Looking to get involved? Well, you found the right place! Student Activities, located in room 112 of the Memorial Union Building, offers a variety of activities for you to get involved with on-campus and in the community. Stop in and see us, call us at 906-487-1963, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Activities consists of: Greek Life, Leadership, Registered Student Organizations (RSO), Community Service, Wellness, the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP), and Campus Programs & Traditions. We look forward to meeting you!
More than 200 student groups are registered on campus, including political, cultural/ethnic, social, special interest, media, honorary, religious, service, leadership, and professional organizations, as well as fraternities, sororities, and club sports groups. For a full listing of the current registered student organizations please click here. Keweenaw Day (K-Day), the Spring Involvement Fair, and Spring Fling events are excellent times to learn more about student groups.
USG is the voice of the undergraduate student body. This group works with students to help resolve campus issues and oversees the disbursement of the revenue collected through the student activity fee. The USG office is located on the first floor of the Memorial Union Building.
K-Day—At the start of the fall semester, all students are invited to McLain State Park on Lake Superior for a day of fun, sun, music, games, and food. Student organizations sponsor booths so students can learn about the varied opportunities available on Tech's campus. The day is a celebration of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, home to Michigan Tech. Classes are dismissed at noon so that students and faculty can celebrate and participate in the activities.
Parade of Nations—The Parade of Nations, held in September, celebrates diversity with a colorful parade, complete with floats, bands, and flag-bearing students representing our students’ nations. Following the parade, students, faculty, and members of the community gather at the Multicultural Festival for a celebration of food, culture, music, and dance.
Homecoming—Few homecoming festivities on any campus can rival Michigan Tech's for zaniness and all-around fun! In addition to the football game and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen, the celebration features a parade, a cardboard boat race, competitive challenges, and many other events to promote Husky spirit.
Family Weekend—Each fall semester, parents and families are invited to the Keweenaw Peninsula on Family Weekend to explore campus, attend cultural events, cheer the Husky teams to victory, and tour the Copper Country to see its vibrant fall color. Family Weekend is a time for parents to visit with their Tech student, experience university life, and create fond family memories at Michigan Tech. Visit the Family Weekend website for dates and specific event information.
Winter Carnival—No Michigan Tech tradition can match Winter Carnival for national fame and overall involvement. Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. It features huge, intricate snow statues carved by students, a home hockey series against a tough WCHA team, men's and women's varsity basketball, skits, broomball and other sports, sleigh rides, a Winter Carnival Queen, and more midwinter fun! Winter Carnival is held in early February during a two-day class break.
Spring Fling is a recognized University Tradition and is the Friday of Week 13 of the Spring Semester. Student groups gather on-campus for food, music, and fun as they usher in the beginning of spring and celebrate the end of the school year. Sponsored by the Memorial Union Building Board.
Visual and Performing Arts—The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a variety of theatrical and musical performances and art exhibits for the campus and local community throughout the year. Students play significant roles as managers, designers, production staff, and performers, working side by side with the faculty in art, music, and theatre. Opportunities for students include:
- Music—Students, faculty, and community residents participate in musical ensembles, including Concert Choir, Superior Winds Symphony, Huskies Pep Band, Jazz Lab Band, R&D Big Band, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, and other jazz and chamber groups. The department also sponsors a performance series for UP and northern Wisconsin musical groups.
- Theater—Each season offers a full range of theatrical genres and styles, including comedies, classics, musicals, and experimental productions. Guest artists are invited to perform with students.
- Visual Arts—Courses in watercolor, sketching and drawing, three-dimensional design and sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design are offered each year. In addition, the visual arts program sponsors residencies and workshops by professional artists and offers opportunities for students to exhibit their work, as well as sponsors the Great Lakes Showcase, an exhibition for professional artists.
The University sponsors a wide variety of cultural events and activities, including art exhibits, dance and theater touring companies, musical ensembles, performing artists, comedians, and lectures by topical (and often controversial) speakers. The beautiful Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is host to many of these events, allowing our students to broaden their cultural education and enjoy an amazing array of high-quality entertainment. This state-of-the-art facility not only enhances the quality of life on Michigan Tech’s campus and the local community, but also provides our students with numerous educational and practical opportunities for hands-on experience in backstage and front-of-house crews.
Intercollegiate Athletics (NCAA)—Michigan Tech, with its rich tradition in intercollegiate athletics, currently competes in 14 sports: Division I men’s ice hockey and Division II football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s Nordic skiing.
