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Rocky Mountain College
Rocky Seal
Established 1878
Type Private
Students 898
Undergraduates 848
Postgraduates 50
Location Billings, Mont., USA
Campus Suburban, 60 acres
Athletics 14 sports
Colors Forest Green and Vegas Gold
Mascot Battlin' Bears
Affiliations NAIA

Rocky Mountain College (informal: Rocky or RMC), located in Billings, Montana, is a private comprehensive college offering more than 25 liberal arts- and professionally-oriented majors. In fall 2006, the college had 898 enrolled students. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ.

Rocky is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in quality and a "best value" among comprehensive colleges in the Western United States. Rocky also maintains a 99% placement rate for students pursuing graduate school educations.

Mr. Michael R. Mace, Rocky's president, announced in October 2006 that there had been a 20.8% increase in the college's assets over the total from the same time during the previous year. Mace began his presidency in October 2005 and in his first year saw the largest amount of undesignated funds raised in the history of the institution.

Some of Rocky's less traditional academic offerings include aviation programs, equestrian programs, and physician assistant programs.

Rocky Mountain College competes in the NAIA's Frontier Conference. Its athletic teams are known as the "Battlin' Bears" (usually referred to as "Bears"). In 2005 and 2007, RMC won the National Collegiate Skiing Championship. In 2009, Rocky won the NAIA Men's National Basketball Championship, taking home its first NAIA title in any sport.



Rocky Mountain College indirectly traces its history to the 1878 founding of the Montana Collegiate Institute in Deer Lodge, Montana. Later renamed College of Montana, that institution closed in 1916, and in 1923 its assets were incorporated into Intermountain Union College, located in Helena. Intermountain Union, in turn, relocated to Billings after 1935, merging with the Billings Polytechnic Institute to create today's Rocky Mountain College. The existence of a private, postsecondary institution in Billings dates from 1908, the year Billings Polytechnic was founded. [1] On March 25, 2008, the Aviation Program lost one of its new 'glass cockpit' Piper Archer III aircraft in an accident. [2] Again, on November 23, 2009, another College aircraft, N7927R, a 1969 BE33 (CJ20) was involved in a student induced gear-up landing. Damage to the aircraft is unknown. The same aircraft suffered a nose gear collapse two years prior while also being operated by Rocky Mountain College. [3]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Malone, Michael P. (1976). Montana: A History of Two Centuries. Seattle: University of Washington Press. pp. 276–277. ISBN 0-295-95756-5.  
  2. ^ NTSB Preliminary Accident Report. Seattle: US Government; NTSB. 2008.  
  3. ^ November 2009. Mastery Flight Training. 2009.  

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Coordinates: 45°47′47″N 108°33′17″W / 45.796386°N 108.554788°W / 45.796386; -108.554788



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