Rocky Mountain College is the oldest college in Montana, and has a long and rich history. The story of Rocky Mountain College is really a story of three colleges. The first was Montana Collegiate Institute in Deer Lodge, which enrolled its first class in 1878. Shortly after classes began in Deer Lodge, Wesleyan College opened its doors in Helena. Billings Polytechnic Institute began recruiting students from across the country at the turn of the century. The three schools became one entity in 1947 and became Rocky Mountain College—“Montana's first and finest.”
Drawing on strong traditions in both the liberal and practical arts, Rocky Mountain College provides students with the foundations for achieving personal and professional success: rational inquiry, creative expression, critical thinking, and the practical application of knowledge. RMC graduates have become educational leaders, successful businesspeople, physicians, physician’s assistants, attorneys, pilots, and leaders in virtually every imaginable profession. Rocky Mountain College has marked them all with an appreciation of ethical responsibility and the tools for handling the challenges of changing times.
From its humble beginnings, Rocky Mountain College has developed into a vibrant, primarily residential school. The College’s low student-teacher ratio and its high rate of financial support for students attract those seeking an intellectually rigorous yet personally supportive environment. Rocky Mountain College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Frontier Athletic Conference and sponsors seven men’s and seven women’s varsity sports. In addition to their academic pursuits, approximately one-third of RMC students participate in varsity athletics.
Rocky Mountain College offers 24 undergraduate academic programs and three master’s-level programs. Students can choose from 53 major concentrations, with majors in business, education, exercise science, aviation, equestrian studies, and biology accounting for more than half of all majors. Programs in psychology, history, English, communication studies, environmental science, computer science, and the fine arts also generate significant enrollments. There are also a variety of student activities provided by the College, such as outdoor recreation, theatre, community service, music, clubs, and campus ministry.