Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applying to college doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, Michigan Tech makes it pretty easy.  Just submit your application for admission, official high school and/or college transcripts, and official ACT or SAT test scores to us. There’s no need for letters of recommendation or essays. Best of all, applying to Michigan Tech is free!

Apply by January 15 of the year you plan to enroll for priority consideration for admission, financial aid, and scholarships.

Additional application materials are required if you are applying for admission into the following degree programs: Audio Production and Technology or Sound Design.

Entering Class Profile

These aren’t requirements for admission, but they’ll give you an idea of the type of student who enrolls at Michigan Tech.

  • Average high school GPA: 3.66 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Average ACT composite: 26.7 (approximately 1260 new SAT Total)
  • Average old SAT total: 1803 (approximately 1280 new SAT Total)
  • More than fifty percent of first-year students rank in the top twenty-five percent of their high school class.

GPA and Test Scores

Admission requirements vary by major, but here are general guidelines. Contact the admissions office at 888-688-1885 or email to discuss your specific situation.

  • GPA: We’ll review your high school transcript and evaluate the courses you took and the grades you received. The cumulative GPA provided by your high school is used in the admissions process. If you have a weighted and unweighted GPA, we will use whichever is best for you in terms of admission and merit-based scholarships. We do not recalculate your GPA; however, we will convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale if your school uses a different grading scale.
  • Test scores: Official ACT or SAT scores are required for first-year applicants. The ACT composite score—or new SAT total—is reviewed for all applicants. For engineering applicants, we also review the math score on either exam. If you’ve taken both exams, or taken an exam more than once, we use whichever scores from a single test benefit you most for admission and merit-based scholarships.
  • High school diploma: To enroll at Michigan Tech, you must be awarded a high school diploma or have earned your GED. Upon completion of your senior year, request to have an official final transcript sent directly to Michigan Tech from your high school. Your final transcript must show your final grades and graduation date. Students who earn a certificate of attendance, even if admitted to Michigan Tech prior to receipt of the final transcript, will not be allowed to enroll at Michigan Tech as a degree-seeking student.

Michigan Tech currently accepts either the ACT or SAT and has no preference to which scores students submit with the application for admission—students receive equal consideration for admission and merit-based scholarships with either set of scores. There will be no change to our admission practices with the administration of the SAT for state educational assessment purposes.

Recommended High School Courses

We recommend the following college-prep curriculum. Keep in mind these are recommendations, not requirements for admission.


3 years recommended; 4 years strongly recommended.

It is strongly recommended that students have a fourth year of college prep mathematics, the core of which should be college algebra and analytic geometry, the elementary functions, limits, and similar precalculus topics; other topics might include probability, statistics, permutations and combinations, mathematics induction, an introduction to the use of sets, and introduction to computers and computing, or an introduction to matrices and determinants. The emphasis should be placed on basic concepts and the principles of deductive reasoning, regardless of the choice of topic.

Calculus, where offered in secondary schools, should be at least a full-year course and be taken by students who are strongly prepared in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and coordinate geometry. Students who complete a full year calculus course should also inquire about advanced placement.

Natural Science

3 years strongly recommended—including one year of biological sciences and one year of chemistry or physics.


3 years recommended; 4 years strongly recommended.

Classes should cover literature, composition, standard language usage, essay/theme writing, writing a research paper, and 1/2 year of speech.

Social Studies

3 years strongly recommended—including US and world history.

Computer Literacy

1 year strongly recommended.

Foreign Language

2 years recommended.


Homeschool students are encouraged to apply for admission to Michigan Tech. You’ll need to submit an application for admission, an official transcript showing courses taken and grades received, and have your ACT or SAT scores sent directly to Michigan Tech (our code is 1464).

High School Graduation

To enroll at Michigan Tech, students must have proof of high school graduation or hold a GED. Students awarded a Certificate of Attendance (where issued) in lieu of a high school diploma will not be granted admission to the University.

General Education Diploma (GED) Holders

Official GED test results will be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript. Request your transcript through the American Council on Education.