Rocky Mountain College is a private, residential, comprehensive liberal arts college located in Billings, Montana. Rocky Mountain College is situated on a 60 acre, park-like campus in a suburban neighborhood, along the Yellowstone River in Montana’s most economically vibrant city. Established in 1878, the College was originally founded as the Montana Collegiate Institute; today the College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ. Rocky Mountain College has become highly regarded regionally for its overall excellence. The institution’s core themes of Academic Excellence, Transformational Learning, Shared Responsibility, and Stewardship serve to shape the life of the College.
Academic ProgramsRocky Mountain College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1949. The College’s mission is to educate “future leaders through liberal arts and professional programs that cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional excellence.” More than 50 undergraduate majors, including one of the nation’s top aviation programs, are offered at Rocky Mountain College, with graduate degree programs in physician assistant studies, accountancy, and educational leadership.
Rocky Mountain College’s faculty are dedicated to promoting student-centered learning and lead a number of hands-on learning programs that include ongoing experiment aboard the International Space Station and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft certification curriculum. Students regularly participate in all types of academic field experiences, ranging from geological surveys to wildlife photography and internships are to be had in local hospitals, businesses, nonprofits. Approximately 90% of all students participate in some type of experiential learning practice and many programs, including equestrian studies, physician assistant studies, and aviation, provide students with daily hands-on experience.
Student LifeRocky Mountain College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students. More than 40 states and over a dozen foreign nations are represented in the student body, with a male/female ratio of approximately 48%/52%. Nearly half of all students choose to live on campus, in one of Rocky Mountain College’s several residence halls. Rocky Mountain College’s location in Billings offers students the opportunity to contribute to the vigorous cultural and economic growth the city and surrounding areas are currently experiencing. Students participate in a number of community engagement projects with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley, the Montana Audubon Educational Center, and more, directly contributing to the areas growth and the community’s wellbeing.
Rocky Mountain College recognizes a variety of student-led clubs and organizations which provide students with opportunity to get to know each other and forge friendships and connections outside of the classroom. The College’s varsity athletic program is a member of the NAIA Division I and teams compete in both the Frontier Conference and the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Some of the College’s sports teams include ski racing, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, and cross country.