Michigan Tech's approximately 7,000 students come from all fifty states and more than eighty nations. ACT scores for incoming freshman are mathematics 27.3 (21.0 national average), English 25.1 (20.5), and overall 26.1 (21.0).
Approximately 200 student organizations allow students to become leaders and learn to work as a team. Additionally, there are certificate programs, co-ops and internships, honors programs, study abroad, preprofessional programs, and many other opportunities available.
Human powered vehicles, FutureTruck, mini-baja, Formula SAE Car, and other out-of-classroom experiences round out the Michigan Tech educational experience. The unique Enterprise program allows teams of students to work on real problems for industry, including homeland security, alternative fuels, wifi, and sustainable manufacturing. The annual Senior Design option allows students to work within their major to solve an engineering problem of their choice and culminates in a year-end showcase, the Undergraduate Expo.
The University has increased its focus on graduate education, offering MS, Master of Engineering, MBA, Master of Forestry, and PhD degrees in a wide variety of traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. More than 250 graduate degrees were granted in 2009-10. All graduate programs are listed here.
Student-driven initiatives of note include—
- Samantha Neirby '11, a chemical engineering graduate, became just the third woman Naval officer ever recruited from a university to serve on a nuclear submarine.
- In a Senior Design team, mechanical engineering undergraduates took on projects to help disabled children from India walk again.
- The Steel Bridge team took second at the AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. Forty-eight student teams from across the US and Canada participated.
- Another team of students took first place in the prestigious University Nanosat 6 competition, earning the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit in 2013.
- An interdisciplinary Senior Design team that found new ways to replicate what happens to stents and other manmade items placed inside our blood vessels.
- A PhD student in environmental engineering placed in an international satellite-imaging competition.
- NIH-sponsored research, with graduate students involved, looked at sleep deprivation differences in men and women.