Rocky Mountain College

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1511 Poly Drive

Billings, MT 59102

Phone: (406) 657-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#12 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Rocky Mountain College is a private institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,007, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rocky Mountain College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 12. Its tuition and fees are $23,718 (2013-14).

Rocky Mountain College, often abbreviated as RMC, is a small school in a residential section of Billings, Montana. Undergraduates can choose from about 50 majors, and graduate students can earn master's degrees in accountancy, education leadership or physician assistant studies. RMC helps students make the most of their studies through the career services office, which enables them to perfect résumés and explore internship and job opportunities. At RMC, students can get involved in many campus activities, including dances, bowling nights, concerts and even stress-relieving massages during finals week.

As Montana's biggest city, Billings also has a lot to offer, such as museums, theaters and a zoo. Many RMC students take advantage of Yellowstone National Park, which is just 90 minutes from campus. The school offers opportunities to go skiing, rafting, backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing – often for class credit. More traditional athletes can play intramural sports or compete with the Battlin’ Bears varsity teams in the Frontier Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rocky Mountain College is a private college founded on the unique practice of joining the liberal arts tradition along with practical training for professional development. Established in 1878, RMC functions on a mission of educating students through liberal arts and professional programs that cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional excellence. The College supports its mission through core themes of academic excellence, transformational learning, and shared responsibility and stewardship.

The campus of Rocky Mountain College occupies approximately 60 park-like acres in a residential section of Billings, Montana. Many buildings are constructed out of sandstone and tie the campus to the nearby Rimrocks, from which the sandstone was quarried. Evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials make the campus particularly welcoming. RMC's location allows for numerous outdoor recreation activities, such as whitewater kayaking on the Stillwater River, hiking and ice climbing in the Beartooth Mountains, ski trips, and trips to Yellowstone National Park. Billings also provides students with opportunities for fine dining, shopping, music performances, and art exhibits. The College also offers nine collegiate athletic teams for men and women, intramurals, community service opportunities, music and theatre clubs, and numerous student activities.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1878
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ, Methodist, and Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $22,154,001


When applying to Rocky Mountain College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is February 15. The application fee at Rocky Mountain College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 61.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rocky Mountain College is 12:1, and the school has 66.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rocky Mountain College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Transportation and Materials Moving; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 10%
Transportation and Materials Moving 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Rocky Mountain College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,007, with a gender distribution of 51.3 percent male students and 48.7 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus. Rocky Mountain College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,087
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Rocky Mountain College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Rocky Mountain College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rocky Mountain College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rocky Mountain College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Rocky Mountain College, 77.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,404.

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Tuition and fees $23,718 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,430 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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