About RMC

About us

RMC is a small, private college that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition focused on academic success.

The product of the merger of three institutions, RMC has as its heritage both liberal arts and polytechnic roots. The distinguishing characteristic of today’s Rocky Mountain College is its commitment to putting the liberal arts in action through its combination of professions-oriented programs rooted in a liberal arts core, traditional liberal arts programs, and graduate programs designed and executed to provide education over training. The College focuses on educating the whole person, elevating graduates, and serving our communities.
Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of Montana, and some claim it is Montana’s oldest continuous business. Whether or not that is true does not change the fact that the College is rapidly approaching its sesquicentennial, which we will celebrate in 2028.

Rocky Mountain College Buildings on Campus


Alden Hall

  • Alden Hall was constructed in 1937.
  • The funds for the building were raised as part of one of the many major fundraising efforts by the Eaton brothers.
  • Alden Hall was made possible by a gift of the Alden Trust, founded by the late George Alden of Worcester, Mass.
  • It was the last permanent structure built on the campus until the Paul M. Adams Memorial Library was built in 1959.
  • Alden Hall served as a men's dormitory until 1973 when it was converted to faculty offices and classrooms.

Anderson Hall

  • The students of the 1969 business management class became involved in the decision process for the creation of Anderson Hall by completing a short case study of the proposed new residence hall.
  • The namesake for the new residence hall was Lula Jellison Anderson.
  • Anderson was born in 1890 in Ubet, Mont., and later moved to Billings and attended Billings Polytechnic Institute.
  • She graduated in 1911 as a member of the first graduating class of the institute.
  • Anderson Hall was completed in 1970, with 20,000 square feet for housing 82 students as well as the residence hall director.
  • The hall was remodeled in 1998.

Bair Family Student Center

  • Bair Family Student Center was constructed in 1960. It was first remodeled in 1985 and again in 1995. Renovations doubled the size of the building to 30,000 square feet.
  • It is named for the Charles M. Bair Family Trust that was created after the death of philanthropist Alberta Bair in 1993.
  • The building houses dining services, including a cafeteria and the Bear's Den coffeeshop, a student lounge, the RMC bookstore, the mailroom, Outdoor Recreation and Student Activities programs, and Administrative offices.
  • Solar panels on top of the building provide more than 13kW of power. Students may track the output on a touchscreen in the hallway.
  • An interesting aspect of the building is the 13-foot metal bear sculpture by Lyndon Pomeroy erected south of the building. The artwork was sponsored by Hoiness LaBar Insurance, Ossie Abrams, and David Orser.

Bair Science Center

  • The fall of 1981 included the opening ceremony for the Bair Science Center, officially named the Charles M. Bair Family Center for the Sciences.
  • The construction of the new building allowed the biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics departments to move from Eaton and Tyler Halls.
  • Bair Science Center is scheduled for renovation.

History and Tradition

From its inception in 1878, Rocky Mountain College students have been leaders. They took it upon themselves to accelerate the expansion of the College, constructing new buildings as a way of paying for their tuition.

Co-Curricular Activity

The College recognizes the educational value of co-curricular activities. There are a variety of student activities provided by the College such as athletics, outdoor recreation, theatre, community service, music, clubs, and campus ministry. Through participation, a student may gain an understanding of fellow students, increase his or her desire to serve the world, and acquire the skills necessary to live and work with others.

Rocky Mountain Magic

Shaped by the Yellowstone River and sheltered by the Rims, Billings is the cradle of progressive regional commerce providing healthcare, transportation, diverse educational opportunities, cuisine, arts and culture.

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