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.

If you plan on joining us for the Family dinner and the Parent/Guardian reception on August 17th, 2022, please RSVP below:


scavenger hunt orientation

lawn games at orientation

Orientation Schedule

Orientation is scheduled for August 17-19, 2022. 

Wednesday, August 17th: In the Beginning


Residence Halls open for New Students


Lunch - SUB Courtyard/Dining Hall


Orientation Information and Welcome Table - Student Union Building (SUB) Desk
Get our full Orientation Schedule, ask questions


Parent Q&A - Copper Lounge; Student Union Building (SUB)


Building Digger Nation! With David Coleman - SUB Courtyard
Get to know your new classmates in a fun and engaging way.


Convocation check-in - SUB Courtyard


Convocation - SUB Courtyard
Group Photo (following convocation)


Family BBQ - Dining Hall/SUB Courtyard


Residence Hall Meetings
Parent Reception - Courtyard/Mill Building


A Candid Conversation with the Dating Doctor - David Coleman - Library Auditorium

Thursday, August 18th: A step in the Right Direction


Welcome from Dr. Craig Elliott, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students - Library Auditorium


Smooth Sailing into the School Year - Academic Integrity - Library Auditorium




Risky Business - Library Auditorium


Lunch - SUB


Frontstander Training - Library Auditorium


To the M (and beyond!)
An orientation tradition - meet classmates, and check out the awesome view of campus and community


Dinner/Never Grow Up! - Lawn Games, Music & More - SUB Courtyard
Relax with fellow classmates while playing games & enjoying dinner outside

8:00pm Movie Night - Library Auditorium

Friday, August 19th: Oh, the Places You Will Go


Graduate School Orientation - Big Butte - SUB


Highlands College Orientation - Highlands College
Learn about support services & meet with department faculty

Veteran Orientation - Mill Building - In Veteran's Lounge


Montana Tech 101 - SUB, Mill, Engineering Hall, Courtyard

Session 1 (Pick One)
Building Blocks of Success - Advising & Tutoring - Digger Den; Mill
Let’s be a Winning Team - Library Services - Chancellor’s Lounge; Mill
Call of the Wild - Great outdoors - Alumni Lounge; Mill
Involve Yourself - ASMT/Intramurals/Campus Life - ASMT Office; Mill
On Your Own, But Not Alone - Wellness - Wellness Lounge; Engineering Hall
Climb the Ladder of Success - Career Services - Copper; SUB
Life Savers - Dining & Nutrition - Pintler; SUB
Make It Happen - Research Opportunities - Kelly Steward; SUB
Wild, Wild West - IT & New App – Mt. Con; SUB
Catch the Spirit - Athletics - Courtyard


Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 2 (Pick one from above)


Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 3 (Pick one from above)


Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 4 (Pick one from above)


Montana Tech 101 Break-out Session 5 (Pick one from above)


Lunch - Dining Hall


I'm in College, Now What? - SUB Courtyard
Q&A with Orientation Leaders & RAs


Amazing Race - Oredigger Edition - SUB Courtyard


Dinner - SUB Dining Hall


Oredigger Hunt - SUB Courtyard
An Orientation tradition. Win $100 gift card to the Campus store, plus LOTS of other prizes.

Saturday, August 20th: Adventure of a Lifetime

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 SUB desk.

Tubing the Madison

9:00am; 14 people

Meet out front of SUB @8:30am

World Mining Museum

12:30pm; 10 people

Meet out front of SSC @Noon

2:30pm; 10 people Meet out front of SSC @2:00pm

Trolley Tour

4:45pm; 26 people

Meet in SUB lobby

Sapphire Gravel and Games


SUB Courtyard

Lady of the Rockies


Meet in Copper Lounge (SUB)

Sunday, August 21st: Exploring the World Around Us

Exploring Southwest Montana 9:00am; 28 people Meet at SUB
new student orientation games and ice breakers

Information for Students Living in the Residence Halls

For information about on campus housing, please contact the residence life office at housing@mtech.edu or call 406-496-4425.





If you are a new incoming student and haven’t yet registered for Fall 2022 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.