Michigan Technological University
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1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931


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Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan

Michigan Technological University students create the future in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences. A total of 7,000 students from all fifty states and more than sixty nations enjoy beautiful Upper Michigan while pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees. Michigan Tech is rated among the top-tier of national universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” and student comments in the 2012 Princeton Review stated that Michigan Tech “provides an atmosphere that nurtures learning” and “puts students first when it comes to their learning experience by providing hands-on experience.”

Students from many majors work together on real-world industry projects as part of the Enterprise program, from cleaner snowmobiles and improved forest management to better skateboards and videogames. Michigan Tech has one of the nation’s largest programs in scientific and technical communication and has top-ten enrollments in environmental and mechanical engineering.

The newest addition to campus is the Great Lakes Research Center, which will open in 2013. Located on the Keweenaw Waterway, the center will house laboratories and classrooms supporting researchers and students working with Great Lakes biological, chemical and physical studies. The facility will be designed and equipped in support of instruction, experimental laboratories and outreach efforts..

More than 57.2 percent of students are enrolled in the College of Engineering. The College of Sciences and Arts accounts for 24.5 percent; Graduate School, 17.8 percent; the School of Business and Economics, 6.7 percent; the School of Technology, 5.2 percent; and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, 4.0 percent. Michigan Tech’s graduate programs continue to grow in stature. Enrollment is increasing while students gain access to the latest theories, equipment, and scholarship while working closely with faculty members who are acknowledged leaders in their fields.

Michigan Tech is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET; and the surveying program is accredited by the Related Accreditation Commission of ABET. The forestry program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters, the chemistry program offers American Chemical Society-approved options, and the secondary teacher certification programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Education. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier business accrediting organization in the US. Only about 400 US. business programs (of 1,200 nationwide) have earned this distinction.

Traditions include K-Day, which is an afternoon to enjoy McLain State Park on the shores of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake. The Parade of Nations is a celebration (including food) of more than sixty nations of the world who have students and faculty and staff members at Michigan Tech. During homecoming weekend, students enjoy a football game, queen coronation, contests, and various special events. The biggest event is Winter Carnival, when massive snow statues emerge on campus and in the towns. Skits, queen competition, first-class entertainment, ice hockey, numerous special events (including broomball), and tourists everywhere make this a great event. Before hitting the books one more time for finals, students take a break on the campus mall for Spring Fling and celebrate with games, food booths, music, and more.

Location and Community
Michigan Tech is situated on the Keweenaw Waterway in the hills of Houghton in a safe, friendly environment, and the local area offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, including the University’s own ski hill; cross-country skiing, running, and biking trails; and golf course. A waterfront jogging and biking trail cuts through the campus.

Houghton is located about a 4-hours’ drive from Green Bay, 7 hours from Minneapolis, and 10 hours from Detroit. The Houghton County Memorial Airport (code CMX) has twice daily flights to Chicago that connect to other major cities and bus service to Houghton is also available.

Academic Life
Michigan Tech operates on a fifteen-week (including finals week) fall and spring semester system, and there are three options available for summer: two 7-week tracks and one 14-week track. Typically, it takes 128 credits to graduate, but the amount varies by department. Students must also complete the general education requirements, which seek to develop in each student fundamental scholastic habits of careful reading, communication, critical reasoning, balanced analysis and argument; the habit of applying multiple disciplinary perspectives in interpretation, analysis, and creative problem solving; respect for diversity and awareness of complex contexts of their study and their work; and knowledge of a broad range of topics and disciplines complementary to the major.

Some graduate courses are open to undergraduates with faculty approval. The International Programs and Services Office helps international students adjust to life in Houghton, and nearly 1,000 students come from approximately sixty other nations to study at Michigan Tech.

Majors Offered
Undergraduate degrees offered are:


Applied Physics—BS

Audio Production and Technology—BS

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology Focus—BS

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry Focus—BS


Biological Sciences—BS

General Biology

Health professions

Pre-Chiropractic Medicine





Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physician Assistantship

Pre-Podiatric Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sports Medicine

