Montana Tech Provides Fall Enrollment Update


University focuses on positives amidst enrollment decline

Montana Technological University released fall 2019 enrollment numbers today. The university experienced a decline of 162 students bringing total headcount to 2,421 compared to 2,583 in the fall of 2018. Despite the decline, many programs, including radiology technology, nursing, along with automotive technology, computer science, and others, experienced increases.

“Montana Tech is not alone, and like other institutions in Montana, and across the country, is experiencing a slight decline in enrollment,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Les Cook. “Though these numbers are concerning, we, as an entire university, are focused on growing enrollment, retaining enrolled students, and providing the education and experience necessary to ensure our graduates are successful in their careers. We have an action plan in place for the year ahead focused on recruitment, student success, and marketing/communications.

Montana Tech has retained the services of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a leader in providing strategic enrollment management services along with ADV Market Research and Consulting. Over the next year, Montana Tech will develop and execute, a robust strategic enrollment plan focusing on financial aid/scholarship optimization, new market development, increased awareness, and enriching programmatic pieces to bolster the student experience.

Enrollment in the U.S. colleges and universities spiked 54% from 1990-2011 and then fell by one million students from 2011-2013. This year was the eighth consecutive year of statistically significant enrollment declines in the U.S.

“I am confident that Montana Tech will meet our enrollment challenges head on,” noted Dr. Carrie Vath, Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students at Montana Tech. “We are lucky to have some of the most talented faculty and staff in the nation, dedicated students, and engaged alumni who will all be a part of the process we implement to increase our enrollment and retention numbers.”

The “One-Two-Free” dual enrollment program continues to increase access to higher education for high school students throughout Montana. The program offers two free dual enrollment courses, up to six credits, through the Montana University System (MUS) to all eligible high school students. Montana Tech currently has 312 dual enrollment students.

Despite fall enrollment being slightly lower, the university has had a busy start to the semester. Recently, nearly 200 participants from 14 National Labs were on campus for the Department of Energy’s National Lab Day. Montana Tech’s annual career fair brought 119 companies to the campus and saw nearly 900 students in attendance. In addition, the university held DayOne, its annual giving event, with 419 donors helping raise $168,845 over two days. DayOne 2019 featured 24 dedicated projects across our academic and student programs, as well as an option for donors to choose special designations. The university also opened its new Student Success/Living & Learning Center and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event along with a big win for Homecoming, defeating Montana Western in football.

Cook added, “Montana Tech continues to be named as a top university in Montana and in the nation in regards to return on investment. Our rankings as the Best Value Engineering School in the Country, #1 Nursing Program in Montana, #6 STEM institution in the nation, and others speak for themselves. Montana Tech provides the education and the graduates the world needs. Our focus is on STEM education and health-related fields, and while we will remain true to our core, we will embrace opportunities to ensure our programs are progressive, in-demand, and relevant for the needs of society today.”