heart of the Northern Rockies on the Continental Divide. Easy access to hiking, biking, climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, and epic downhill, back-country, and cross-country skiing is all around us.

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Can't make it to campus for an in-person visit? Get a high-resolution bird's eye view of Montana Tech's campus, explore some residence hall rooms, see inside our Highlands' labs, and more - all from the comfort of your sofa.

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Admissions Team

We're here to help. We will guide you on your campus visit, through the application process, right up until you take your first class.

Admitted Students

Have you already applied and been accepted? Congratulations! Learn more about what your next steps may be.

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Use our Cost Calculator to get an estimate of your tuition, fees, room and board, and other attendance expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Until you are an enrolled student at Montana Tech, your Personal URL (or PURL for short) will be your primary source to look into enrollment checklist items, complete required forms and applications, register for events, and access related resources.

If you don't have your PURL address, just visit and type your email address into the email field. The system will then redirect you to your PURL. Make sure to bookmark it and remember your password!

Transcripts are only considered 'official' when all grades and a graduation date have been posted, and the document is sent to Montana Tech via a secure delivery service like Parchment or Scoir, an email from a counselor, or mailed in a signed, sealed envelope. An official transcript cannot be sent until after your high school graduation.

Please send to:
Address: Admissions, 1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701

Montana Tech may request an unofficial transcript from you to determine if preparatory requirements have been met, to evaluate dual credit transference, to determine course placement, etc. You may simply email unofficial transcripts to us.

No. Montana Tech and Highlands College are test-optional, and there are other ways to gain admittance. However, we do encourage you to take the ACT and/or SAT, as scores are used to determine math and writing placement, and to qualify for some scholarships.

Request that your test scores are sent to Montana Tech using our test codes: ACT – 2418 and SAT – 4487

The Montana University System requires all students from the U.S. to submit proof of two measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations (or proof of immunity, or religious/medical exemption). Records may be sent via email to or via fax to 406-496-4707.

Please do not submit another application. Instead, please email the Admissions Office at with whatever changes you would like to make.

The application deadline for fall-entry students is August 17 and for spring-entry students is December 30. We strongly recommend that you do not wait that long!

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The FAFSA application opens in October and official award notifications will be sent in February to the email address you provided on the FAFSA application. Mt Tech’s FAFSA code is 002531.

The priority deadline is December 1, but if you miss it, just complete the FAFSA as soon as you can. The sooner you complete it, the better.

Learn more about financial aid.

Oredigger Merit scholarships are automatically awarded based on the GPA and test scores submitted when you applied for admission. Merit award offers are sent starting in November, and on a continuing basis thereafter until March 1.

Watch your PURL and email for details on additional MT Tech scholarship applications that are available to some qualifying students, including the Presidential.

We recommend applying for as many outside scholarships as you can find. Businesses, non-profits, and churches often have scholarships available for students in their localities.

Montana students should also check out Reach Higher Montana:  Not only do they award a larger number of scholarships every year, they also have lists of other outside scholarships that you may qualify for.

Learn more about scholarships.

No. Highlands College students are not required to live on campus. But you are welcome to sign up for housing and meal plans on our north campus (Montana Tech). Note that the drive between campuses takes about 15-minutes. Bus service is also available. 

To reserve your campus housing, complete the online application on your PURL and submit the $100 deposit. The deposit is refundable through May 1.

Registration for new fall students opens in April and continues throughout the summer. Instructions on how to connect with your academic advisor and get registered for classes will be posted on your PURL and sent to the email address provided on your application for admission. 

Yes! You must finalize your enrollment! Log in to OrediggerWeb and pay/finalize your tuition and fees. This step must be completed to have scholarships and financial aid credited to your account.

Orientation is always held the week before classes begin, in January for spring-entry students and August for fall-entry students. All new students are required to attend Orientation. You’ll meet new friends and classmates, learn about the social and academic transition to Montana Tech, and explore all the services available to you on campus. Orientation information will be sent to the email address on your application for admission.

Learn more about Orientation.

Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians, we welcome your participation in your student's journey! Learn more about admissions, financial aid, housing, etc.

Highlands Workforce Development

If you're looking for any of the Highlands workforce development programs, such as CDL training or our high school CNA training, please follow the link below. These courses do not require admission to Montana Tech.

Connect with us.

We'd love to answer your questions and help you get started.

1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701
(406) 496-4791