Rocky Mountain College
Rocky Seal
Former names
Montana Collegiate Institute (1878–1883)
College of Montana (1883–1916)
Intermountain Union College (1923–1935)
Billings Polytechnic Institute (1908–1947)
TypePrivate college
Established1878; 146 years ago (1878)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ
Academic affiliations
Endowment$32.9 million (2020)[1]
PresidentRobert Wilmouth
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 60 acres (24 ha)
Forest Green and Vegas Gold
NicknameBattlin' Bears
Sporting affiliations

Rocky Mountain College (Rocky or RMC) is a private college in Billings, Montana. It offers 50 liberal arts and professional majors in 24 undergraduate disciplines.[2] As of 2013, the college had 1,069 enrolled students.[3] RMC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ.


Rocky Mountain College traces its history to the 1878 founding of the Montana Collegiate Institute in Deer Lodge, Montana. Renamed the College of Montana, that institution closed in 1916, and in 1923 its assets and those of Montana Wesleyan College were incorporated into Intermountain Union College (IUC) in Helena. A former president of the College of Montana, Lewis Eaton, founded the Billings Polytechnic Institute (BPI) in 1908 as Billings's first post-secondary institution.[4] RMC remains on Poly Drive, which leads to campus from downtown Billings. Intermountain Union relocated to the Billings Polytechnic campus after a series of earthquakes destroyed its Helena buildings in 1935. IUC merged with BPI in 1947, when students named their own school to create today's Rocky Mountain College.

Since the merger of Intermountain Union College and Billings Polytechnic Institute, Rocky Mountain College has had the following presidents:


Rocky Mountain College is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Office of Public Instruction for the State of Montana for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education accredits the physician assistant program for the Physician Assistant ARC-PA, while the Aeronautical Science major and Aviation Management major at Rocky Mountain College are both accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).


RMC's athletic teams are the Battlin' Bears. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Frontier Conference for most of its sports since the 1936–37 academic year; its skiing teams compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).

RMC competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include football, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and track & field (indoor and outdoor); women's include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball; and co-ed sports include cheerleading, ski racing and stunt.


In 2014, the Battlin' Bears men's basketball team won the Frontier Conference championship and three teammates were named to the NAIA All-America team.[5][6] In 2009, the Battlin' Bears men's basketball team won the NAIA Division I National Championship, the school's first NAIA title.


The Battlin' Bears women's ski team, which competes in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA), won a national championship in 2014.[7] The men's ski team won RMC's first national sports championship in 2005, continuing to take national championships again in 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Rocky Mountain College. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.
  3. ^ "Fall 2013 Student Body Profile" (PDF). Rocky Mountain College. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.
  4. ^ Malone, Michael P.; Roeder, Richard B.; Lang, William L. (1976). Montana: A History of Two Centuries. Seattle: University of Washington Press. pp. 276–277. ISBN 0-295-95756-5.
  5. ^ Bighaus, Bill (11 Mar 2014). "Rocky men rout Westminster to win 2nd straight Frontier tourney title, 93-64". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.
  6. ^ Gazette, staff (26 Mar 2014). "3 Bears on NAIA's All-America team". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.
  7. ^ Gazette, staff (14 Mar 2014). "Rocky Women win first national ski national ski championship". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.

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