Congratulations on your acceptance! Whether you're set on Michigan Tech or still deciding, this guide covers what you need to do next as you make your college decision. Take a look for helpful tips, dates, deadlines, and contact info. You can also download the Michigan Tech Guide or the Michigan Tech Parent's Guide. Welcome to Michigan Tech!
The First Steps
COVID-19 Update: Campus tours are scheduled to resume the week of June 22. Tours have been modified. In addition, visitors will be required to wear a face mask, as well as complete a COVID-19 symptom monitoring questionnaire 24-hours prior to the visit. Tours are offered in a modified format every Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Eastern). While you're here, meet with a representative from your intended area of study (note, some meetings may be virtual).
Visit the virtual Preview Day site for recorded sessions, academic department tours, and helpful information.
Log on to MyMichiganTech
As an accepted student, you now have access to MyMichiganTech, your personalized Michigan Tech website. Log on to view your enrollment checklist—a list of tasks to complete and information you'll need to know:
- Apply for on-campus housing and check the status of your residence hall application.
- Access your Michigan Tech email.
- View and accept scholarships and financial aid you’ve been awarded.
- Access course placement assessments for math and computer science (if applicable).
- View your class schedule when it's available.
- Upload your HuskyCard photo.
- Grant guest access for up to four people to view your bill, transcript, class schedule, and other important student record information.
Log on at MyMichiganTech. You’ll need the username and password provided on the Account Details sheet included in your acceptance packet. Select the Change Password icon to set your official Michigan Tech password. You’ll use this password to access MyMichiganTech and other campus computing resources, including your Michigan Tech email account.
Join the Facebook Group for Accepted Students
Make new friends, ask questions, and get the latest information— join our group for accepted students. Haven't decided yet? Connecting with other accepted students in the group is a great way to help finalize your decision.
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Your enrollment deposit has been received! If you've been accepted for the Summer or Fall semester and your plans change, your enrollment deposit is fully refundable if you notify the Admissions Office by July 1 that you do not plan to enroll.
Changing Your Major
If you decide prior to enrolling at Michigan Tech that you would like to change your major from the program you selected on your application for admission, email email@example.com or call 888-688-1885 to indicate the major you would like to change to. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet admissions requirements for the new program. To change your major after you enroll, you will work directly with your academic advisor to request changes to your program of study.
Declining your Acceptance
If you decide not to enroll at Michigan Tech, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-688-1885 to let us know. Your notification will cancel your application, refund your $100 enrollment deposit (if canceled prior to July 1), and cancel your housing application (if applicable). Any scholarships or financial aid awarded to you will also be canceled. In addition, you will stop receiving notifications and reminders from the University.
Financing Your Michigan Tech Education
Paying for college is a big deal. Financing your education is made possible by four types of funding sources:
To be considered for the most opportunities, start by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Complete Your FAFSA
To be considered for all University-awarded financial aid, including grants, loans (for students and parents/guardians), work-study employment, and other aid, complete your FAFSA and file online. Our federal school code is 002292. Although your social security number was not required when you applied for admission to Michigan Tech, it is required for FAFSA filing purposes. To avoid delays in processing your FAFSA, please call the Admissions Office at 888-688-1885 to provide your social security number.
File by the due dates listed below for the best opportunities. FAFSAs processed after these dates will receive consideration for remaining aid.
|Semester||FAFSA to File||Begin to File||Due Date|
|Spring 2020||2019-20||As soon as possible||December 1, 2019|
|Summer 2020||2019-20||As soon as possible||April 1, 2020|
|Fall 2020||2020-21||October 1, 2019||March 1, 2020|
Michigan Tech offers merit-based scholarships for both first-year and transfer students.
With your acceptance to Michigan Tech, you'll automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. Michigan residents are eligible for Presidential Scholars Program awards, and non-Michigan residents are eligible for National Scholars Program awards. Also, start checking with your high school guidance office, community foundations, parents’/guardians' place of employment, and other outside sources for additional scholarship opportunities.
