Michigan Tech Fall Enrollment Highest in 33 Years

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Fall 2016 enrollment at Michigan Technological University is 7,268, the highest the school has seen since 1983. This is 30 students more than last fall. Female enrollment is at a record high, with 1,957 women making up 27 percent of the student body.

Michigan Tech submitted its official fall enrollment figures to the state last night.

Undergraduate enrollment totaled 5,827. New first-year undergraduate enrollment rose 8 percent over last year with 1,580 students starting classes last week, 119 more than last year.  This is the largest incoming undergraduate first-year class since 1983.

ACT Scores, Diversity Increases

Majors in computer science, general engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering technology and forestry saw some of the biggest gains. The academic profile of the entering class has never been higher, with an average ACT composite score of 27.2, compared to 26.8 last year.  And Michigan Tech has never had a more domestically diverse undergraduate entering class, with 9 percent of this year’s entering class composed of underrepresented populations. 

Graduate enrollment is 1,521 this fall, with graduate students making up 20 percent of the student body.

"Michigan Tech continues to provide great value to students." says John Lehman, associate vice president of enrollment and university relations, “We tell our entering students, if you do your job, we’ll do ours, namely making sure your education pays off.  Earning $62,800 a year, our graduates enjoy the seventh highest early career salaries of any public institution in the nation.  Including the financial aid and scholarships students earn on average, our students see a $713,000 return on investment over 20 years.  That continues to attract attention nationwide and accounts for a large part of the enrollment increases that Michigan Tech has seen over the past 12 years.”

Since 2005 enrollment at Michigan Tech has grown by over 750 students, or 12 percent.  More than half of that growth has come from increases in female enrollment which has increased by over 430 students, or 28 percent.  

“These enrollment gains come despite the fact that we graduated the largest class in Tech's history last year,” said Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz.  “This is a true testament to the faculty, staff, and community here in the Keweenaw and the parents who recognize the value of a Michigan Tech education."

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.

Last Modified 10:44 p.m. December, 11 2018


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