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Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University is a leading research institution in technological advancement and innovation. The...

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Michigan Technological University is a leading research institution in technological advancement and innovation. The student to faculty ratio of 11:1 provides a collaborative environment where research leads to discovery and where students can grow to become leaders. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,645 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
73% male 27% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
410 full-time faculty
41 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
92% of first year students live on campus
47% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses  
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 1%
White 86%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

The Enterprise Program

Enterprise brings together students of varying disciplines to work on real-world client projects. Each team functions like a company, where every individual brings something valuable to the table. Client projects can range from a service to a product. There are awesome opportunities available through Enterprise. Some students get to create and test their own prototypes, while other teams get to work abroad. During the business process, participants get to work with industry leaders, government organizations, members of the community, and faculty advisors. In the past, students have worked with companies like: 

  • General Motors
  • Kimberly Clark 
  • The Department of Energy 

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an awesome way to learn about another country’s culture, food, and language. Undergraduates that go abroad gain skills in cross-cultural communication, independent living, and problem solving. Because there are so many benefits to participation, Michigan Tech encourages all eligible students to seek out international opportunities during their undergraduate experience. Study abroad can take many different forms: semester, year-long, summer, and faculty-led programs. The semester/year-long programs are ideal for students that can afford to take the time away from their major. Participants that go abroad for a longer stretch of time are more likely to develop the skills mentioned above. However, there are also options (summer and short term faculty-led programs) for students that have scheduling conflicts. Below are some of available destinations: 

Semester and Yearlong: 


Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

University Student Learning Goals

Michigan Tech approaches undergraduate education from 8 different university student learning goals (USLG). Each goal outlines a specific skill or purpose within the core curriculum. Michigan Tech considers the 8 goals to be a vital part of the overall educational experience. 

Disciplinary Knowledge: Students must demonstrate both a breadth of knowledge across multiple subjects and a deep understanding of a specific discipline.

Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World: Students must develop an understanding of the physical and natural world through courses in mathematics and science. 

Global Literacy: Students must become globally literate individuals that can analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Students will learn to become, not only accepting of diversity, but curious about it. Global literacy also pushes students to reflect upon their actions and how they affect the rest of humanity. 

Critical and Creative Thinking: Students will learn how to become critical and creative thinkers. As they develop their skills, students must actively contribute as both individuals and members of a group. 

Communication: The ability to effectively communicate is incredibly important, and it’s a skill students need to master in order to be successful. This USLG includes both oral and written communication, across multiple platforms. 

Information Literacy: Students must develop strong information literacy skills in order to effectively utilize resources and outside information. 

Technology: Students will learn how to use technology, as well as understand how society is affected by the industry. 

Social Responsibly and Ethical Reasoning: Students will learn to assess their actions against the needs of society. This goal also includes the development of responsibility and the commitment to act as an engaged, thoughtful citizen. 

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Faculty-led programs take place in the summer and generally last 2-3 weeks. In a faculty-led experience, students get to learn from Michigan Tech professors while they explore a new city. This is especially unique because it allows the Michigan Tech experience to extend beyond the campus and into various foreign destinations. Currently, there are three faculty-led programs available: 

England: Explore the English-Scottish Border

Spain: Explore the Spanish Language and Culture

Paris–London: Explore Two of Europe’s Bustling Cities 

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: All students are required to take a course in Global Issues, which covers contemporary global issues, their origins, impacts, and solutions.  The course emphasizes comparative exploration, global literacy and information literacy.

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 244 242 242 90 84 135 33 1070

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) offer students the opportunity to engage with peers that share similar interests and academic goals. There are countless benefits to participation, including: stronger academic performance, support from peers, and extra attention from peer staff members. Michigan tech currently offers eight RLCs: 

Computer Science: The Computer Science RLC is great for students interested in computers and related technology. Generally, students involved in this program are pursuing a major in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Systems Science. 

First Year Experience: The First Year Experience is an introductory RLC. Individuals that want to ease into college can join this community and share their first experiences with other first year students. Members are given extra support from faculty and staff so that the transition goes as smoothly as possible. There are also several activities that promote community bonding. 

Forest Resources & Environmental Science: The Forest Resources & Environment RLC is perfect for students that have a passion for nature. Members of this community are pursuing majors in forestry, applied ecology and environmental sciences, and wildlife ecology and management. 

Leadership: Students wishing to develop their leadership skills are invited to join the Leadership RLC. In this community, students are taught to apply their skills to everyday situations in and around the campus. Through hands-on experience, students develop into leaders that can take initiative and produce great results. 

Summit: Summit promotes all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Students involved in this community agree to live a substance-free life while they pursue their education and personal endeavors. Residents explore topics of balance, mental & physical well being , and exercise. 

Visual & Performing Arts: The VPA RLC is a great option for students interested in all areas of the arts. In this community, members share their passion for visual and performing art like music, graphic design, and photography. 

Women in Engineering: This community is specifically designed for women interested in a career in engineering. The RLC programming is tailored to the needs of the members, and many of the activities inolve academic support and networking. Students in this RLC also have the opportunity to get involved with the Society of Women Engineers. 

All students that choose to participate in an RLC must take a one credit “Creating your Success” course. 

Clubs & Organizations

College is so much more than lectures and homework. Michigan Tech wants its students to be active outside of the classroom because there are so many benefits to getting involved. Students that join clubs and organizations have the opportunity to share their interests with like-minded peers, as well as learn from students that come from different backgrounds. Michigan Tech offers over 240 organizations, which means endless opportunities for its 7,000 students. Clubs are broken up by category: 

  • Academic 
  • Arts & Culture
  • Awareness
  • Club Sports
  • Committees and Initiatives
  • Faith-Based
  • Governance 
  • Greek Life
  • Honors
  • Programming and Social 
  • Service 
  • Student Life
  • Student Publication 


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Admissions Fall 2015

5,386 Total Applicants
4,063 Total Admissions
1,277 Total Freshmen Enrollment

75.44% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Priority Date: Jan 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record

Class rank
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 545 665
SAT Math 565 690
SAT Writing 505 625
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 25 29
ACT English 23 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $13,986 $29,950
Fees $300 $300
Total $14,286 $30,250
Room and Board (on campus) $9,857 $9,857
Room Only $5,486 $5,486
Board Only $4,371 $4,371
Estimated Total On Campus $24,143 $40,107


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$15,630 First year students
$14,294 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

72.9% on average, the percentage of need that was met
19% of financial need students that had need fully met

$7,728 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,618 Average need-based loan

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