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Deliberately Distinct: Positioning Montana Tech for the Future

Deliberately Distinct summarizes Montana Technological University’s new strategic plan. This plan provides a platform for fulfilling our special focus to meet the needs of our students, the state of Montana, and humanity as a whole. With a long history of success, this plan not only positions us for the future, but accelerates our commitment to students, distinctive programs, and a robust and healthy campus culture.

Deliberately Distinct

Founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, we offered degrees in mining and electrical engineering with a focus on mining and the processing of ore.

Our mission expanded in the 1960s to include programs focused on the responsible development of natural resources and energy.

Today, as Montana Technological University, we serve as Montana’s only Special Focus science and engineering university.

Throughout our journey, we have maintained our enthusiasm for hands-on learning and our heritage of work ethic, innovation, and opportunity.


Montana Tech is a place of purpose, home to uncommon thinking, teaching, research, and innovation.

By embracing Montana as our living laboratory and emphasizing the value of experiential learning and community building, we offer a world-class education as a premier STEM university.

We prepare graduates for careers in industry, energy, healthcare, and professional fields.

What we do matters, today more than ever.


As Montana’s Special Focus Institution, Montana Technological University
provides a transformative student experience by developing leaders and
advancing science, engineering, and technology, with the purpose of
benefiting humanity while meeting the changing needs of society.


To be the institution of opportunity and innovation


Students are the reason we exist.

They are at the heart of all we do, and our commitment to providing them a transformational experience is unparalleled.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of who we are.

People are our most important commodity, and we are steadfast in providing a fair and equitable community where all are valued.

We are “Determined Doers.”

Through collaboration, resolve, and fierce determination we value getting things done.

Hands-on, applied, and experiential learning is in our DNA; it’s what we’re about!

We provide a supportive and dynamic environment to ensure this is evident in all we do.

We embrace innovation, creativity, and forward-thinking.

We strive to create an environment where all will flourish.

We are one community devoted to excellence.

Goal 1: Student Success
Goal 1: Student Success

Decidedly distinctive, refreshingly affordable, and intentionally innovative, our robust academic programs, services, and learning environment position students at the center of all we do by focusing on accessibility, engagement, and employability from first impression through graduation and beyond.

Goal 2: Programs of Distinction
Goal 2: Programs of Distinction

Deliberately committed to excellence in all programs, we provide transformational experiences in learning, research, and service through experiential learning, mentoring, community and industry engagement. We empower collaborative problem solvers, determined doers who make an impact in their profession and our world.

Goal 3: Healthy and Vibrant Campus Ecosystem
Goal 3: Healthy & Vibrant Campus Ecosystem

Opportunistic and innovative, we embrace our rich cultural heritage and abundant recreational environment to foster an inclusive and sustainable campus ecosystem. We provide exceptional service and invest in effective infrastructure that creates opportunities for social, intellectual, and professional growth.


Let us know if you have questions or comments about the strategic plan.