Local Atmosphere

Butte, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$18,606 ($6,464)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The closest universities are in Bozeman and Missoula. Each school is about an hour in different directions. The shopping in town is pretty scarce, so people usually go to Missoula or Bozeman. This town is an old irish town, so St. Patty's Day is the biggest day of the year. People come from all over the country to be here for it.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Butte is pretty safe. Montana Tech offers many events for students, but outside of that, there is not much to do here.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Butte is boring and there is nothing to do and nothing fun available for students.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Butte is not the place for educated professionals, though Tech produces them. Graduates leave for jobs elsewhere. Though the outdoor recreation opportunities nearby are excellent, the town is rather dirty and depressing. If you are looking for a stimulating community, look elsewhere.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Butte is an old mining town that has seen better days. The atmosphere is all about the hardworking community that has very little entertainment besides the bars, and the occasional bands that perform.

There is a mall, but closer related to a mini-mall or strip-mall. Wal-Mart is the biggest store in town with the best deals on anything- quite literally. They also are they only ones with the best variety of anything in town.

The school itself is divided between the 2 year College (Highlands College) and the University (Montana Tech). Highlands is an extension of Montana Tech which is a child of the University of Montana. There is a lot of unnecessary rivalry that happens between them. They are currently 7 miles apart from one-another.

There is the Mineral Museum and the Mining Museum that Montana Tech hosts on campus. They are fairly decent to go see. Again, not much else to do in Butte but go to the bars.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Painfully remote.
  • 33% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 25% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 15% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 8% Totally.


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