Montana Technological University named #1 Best College in Montana by


Montana Technological University is ranked #1 on’s “2024 Best Colleges in Montana” list.

The rankings focus on the return on investment, which weighs the total cost of a degree against graduates’ earnings 10 years after graduation. The website calculates the median net cost of a Montana Tech degree at $15,814. Median earnings of all students 10 years after graduation is calculated at $49,032.

 “Montana Tech has been preparing bright, hard working individuals for meaningful careers and successful lives for 123 years,” Chancellor Les Cook said. “We’re proud of this and the investment made is evident.”

Additionally, the ranking factors in the university’s 61% graduation rate, which is the highest graduation rate for all universities listed.

The University of Montana Western is ranked #2. Carroll College is ranked #3. Montana State University ranks #4. Rocky Mountain College rounds out the top 5.

Montana Tech is the state’s only special focus university. As a premier STEM institution, the university prides itself on offering an education where students are immersed in hands-on learning through distinct undergraduate research opportunities, in-depth laboratory experiences, and professional internships facilitated by industry leaders. Students find their home within one of four colleges at the university.

The Lance College of Mines & Engineering has a century-long history of educating graduates to solve some of the world's most challenging and complex problems. The Lance College of Mines & Engineering houses civil, electrical, environmental, geological, mechanical, metallurgical and materials, mining, and petroleum engineering along with computer science, and safety, health and industrial hygiene degree programs. 

The College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies offers a diverse number of degree programs  including biological sciences, business, chemistry, data science, exercise & health science, geochemistry, interdisciplinary arts & sciences, mathematical sciences, and nursing.

Highlands College is home to career-ready and transfer programs that help build the workforce needed in Butte and Montana. From certificates and associate degrees to community education and customized training, Highlands offers hands-on professional programs leading to tomorrow's important jobs.

 Montana Tech’s Graduate School equips students with higher level knowledge essential to solve the vast societal challenges in energy, environment, materials, and health. 

The outstanding return on investment of a Montana Tech education is not only reflective of the combined power of quality teaching matched with in-demand career fields, but is also indicative of the transformational dynamism of generous donor support and our hardworking financial aid staff.

Every year, first-time freshmen receive approximately $1 million in scholarships reducing the cost of Montana Tech’s first-class STEM education. Thanks to historic donations made over the past few years, students who apply in 2024 will have more opportunities to receive a scholarship to Montana Tech. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year and scholarship cycle are now open.