The following competitive scholarships require additional application materials. Some deadlines are as early as October 15:
- Leading Scholar Award—October 15
- FIRST Robotics Scholarship—November 15
- Summer Youth Scholars—November 15
- College of Business Impact Scholarship—December 8
- Visual and Performing Arts Talent Award—April 1
Both Michigan and non-Michigan residents are eligible for transfer scholarships. Non-Michigan residents are eligible for transfer awards through the National Scholars Program, and Michigan residents are eligible for the Michigan Tech Transfer Scholarship. In both cases, you're automatically considered for these awards.
Visit the Admissions website for a full list of scholarships and deadlines.
Your Financial Aid Award Letter
If you are awarded financial assistance as a result of completing the FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid award letter that includes the following detailed information:
- Amount of merit- and need-based aid awarded
- Estimated annual cost of attendance for the upcoming school year
- Financial aid deadlines and information
- Information about how to accept your awards and the terms and conditions of your financial aid
|Spring 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Summer 2020||April 30, 2020|
|Fall 2020||December 31, 2019|
Regardless of when you start at Michigan Tech, you’ll find many opportunities for student employment. Even if you don’t qualify for work-study (as a result of your FAFSA/Expected Family Contribution), many departments on campus hire students for part-time jobs. On average, 2,000 students are employed on campus. Off-campus employment opportunities are also available. Visit the Student Employment website for details.
Cost of Attendance
Your cost of attendance is an estimate of your annual expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal needs and travel.
Visit the Net-Price Calculator to get an estimate of your net cost after financial aid and scholarships.
|Michigan Residents||Non-Michigan Residents|
|Lab and Course Fees (estimated)||595||595|
|Room and Board4||11,314||11,314|
|TOTAL Billed Expenses||$28,345||$48,647|
|Additional costs to consider|
|Books and Supplies (estimated)||1,200||1,200|
|Personal Needs and Travel (estimated)||1,740||1,740|
|Loan Origination Fee5||64||64|
1 Students taking 12-18 credits per semester are charged the "plateau rate" listed above. Students taking less than 12 credits will be charged on a per credit basis (resident: $609, non-resident: $1,349). This per credit price also applies to any credit taken over 18 credits. Students attending during summer semester will be charged the per credit rate. Any courses taken online incur an additional fee of $38 per credit hour.
2 Students who have earned 60 or more credits, including transfer credit, credit earned through early college or dual enrollment, or AP, IB, or CLEP will be charged upper-division tuition. See the Cost of Attendance for details.
Footnotes for the Estimated Undergraduate Expenses Table can be found on the Footnotes page.
Note: International students are assessed a $250 per semester surcharge (excluding summer semester).
Student Tuition and Your Bill
Your bill will be available online through MyMichiganTech. Some students may receive a second bill, which will be available during the third week of each semester and will reflect any changes in financial aid, housing, and/or course adjustments made (additions or drops). It is possible to use financial aid to help pay for your books; details will be in your Financial Aid Award Letter.
|Semester of Enrollment||First Billing Date Due Date||Second Billing Date Due Date|
|Spring 2020||December 2, 2019January 8, 2020||January 28, 2020February 14, 2020|
|Summer 2020||April 3, 2020 May 6, 2020||May 26, 2020 June 12, 2020|
|Fall 2020||July 10, 2020 August 26, 2020||September 15, 2020 October 2, 2020|
Michigan Tech offers several options for paying your bill:
- Check or money order
- Credit card* (online)
- e-check (online)
- Installment Prepayment Plan
- Five- or Four-Payment Plan
* There is a 2.3 percent nonrefundable surcharge for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express payments.
Apply for Housing
All single students, apart from transfer or commuting students living with a parent/guardian, must live on campus during their first year at the University. Students receiving merit-based scholarships through the Presidential Scholars, National Scholars, or Leading Scholar programs are required to live in University housing for their first two academic years.
Apply early for housing by completing and submitting your residence hall application. The residence hall application is available via MyMichiganTech:
- Priority is given to students who find a match using Roommate Matching (in order of the date and time matched in the system).
