Montana Tech of the University of Montana

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Montana Tech
Montana Tech seal.png
Former names
Montana School of Mines
Motto De re metallica (Latin)
Motto in English
Of the metals[a]
Type Public
Established 1889
Endowment $32.9 million[1]
Chancellor Donald Blackketter[2]
Students 2,428 (Fall 2017)[3]
Postgraduates 250 (Fall 2017)[3]
Location Butte, Montana, United States
Radio Station KMSM-FM

Green and Copper

Athletics The "Orediggers"
Nickname Orediggers
Affiliations University of Montana System
Mascot Charlie Oredigger
Montana Tech logo.png

Montana Tech is a public university in Butte, Montana. Founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, the university became affiliated with the University of Montana in 1994.[4]

In fall 2017, Montana Tech had nearly 2,700 students, 13 campus buildings and offers 45 undergraduate degrees along with 15 minors, 11 certification degrees, and 10 pre-professional career programs. [4] Montana Tech also offers 21 graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Materials Science.


Montana Tech offers approximately 45 undergraduate degrees along with over 15 minors, 11 certification degrees, and 10 pre-professional career programs. Montana Tech also offers 13 graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Materials Science.

Montana Tech consists of four colleges: the School of Mines & Engineering; the College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies; Highlands College; and the Graduate School.


The Diggers football team is led by head coach Chuck Morrell. 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.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

The Wall Street Journal ranked Montana Tech ninth in the nation for best public universities for return on investment. Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal website.[5] In 2014, Montana Tech was ranked 6th in the nation for graduates earning the highest starting salaries, according to the Washington Post article.[6]

Montana Tech Computer Science faculty have partnered with NASA to foster the growth of NASA related funded research at Montana institutions.[7]


  1. ^ De Re Metallica ("On the Nature of Metals") was a book by 16th-century metallurgist Georg Agricola (Georg Bauer).


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2014 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Chancellor named at Tech". The Montana Standard. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Enrollment Data". Montana Tech. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "History". Montana Tech. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Belkin, Douglas (March 1, 2015). "Are Prestigious Private Colleges Worth the Cost?". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Where to go to college if you want the highest starting salary". Washington Post. September 11, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  7. ^ NASA news[permanent dead link] - Richard Joyce - Montana Tech

Further reading[edit]

  • 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