In the 1880s, when there was a need for engineers and scientists to support Michigan's rapidly growing copper-mining industry, we were there as the Michigan Mining School. When the automotive and chemical industries began to develop and then boom in the early 1900s, we were there again, as the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. In the middle of the 20th century, when the country launched an even greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math in response to the new space program, we became Michigan Technological University and created new programs to meet the nation's ambitious goals.
We were there with exceptional new programs and groundbreaking research. We were there with a unique mix of students—people who could do mind-boggling calculations while also planning the next snow statue they would build for Winter Carnival. Or people who played in the Pep Band—known for its striped overalls and irreverence—but who couldn't wait to dive into a new technological challenge on Monday morning.
Today, Michigan Tech is poised to grow in relevance. We have world-class faculty members, creative students, and successful alumni. We may be the originators of a cure for osteoporosis and for a renewable and sustainable biofuel made from forest resources. We are developing ways to make soldiers safer, the environment cleaner. We are helping some of the biggest names in industry solve their biggest challenges. And our name is getting more exposure every day—from stories in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to recognition by the Audubon Society, Biotech Week, CNNMoney.com, and more.
Our accolades are growing as well. Our forestry doctoral program is among the top ten in the nation, according to Academic Analytics. The Princeton Review calls us a "tech powerhouse." U.S. News & World Report ranks Michigan Tech in the top tier of national universities, and they rank our environmental engineering program thirteenth nationally.
MICHIGAN TECH TODAY
- Over 5,900 undergraduate students
- Over 1,100 graduate students
- Six schools and colleges: School of Business and Economics, College of Engineering, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Graduate School, College of Sciences and Arts, School of Technology
- Research funding increased by more than 28 percent during the fiscal year 2009 to $53.1 million
- Composite ACT scores of incoming students 26.1—up from 25.2 four years ago
- Ranked in the top tier of national universities according to the U.S. News & World Report's "America’s Best Colleges 2010"
- Rated highly for academics, career preparation, and quality of life in The Princeton Review's Best 373 Colleges 2011 Edition; our excellent academics are reflected in student comments: the University "offers a real hands-on learning experience, not only in the classroom but in life"
- Signature student programs—Enterprise, Senior Design—involve partnerships with major corporations such as Chrysler, Dow, Kimberly-Clark, NASA, and Rockwell Collins
- More than 20 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes created to study topics ranging from ecosystems to transportation, from planetary and space science to entrepreneurship
- Home to the largest Peace Corps Master's International Program in the nation
- 2009–10 women's basketball team finished with the nation's top grade point average, above any women's team in any division
- 87.5 percent of recent grads are employed, are in the military, or attend graduate school within six months of graduation
- More than 1,000 students participating in music and fine arts
- A vibrant multicultural environment with students, faculty, and staff from approximately 80 countries