- After all students who used Roommate Matching are placed into housing, assignments are determined by the date we receive your application.
- Transfer students enrolling for fall who wish to live in the residence halls must submit their housing application by March 1.
You may choose to live in one of three residence halls. Each has its own study lounge, game room, kitchenettes, sauna, laundry facility, fitness room, reception desk, lounges, and student and professional staff.
- Douglass Houghton Hall (DHH), our smallest residence hall, houses about 360 students. This three-story historic building was constructed in the late 1930s and characterizes that time period with its beautiful architectural details.
- McNair Hall has a great view of the Keweenaw Waterway and consists of three buildings, housing about 600 students.
- Wadsworth Hall (Wads) is the largest hall—one-quarter-mile long, five stories high, and home to approximately 1,050 students. In addition to a vibrant residence hall community, Wads offers the Campus Café, a convenient place to meet friends, relax away from the books, and enjoy late-night dining and snacking options.
Choose a Roommate (Fall Semester Only)
Once you submit your residence hall application, you will be invited to use Roommate Matching (beginning May 1). Request a roommate you know, or search for the best match. You have until May 31 to enter your roommate choice, but it's best to match as early as possible. If you choose not to use this program, we will assign you a roommate. Please note: Students enrolling for spring or summer semesters are not eligible for Roommate Matching.
On August 1, you'll receive notification of your hall, room, and roommate assignment. New students submitting their housing materials after August 1 will receive their residence hall assignment when they arrive on campus.
Michigan Tech Apartments
- Hillside Place offers a hybrid residential experience to upper division and graduate students. Each furnished apartment contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living space with panoramic views. All utilities are included with the exception of phone service, and you’ll enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, with electric range, microwave, and full-size refrigerator, as well as laundry facilities, study lounges, a fitness center, and more.
- Daniell Heights Apartments offer one- and two-bedroom units for students with families, graduate students, and undergraduates who are 21 and older. Utilities are included with the exception of phone service. Apartments are furnished, including stoves and refrigerators, and each building features laundry facilities.
Residence Hall Dining Services
Our meal plan provides unlimited access to all three residential dining halls. There is no limit to the number of times you may enter a dining hall to eat a meal or stop in for a snack or drink.
You may use your meal plan in any of the residential dining halls. Meal hours are posted throughout the halls. In the case of a class, lab, or work schedule conflict, arrangements can be made to pick up a meal.
Dining Services offers a variety of entrées at each meal, including vegetarian options; salad, deli, and pasta bars; and stir fry, pizza, dessert, ice cream, waffle, and beverage stations. If you have an allergy or other dietary need, let the Dining Services staff know—we will work with you to provide the food you need.
Dining Dollars add flexibility to your meal plan. They are included in the meal plan and allow you to eat at convenient times and locations. Dining Dollars are accepted at multiple campus and vending machine locations.
Unused Dining Dollars are transferable from fall to spring semester; however, any Dining Dollars not used by the end of spring semester are nonrefundable.
Register for Residential Parking
If you will be living on campus and you decide to bring a vehicle, please register your vehicle with Transportation Services. You may register your vehicle and obtain your parking permit by visiting the Michigan Tech Parking Portal on the Transportation Services website, or you may come see us in person at the Transportation Services office in room 100 of the Administration Building. Permits are also available for motorcycles, scooters, and snowmobiles. Please note that winter storage is not available on campus.
Commuting and Off-Campus Living
If you are a Michigan Tech student from the local area, you may choose to live at home with your parent/guardian. All of the same resources and opportunities are available to students who commute to campus, and we encourage you to take advantage of them and get involved.
Before Orientation, commuter students will receive communication about connecting with staff and getting their questions answered. Students can always email email@example.com with any questions or concerns they may have prior to the start of the semester. As part of fall Orientation, plan to attend the Commuter Orientation Session. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet fellow commuters and to begin to get connected and involved.
