Student Resources

Activities

Student Activities
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 activities@mtu.edu. 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!

Student Organizations
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) and Spring Fling events are excellent times to learn more about student groups.

Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
The Michigan Tech 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.

Student Services

Bookstore
The Campus Bookstore is your source for textbooks, school supplies, computer software and accessories, general books, and Michigan Tech apparel. Don't forget to check out the Dress For Success Shop. The Campus Bookstore also provides a mailbox in the Memorial Union Building, postage stamps, laminating, and UPS shipping.

Career Services
Career Services works with the campus community to provide students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni with career development skills, experiential learning opportunities, and professional connections to prepare them for their future careers. Services include educational seminars, a one-credit career development course, career fairs, individual advising, resume writing, mock interviewing, on-campus interviewing, corporate presentations, career advising, and the Career Services Learning Center sponsored by DTE Energy. CareerFEST is the largest series of events leading up to and following the career fair. These events include topics on career preparation and a unique opportunity to explore careers through Industry Days.

Students are encouraged to visit Career Services early in their academic career, because this process should begin in the first year, including a job search for co-ops and internships.  Students who participate in experiential learning (co-ops and internships) gain practical, hands on, industry related experience in a professional setting. When looking for permanent employment, experiential learning is a key component to the educational experience.

One of the best opportunities to obtain co-ops, internships and permanent positions is the semi-annual career fair. Cited as the biggest per capita, hundreds of companies come to campus to meet and recruit Michigan Tech students.

All services are free to Michigan Tech students and alumni. Visit the Career Services' website for a complete description and calendar of the events and services.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) offers a broad range of services, workshops, and events. Though participation in these events students have the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural interactions and explore differences as well as similarities, form new bonds and friendships, recognize and celebrate the contributions of historically marginalized populations, and learn more about themselves. The staff at CDI also provide academic, personal, and professional development support for students.

Contact the CDI at diversitycenter@mtu.edu, at 906-487-2920, or visit our website.

Child Care
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.

Counseling Services
Counseling 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. 

Counseling 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 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 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 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 counseling@mtu.edu.

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
The Wahtera Center is dedicated to assisting students define clarify, and achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. Services include individual staff support, peer Academic Success Coaches, success courses, and academic success workshops. Contact the Center at success@mtu.edu for assistance.

International Programs and Services (IPS)
The International Programs and Services Office (IPS) is the unit which oversees the admission of undergraduate international, exchange and ESL students, administers study abroad programs in over 40 different countries, and provides cultural and transition support for over 1,000 international students and scholars holding F-1 and J-1 visas.  Serving as the liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizen and Immigration Service, IPS staff advises the university and international students on all matters related to international student and exchange visitor visa compliance.  IPS also assists academic departments with the development of student, faculty, and research exchange agreements with international universities. IPS significantly contributes to the internationalization of Michigan Tech and the Upper Peninsula communities by sponsoring multiple cultural and educational programs, including the Parade of Nations, New International Student Orientation, International Ski Day and informational workshops throughout the year. IPS also offers intercultural-communication training for the campus community.

Information Technology
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 wired and wireless networks in the residence halls and student apartments.

User support for any issues related to IT may be obtained by calling User Services at (906) 487-1111, by sending an e-mail to User Services at it-help@mtu.edu, or by visiting the Library and IT Service Desk in the main lobby in the Library.  For further information, including the Help Desk hours, visit www.it.mtu.edu.

Library
The Van Pelt and Opie Library is the heart of the campus for study, collaboration and innovation with librarians and staff committed to students’ success through its building’s variety of choice for study, collaboration and learning; its anywhere, anytime access to thousands of e-books, journals and databases; and in-class, onsite or online methods and tools enabling students to master information literacy and the effective use of information and academic content for their studies, entrepreneurial innovation and career advancement. Our substantial print collections are supplemented by no-charge interlibrary borrowing including the self-service Michigan eLibrary.

