Michigan Tech Ranked Among Best Midwestern Colleges

By Dennis Walikainen | Published

Michigan Technological University has again been listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. In the 2014 edition, Michigan Tech was named a Best Midwestern College for the third consecutive year. The Best 378 Colleges report focuses on undergraduate education.

“Michigan Tech offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

Princeton Review also gave Michigan Tech good marks in quality of life, safety and “green” categories.

In the comments section, students said that Michigan Tech has “very high standards when it comes to education,” offers “serious study in a beautiful (often snowy) environment” and has a “good reputation,” especially for engineering.

 “The administration in every department works hard to answer questions and help out as much as possible, which is really great when you’re a freshman,” said one student.

Students also said: “the sense of community [is] remarkable” and “there are a lot of opportunities to get involved” with over 200 clubs and a variety of winter activities. Many students reported taking advantage of free access to Mont Ripley, the University’s own ski hill, and looking forward to Winter Carnival, “a long weekend off from classes where students build giant, impressive snow sculptures, play broomball, [and] stay out all night."

“Our rating in the Princeton Review is also a reflection of the caliber of students who attend Michigan Tech,” said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement. “Our students are smart, driven and looking to make a difference. These characteristics, coupled with Tech’s environment, afford them great opportunities to be successful. They know that they will have a rich and robust learning experience that will contribute to their personal growth and provide them incredible career opportunities and high placement rates when they graduate.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the US are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide and has no affiliation with Princeton University.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.