If you have questions, contact us at 888-688-1885 (toll-free), 906-813-4035 (text or call), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What majors do you have?
Michigan Tech has more than 140 different degree options and more than 80 minors. Majors cover seven areas of study: arts, humanities, and social sciences; business and economics; computing; engineering; forestry and environmental sciences; health professions; mathematics; natural and physical sciences; secondary teacher certification; and technology. Students who are exploring majors can choose from four general/undecided options.
What classes should I take in high school?
College prep classes including math, science, English, and social studies will keep you on track. View our course recommendations for more details.
When can I visit campus?
Campus tours are available weekdays at 11 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. In addition to a tour of campus, a weekday visit includes a meeting with a department of your choice for the major you're most interested in. Other visit opportunities include Saturday tours, annual Open House programs, and spring Preview Day for accepted students.
How much is tuition?
Michigan Tech is a public university, so the tuition rate you are charged is based on your residency. We do not participate in any tuition reciprocity programs. Room and board will vary slightly depending on the residence hall you are placed in as well as which meal plan you choose.
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.
Do I have to live on campus?
All first-year students, other than transfer or commuting students living with a parent/guardian, must live on campus during their first year. Students receiving a Leading Scholar Award, National Scholars Program award, or Presidential Scholars Program award are required to live on campus for their first two years. But "required" isn't the best word to use, because once you get here, we think you'll love it. In fact, many students choose to live on campus for more than one year.
I live outside of the local area. How will I get home on breaks?
First-year students may have a car on campus, but it's not recommended or necessary for daily travel. For longer breaks, students connect with others from their area to find rides home.
Students can also use the Houghton County Memorial Airport (code CMX), serviced by SkyWest/United Airlines and located about eight miles north of campus. Daily flights are available. Indian Trails offers regular bus service to the Houghton/Hancock area. Check out our directions to campus page for more details.
Are scholarships available?
Merit- and need-based scholarships are available for incoming first-year and transfer students. Official SAT or ACT scores are not required, but are recommended, for merit based scholarship consideration.
How do I apply for financial aid?
If you are accepted to Michigan Tech, you will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Additional competitive scholarships that require a separate application are available. Seniors in high school should check out the Leading Scholar Award due November 1. Test scores are not needed to apply for competitive scholarships.
To apply for federal aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 1.
What type of computer should I bring?
All students are required to have a computing device. 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. Use the computing device you're most comfortable with—PC or Mac—as long as it meets the specifications.
What if I decide not to go to Michigan Tech?
If you decide not to enroll, call the Admissions Office at 888-688-1885 or email email@example.com to cancel your application. We will cancel your admission, housing application (if applicable), financial aid and scholarships, and remove you from our mailing list.
Application / Requirements
How much does it cost to apply?
It's free to apply to Michigan Tech. Apply now using the online application.
When can I apply to Michigan Tech?
First-year students are encouraged to apply in the fall of your senior year. Transfer students should apply at least 30 days before the start of the semester you intend to enroll.
What is the deadline for applying?
You are encouraged to submit your application for admission by January 15. Applications are still accepted after this date.
What do I need to include with my application for admission?
First-year applicants do not need test scores to apply. You are required to submit an official copy of your high school transcript (sent directly from your high school to Michigan Tech or through a transcript service such as Parchment).
Domestic students will receive an admission decision based on your high school transcript. Homeschool applicants and students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be asked to submit official test scores or other documentation. Michigan Tech accepts either the SAT or ACT and has no preference to which scores students submit.
If you'd like to have your school counselor share details about your academic performance, ask them to complete the High School Counselor Information page and send it directly to us. This form can also be used for your school to submit your official test scores at no cost to you.
Transfer students will need to submit official copies of college transcripts sent directly to us from the college(s) attended. We will also need an official copy of your high school transcript (not required for students who earned an associate degree or higher at the time of application). SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for transfer students.
Do I need to send SAT or ACT scores?
Test scores are not needed to apply for admission. Domestic students will receive an admission decision based on the high school transcript. Homeschool applicants and students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be asked to submit official test scores or other documentation.
Do I need to write an essay or get a letter of recommendation?
Additional application materials may be required for students applying for admission into the following degree programs: audio production and technology, sound design, theatre and electronic media performance, and theatre and entertainment technology.
What are the minimum requirements for admissions? What do I need to get in?
Admissions requirements vary by major. On average, our incoming students have a 3.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a 26.7 ACT composite (approximately 1260 SAT total). Test scores are not needed for 2022 domestic applicants Homeschool applicants and students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be asked to submit official test scores or other documentation. Michigan Tech accepts either the SAT or ACT and has no preference to which scores students submit—students receive equal consideration for merit-based scholarships with either set of scores.
To learn more about admissions requirements and discuss your individual academic situation, call us at 888-688-1885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I find out if I got accepted?