During the academic year, the library's staffed hours are generous, including 24/7 during exam weeks. The third floor promotes silent study. Any time the library is closed, students have access with their HuskyCard to the Opie Library composed of two floors with study areas and workstations. Over 270 workstations, including high performance workstations, are supplemented by high-speed wireless access. Laptops can be borrowed at no cost for use within the building. Lending also includes calculators, cameras, headphones and other devices. In addition to printers, including a poster printer, scanners range from wide format to planetary (overhead) - at no charge. Group study rooms (23) and a wide variety of collaborative study spaces are situated throughout the library. 

The library’s main floor hub of activity includes the Library Café and other eating privileges, leisure reading, and the Library and IT Service Center, a one-stop information and technology help desk for students. We’ll answer your quick questions or guide you to an expert for more in-depth assistance. Our Student Research Consultants are peers eager to share what the library has to offer as you begin your research assignments or need suggestions.

Check out the online help to connect to us via phone, IM and e-mail or visit us in the library for a librarian consultation focused on your needs. 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 or contact us at library@mtu.edu.

As you make your own history at Michigan Tech, learn about its interesting traditions or the history and cultures of the region in the University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections and view online the Keweenaw Digital Archives, a photographic history of the Copper Country.

University Events

K-DayAt 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 many 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 NationsThe Parade of Nations is a fall tradition that features exotic foods, native costumes, music and dancing from around the world. The annual multicultural celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a parade that starts on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. It will cross the bridge and move east on Shelden Avenue through downtown Houghton, ending at the Dee Stadium.

HomecomingFew 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 cardboard boat races, competitive challenges, and many other events to promote Husky spirit.

Family WeekendEach fall semester, parents and families are invited to the Keweenaw Peninsula during Family Weekend to explore campus, attend cultural events, cheer the Husky teams to victory, and tour the Copper Country and experience the vibrant fall color. Family Weekend is a time for parents to visit with their student, experience university life, and create fond family memories at Michigan Tech. Visit the Family Weekend website for dates and specific event information.

Winter CarnivalNo 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, 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—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. Spring Fling is 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.

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech is one of North America’s great mineral museums. The Thomas D. Shaffner Hall exhibits the world's finest collection of Michigan minerals including those from the Keweenaw Peninsula. The museum has the largest public display of minerals from the Great Lakes region.  The museum's collection encompasses about 2000 of the 4500 known worldwide mineral species and many are on exhibit.  In the museum's collection and on exhibit are examples of the finest specimen of an individual mineral species and the specimen from which the mineral was discovered. The legacy of the University of Michigan's mineral collection is preserved at the museum through the Michigan Mineral Alliance, a collaborative agreement with the University of Michigan.  Specimens from the University of Michigan's mineral collection are on exhibit at the museum. The museum’s various galleries are organized by multiple themes. The fluorescent mineral gallery is externally recognized as being one of the best, especially its unique educational approach. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan.

There are many reasons to visit the museum from learning about the importance of minerals in your everyday life to marveling at the artistic beauty of nature's masterpieces - minerals. The museum is located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue near Michigan Tech athletic fields. Visit the museum web site for regular public visitation hours, special hours, and additional information: www.museum.mtu.edu or via telephone (487-2572).  Summer/Fall hours:  9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Saturday (May 1 to December 23, 2015).  Winter/Spring hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday (January 12 to April 29, 2016).  With advance notice, guided tours are available for Michigan Tech employees with professional guests. Regular public admission fee is currently waived for Michigan Tech employees and their professional guests and for Michigan Tech students with ID.

Athletics/Recreation

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 student-athletes from the individual sports have advance to the NCAA Championships in that time frame.

Recreational Facilities—The Student Development Complex (SDC) features a variety of high-quality facilities/amenities, including:

  • Youth and adult classes, plus regularly scheduled fitness and recreational opportunities.
  • The main athletic complex, with a fitness center; ice arena; multipurpose room with climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts; dance/fitness studio; shooting range; swimming pool and dive tank; varsity gym; top-level locker rooms (with showers, saunas, and towel service); classrooms; suites; and more.
  • Gates Tennis Center, featuring professional-grade indoor courts, lockers, showers, and a pro shop.
  • Outdoor recreation areas such as the Tech trails and recreational forest, softball fields, sand volleyball courts, Sherman Field, Hubbell Field, soccer fields, and disc golf.