The tradition of Huskies’ success includes three national championships by the ice hockey team, a national runner up finish by the women’s basketball team and dozens of conference titles along the way. Every team sport has reached the NCAA Tournament level during the last decade, and numerous athletes from the individual sports have advance to the NCAA Championships in that time frame.
Intramural-Recreational Sports Services Department—The Intramural-Recreational Sports Services department provides a wide variety of recreational activities that appeal to the leisure-time pursuits of students, faculty, and staff.
We encourage that participation be for fun, fitness, and friendship. We pro-mote and honor individual and team sportsmanship. We provide the opportunity for students to compete against and interact with other students, thus promoting good citizenship and socialization. Student employees develop social and leadership skills that are essential for lifelong learning.
The Intramural-Recreational Sports Services program is designed to be consistent with the educational objectives of Michigan Tech.
Recreational Facilities—The University owns and operates multiple athletic facilities and recreation areas for the benefit of its students, faculty, and staff. Recreational areas are available for badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, hockey, ice-skating, mountain biking, racquetball, skiing, snow boarding, soccer, running, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and weight lifting—whatever your exercise, your passion, or your diversion, Athletics and Recreation at Michigan Tech can help.
Student Development Complex (SDC)—A 235,000-square-foot, indoor sports arena located on the Michigan Tech campus. Current students may use the facilities free of charge. The SDC features the following:
- basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts
- climbing wall
- dance room
- fitness center
- ice arena
- locker rooms with showers and saunas (towel service available for minimal fee)
- racquetball, squash, and wally ball courts
- rifle range
- running track
- sports equipment rentals
- swimming pool and separate diving tank
- varsity gym
- University Images (Michigan Tech apparel shop)
Areas just outside the SDC include a disc golf field, a football field (Sherman Field), sand-volleyball courts, soccer fields, and softball fields.
Gates Tennis Center—An indoor tennis facility located near the SDC that features the following:
- tennis courts, indoor (4)
- ball machine
- locker rooms with showers
- pro shop for racquet stringing, repairs, and equipment
- lessons available
Mont Ripley Ski Hill—Mont Ripley Ski Hill is owned and operated by Michigan Tech and is located two miles north of Houghton, across the Portage Canal in Hancock. Mont Ripley is part of the Experience Tech Fee. To access the hill, just show your student ID and receive your daily ticket. Mont Ripley features:
- Over 100 acres of terrain
- Over a 100 day season
- Night skiing 7 days a week
- 2 chairlifts and a T-bar
- Snowmaking on 100% of the hill
- PE classes
- Multiple terrain parks
- Chalet with a cafeteria
- Season lockers
- Ski and snowboard rentals for the day or season
- Pro shop
Nordic Ski Trails & Recreational Forest--A trail system located across the street from the Student Development Complex.
- 675 acres
- 7 km of lighted ski trails
- 33 km for groomed skiing
- 11.7 km for groomed snowshoeing
- 43 km for biking
- 11.7 km of dog-allowed trails
- 55.6 km for hiking and running
Cross country ski and snowshoe equipment rentals for the trails are available at the SDC Ticket Office.
Portage Lake Golf Course—The only 18-hole golf course in the Keweenaw. Opened in 1903, a challenging and traditional course located three miles south of Houghton, it features the following:
- Online reservations - internet specials
- Quality merchandise
- Individual or group adult & junior lessons
- Men's, women's, junior & student leagues
- Bar & grill
- Practice facilities
- Rental carts & clubs
- Four sets of tees for golfers of every level
The Portage Health University Center—Located on the Michigan Tech campus adjacent to the Student Development Complex on MacInnes Drive, the Portage Health University Center provides primary medical care for the community and Michigan Tech students, their spouses, and their dependents on a fee-for-service basis. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fees are payable to Portage Health (906-483-1860) and are not billed by the University.
Portage Health also operates an Express Care service (906-483-1777) located at 921 W. Sharon Avenue, Houghton. Their office is open seven days a week, including holidays from 10am to 8pm. They also have an after-hours walk-in clinic and hospital emergency care at 500 Campus Drive, Hancock, (906-483-1000).
Student Health Insurance—All students are eligible to enroll in a group health-insurance plan facilitated by the University. All international students are required to purchase the University health insurance policy unless they provide proof of comparable coverage applicable in the United States. The plan is optional for domestic students, their dependents, and dependents of international students. For more information, see the Student Insurance page.
