Montana Tech of the University of Montana

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Montana Tech
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Motto De Re Metallica
Literal translation: “Of The Metals”. This was the title of a book published by Georg Agricola (a.k.a. Georg Bauer) in 1556.
Established 1889
Type Public
Endowment $20.8 million[1]
Chancellor Donald Blackketter[2]
Students 2703 (spring 2014)[3]
Postgraduates 181 (Spring 2014 )[3]
Location Butte, Montana, United States

Green and Copper

Athletics The "Orediggers"
Nickname Orediggers
Affiliations University of Montana System

Montana Tech is a university located in Butte, in the U.S. state of Montana. It was founded in 1900, originally as Montana State School of Mines with two degrees, mining engineering and electrical engineering. The "M" on the Big Butte overlooking the city stands for "Miners", and it was built in 1910. A statue of Marcus Daly stands at the entrance to Montana Tech. The statue originally stood by the Butte post office in 1906, but it was moved to Montana Tech in 1941. On January 25, 1965, the Montana School of Mines became the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology. In 1994, Montana consolidated the university system and the school joined the University of Montana and was renamed the Montana Tech of The University of Montana.

Montana Tech offers degree programs in four colleges and schools. The School of Mines and Engineering offers courses in engineering and industrial hygiene. The College of Letters Sciences and Professional Studies offers liberal arts curricula including Technical Communication and Computer Science. The Graduate School offers post-graduate education complementary with the undergraduate programs. Highlands College offers two-year programs in occupational training and education. Total enrollment in 2009 was 2794 students, and this included 2660 undergraduate and 134 graduate students.


During World War II, Montana Tech was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[4]


Montana Tech's emphasis is primarily in engineering and science, although there are also programs in technical communications, business, nursing, and liberal arts. As a small engineering institution, Montana Tech also has a significant liberal arts college.[citation needed]

Montana Tech was ranked as the #1 school in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.[5] Montana Tech has been nationally recognized as the fourth best value in higher education (Ranked in 2005 Edition of America's Best Universities and Colleges). This school is also among the Princeton Review's best colleges in the country, and the fourth best public college in the West (2011 Edition of America's Best Universities and Colleges). Montana Tech has a very high job placement rating for graduating students.

Montana Tech Computer Science faculty have partnered with NASA to foster the growth of NASA related funded research at Montana institutions.[6]


Montana Tech teams, nicknamed athletically as the Orediggers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Frontier Conference. Men's sports include basketball, football and golf; while women's sports include basketball, golf and volleyball.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chancellor named at Tech". The Montana Standard. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "Montana Tech of the University of Montana". 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
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  6. ^ NASA news - Richard Joyce - Montana Tech

Montana Tech hired new head football coach Chuck Morrell on December 20, 2011. After installing a new scheme and culture into the programme Chuck led the Orediggers to a conference championship in Fall 2012.


  • 25 Statutes at Large, 676; 1 Supp. Rev. St. U.S. pp. 645, 648.
  • Laws of 1893; Section 1572, Political Code of Montana
  • Laws of 1895; Sections 1591, 1594, 1595, 1600, Political Code of Montana
  • McGlynn, Terrence D. Montana Tech 1893-1984. Butte, MT: Montana Tech Foundation, 1984.
  • Munday, Pat. Biographical entry for C.H. Clapp (1883-1935), geologist and Montana School of Mines President. American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, 24 vols. (Oxford University Press: 1999): v. 4, pp. 900–1.

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Coordinates: 46°00′44″N 112°33′28″W / 46.01222°N 112.55778°W / 46.01222; -112.55778