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Michigan Technological University

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Commonly referred to as MTU, Michigan Tech, or simply Tech; Michigan Technological University is a public research University located in Houghton, Michigan. It was originally founded in 1885 as the first post-secondary institution to train mining engineers to operate the local copper mines. After a few name and status changes, the institute was finally renamed as Michigan Technological University under the presidency of J. Robert Van Pelt. The main campus is spread across an area of over 920 acres.


Michigan Tech is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission. The institute also has several discipline based accreditations from agencies such as Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

MTU offers more than 130 degree programs in diverse areas of study. The institute is known for its academic excellence in computing, business, engineering, natural and physical sciences, economics, technology, environmental studies, arts, humanities, and social sciences. The students can also earn diverse certificate programs such as Advanced Electric Power Engineering, International Sustainable Development Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Mine Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Water Resources Systems, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering, and many others.

Michigan Tech also has a research department. The sponsored program area supports the strategic research and education goals of the university by helping faculty, staff, and students in the development of research, education, outreach, and fellowship proposals. The proposal development staff helps to develop and submit the complex and interdisciplinary work with students to develop competitive fellowship proposals. It is comprised of comprehensive training and meetings to assist with finding funding, collaboration, proposal writing, and creating competitive proposals.

Schools and Colleges:

Michigan Tech is composed of the following academic schools and colleges: The College of Engineering; The College of Sciences and Arts; The School of Business and Economics; The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; and The School of Technology.

MTU Online:

Michigan Tech offers online education for the students who are unable to attend a traditional college. Such students can benefit from the online courses and earn an entire degree or certificate without having to attend traditional classes. MTU offers a variety of additional assistance to allow online students access the library, classes and other important materials through the Internet.

Some of the online programs offered are MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering; Tech MBA Online; Master of Science in Integrated Geospatial Technology; Certificate in Advanced Electric Power; Certificate in Electric Power Engineering; and Physics Classes Online.

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Freshman students seeking admission to Michigan Tech must send their completed application form along with official high school and/or college transcripts and their official ACT or SAT test scores to the university. Letters of recommendation or separate scholarship applications are not required. Getting a transfer to MTU is also fairly easy. Transfer applicants must be sure to send official copies of their transcripts from all previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Students from non-English speaking backgrounds must take a test to provide a proof of their proficiency in the English language. MTU offers a variety of support services for the international exchange programs and partnerships.

Financial Aid

Michigan Tech offers financial aid to help needy and deserving students pay for their college education. The types of financial aid available at Michigan Tech include grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Grants and scholarships are like gifts that do not require any repayment. Some of the grants offered at MTU are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and University Student Award.

Students can also apply for the federal and state scholarships available at Michigan Tech. Some of them are Leading Scholars, Noyce Scholarship, Presidential Scholars (PSP), Michigan Alumni Legacy (MALA), Summer Youth Diversity (SYDIA), Michigan Tech Transfer Scholarship (MTTS), Michigan Technological University Merit (NMS), Wade McCree, Diversity Incentive Awards, National Scholars (NSP), and Michigan Tech Transfer Scholarship.

Michigan Tech also offers loan programs to help students pay for college; however, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. The type of loans offered to eligible MTU students are federal direct Stafford loans, federal Perkins loans, TECHAID student loans, federal direct PLUS parent loans, federal direct PLUS graduate loans, and alternative loans. The university also offers student employment programs that enable students to take part-time jobs to pay for college while gaining work experience at the same time.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2855th for the average student loan amount.
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Michigan Tech boasts an active and vibrant student life. The university offers a variety of activities and events for the students to participate and enjoy. The campus offers the perfect platform for students to come together, make lifelong friendships, and undergo an overall personality development. Some of the diverse activities that the MTU students enjoy include biking, hiking, paddling, camping, golf and much more.

Student Organizations:

The students can also join any of the student organizations, which include Alpha Phi Omega, Film Board, Student Entertainment Board, WMTU—University Radio, and Student Local Resource Guide. Greek life also has a strong presence on the campus. There are several sororities and fraternities including Sigma Tau Gamma (Sig Tau’s), Sigma Rho, Epsilon Pi Tau – Delta Zeta Chapter, Beta Sigma Theta (Bet Sigs), and Alpha Delta Alpha.

The campus is a hub of cultural experiences. It is home to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts; Seaman Mineral Museum; and several other cultural resources.

Campus Facilities:

Michigan Tech offers housing facilities for students wanting to live on campus. The department of residence life is committed to maintain a safe, comfortable housing atmosphere that values friendship and academic success. The residence halls and apartments are well furnished and equipped with all the modern amenities for the convenience of the students.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Michigan Tech’s athletic department sponsors athletic teams in diverse sports including basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, nordic skiing, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Huskies. Michigan Tech competes in the NCAA’s Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; and the men’s hockey team competes in Division I as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.