Housing Policy—All unmarried students are required to live in University residence halls during their first year of attendance at Michigan Tech. This policy does not apply to transfer students, graduate students, or commuting students living at home with their parent or guardian.
Students receiving a National Scholars Program, Presidential Scholars Program, or Leading Scholars Program award are required to live on-campus for the first two academic years (four academic-year semesters) not including summers, at the University.
Students currently living in the residence halls are guaranteed a place for the following academic year, provided they sign up for housing by the end of spring semester. Students should clarify their status with Housing and Residential Life prior to making an off-campus housing commitment.
Residence Hall Contract—A residence-hall application and contract for accommodations will be sent by the Admissions Office when an applicant is accepted for admission. Priority residence-hall and roommate-preference requests are considered based on the date a completed contract is received. Applications are also available online.
Facilities—Douglass Houghton Hall, McNair Hall, and Wadsworth Hall together offer accommodations for more than 2,000 students. Each residence hall has comfortable rooms, large lounges, a dining room, laundry facilities, and recreation areas. Wadsworth Hall has rooms with a private bath. All residence halls are smoke-free environments.
Lifestyle Options—Unique living options include alcohol-free housing areas and the Learning Communities.
Alcohol-free housing is offered in all three of the residence halls. The use and/or possession of alcohol and/or alcohol-related items in the house are not permitted by the residents or their guests.
Learning Communities are unique residence-hall living areas designed to enhance life at Michigan Tech by grouping students with common interests. Learning Communities blend programming with additional staff to help students achieve personal and academic success. For more information, please visit the website.
- Computer Science Learning Community (CSLC)—The Computer Science Learning Community (CSLC) consists of students who share academic interests in the field of Computer Science. The CSLC is geared towards students majoring in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Computer Systems Science. This community brings together students, staff, and faculty who share a passion for computers and computer related technology. Through various programs and activities, CSLC students will have the opportunity to get involved, make friends, and study and learn together in a supportive environment.
- Forest Resources and Environmental Science Learning Community (FRES)—The Forest Resources and Environmental Science (FRES) Learning Community combines academics and an appreciation for the natural world. This close-knit community is designed for students seeking degrees in forestry, applied ecology and environmental sciences, and wildlife ecology and management. Students in the FRES community benefit from interactions with faculty inside and outside the classroom as well as numerous fun social activities in the FRES community.
- First Year Experience (FYE)—As a member of the First Year Experience (FYE) Learning Community, you have the unique opportunity to live in a community with other first-year students and experience Michigan Tech together for the first time. FYE helps make your transition to college easier by providing extra peer staff and numerous opportunities to get to know others in the residence halls and the Michigan Tech community. FYE emphasizes a community atmosphere where everyone works together to build and develop a positive community that is not only fun, but also is one that promotes success in academics as well.
- The Summit— The Summit Learning Community is all about the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. In Summit, you can focus on academic success in an alcohol-free environment with others who are interested in living an active lifestyle. In Summit the staff and students recognize that wellness and success is different for each student, so you will have opportunities to participate in a variety of fun programs that revolve around intramural sports, outdoor activities, campus traditions, and so much more.
- Global Village—Global Village is an inclusive global community that encourages and welcomes individuals who want to learn about other countries, cultures, and people. Whether you are thinking of possibly studying abroad in the future, or if you just want to live and learn with a group of people with diverse backgrounds, Global Village will be a great fit for you. In addition to the many fun activities and programs, this Learning Community works with International Programs and Services (IPS) to make sure that students are aware of the great opportunities and support available to them during their time at Michigan Tech.
- Leadership Learning Community (LLC)—The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a community where students will learn about and develop leadership and are encouraged to put their skills into practice. Here, you can learn what kind of a leader you are and how to incorporate and balance leadership in your everyday life. In this team environment, you can develop your skills and take advantage of the countless opportunities Michigan Tech offers to advance as a leader even further.
- Visual and Performing Arts Learning Community (VPALC)—The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Learning Community is designed for anyone interested in the arts (music, dance, graphic design, photography, theater, etc). In the VPA community, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved and get to know others through a variety of programs and activities. Students in the VPA Learning Community also have unique opportunities to build relationships and network with talented and experienced departmental staff, faculty, and other students who share these interests and passions.
