In Midst of Energy Renaissance, MT Tech’s Record Numbers

Aaron Flint posted on October 23, 2013 15:45 :: 1354 Views

In the midst of an American energy renaissance, the Montana Tech campus in Butte is boasting record enrollment numbers, and a top return on investment for Montana students. (I recommend using the #MoreMoneyThanHarvardGrads hashtag on Twitter)

(*post updated to reflect that the enrollment numbers are a record for MT Tech)

Heres the numbers and more from a Montana Tech press release:

“This has been a great start to the fall semester,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “Campus is busy, enrollment is strong, and we are preparing for the launch of our Materials Science PhD program next fall and the beginning stages of planning for a new natural resources research center on campus. It’s a great time to be a Montana Tech Oredigger. I encourage everyone to jump on board.”
Fall enrollment numbers look strong with overall headcount up by 107 over fall 2012. Total headcount for the fall semester is 2,923, with 2,010 students on the north campus and 913 on the south campus. On the north campus, petroleum engineering continues to be the largest discipline with 400 students followed by general engineering at 266, nursing with 206, and safety, health & industrial hygiene at 166. On the south campus, the largest disciplines are Associate of Science with 251 followed by radiologic technology at 56, metals fabrication with 50, and accounting technology at 41. “Historic enrollments at Highlands College and Montana Tech reflect our strong commitment to provide quality and affordable two-year education to the taxpaying citizens of Montana, but also reflects the fact that those same citizens seem to understand the value of an education received from our critically acclaimed institution,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of Highlands College.

Montana Tech’s Jump Start program, now in its 15th year, is seeing record enrollment this fall with 267 students. Jump Start is for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in early admission at Montana Tech to enroll in college level course work while still enrolled in high school.

With strong enrollment and placement rates, a Montana Tech degree is a great return on investment. “With Montana Tech’s in demand programs and recognition as the top university in Montana in regards to return on investment, we are positioning ourselves to be a leader in the area of STEM education,” explained Joe McClafferty, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and University Relations and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. “Our students along with their parents are making decisions to attain a strong educational foundation that will be best for their future. A degree from Montana Tech does just that.” Montana Tech was ranked #1 by on their list of top colleges and universities in Montana with the greatest lifetime return on investment. Montana Tech landed in the No. 1 spot followed by Montana State University, Carroll College, Montana State University-Billings, and the University of Montana. Tech also landed on’s list of universities they feel will earn top honors on the president’s upcoming value scorecard. Montana Tech, the only Montana university listed, landed 67 out of 100.

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