Welcome to the Keweenaw
Our setting on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan provides a beautiful backdrop to a world-class education. Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, Michigan, which was included in the guidebook The 100 Best Small Towns in America, by Normal Crampton, as one of the best rural places to live in the US.
Houghton, Hancock, and the surrounding towns have a combined population of approximately 15,000. However, add in the Michigan Tech student population, and it balloons to more than 22,000.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is quite temperate, averaging in the low- to mid-twenties (Fahrenheit) in the winter and mid- to high-seventies in the summer. Winter brings more than 200 inches of snow, whereas summer is generally sunny.
Houghton's historical downtown features a unique blend of locally owned shops, eateries, museums, and brewpubs, while chain restaurants, and major shopping outlets are a short car ride away.
There are numerous travel options for traveling to/from Houghton or even for getting around town.
SkyWest, a partner of United Airlines, currently services the Houghton County Memorial Airport (code CMX), located about eight miles north of campus. Daily flights are available to and from Chicago, IL. Visit SkyWest/United Airlines or call 800-864-8331 for ticketing information.
Rental cars are available at the airport from National Car Rental/Alamo Rent-A-Car.
Indian Trail Bus Line offers both in-state and out-of-state transportation. Destinations include Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Flint and Grand Rapids, as well as cities within the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Houghton Motor Transit Line and Hancock Public Transit are city-operated bus systems with routes that run from campus to the downtown and shopping areas. Curb-to-curb service on campus is available in the evenings when classes are in session..
Taxis to and from campus are just a phone call away.
Michigan Tech’s arts and entertainment scene is vibrant, diverse, and global. The University is home to the area’s premier performing arts venue, the Rozsa Center, and the unique black-box McArdle Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Whether you have a taste for fine art, comedy, drama, music, films, lectures, local flavor, or cultural diversity, it all happens right here on campus. The Keweenaw as a whole also offers endless ways to have a memorable outing and take in the Copper Country’s culture.
The northernmost point on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the ruggedly beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the Midwest's top year-round recreation destinations, thanks to its record snowfalls and comfortable summers. The Keweenaw was rated one of the top-ten outdoor adventure spots in the country by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Outdoorsmen and women have a lot to be enthusiastic about, with activities including downhill and cross country skiing, biking, hiking, paddling, camping, golfing, and much more.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior, and its pristine shorelines got the Keweenaw second place in Lake Superior Magazine's "Top-10 Lake Superior Destinations" list. And the National Scenic Byways organization recognized the Keweenaw as "one of the best snowmobiling and winter sport destinations in the United States."