- Women In Engineering—The Women In Engineering Learning Community brings together female engineering students and provides support as they pursue careers in the field of engineering. This close-knit community offers a team-oriented atmosphere for women who want to be successful in their academics while also enjoying everything Michigan Tech has to offer. Students in the WIE community will enjoy extra faculty interaction, opportunities to network and get involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and a wide array of fun programs and activities.
Dining Services—All residents must choose a meal plan. The Platinum, Gold, and Silver Meal Plans offer anytime-dining (unlimited access) during regular hours of operation. Dining Dollars, which allow students the flexibility to eat outside the residence dining halls at campus retail locations, may be added to a meal plan. The Platinum , Gold and Silver Plans include $300, $150 and $100 respectively in Dining Dining Dollars per semester.
Residence Life Staff— Our residential buildings have full-time Residence Life Coordinators that live in each hall and maintain regular office hours. They provide information, guidance, and aid in dealing with academic or personal issues. Residents are encouraged to seek their assistance with any questions. For a listing of the staff available to assist you, please visit the website.
The University maintains 343 one- and two-bedroom apartments at Daniell Heights. The apartments overlook campus and are convenient to both the campus and the Student Development Complex. Rates depend upon the type of contract and occupancy. All utilities, except for telephone, are provided. Residents who sign up for local phone service receive domestic long-distance service free. Every apartment is furnished, including an electric stove and refrigerator. Each building of six to eight apartments shares a free washer and dryer.
Picnic tables and children's play areas are located throughout the apartment area. Other amenities include a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, high-speed computer access, an activity room, bike storage, and free bus service between the apartments and the main campus during the regular academic year.For more information please visit the website.
Newly opened fall 2010, Michigan Tech will opened a 194-bed residential apartment building called the Hillside Place located in the on-campus residential community. Amenities include a cleaning service twice per month, gender-neutral housing, Internet, cable, phone, air conditioning, and in-floor heating. For more information please visit the website.
Many students choose to continue to live in residence halls beyond their first year, while others elect to live off campus in apartments, homes, or with Greek organizations. To assist students in locating off-campus housing, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) maintains a list of off-campus householders renting to students; this list is available online.
Career Services is designed to meet the career planning, preparation and placement needs of all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of Michigan Tech. Services include educational seminars, a one-credit career development course, career fairs, individual advising, resume writing and critiquing, mock interviewing, on-campus interviewing, corporate presentations, and new interactive career-guidance software programs. All services are free to Michigan Tech students and alumni.
Students are encouraged to visit Career Services early in their academic career. By participating in a co-op or a summer internship, learning job search skills, and being introduced to the corporate world, students will be well prepared for permanent employment upon graduation.
Students are also encouraged to attend the semiannual on-campus career fairs where hundreds of companies come to meet and recruit Michigan Tech students. This is one of the best opportunities to obtain co-op, summer internship, and permanent employment positions.
Visit the Career Services' website for a complete description of the numerous services and benefits that are available.
Little Huskies Child Development Center is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is located on campus between the Gates Tennis Center and the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building on MacInnes Drive. Little Huskies research based curriculum encourages and supports the growth and development of young children, from infants to kindergartners, in a caring and nurturing environment. The center helps to attract and support world-class faculty, staff, and students. The center is one of the many people-focused work/life initiatives intended to provide an outstanding educational and work environment for Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff.
The center gives priority to children whose parents or legal guardians are students or employees of Michigan Tech, although children from the community are welcome and may be admitted at an increased tuition rate. For more information, please contact the center's director, Eva-Marie Hatfield, at 906-487-3528.
The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) is the key resource for international initiatives and programs at Michigan Tech. IPS offers information and services to students interested and involved in study abroad opportunities. IPS identifies foreign partner institutions and facilitates the development of student, faculty, and research international exchange agreements. In addition, IPS provides transition services to over 900 international students and scholars at Michigan Tech, including counseling, advocacy, and support services. IPS significantly contributes to the internationalization of Michigan Tech and Upper Peninsula communities by sponsoring multiple cultural and educational programs, including the Parade of Nations, New International Student Orientation, and informational workshops. IPS also offers intercultural-communication training for the campus community.
Counseling and Wellness Services
Counseling and Wellness Services provides student-centered services and programs. Our goal is to help students deal with life’s everyday challenges and problems by providing professional support. We also offer various wellness programs that focus on helping students create a healthier lifestyle and positive self-image.