Biomedical Engineering—BS

Chemical Engineering—BS




Chemical Physics



Chemistry, Pharmaceutical—BS

Civil Engineering—BS

Clinical Laboratory Science—BS

3+1 or 4+1 Cytotechnology

3+1 or 4+1 Histotechnology

Communication, Culture, and Media—BA

Contemporary Culture

Language and Diversity


Computer Engineering—BS

Computer Network and System Administration—BS

Computer Science—BS


Computer Science

Information Systems

Software Engineering

Computer Systems Science—BS

Construction Management—BS

Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Applied—BS


Electrical Engineering—BS


Electrical Engineering Technology—BS


Service Systems

Engineering, General


Environmental Engineering—BS

Exercise Science—BS



Geological Engineering—BS


Geophysics, Applied—BS


Liberal Arts, History—BA


Management Information Systems—BS


Materials Science and Engineering—BS


Actuarial Science


Discrete Mathematics

Education Preparation

General Mathematics


Mechanical Engineering—BS

Mechanical Engineering Technology—BS

Operations and Systems Management—BS



Sciences and Arts, General

Scientific and Technical

Communication—BA, BS

Secondary Teacher Certification—BS



Computer Science

Earth Science



Integrated Science



Social Studies

Technology and Design

Social Sciences—BS

Liberal Arts (History)—BA

Law and Society

Software Engineering—BS

Sound Design—BA

Sports and Fitness Management—BS

Surveying Engineering—BS

Theatre and Electronic Media Performance—BA

Theatre and Entertainment Technology—BA, BS

Wildlife Ecology and Management—BS

Michigan Tech offers certificate programs in Advanced Modern Language, Actuarial Science, Coaching Endorsement, Electric Power Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Global Technological Leadership, Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering, Industrial Forestry, International Sustainable Development Engineering, Media, Modern Language, Writing, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Michigan Tech’s minors are Aerospace Studies, American Studies, Applied Geophysics, Art, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioprocess Engineering, Chemistry, Coaching Fundamentals, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Data Acquisition and Industrial Control, Diversity Studies, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Materials, Enterprise, Environmental Studies, Ethics and Philosophy, Fish Biology, French, Geological Engineering, German, Historical Studies, Hydrogen Technology, International French, International German, International Spanish, International Studies, Journalism, Law and Society, Manufacturing, Mathematical Sciences, Microbiology, Military Arts and Science, Minerals Processing, Mining, Municipal Engineering, Music, Music Composition, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physics, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Sciences, Polymer Science and Engineering, Product Design, Psychology, Remote Sensing, Social and Behavioral Studies, Spanish, Structural Materials, Technical Theatre, Theatre Arts

Facilities and Resources
The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library contains more than 800,000 volumes, subscribes to 10,000 online journals and 49,000 e-books. Enabling students to master information literacy is an important service throught students’ curriculum. A state-of-the-art digital studio and a modern, inviting library is central to student life. The archives maintain a collection of original materials concerning the history of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, including the records of significant copper mining companies and historical digital images. Please visit www.mtu.edu/library for more information.

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is within walking distance of all residence halls and features nationally known lecturers, musicians, comedians, and theatrical performers as well as Michigan Tech’s own productions. The student-run newspaper, the Lode, has won national and state awards and the campus radio station, WMTU, allows students to be disc jockeys. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the official “Mineralogical Museum of Michigan,” is the home of one of the nation’s premier collections of crystals, minerals, and ores. The collection contains more than 30,000 specimens, including the world’s finest display from Michigan’s copper and iron mining districts.

Campus Life
The entire campus is wireless, and residence halls are close to classes and feature Finnish saunas, their own cable TV system, lounges, and weightlifting and laundry facilities. First-year students must live in the residence halls, and they can choose from meal plans and numerous food options and eat at the cafeterias in Wadsworth, McNair, or Douglass Houghton Halls. Some cafeterias are open later, especially during exam weeks, and students can also eat, relax, and study at the Memorial Union, the center of campus life and home to many student organization offices and the Campus Bookstore. Guides to off-campus housing are available.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
In athletics, the hockey Huskies have been national champions three times and compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Football, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross-country, track, and women’s soccer and volleyball teams compete in the Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference against teams from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois. The women’s basketball team was the national runners-up in 2011. Most Michigan Tech students compete in intramural sports in everything from Ultimate Frisbee to wrestling and from water polo to floor hockey. Club sports include lacrosse, women’s hockey, and paintball. The biggest game on campus, however, is broomball, where students slide around on ice and hit a rubber ball with brooms. One has to see it to believe it. The Student Development Complex includes health center, swimming and diving pools, gyms (one with running track), rifle range, ice arena, weight room, and more. A new child care center is nearby.

Tuition is $11,175 for Michigan residents and $23,685 for out-of-state students for an academic year; room and board costs $8,462. Required fees and computer fees total approximately $1,200, and books and supplies total approximately $1,200.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Currently, 91 percent of Michigan Tech’s students receive financial aid, totaling approximately $79 million annually. Four kinds of assistance are available to Michigan Tech students.

  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of student potential and, in some cases, financial need.
  • Grants may be provided by the federal and state government or by Michigan Tech and do not need to be repaid.
  • Student loans, in which payment of the interest and principal on need-based loans does not begin until after students leave Michigan Tech.
  • Part-time employment, which consists of on-campus student employment opportunities.

 The financial aid process begins with filing an application for admission. Students should apply for admission by January 15 of the year in which they plan to enroll.

Admission Requirements
Michigan Tech has a selective admissions policy. The University admits only those applicants who give definite evidence that they are qualified through education, academic capability, aptitudes, interests, and character to complete the University’s requirements. Once students are accepted for admission, every effort is made by the faculty and staff members to help students realize their potential.

Michigan Technological University
Admissions Office
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295



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