Michigan Tech students have access to the SDC through student fees. Faculty, staff, and community members can purchase memberships in a variety of price and length options. Daily passes are also available.

Student Development Complex (SDC)—Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex provides year-round recreational and fitness activities for students, faculty, staff and the entire community to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Michigan Tech students use the SDC as part of their student fees, while faculty, staff and community members pay a reasonable fee.

The athletic complex features a fitness center, ice arena, multipurpose room with a climbing wall, a dance/fitness studio, classrooms, suites, racquetball and squash courts, shooting range, swimming pool and dive tank, and varsity gym.  Spacious men's and women's locker rooms include saunas, showers, and a towel service. Patrons can check out a variety of recreational equipment, including basketballs, volleyballs and racquetball racquets. Adjacent to the SDC is the Gates Tennis Center with indoor courts, a pro shop, lockers and showers. Outdoor recreation areas include the Tech trails and recreational forest, softball fields, sand volleyball courts, Sherman field, Hubbell field, soccer fields and disc golf.

During the fall and spring semester, registered student organizations may reserve facilities at the SDC for two hours before or after building hours. These reservations will not incur a rental fee with the exception of charges for ice rent and lifeguard fees.

For information about any of these areas, including reservations and rental opportunities, visit www.michigantechrecreation.com or call 906-487-2578.

Gates Tennis Center—The staff at Gates Tennis Center invites you to enjoy the indoor courts. The center has lockers and showers as well as a pro shop for most of your equipment needs. We also offer racquet stringing and tennis lessons.

If you play tennis daily, or only a couple of times a month, a pass to the Gates Tennis Center is an economical way to enjoy your favorite sport.

For more information about the Gates Tennis Center, including reservations, call 487-2774.

Michigan Tech Trails & Recreational Forest—Michigan Tech's trail system is located right across the street from the Student Development Complex or the south end of the Michigan Tech campus on MacInnes Drive.  The 35 kilometers of trails are great for year-round biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

The Tech Trails are nationally recognized for the quality of skiing, consistency of grooming, and variety of terrain.  The 35 kilometers of trails are among the best skiing in the Midwest.  The trail system, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, hosted the 2006 junior national championship, and the 2007, 2008 and 2015 U.S. championships.  Grooming takes place daily and the system includes 7.5 kilometers of lighted trails, making an after-class outing a breeze for students.

With Houghton’s average snowfall approaching 250 inches, the season usually opens in early December and continues into April. Students ski free; community members can purchase a reasonably priced pass. The university also participates in a four-trail pass system, providing access to almost 100 kilometers of skiing throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Health Care

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 (906-483-1860) provides primary medical care for the community and Michigan Tech students, their spouses, and their dependents on a fee-for-service basis.  Fees are payable to Portage Health 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, MI. They also have an after-hours walk-in clinic and hospital emergency care at 500 Campus Drive, Hancock, MI (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

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 during the Spring contract renewal period. Students should clarify their status with Housing and Residential Life prior to making an off-campus housing commitment. Please see Housing and Residential Life.

Residence Hall Contract—Priority residence-hall and roommate-preference requests are considered based on the date a completed contract is received. First-year and transfer undergraduate students may complete the residence hall application and contract online through the MyMichiganTech website. After the enrollment deposit is paid, the housing application and contract will be available on the next business day.

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 Housing and Residential Life staff page.

Michigan Tech Apartments

The University maintains 348 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 number of bedrooms. All utilities, except for telephone, are provided. Every apartment is furnished, including an electric stove and refrigerator. Each building of six to eight apartments shares a washer and dryer for a small fee.

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 shuttle service between the apartments and the main campus during the regular academic year. For more information please visit the Daniell Heights page.

All apartments at Michigan Tech are tobacco free.

Off-Campus Housing

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 in their fraternity or sorority houses. To assist students in locating off-campus housing, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) maintains a list of off-campus housing options available to students.  This list is available online.