Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, on Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula. Upper Michigan's expansive waters and forests provide students, faculty, and staff unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as backpacking, hiking, camping, boating, mountain biking, and skiing. The University owns an eighteen-hole golf course, as well as downhill and cross-country ski areas. The Keweenaw Peninsula is a quite temperate, averaging in the low- to mid-twenties (Fahrenheit) in the winter and mid- to high-seventies in the summer. Winter brings more than 200 inches of snow, where summer is generally sunny.
Houghton, rated the third-safest college town in the nation and the safest in Michigan, is part of the Houghton-Hancock twin cities with approximately 12,000 residents. Michigan Tech's 7,000 students from many states and foreign countries make the area a vibrant, multicultural community.
- Volunteering – there are many community service opportunities ranging from on-campus events to organizations in the local community.
- Arts and Entertainment – the area has several live performance venues including Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the historic Calumet Theatre.
- Sports and Outdoors – the Keweenaw is perfect for lovers of outdoor adventures from kayaking on Lake Superior, to golfing at the many area golf courses, hiking, biking, and trail running. The area is also filled with winter activities such as cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and much more!