BIG SKY COUNTRY
The endless blue skies of Montana have to be experienced to understand why the state is called "Big Sky Country" by residents and visitors alike. We are a big state - fourth largest in the U.S. - and although we don’t fill the space with people - we’re the third least densely populated state - we do fill it with big goals and achievements. At Montana Tech you’ll have the opportunity to achieve your own goals and find the treasure of education in the Treasure State.
Butte America: The Richest Hill on Earth
As a student at Montana Tech, you’ll be part of a community with a colorful history and a vibrant future. In addition to your academic work - there are plenty of ways to get involved through volunteering with local organizations. Whether you’re interested in children or the environment, animals or music, architecture or history, Butte has opportunities for you to join in.
Before jumping in, you’ll want to explore the city and its history. In the late 1800s, European settlers found silver and gold in the surrounding hills, but it was the discovery of copper that gave the city its nickname of "The Richest Hill on Earth". In the early part of the 20th century, Butte was host to the world - people came from most of the nations of Europe as well as China and Mexico to participate in the mining boom. Butte is host to a variety of historical sites including the World Museum of Mining, the Mai Wah museum, the Dumas Brothel, and the Copper Kind Mansion. The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives is a rich resource for historical documents and photographs of Butte’s history and has served as a resource for many of the scholars at Montana Tech and in the local community.
While the past is fascinating - there is still plenty of history-in-the-making in Butte right now. In addition to a dynamic and successful restoration economy, Butte has an active music and arts community with live performances, open mics, and art shows all year long. We also host festivals and celebrations throughout the year with the Chinese New Year’s parade, Montana Folk Festival, Evel Knievel Days, An Ri Ra Irish Festival, and Christmas Stroll.
Activities on campus and in town can keep you busy - but there is so much more to do while you’re a student at Montana Tech. Butte is situated more than a mile above sea level on the Continental Divide and close to recreational areas for camping, boating, hiking, skiing, hunting, biking, rock climbing, and fishing. You can travel to nearby Montana State Parks such as Granite Ghost Town, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Tower Rock, and the Missouri Headwaters or drive just a bit further to visit Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Tetons national parks.
Whether you’re here to visit the campus before making a decision or you’ve decided that you’ll be staying with us for a while, Big Sky Country and Montana Tech has so much to offer.