Counseling and Wellness Services provides personal and academic counseling. Students may meet individually with a counselor to address any concerns or problems they have, including depression, anxiety and stress, adjustment to college, eating disorders, date rape, pregnancy, relationship or family problems, sexuality, self-esteem, substance abuse, or others. Counselors can also assist students in improving time management and study skills and interpersonal communication skills. Additionally, Counseling and Wellness Services offers group counseling. Small groups of students may meet to discuss and deal with issues such as eating disorders; grief; substance abuse; recovering from rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment; or any other area of need.
Counseling & Wellness Services also contracts with Portage Health so that students have access to a nurse practitioner who can prescribe and/or coordinate the student's medication and prescription needs with their physician or psychiatrist.
Counseling and Wellness Services also offers wellness education resources. HOWL (Healthy Options for a Wellness Lifestyle) students provide work-shops, presentations, and programming related to several health and wellness topics. Any group of students on campus can request a presentation or work-shop in any area of interest by contacting HOWL.
Counseling and Wellness Services is located in the Administration Building, room 301. All services are confidential and free of charge for students. To make an appointment, call 906-487-2538 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). To request a workshop or presentation, call 906-487-2538 or email email@example.com.
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The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides support and development that enriches the intellectual, social and professional growth of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) students, students of color, and women. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion assists Michigan Technological University with the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of underrepresented students.OUR VISION
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is a resource for preparing and empowering socially conscious leaders to create the future.ABOUT US
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers workshops and programs that focus on multicultural, diversity social justice. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides academic, personal, educational and support programs for students.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides the foundation for Michigan Tech's computing environment and manages the network, data, telephone, video, applications, and systems infrastructure needed to support the University's education, research, and community-service missions. The OIT also manages the network and user support for ResNet (network connectivity in the residence halls and student apartments.)
User support for any issues related to IT may be obtained by calling User Services at 487-1111, by sending an e-mail to User Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the main lobby in the Library. For further information, including the Help Desk hours, visit www.it.mtu.edu
The Office of Student Affairs provides support to students in cocurricular and extracurricular areas, enriching and supporting the academic experience of students. Its goal is to create the best possible environment for the professional and personal growth and development of students. The Student Affairs staff also helps students resolve issues and problems.
The Van Pelt and Opie Library is the heart of campus for study, collaboration and innovation with an array of people and services to help you navigate through the worlds of academic information and technologies. Librarians and staff stand ready to assist students, on-site and virtually, with research, projects and course assignments.
Study and connect wirelessly in the beautiful 24 hour-accessible reading room, work together in 22 study rooms, instructional classrooms and a variety of open spaces and nooks – there are vibrant or quiet options to suit your study preferences. A growing digital annex provides resources, assistance and tools for your digital projects.
Time-saving and convenience services include a help desk offering one-stop services to support your information technology and information services questions and needs, check-out of tools including laptops and cameras, and a café with coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
The library contains 800,000 physical publications such as books, journals, US and Michigan government documents and a vast archive of print, manuscript and graphic resources covering the history of the university and of the western Upper Peninsula region. Access to thousands of e-journals, e-books and other digital resources, including the Keweenaw Digital Archives, a photographic history of the Copper Country is available on or off-campus.
Check out the online help desk to connect to us and search online for resources using the catalog, databases for finding articles and e-journals and librarian-created, time-saving guides offering starting points for many courses and broad disciplines. Visit the library and tell us how we can help. We are committed to your success at Michigan Tech.
The Library and IT Service Center, located in the lobby of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, is a one-stop information and technology help desk focused on the needs of Michigan Tech students. Questions ranging from assistance with campus and mobile computing to starting an academic project using useful and reliable tools and resources can be answered quickly or the student will be directed to an expert for more in-depth assistance. These services are also available to students through email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum is one of North America’s great mineral museums. It is the Mineral Museum of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The world’s finest collection of Michigan minerals and the largest collection from the Great Lakes region minerals are on public display. Outstanding minerals from around the world are also on display. Experience the splendor and beauty of natural art - minerals at Michigan Tech's A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. The museum is located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue in Houghton (near the corner of Sharon and Garnet, across from the Michigan Tech softball fields). Hours are January 1 thru May 31, 2012, Tuesday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; June 1 thru December 22, 2012, Monday thru Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm; January 7 thru May 31, 2013, Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Check website for holiday closures and special event public hours at the museum.