The rigors of an education at Michigan Tech are complemented by its unique and tranquil setting. Houghton lies in the heart of Upper Michigan's scenic Keweenaw Peninsula. The campus overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway, a long, winding ribbon of water that divides the peninsula. Just a few miles from campus, on either end of the waterway, lies Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
Upper Michigan's expansive waters and forests offer students unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking, camping, boating, swimming, snowshoeing, and skiing. The University owns an eighteen-hole golf course, an Alpine ski hill, and cross-country ski trails. It also has an array of men's and women's athletic programs, including Division I ice hockey and our newest addition, women’s soccer.
Houghton is part of the Houghton-Hancock twin-city center of approximately 12,000 residents. The University's more than 7,000 students from many states and nations make the area a vibrant, multicultural community. Houghton is home to many exciting cultural activities, including the annual fall Parade of Nations, a celebration of the community’s diversity.
Michigan Tech was founded in 1885 in response to the first mining boom in the US—the clamor for Michigan's copper preceded the California Gold Rush by several years.
The college was originally established to train mining and metallurgical engineers. Today, the University offers certificate programs and associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical, and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.
Michigan Tech undergraduates benefit from an education that emphasizes research, cross-disciplinary study, and team learning. Our graduate students receive intensive, advanced instruction and the opportunity to pursue research in a wide range of academic programs. Our institution has gained worldwide attention for innovative education and ground-breaking research; our faculty members act as mentors; our academic programs stress hands-on learning; and our students learn to inquire and discover knowledge.