Commuter Meal Plans
Meal options are available for commuter students—if you would like to eat in the residential dining halls, or if you prefer eating in retail dining operations like North Coast Deli and Grill and Campus Café.
The Top Dog Express Meal Plan can be purchased in blocks of 10, 25, 50, or 75 meals. The more meals you purchase, the less you pay per meal. This plan can be used in any residential dining hall (DHH, McNair, or Wadsworth) and features all-you-care-to-eat, buffet-style dining.
Express Cash is a debit card program and is available as a feature of your ID card. It operates like a no-interest checking account. By opening an account, you can use your ID at campus locations, including:
- Campus Store
- University Images
- North Coast Deli and Grill
- Memorial Union
- Campus Café
- Central Ticket Office
- Mont Ripley and the Huski Café
- Library Café
- Coaches Corner
Both options can be purchased at the HuskyCard service area in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.
Register for Commuter Parking
If you will commute to campus, please register your vehicle with Transportation Services before classes begin. You may register your vehicle by visiting the Michigan Tech Parking Portal on the Transportation Services website, or you may come see us in person at the Transportation Services office in room 100 of the Administration Building. Once your vehicle is registered you have the option of purchasing a Commuter Parking Permit or you may pay to park at metered/visitor parking when on campus. Permits are also available for motorcycles, scooters, and snowmobiles. Please note that winter storage is not available on campus.
Whether you’re looking for low-maintenance campus living geared toward older students, a home for you and your family, or a place that gets you off campus and into the community, you’ll find plenty of options.
- Daniell Heights Apartments offer on-campus living options for upper division and graduate students. Apartments are fully furnished and include all utilities with the exception of phone service. Visit the Housing website for details.
- For information about off-campus housing, including a list of available properties, check out the off-campus housing list, or contact the Undergraduate Student Government at 906-487-2406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Our Undergraduate Catalog
Michigan Tech’s Undergraduate Catalog provides degree requirements and course descriptions.
Laptop Requirement for All Students
Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, all students are required to have a computing device. This will help maximize your success in a range of class scenarios during your college career. This requirement means that all students, in the classroom and remote, can fully participate in mixed-mode classes (taught through a combination of in-person and remote instruction), as well as in remote assessment. It will also ensure that students will have access to the technology they need to be successful, while maintaining the physical distancing necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students living off campus are strongly encouraged to have regular and reliable Internet access.
We understand you may already have a laptop or other computing device. There’s no need to buy a new one if your device meets the recommended specifications.
Send Your Final Transcript
An official final transcript is required within 30 days of your high school graduation. Your final transcript will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to verify continued academic success during the period after that covered by the transcript used at the time of your acceptance to Michigan Tech. A significant decline in academic performance during your senior year may affect your enrollment status and, at the University’s discretion, may result in a revocation of your admission and any financial assistance awarded.
To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly to Michigan Tech by the institution issuing the transcript, or from a transcript service such as Parchment. Transcripts stamped “issued to student” or those hand delivered, even if in a sealed envelope, are not acceptable.
Request your final transcript through Parchment or contact your high school upon graduation and ask them to send your official transcript showing your final grades and graduation date.
If you have taken additional courses that did not appear on the transcript submitted with your application for admission, contact the registrar’s office at your current institution to request that an official transcript with final grades be sent to us.
Notify Us of Transfer Credit
If you completed college-level courses during high school, contact the registrar’s office at the institution(s) and request that an official transcript with your final grades be sent to Michigan Tech’s Admissions Office. Courses will be evaluated for transfer credit.
If you are taking additional courses that do not appear on the transcript most recently sent to Michigan Tech, email your unofficial transcript to email@example.com. The courses will be added to your record as pending transfer credit.
Transfer credits pending but not validated with final transcripts will be dropped from your record. As a result, any scheduled courses that require the dropped transfer course(s) as a prerequisite will also be dropped from your course schedule.
Submit AP, IB, or CLEP Scores
Your scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may earn you credit or placement. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Go to AP/IB/CLEP to see a list of scores needed to receive Michigan Tech credit.
