orientation at Montana Tech


The Orientation Program is a focused enrichment experience initiative for new students. Montana Tech strives to enhance programs and activities for all first-year and transfer students through an assortment of campus activities and events. Beginning with registration and orientation, and continuing through the semester with athletic events, campus activities, and off-campus trips, our primary focus is to help students achieve success, enjoy the year, and get the most out of their experience at Montana Tech.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, August 21st

9:00 a.m. Residence Hall Move-In

11:00 a.m. Lunch on the Lawn (of Prospector Hall)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00pm Parent Q/A (Copper Lounge)

2:30 p.m.  Meet your classmates (Courtyard)

4:00 p.m. Convocation (Courtyard)

                 Group Photo (Directly following Convocation)(Courtyard)

5:00 p.m. BBQ (Food, Music, Bonding). (Courtyard)

6:00 p.m. Res Hall Meeting (For students living in the Residence Halls)

8:00 p.m. Nightly Entertainment (Library Auditorium)

Thursday, August 22nd

Orientation resumes 9:00am

7:00pm Nightly Entertainment

Friday August 23rd

Starting at 9:00am Break-out sessions: Choice of topics to attend throughout the morning.

9:00pm Digger Hunt (An orientation tradition, Win $250 gift card to the Bookstore to buy books and lots of other prizes.)

Saturday, August 24th

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 at orientation for one of these fun and educational activities. 

During the Day

Lady of the Rockies – Take a ride up to see Our Lady of the Rockies statue standing 90 feet atop of the continental divide, at an elevation of 8510 feet and overlooking Butte. Our Lady of the Rockies trip provides some of the best views overlooking Butte.

The World Museum of Mining  - The World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. With fifty exhibit buildings, countless artifacts, and sixty-six primary exhibits in the mine yard, visitors can spend a couple of hours to an entire day lost in the unfolding story. While on your tour, take a trip down the Orphan Girl Mine and get a glimpse of underground mining

Ringing Rocks – Located near Butte, the rocks in this unique geologic formation chime melodically when tapped lightly with a crescent wrench or hammer.

Sapphire Gravel and Games (Courtyard) – Brought in from Philipsburg Mt, Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine come sort through the gravel and find your own Sapphires. Over 180 million carats have been pulled the mine since the start of its operation, be part of the mine history and collect your own Sapphire carats.    


9:30pmish Outdoor Movie (Popcorn and Soda provided) – Just like a Drive-in Theater but without the vehicle. Just bring your blanket or chair.   


At the start of each academic year, we bring the entire first-year class together for a formal introduction to the university community. Faculty, administration, and upper-level students arrive in full academic regalia to offer students insights into academic culture and the meaning of a university education. (Relax -- first-year students are allowed to attend in casual dress!)

The ceremony features inspiring remarks by one of our most celebrated faculty or students. And, following the Convocation, it will be time to learn more about your academic program, with opportunities to connect with new friends and talk with professors!