Michigan Technological University

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1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

Phone: (906) 487-1885
2013-2014 Tuition
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#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. National Universities

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Michigan Technological University is a public institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,625, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 925 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Michigan Technological University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 117. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,728 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,608 (2013-14).

Michigan Technological University is located in the small town of Houghton on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Lake Superior, about 100 miles north of the Wisconsin border. Students at Michigan Tech can choose from more than 120 undergraduate areas of study, as well as many master's degree programs, including those in the schools of business and engineering. Students at Michigan conduct research, often one-on-one with their professors, and have the opportunity to present what they learned at an undergraduate expo. Enterprise teams, which are groups of students of varying majors who work together to solve real-world problems, also present at the expo.

In their free time, Michigan Tech students can participate in more than 200 organizations, Greek life or intramural sports. The university also has many traditions for students to follow, such as the annual Winter Carnival that takes advantage of the area's impressive snowfall with ice sculpture contests, snow volleyball, cross-country ski races and the "Sno-Ball"dance. Student athletes can try out for the NCAA Division I Michigan Tech Huskies men's hockey team or play for the many other varsity sports teams, which compete in Division II.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

For more than 125 years, Michigan Tech faculty have explored the boundaries of knowledge while mentoring undergraduate and graduate students to become citizens who improve our world. Michigan Tech students create the future in 130 degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences. Students in our Enterprise Program work with industry sponsors on projects such as improved snowboards, homeland security, wireless communications, environmental sustainability, hybrid electric vehicles, and nanosatellites. Business students won a national investment competition two years in a row, and the Clean Snowmobile Challenge team hosts the annual international competition. Programs such as Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and Make A Difference Day positively impact communities here and around the globe. Students have created artificial limbs for India, sent a mobile clinic to Ghana, helped with earthquake mitigation in Central America, and much more. In fact, Michigan Tech has the nation's largest Master's International Peace Corps program. University research covers a broad spectrum, from wolves and moose on Isle Royale to ionthrusters for NASA, and from computer modeling using gaming technologies to biofuels. Undergraduate and graduate students are routinely involved in research, and some of their recent work has looked at osteoporosis in bears, improving solar panels, and volcanoes in Guatemala. Research expenditures exceed $71 million annually. The environmental and mechanical engineering programs rank in the top fifteen nationally in enrollment and degrees awarded. Michigan Tech's scientific and technical communication program is also among the nation's largest. More than 300 companies recruit students on campus annually, ensuring an average of five job interviews per student and an 92 percent placement rate. Outside of classrooms and labs, students enjoy Tech's eighteen-hole golf course; lighted ski hill, trails, and recreational forest; and small-town atmosphere in beautiful Upper Michigan. Winter Carnival features world-famous snow statues; other annual celebrations include the Parade of Nations, with an international food festival; Keweenaw Day, an afternoon on Lake Superior's shore; and Spring Fling, one last on-campus celebration before finals. The women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship game in 2011 and has one of the nation's highest GPAs. Tech also has a rejuvenated NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team and Division II men's football; men's and women's basketball, tennis, track and field, Nordic skiing, and cross country; in addition to women's soccer and volleyball. Club sports include lacrosse, women's hockey, and ultimate Frisbee. The biggest game on campus, however, is broomball, where students slide around on ice and hit a rubber ball with a broom. You have to see it to believe it, and you can, via our webcams. Overall, it's a great combination: an excellent education in a beautiful location.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $77,077,000


When applying to Michigan Technological University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Michigan Technological University is 12:1, and the school has 45.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Michigan Technological University include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; and Natural Resources and Conservation. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 54%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 6%
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields 4%
Natural Resources and Conservation 4%

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Student Life

Michigan Technological University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,625, with a gender distribution of 75 percent male students and 25 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Michigan Technological University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,947
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Michigan Technological University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Michigan Technological University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Michigan Technological University, 41 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Michigan Technological University.

Students who have cars on campus 41%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Michigan Technological University, 64.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,299.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,728 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,608 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,175 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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