orientation at Montana Tech
corn hole game at orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome new Orediggers. Congratulations on your admission to Montana Technological University. We are excited to welcome you to our family. If you have questions contact Nancye Rahn at NRahn@mtech.edu or 406-496-4458.

scavenger hunt orientation

lawn games at orientation

Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 18th
Time Event
9:00 am Residence Halls open for New Students
11:00 Lunch - check with your residence hall for location
1:00 pm Orientation Q/A and Welcome Table - Student Union Building (SUB) Desk
Get our full Orientation Schedule, ask questions
2 - 3:30 Parent Q&A - Copper Lounge in the Student Union Building (SUB)
2:00 Meet Your Classmates - David Coleman - HPER (Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)
Get to know your new classmates in a fun and engaging way.
3:30 Convocation check-in - HPER (Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)
4:00 Convocation - HPER (Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)
Group Photo (following convocation)
5:00 Family BBQ - Student Success Center - SSC
6:00 Residence Hall Meetings (For students living in the halls)
8:00 A Candid Conversation with the Dating Doctor, David Coleman - Library Auditorium

Thursday, August 19th
Time Event
9:00 am Welcome from Dr. Leslie Webb, Interim Vice chancellor and Dean of Students - Student Union Building (SUB) Courtyard
9:30 Smooth Sailing into the School year -Academic Integrity Student Union Building (SUB) Courtyard, break out to classrooms
Main Hall 209, (Dawn Atkinson, Avoiding Plagiarism)
Main Hall 103, (Sarah Raymond, Why Does this Matter)
Main Hall 109, (Akua Oppong-Anane, Ethical Dilemmas in the Classroom)
Main Hall 107, (JoAnna Reeves, Fighting Misinformation with Research)
Main Hall 106, (Sarah North Wolfe, TBD)
Engineering Hall 208 (Leslie Webb, Little White Lies)
10:30 Risky Business - HPER (Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)
12:00 Noon Lunch - Student Success Center (SSC)
1:00 DTF: Down to Frontstand - HPER (Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)
2:30 To the M (and beyond!)
An orientation tradition – meet classmates, and check out the awesome view of campus and community
4:00 Dinner - Never Grow Up Block Party Student Union Building (SUB) Courtyard
Relax with fellow classmates while playing games & enjoying dinner outside
8:00 Movie Night: Raya & The Last Dragon - Library Auditorium

Friday, August 20th
Time Event
8:00 am Graduate School Orientation Student Union Building (SUB)
9:00 Highlands College orientation - Highlands College
Learn about support services & Meet with Department faculty
9:00 Veteran Orientation - Veteran's Lounge in the Mill Building
9:00 College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies (CLSPS) Welcome Reception Student Success Center (SSC) Lobby
10:30 - 10:50 Montana Tech 101 - SUB, Mill, Engineering Hall, Courtyard
Session 1 (pick one)
Building Blocks of Success – Advising (Digger Den in the Mill Building)
Life Savers – Tutoring (Alumni Lounge in the Mill Building)
Climb the Ladder of Success – Career Services (Copper Lounge in the Student Union Building)
On Your Own, But Not Alone – Wellness (Wellness Lounge in Engineering Hall)
Involve Yourself – Associated Students of Montana Tech/Intramurals/Campus Life (ASMT Office in the Mill Building)
Make It Happen – Research Opportunities (Kelly Steward Room in Student Union Building)
Wild, Wild West – Information Technology & Montana Tech's New App – (Mountain Con room in the Student Union Building)
Call of the Wild – Nutrition & Exercise/Great outdoors (Pintler Room in the Student Union Building)
Catch the Spirit- Athletics (Courtyard)
Let’s be a Winning Team- Library Services (Digger Den- in the Mill Building)
10:55 - 11:15 Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 2 (pick one from the above)
11:20 - 11:40 Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 3 (pick one from the above)
11:45 - 12:05 Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 4 (pick one from the above)
12:10 - 12:30 Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 5 (pick one from the above)
12:30 Lunch - Student Success Center
2:00 I’m in College, Now What? - Courtyard
 outside the Student Union Building, Q&A with Orientation Leaders & Resident Advisors
2:30 The Amazing Race - Digger Edition - Courtyard
 outside the Student Union Building, Learn more about campus through this Amazing Race style competition.
5:00 Dinner - Student Success Center
9:00 pm Digger Hunt - Courtyard outside the Student Union Building
An Orientation tradition. Win a $100 gift card to the Campus Store, plus LOTS of other prizes.

Saturday, August 21st

Butte Elevated: Up, down and all around
Whether it’s on top of a mountain or underground, explore some of the heights and depths of Butte and the surrounding area.  Sign-up for one of our mini day trips during orientation at the Student Union Building desk.

What? When? Where?
World Mining Museum 12:30 pm 10 people (meet at noon) Meet in front of the Student Success Center at noon
World Mining Museum 2:30 pm 10 people (meet at 2 pm) Meet in front of the Student Success Center at 2 pm
Trolley Tour 4:45 pm 26 people Meet in front of the Student Union Building
Ringing Rocks 1:30 pm 20 people Meet in front of the Student Union Building
Sapphire Gravel & Games 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Courtyard outside the Student Union Building
Lady of the Rockies 12:30 pm
Meet in the Copper Lounge in the Student Union Building
Volleyball vs Evergreen State College 1:00 pm Butte Civic Center (ask for directions if interested)
new student orientation games and ice breakers

Information for Students Living in the Residence Halls

Residence Hall room assignments were sent out during the 1st week of June for anyone with applications and deposits in before the end of May. Assignments for applications received after June 1 are sent out as applications are received. If you have not received your room assignment please contact the Residence Life office at housing@mtech.edu or call 406-496-4425.