K-Day is a very old, fall-semester tradition which introduces students into the academic year with live music, food, and physical activity. If the weather permits, student organizations arrange booths at the McLain State Park.

Football Homecoming allows the students to exhibit their spirit through various activities such as a bonfire, pep rally, cookout, powder-puff football, community service projects, cardboard boat races, a parade, and more.

Winter Carnival is another popular tradition at Michigan Tech, which registers over 200 inches of snow in a season. The three-day event includes snow-statue-building, snow volleyball, ice bowling, cross-country ski races, ice fishing, a stage revue, fireworks, and the Sno-ball dance.


Prominent Michigan Tech alumni include:

  • David House, former Vice President of Intel
  • Davis Payne, head coach of the St. Louis Blues
  • Donald Shell, creator of the Shell sort
  • Melvin Calvin, Nobel Laureate and discoverer of the Calvin Cycle
  • Kanwal Rekhi, businessman and entrepreneurship promoter in the Silicon Valley
  • John Vartan, businessman and philanthropist


  • Michigan Technological University. 2011.
  • Michigan Technological University. General Books LLC, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in Michigan and 211th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 428th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population9,006 (7,588 urban / 1,418 rural)
Households2,904 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,361
Families1,372 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2601

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 585th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,470 $13,470 $28,350
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $258 $258 $258
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $510 $510 $1,050
FT Graduate Tuition $14,202 $14,202 $14,202
FT Graduate Required Fees $238 $238 $238
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $789 $789 $789
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,375 $26,375 $41,255
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,375 $26,375 $41,255
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,200 $17,200 $32,080

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,853 $13,353 $12,853 $13,353 $25,948 $27,258
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,648 $8,865
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,456 $2,260
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,648 $8,865
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,456 $2,260
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,456 $2,260

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,520 (3,209 male / 1,311 female)
Admitted 3,462 (2,467 male / 995 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 1,153 (873 male / 280 female)
FT Enrollment 1,151 (872 male / 279 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment6,975

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

192nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

156th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1100 / 1330

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,981
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,897
Board Fee$4,278

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 252 16 26 10 5 1,106 62 1,489
Accounting 7 15 2 24
Actuarial Science
Anthropology 1 1
Applied Economics
Archeology 1 1 2
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9 1 10
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 2 40 3 48
Bioinformatics 1 1 1 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 34 3 41
Business Administration and Management, General 11 1 1 2 2 29 2 48
Chemical Engineering 7 2 1 1 64 2 79
Chemistry, General 2 1 9 1 13
Chemistry, Other
Civil Engineering, General 11 1 107 5 126
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 7 7
Cognitive Science 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 4 1 30 1 36
Computer Science 11 1 40 52
Computer Software Engineering 8 1 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4 4
Construction Management 8 8
Ecology 4 1 5
Economics, General 1 9 1 11
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 52 4 2 1 75 8 144
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 8 10
Electromechanical Engineering 14 1 4 1 20
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Technology, General
Engineering, General 3 6 9
English Language and Literature, General 3 3
Environmental Science 1 8 2 11
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 7 2 34 2 45
Finance, General 3 1 11 15
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 2 6 8
Forestry, General 1 1 26 3 31
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 5 6
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 2 8 1 11
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 5 1 9
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1
German Language and Literature
History, General 2 1 3
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1
Industrial Technology/Technician 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International and Intercultural Communication 1 1 8 1 11
International/Global Studies 10 10
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 26 1 28
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 2
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 6 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 9 1 13
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 2
Materials Engineering 1 1 18 1 23
Mathematics, General 8 16 1 26
Mechanical Engineering 84 1 2 1 209 5 303
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 17 3 21
Medical Informatics
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 5 7
Mining and Mineral Engineering 1 1
Molecular Genetics
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 1 26 1 29
Operations Management and Supervision 6 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 12 12
Physics, General 2 14 1 17
Psychology, General 16 1 17
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 1 5 1 8
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 5 6
Social Sciences, General 5 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 5
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 8 9
Surveying Engineering 9 9
Sustainability Studies 1 1 7 1 10
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 3 3
Technical and Scientific Communication 4 1 15 20
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Water Resources Engineering 1 3 4
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 7 7
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology 1 1
Writing, General 1 1 4 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 634th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $82,277 ($86,263 male / $70,896 female)
Number of FT Faculty 402 (288 male / 114 female)
Number of PT Faculty 454
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $13,161,061

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