If you received college credit at your previous institution for AP, IB, or CLEP examinations, your test scores must be sent to Michigan Tech directly from the testing agency. For a list of scores needed to receive Michigan Tech credit, visit AP/IB/CLEP.
Michigan Tech offers placement tests to ensure you are beginning your coursework at the right level.
Placement in an appropriate initial math course is crucial to your success at Michigan Tech. Our goal is to place you into the course that will provide the best opportunity to complete your degree in four years.
Starting in a math course that is too low may increase your time to graduation. But starting in a course that is too advanced could mean frustration, difficulty understanding important concepts, or re-taking courses and increasing your time to graduation.
You will be placed in your first math course based on the highest of the following:
- Your highest math ACT or math SAT score, or
- AP Calculus credit (AB or BC)—if you send your scores, we will receive them in early July (just sit tight until then), or
- College transfer credit for College Algebra or higher (high school level classes called precalculus or calculus do not count unless they also appear on a college transcript), or
- ALEKS Math Placement Assessment score—you have five attempts included with the ALEKS.
Only students without 1, 2, or 3 above must take ALEKS.
Does everyone need to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment? Not necessarily. Depending on where you place based on your recommended first math course, you may or may not need to take ALEKS. If you ultimately place below your recommended first math course, we strongly recommend you take ALEKS to challenge your placement.
We realize that some students will feel they have not been placed into the correct course. If you wish to challenge your placement, you may choose to take the online ALEKS placement. If you choose to take this test, you waive the initial placement and will be placed according to the ALEKS test results. You can be placed in a lower course, and this result is not challengeable.
ALEKS is available starting May 1.
For more information and to see your recommended first math course based on your intended major, visit the Math Placement page.
Find details on first-year chemistry course placement.
If you plan to continue studying French, German, or Spanish at Michigan Tech, you must take the free online Modern Language Placement Exam to be placed into the correct course. Learn more about the test and view sign-up instructions.
Computer Science Knowledge Assessment
Students enrolling in computer science, cybersecurity, software engineering, general computing, computer engineering, bioinformatics, or cheminformatics must take the online Computer Science Knowledge Assessment in June to determine which introductory computer science course is best for you.
First-year students enrolling in the spring or summer semester: Your schedule will be created by the Registrar’s Office based on your major, ALEKS Math Placement Assessment score, AP/IB/CLEP score(s), and transfer credits received.
First-year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 credits enrolling in the fall semester: Your schedule will be prepared for you by the Registrar’s Office in mid-July. Engineering students are scheduled into cohorts (groups of students who take the same courses together) based on your ALEKS or AP score(s) and any transfer credit received.
Be sure to review the recommendations on page 8 regarding the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment. Completing your assessment by the deadline will allow you to have the most complete schedule possible and will ensure you're placed in the best course for you—possibly avoiding unnecessary coursework and tuition.
Your initial schedule may not reflect full-time status (12 credits or more), but all first-year students are billed as full time, making you eligible for financial aid. Any adjustments to your bill will be made in August.
During Orientation, you will be able to add other courses (co-curricular courses, general education, electives) to complete your fall schedule or make changes after consulting with your academic advisor. Changes may also be made by contacting the Registrar's Office at 906-487-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer students with more than 30 credits enrolling in any semester: Your academic advisor will contact you with course recommendations prior to registration. You will be able to schedule your classes through MyMichiganTech, by calling the Registrar’s Office at 906-487-2319, or by contacting your advisor.
Get Your Books
Once you receive your course schedule, you may order your books online via The Campus Bookstore prior to the start of the semester. After you place your order, your books will be available for pickup when you arrive on campus.
You need to be healthy and happy to get the most out of your college experience. If you find yourself under the weather or in need of help, there are resources available to you.
Wellness, Relationships, and Responsible Behavior
All new students are required to complete an online educational program around responsible behavior with regard to substance use and relationships. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment for everyone. Watch your Michigan Tech email account in August for the information you'll need to start the course.