On Aug 18th the residence halls will open for all new students.


If you are a new incoming student and haven’t yet registered for Fall 2021 classes, please contact the Admissions Office and they will confirm your file is complete and connect you with your academic advisor. 

Admissions Office: call 406-496-4791 or email admissions@mtech.edu

  • Academic Calendar
    • Please refer to the academic calendar to find important dates regarding registration, holidays (no classes), add/drop days, etc.
  • Academic Center for Excellence (A.C.E.)
    • The goal of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at Montana Tech is to assist and empower students to succeed and excel academically, persist through graduation, prepare for graduate and professional endeavors, and develop an appreciation for lifelong learning.          
  • Admissions
    • Typically the first contact you have when applying to become an Oredigger at Montana Tech. They can help you plan a campus visit, help you choose a major, walk you through the application process, and will make sure you don't miss important deadlines along the way!
    • Whether you are an Undergraduate, Highlands, Transfer, Graduate, or International Student Admissions will help you complete all steps needed to begin your journey at Montana Tech.
  • Advising                      
    • Advisors are here to help you determine if you are in the right major, explain career opportunities that may align with your skills and interests, and help you explore how your decisions may impact your future, while keeping you on a path to graduation.
  • Campus Life / Student Activities                      
    • We offer many activities across the campus community. Enjoy a movie, laugh out loud with live comedians, try out your green thumb with succulent planting, or take advantage of bowling – all on us!  We want our students to balance the rigor of college studies with taking the time to interact with your classmates and have some fun.
  • Campus Store              
    • One stop shopping for all your Montana Tech gear, gifts, ordering class books and more.
  • Career Services            
    • Our mission is simple: to help students and alumni be prepared to achieve their career goals and help them find quality jobs and internships.
  • Dining Services            
    • Our main dining facility is the Marcus Daly Dining Hall.  Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner nearly every day. There is also the Mill, and Serrano when you are wanting a coffee or a quick meal.
  • Disability Services        
    • The Disability Services Coordinators are here to help current and prospective students self-advocate for their requested accommodations in accordance with Montana Tech’s Disability Services for Students Policy.
  • Digger Card Center      
    • Your Digger Card is used to access the Library, HPER, Learning Center, and computer labs after hours.  You can also use it to attend athletic events, deposit/spend Digger Dollars, use meal plans and take advantage of Digger Discounts.
  • Enrollment Services
    • They can help you with many areas while you are here at Montana Tech from changing your Major/Advisor, finding which of your former college credits will transfer or even declaring a minor. Check them out to learn about all they offer.
  • Financial Aid                
    • Funding your Montana Tech education is a major financial commitment for you and perhaps for your family as well. They will work with you to help make your path to a successful future affordable.  Approximately 90 percent of our first-time students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Health Center              
    • Montana Technological University’s Student Health Center provides several services to keep our students healthy.  Our health care providers can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions.
  • Institute for Educational Opportunities – TRIO 
    • The Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Technological University is a consortium of programs developed to provide K-12 and college students with the tools and support they need to achieve success in higher education.
  • International Program 
    • The office of International Services supports international students, employees, and scholars as they strive to achieve their educational, professional, and personal objectives.
  • Mail and Copy Center  
    • One stop for inter-campus mail delivery/collections, processing incoming/outgoing USPS, UPS & FedEx shipments, postal/shipping services, including stamps.  Also offers a variety of supplies for printing, binding, packing and shipping.
  • Residence Life             
    • Residence hall life offers you opportunities to make the most of your college experience. Our residence life staff plan activities to get you acquainted with other students soon after you arrive, and activities continue all year long.
  • Veteran Services   
    • The staff, administration and faculty of Montana Tech are here to assist you in your transition to civilian and campus life as you pursue your degree. 
Welcome to Montana Technological University! Originally chartered in 1893 as the Montana State School of Mines, Montana Tech continues to advance its reputation as one of the finest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused universities in the country. With the highest return on investment rating of any Montana college and a strong overall job placement rate, Montana Tech's degrees are associated with value and growing career opportunities while our graduates are known for being job-ready on day one. Check out and learn more about our campus from the comfort of your home. To begin the tour start here: Campus Virtual Tour

Butte, Montana is located in an outdoor recreationist’s paradise. With Interstates 90 and 15 intersecting in Butte, world-class recreation is at your fingertips in every direction. We have great mountain biking, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing just to name a few. Montana Tech also offers reasonably priced outdoor rental gear to be able to try many of these outdoor activities.

Learn more about the Outdoor Life around Montana Tech here.


Check out what is occurring on campus on the Calendar of Events page.

Athletic games, campus events, guest speakers, and more, we are sure you will find something to peak your interest. Make sure to check in regularly because events are added and updated often.