orientation at Montana Tech

Orientation

Fall Orientation 2020

The first day of classes for the fall semester at Montana Tech will be Monday, August 17. This change to the academic calendar will allow the fall semester to conclude before Thanksgiving at 5:00 PM on Tuesday November 24. 

Orientation provides a unique opportunity for you to facilitate your transition to Montana Tech, to meet friends, and get involved. We hope you use this document as a guide for your Orientation events. If you have questions, visit the Student Union Building (SUB) desk, the Residence Hall desk, the Highlands College front desk or call 406-496-4211.

Information for Students Living in the Residence Halls:

Residence Hall room assignments were sent out during the 1st week of June for anyone with applications and deposits in before the end of May. Applications received after June 1 are sent out as applications are received. If you have not received your room assignment please contact the Residence Life office at housing@mtech.edu or call 406-496-4425.

On Aug 12th the residence halls will for all new students. Check-ins will be staggered to allow for physical distancing. By July 31st an email will be sent to each student’s Montana Tech email providing information on how to choose a check in time.  

Wednesday August 12th - Saturday August 15th

Wednesday, August 12th

  • 8:00 am – 2:00pm Residence Hall Move-In. Moving into the residence halls will be staggered. Look for more information about move-in times
  • 11:00 am Lunch on the Lawn (of Prospector Hall (East Side)
  • 11:30 am-1:00 pm Highlands Orientation: Students of Highlands College
    • 11:30 am-12:15 pm Lunch in commons learn about support services
    • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Meet with Department Faculty
  • 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm (Optional). Student Orientation Q/A and Welcome Table (Courtyard) Get our full Orientation Schedule, ask questions, play some Trivia of Tech and games and win some prizes. (This is the unofficial Admission recruiters hand off of the new students to the campus)
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Parent Welcome & Q/A (Copper Lounge)
  • 3:30 pm Convocation check-in (Entrance to the Alumni Coliseum)
  • 4:00 pm Convocation (Alumni Coliseum)
    • Group Photo (Directly following Convocation)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner for all (Food, Music, Bonding).
  • 6:00 pm Res Hall Meetings (For students living in the Residence Halls)
    • Off Campus students – Meet with other students living off campus (Copper Lounge, SUB)
  • 6:30 pm Parents and family members: Now that the students are off for the evening, join our Chancellor outside of his residence with some of our Faculty and Staff (across from the SUB).
  • 8:00 pm Nightly Entertainment (Library Auditorium)

Thursday, August 13th

  • 9:00 am Building Oredigger Nation! Get to know your new classmates in a fun and engaging way. (Courtyard)
  • 10:30 am A Welcome from Dr. Vath, Assoc. Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students. (Courtyard)
  • 10:45 a.m. Academic Integrity (Courtyard)
  • 12noon Lunch (SUB Cafeteria)
  • 1:00 p.m. DTF: Down to Frontstand (Copper Lounge) – Find out how and why you should be a Montana Tech Frontstander by our very own Student Resident Assistants
  • 1:45 p.m. Trek to the M (An orientation tradition - meet class mates, and check out the awesome view of campus and community) (Meet in the Courtyard)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Diggers Getting Crafty (come to the court yard to participate in a variety of crafting activities (Cactus planting, Search for Sapphires, and more.)  and lawn games. (Courtyard)
  • 5:00 p.m.  Dinner the Oredigger Special (SUB Cafeteria)
  • 7:00 p.m.  Nightly Entertainment (Auditorium)

Friday, August 14th

  • 8:00am – 12noon Graduate School Orientation.  
    • Followed by BBQ 12:00-1:30pm
  • 9:00am – 10:00am Veteran Orientation
  • 9:00am -10:00am Student Parents with children Session: Meet other new students with children.
  • 9:00am-10am Transfer Orientation
  • 10:00 -10:40: Break-out Session 1 (Pick One)
    • Academic Advising, Essential or MEH: Learn why great academic advising is important to your academic success at Montana Tech. 
    • Hiking, Biking and Getting Outdoors – Oh My: Come learn about Butte’s great outdoors.
    • I’m in College, Now What: Learn the basics of college level academic expectations and how they differ from those of High School.
  • 10:50- 11:30 Break-out Session 2 (Pick One)
    • Academic Advising, Essential or MEH: Learn why great academic advising is important to your academic success at Montana Tech. 
    • Surviving College: Learn the ins and outs of being a successful student from other students.
    • Hiking, Biking and Getting Outdoors – Oh My: Come learn about Butte’s great outdoors.
  • 11:30-1:00: Lunch SUB Cafeteria
  • 1:00pm-1:40pm Break-out Session 3 (Pick One)
    • I’m in College, Now What: Learn the basics of college level academic expectations and how they differ from those of High School.
    • Surviving College: Learn the ins and outs of being a successful student from other students.
    • Associated Student of Montana Tech (ASMT) Panel. Meet the student’s government leaders that represent you. Learn how ASMT represents you and how you can get involved. 
  • 2:00pm Amazing Race Digger Edition (Courtyard)-See and learn about the campus and it’s resources in this fun and fast paced adventure.
  • 7:00pm Nightly Entertainment (Library Auditorium)
  • 9:00pm Digger Hunt: An orientation tradition, Win $100 gift card to the Bookstore and over a $1000 dollars worth of prizes. (Courtyard)

Saturday, August 15th

  • Butte Elevated: Up, Down and All Around – Whether it’s on top of a mountain or underground, some of the heights and depths of Butte and the surrounding area.  Sign-up for one of our mini day trips (Sign-up form will be at the SUB desk beginning Wednesday Aug 12th, spaces are limited):
  • Lady of the Rockies, World Mining Museum, Ringing Rocks
  • 9:00pm-ish Outdoor Movie (Popcorn and Soda provided)