Student Applications Highest Ever at Michigan Tech

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year at Michigan Technological University are well above where they were at this time last year, the highest ever at more than 5,000. 

"This is the highest applications have ever been at this time of year, Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement, told the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Friday, December 15.

The numbers for fall 2018 continue to look incredibly strong, some of the highest we've seen this early in the cycle,” Cook said. “And the good news is that all of the schools and colleges are experiencing a positive upswing."

"With the recent career fair, our graduates earning some of the highest salaries in the country and rising national rankings, it's no wonder that students and their parents are taking notice of Michigan Tech," he went on to say.

Room and Board

Trustees approved room and board rates for the 2018-19 academic year. A standard, double-occupancy room with a meal plan including $150 in dining dollars per semester will be $10,726, an increase of 2.67 percent.  Rental rates for apartments in Daniell Heights will range from $705 for a one-bedroom to $1,260 for a three-bedroom.

The Board was informed that Mid-Year Commencement will take place on Saturday, December 16, with 351 bachelor’s degrees, 44 master’s degrees and 15 PhDs awarded. The Commencement speaker is James Parm, a 1981 alumnus and a partner in the Inc. CEO Project.  The student speaker is Valeria Suarez from Maracay, Venezuela.

Board of Trustees Silver Medal

In other business, the Board:

  • Awarded a Board of Trustees Silver Medal to Dr. Bruce Trusock, who has served as a sports medicine physician for Michigan Tech Athletics for 36 years. An alumnus of Michigan Tech, Trusock has volunteered more than 6,000 hours to the Huskies. He is a physician in family practice at UP Health System-Portage. The Silver Medal is presented to persons whose personal and professional achievement stands as outstanding examples to Tech graduates.
  • Granted emeritus rank to five retiring Michigan Tech professors: George Dewey and William Sproule, Civil and Environmental Engineering; William Kennedy, Cognitive and Learning Sciences; Carol MacLennan, Social Sciences; and Paul Nelson, School of Business & Economics.  
  • Were told that the Pierre Auger Observatory, of which David Nitz and Brian Fick—both professors of physics at Michigan Tech—are part, received international recognition for one of the top 10 physics world breakthroughs of the year. The award was for research that definitively answered the question of whether cosmic particles come from outside the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Recognized two employees for their years of service to Michigan Tech: Paul Nelson, 45 years; and Gail Sweeting, 35 years.
  • Heard from Dave Reed, vice president for research, that three Michigan Tech programs ranked in the National Science Foundation’s top 50 for research expenditures. They are Mechanical Engineering—18th in the nation; Metallurgical and Materials Engineering—41st; and Atmospheric Sciences—46th.
  • Learned that research expenditures during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 are up 12.2 percent, compared to fiscal year 2017.
  • Heard a report on the recent assessment of working, living and learning, a survey of faculty, staff and students.
  • Received an update on the Presidential Search.

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 3:19 p.m. December, 27 2017