Students have access to multiple health care providers and services in the Houghton and Hancock area.
Flu shot clinics will be held during the fall semester on Michigan Tech's campus, with services provided by UP Health System Portage. NOTE: A fee is charged for flu shots, and a waiver can be provided to receive reimbursement from your insurance company. For dates, locations, or questions, please email Student Health Services at email@example.com.
The staff at Counseling Services is here to help you gain perspective and be successful, personally and academically. Our professional staff of licensed therapists provides solution-focused therapies to assist students in navigating challenges they may face while enrolled at the University. Each clinician works closely with all student support services at Michigan Tech and with health care professionals both locally and in students' home areas. Services are free and confidential. In addition, 24-hour emergency mental health services are available by calling Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216 and asking for the counselor on call. Those who are currently engaged in mental health support in their home communities are encouraged to contact Counseling Services to discuss options for continued care.
Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services at Michigan Tech is committed to assisting students with documented disabilities by providing accommodations and/or modifications. Information is available by calling 906-487-3558.
We recommend all students have health insurance coverage while attending Michigan Tech. However, all international and graduate students must have insurance, and domestic students may purchase insurance through the University if they desire.
The Student Insurance Office at Michigan Tech offers health insurance to currently enrolled students, covering preventative services, basic medical care, and hospitalization.
Michigan Tech highly recommends students have the following vaccinations before arriving on campus. If you are not sure about your vaccination status, please contact your health care provider or local health department.
- Meningococcal Quadrivalent (A, C, Y, W-135)
- Serogroup B Meningococcal
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV-Human Papillomavirus (all genders)
- Influenza (Flu)
Chronic Medical Conditions
Orientation and Your Husky Card
Your first day of class will be here before you know it. Prepare for your arrival on campus by familiarizing yourself with the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, submitting a photo for your HuskyCard, and planning for Orientation.
Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is dedicated to helping you develop skills, attitudes, and values that will enhance your academic and personal success. Our staff offers you and your family a variety of programs, services, and opportunities to support your transition to Michigan Tech.
Save the Date for Orientation
All new students attend Orientation prior to beginning classes at Michigan Tech. Orientation is designed to acquaint you with campus resources, inform you of important information about academic and co-curricular opportunities, and help you to meet fellow new students, current Tech students, and faculty and staff members.
Participation in Orientation is required for all new students, whether you are living on or off campus, so mark your calendar now and save the date. There are also Orientation programs for parents and family during Move-In Weekend, including Sibling Orientation.
|Semester||First-Year Student or transfer student starting at Tech with fewer than 30 credits||Transfer Student starting at Tech with 30 or more credits|
|Spring 2020||Sunday, January 12||Sunday, January 12|
|Summer 2020||Track A* and Track B* Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details||Track A* and Track B* Contact email@example.com for details|
|Fall 2020||Sunday, August 23– Wednesday, August 26 Move-In Friday afternoon, August 21 and Saturday, August 22||TBD, but will fall on one day between Sunday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 26|
*Please note: If you are starting at Michigan Tech during the summer semester as a new first-year or transfer student with fewer than 30 credits, you are also required to participate in the weeklong Orientation program.
Local accommodations are limited, so please make lodging reservations early if you have family members traveling with you for Move-In Weekend and Orientation.
Submit a Photo for Your HuskyCard
Your Michigan Tech HuskyCard is your official photo ID, room and building access card, residence hall meal pass, and an on-campus debit card. You'll submit your ID card photo online through MyMichiganTech—watch your enrollment checklist for information. Once on campus, keep your card with you at all times—there is a fee to replace lost or damaged cards.
The Express Cash debit card program is available as a feature of your HuskyCard. It operates like a no-interest checking account. By opening an account, you may use your card at locations like the Campus Bookstore and University Images, the North Coast Deli and Grill in the Memorial Union, campus cafés, the Rozsa and Student Development Complex ticket offices, printers and copiers, and vending machines across campus. You can manage your account online by adding funds and reviewing transactions.