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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 gives way to a collaborative environment in which student research leads to amazing discovery.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,697 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
73% male — 27% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
484 full-time faculty
49 part-time faculty
12 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 in which every individual brings something valuable to the table, bringing their skills together to engage in client projects that range from developing a service to creating 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 have the chance 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, and The Department of Energy.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an awesome way to learn about another country’s culture, food, and language. Undergraduates who 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 who can afford to take the time away from their major and enrich their experience through a full, long-term immersion in such countries as Argentina, China, Denmark, Ghana, and Italy. There are also options, however, for those who need to fulfill their major requirements but nevertheless want to explore the world around them. Through summer and short-term, faculty-led programs, students can go on an abbreviated yet incredible trip to Greece, Israel, Japan, Norway, or Thailand.

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, altogether contributing to the educational experience.

Disciplinary Knowledge: Students must demonstrate both a breadth of knowledge across multiple subjects as well as a deep understanding of their specific field of study.

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 who can analyze issues from multiple perspectives. They learn not only to accept diversity, but to be actively 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 learn how to become critical and creative thinkers. As they develop their skills, they must contribute actively both as individuals and as members of a group.

Communication: The ability to communicate effectively is incredibly important and crucial in success. Students are challenged to develop proficient skills in oral and written communication across multiple platforms.

Information Literacy: Students must develop strong skills in information literacy so that they may take full advantage of their resources they have at hand.

Technology: Students must learn how to use technology effectively as well as how to interpret the effects of technology on society.

Social Responsibly and Ethical Reasoning: Students must assess the impact of their own actions on the needs of their society at large. They are to take responsibility for their actions and commit to engaging in thoughtful citizenship.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Faculty-led programs, which generally last 2-3 weeks, take students on excursions around the world during the summer intersession. These experiences enable students to explore a new city while still receiving the amazing instruction from their Michigan Tech professors. With so many benefits to short, faculty-led travel, the Michigan Tech experience thrives far beyond campus walls. Examples of past faculty-led programs include an exploration of the English-Scottish border, an immersion in Spain’s language and culture, and a joint exploration of both Paris and London.

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 who 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 who want to ease into college can join this community and share their first experiences with other first-year students, establishing a foundation of friendship and camaraderie early on in college. Members are given extra support from faculty and staff so that the transition goes as smoothly as possible, and several activities promote year-round community bonding.

Forest Resources & Environmental Science: The Forest Resources & Environment RLC is perfect for students who have a passion for nature. Members of this community are typically pursuing majors in Forestry, Applied Ecology, and Environmental Sciences as well as Wildlife Ecology and Management.

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

Summit: Summit promotes all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Students involved in this community agree to live substance-free lives while they pursue their educational and personal endeavors. Residents explore topics of balance, mental & physical wellbeing, 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 such visual and performing arts as music, graphic design, and photography.

Women in Engineering: This community is specifically designed for women interested in pursuing a career in engineering. The program tailors to the academic needs of its members, hosting activities that involve support and professional networking. Students in this RLC also have the opportunity to get involved with the Society of Women Engineers.

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 extracurricular involvement. Clubs and organizations are the perfect platform for students to meet and bond with like-minded peers as well as to learn from others with different perspectives and 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; and 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 Freshman 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

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 670
SAT Math 560 690
SAT Writing 500 630
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 25 29
ACT English 23 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $14,630 $30,788
Fees $300 $300
Total $14,930 $31,088
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 $24,787 $40,945 


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