Michigan Tech will lead as a global technology university that inspires students, advances knowledge, and innovates to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world.
We deliver action-based undergraduate and graduate education and discover new knowledge through research and innovation. We create solutions for society’s challenges through interdisciplinary education, research, and engagement to advance sustainable economic prosperity, health and safety, ethical conduct, and responsible use of resources. We attract exceptional students, faculty, and staff who understand, develop, apply, manage, and communicate science, engineering, technology, and business to attain the goal of a sustainable, just, and prosperous world. Our success is measured by accomplishments and reputation of our graduates, national and international impact of our research and scholarly activities, and investment in our University.
Michigan Tech annually enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world.
For more than 125 years, Michigan Tech faculty have explored the boundaries of knowledge while teaching students to become citizens who contribute to the sustainability of our world.
In 1885, the University was founded as the Michigan Mining School, specializing in training for mining engineers, with four faculty members and twenty-three students in the second story of the old Houghton Fire Hall.
During the period of 1887 to 1898, student and faculty numbers increased, and the School was moved to its present location. Between 1925 and 1935, the Michigan Mining School became the Michigan College of Mining and Technology.
By the time the institution became officially known as Michigan Technological University in 1964, several programs had been added to the curriculum: chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, and geological engineering; forestry; engineering administration; and physics. Under the leadership of J. Robert Van Pelt, from 1956 to 1964, the University’s long-dormant PhD programs were revived and an aggressive research initiative began.
Between 1964 and present time, the University has grown into a leading public research university and a key educational partner within the state of Michigan, the nation, and beyond.
Culture and Environment
Michigan Tech has a small-town feel, just like the Copper Country, the community in which the University is situated. Many students comment that the size of campus is just right—not so big that it’s easy to get lost, but not too small, either. Students also say they feel at home at Michigan Tech, and some even go so far as to say they feel like they are part of a family.
One contributing factor to our welcoming atmosphere is the average student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1.
Although the University community is close-knit, its cultural representation is anything but narrow: in fact, students have represented countries from across the globe, from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
Each of the University’s three residence halls has a different culture. Residence hall groups participate in intramural athletics, hold their own social events and study groups, and get involved in campus-wide events, such as Homecoming and Winter Carnival.
Douglass Houghton Hall (DHH), our smallest residence hall, has about 350 student spaces available in the three-story structure. This historic building was constructed in the late 1930s and characterizes that time period, with its beautiful architectural details.
McNair Hall has a great view of the Keweenaw Waterway. The McNair complex consists of three buildings. West McNair has two stories, while East McNair has five stories. These two living units are connected by the dining services building. There are about 650 spaces available for assignment in McNair Hall.
Wadsworth Hall (Wads) has been recently renovated and is the largest hall—one-quarter mile long and five stories high, with approximately 1,050 spaces available for assignment. Each floor is divided into “houses,” which give you a small community atmosphere.
Apartments are available for rent to married graduate and undergraduate students, single parents and to students who have senior status or are twenty-one years of age. Student Group Apartment Housing is also available to all unmarried students living in groups that have earned more than 30 credits.
K-Day (Keweenaw Day)
K-Day is a longstanding, fall-semester tradition that eases students into the academic year with food, live music, and physical activity. When the weather permits, student organizations set up booths at McLain State Park.
Fall homecoming allows students to show their school spirit through activities including powder-puff football, a root beer social, community service projects, bonfire, pep rally, cookout, cardboard boat races, parade, and more!
Michigan Tech often registers more than 200 inches of snow in a season. Not content to let this abundant natural resource go to waste, in early February students band together in an annual celebration of our beautiful, tough, exhilarating, and character-building climate. The three-day event features snow-statue-building (including an all-night sculpting marathon), snow volleyball, ice bowling (in which a student becomes a human bowling ball), ice fishing, cross-country ski races, a stage revue, fireworks, and the Sno-Ball dance.
Spring Fling is an annual Tech tradition held to usher in spring and bid farewell to the snow. Students gather on campus for outdoor activities and performances, which can include a motorcycle stunt show, a comedian act, and live music.
Reputation and Rankings
U.S. News & World Report 2016 ratings place Michigan Tech 60th nationwide among the nation’s 173 public universities. Undergraduate engineering programs ranked in the top half nationwide, with seven programs ranked in the top 100, including environmental engineering, 38th; mechanical engineering, 53rd; biomedical engineering, 63rd; and Earth Sciences, 88th. The University ranked 104th among graduate schools.
With a 94.4-percent placement rate and more than 370 companies recruiting annually on campus, Business Insider ranks Michigan Tech 15th in the nation for mid-career salaries and 10th in starting salaries, as well as 47th in the nation for “Smartest Public School.” Smart Asset ranks Michigan Tech the second best value in Michigan and 19th nationally. Payscale ranks Michigan Tech first among public universities in Michigan for mid-career salaries.
Michigan Tech has the nation’s largest Peace Corps Masters International Program.