Family-related Health and Services
Escape Bus Information
Every year, the USG sponsors "Escape Express," a round-trip charter bus service to downstate Michigan for Thanksgiving Break. This service allows students an easy and affordable way to enjoy the holidays with their families. For more information, including stop locations and prices, visit the Michigan Tech USG.
Michigan Tech provides online Banweb Guest Access, which allows students to grant selected individuals access to their private student record information, including grades, online billing notification, and paying the student bill on the web. Students may authorize access from the Michigan Tech Banweb login page. For more information, please email the Registrar's Office or call 906-487-2319.
Students or parents can add money to a Dining Dollar account. These additional Dining Dollar funds can be refunded at the contributor's request at the end of the academic year. Refunds of added Dining Dollars can be done through the Dining Service Office (located in Wadsworth Hall) or at the Tech Express Office (located at the IT Service Center in the Library). There is a $5 fee to refund "added Dining Dollars". Dining Dollars can also be added online via an online deposit form.
All families of students are invited to Michigan Tech for our annual Family Weekend. Explore the Copper Country, cruise the Keweenaw Waterway, catch a show at the Rozsa, cheer on the Huskies, or simply relax while visiting with your family. Don't forget to nominate Mom or Dad for Family Weekend awards. See the Michigan Tech Admissions lodging page for a good place to stay while visiting campus. Also, residence hall guest rooms are available on campus.
Michigan Tech highly recommends that students have the following shots before coming to school:
- Meningococcus vaccination
- Tetanus/Diphtheria (a primary series and a booster within the last ten years)
- Two doses of measles vaccine or Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella vaccine (if you have not had chicken pox)
- Hepatitis B series (three doses)
In addition, it is recommended that students get flu shots in October or November. Flu shot clinics will be available on campus. For more information on immunizations, see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Portage Health Medical Group
Conveniently located on Michigan Tech's campus, the Portage Health Medical Group, including the Houghton Community Health Center and Apothecary Pharmacy, is a miniature health system with services for students and the local community. This medical group is owned and operated by Portage Health and is located at the Student Development Complex (SDC). It is a full-service clinic staffed with three family practice physicians and offers lab and x-ray services on-site.
Patients are seen by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Offices can be reached by calling 906-483-1860. The Medical Group staff will make every effort to schedule students in need of medical care on short notice if they call in advance for an appointment.
The Emergency Room at the Portage Health hospital in Hancock provides after-hour and emergency care. Their offices can be reached at 906-483-1000. No appointments are needed for emergency services. An online directory of regional physicians and hospitals may be found at the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network or at Portage Health.
The University is committed to assisting students with documented physical and learning disabilities. Services and accommodations may include extended time for exams, select adaptive technology, priority scheduling, special housing and parking arrangements, or other reasonable assistance. For disability and accommodation concerns, please email Student Affairs or call 906-487-2212.
The staff in the Counseling Services Office can assist students with personal issues that may interfere with school and life in general. Counselors can give advice for tough decisions, help manage stress, assist to improve communication skills, and foster self-awareness. Any concerns, including depression, pregnancy, anxiety, loneliness, substance abuse, or problems with a relationship, can be discussed with a counselor in a confidential setting.