Starting in August, you should have your decision within two or three weeks once your application is complete. You can track the status of your documents and admission decision on the Application Portal. Check your email for an invitation to set up your Application Portal. This message was sent 24 hours after you submitted your application for admission. If you applied for admission to audio production and technology or sound design (and were required to submitted examples of creative work) you will be notified of your decision beginning in late November.
I got in! What do I do next?
What if I retake the ACT or SAT?
Michigan Tech uses the highest scores we have on file. If you retake the SAT or ACT, be sure to have your new scores sent to Michigan Tech. Our SAT code is 1464; our ACT code is 2030.
Michigan Tech accepts either the SAT or ACT and has no preference to which scores students submit.
Do you superscore?
No. We will use the highest scores on file for you from any single sitting of the SAT or ACT.
What about AP, IB, and CLEP credit?
Michigan Tech credit or placement can be earned with qualifying scores on these exams. Test scores need to be sent directly to Michigan Tech. Our AP school code is 1464.
Do I need to submit a final high school transcript?
Yes. An official final transcript is required within 30 days of your high school graduation to verify proof of graduation and to record your graduation date.
Additionally, 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. If you experienced a departure
from your previous academic performance, you will be contacted and asked to provide
a detailed explanation. A significant decline in academic performance during your
senior year may affect your enrollment status and, at the University's discretion,
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.
Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?
SAT or ACT test scores are not required, but can be accepted for the English proficiency requirement. See the English proficiency page for more details about what tests and scores are accepted.
What TOEFL score do I need?
You can choose from several tests, including the TOEFL, to show meet the English proficiency requirement. See the English proficiency page for more details on tests and minimum scores required, as well as details on conditional admission if your score falls below the minimum.
I am from an English-speaking country. Do I still need to provide proof of English proficiency?
Applicants from certain countries of origin may be exempt from this requirement; see the list of countries on the English proficiency page.
Are international students eligible for scholarships or financial aid?
You will be considered for either the International Ambassador Scholarship or the
National Business Scholars Award, depending on your student type and your major. A
scholarship notification will happen at the same time as an admissions decision.
See more information on international student scholarships, noting that the others listed have much more strict eligibility requirements. If you do qualify for the Summer Youth Scholars Award, the FIRST Scholarship, or the McAllister Foundation, note that those do have a separate application.
International students are not eligible for need-based aid.
Should I apply as a first-year or transfer student?
You are a first-year student if you are currently in secondary school, or have completed
secondary school but not yet started post-secondary studies.
You are a transfer student if you have already started post-secondary studies.
I attended a university in my home country, but do not want to transfer any credits to Michigan Tech. Can I apply as a first-year student?
No, you are still considered a transfer student for the purposes of admission, and should follow the transfer student requirements on the International Student website.
How do I submit my transcripts?
We need an official transcript, which means you cannot send us a scanned copy by email.
The accepted methods for sending an official international transcript are:
From an official at your school through an official school email account, or by postal mail or an online document sending service.
From you by postal mail, making sure they have an original school stamp or are certified true copies of the original document.
How do I submit my test scores?
Test score sending methods are detailed on the English proficiency page.
Why do I have to submit a course-by-course evaluation?
A course evaluation is required for transfer students who studied outside of the US
or Canada. This is required for the admissions committee to see your grades in the
US equivalent, so your admissibility and scholarship eligibility can be appropriately
assessed. Until the evaluation is received, your application file will remain incomplete.
Additionally, the evaluation will be used in the transfer credit process to see the US credit and level equivalents of each course taken, to properly transfer the courses in.
I attended a school where the curriculum was in English. Can that waive my English proficiency requirement?
No, unless the school was in the US. If so, a final waiver decision will be made when the transcript from your US school is received.
I submitted all my documents yesterday. When will I hear a decision?
When your application has been submitted, you can log in to your Application Portal to track your application status. We will email you approximately 24 hours after you submit your application with information on how to set up your Application Portal.
Application review typically takes 2-4 weeks from the date of file completion. You will be emailed when a decision is made.
I see financial documents such as bank statements listed in my checklist. Is this information used to make an admissions decision?
Financial documents are required post-acceptance to process the forms required for student and exchange visitor visa applications. If you have been granted admission to Michigan Tech, you will be able to upload these documents through the Application Portal.
Will all of my credits transfer to Michigan Tech?
Transfer credit is granted for most courses completed off campus with a grade of C or better. Most transfer credits usually satisfy Michigan Tech's general education requirements. View our transfer guides and transfer equivalency listings for more details.
What kind of support services are there for transfer students?
Do you offer scholarships specifically for transfer students?
Absolutely. Transfer students have access to financial aid, as well as some scholarships just for transfer students.
Are transfer students required to bring a computing device?
All students are required to have a computing device. 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. Use the computing device you're most comfortable with—PC or Mac—as long as it meets the specifications.
Parents and Families
How will my student adjust to being so far from home?
Some students start out a bit hesitant or unsure, especially if they've never been away from home before. But once they settle in, get into their coursework, and make friends from their residence hall and classes, distance from home becomes less of a concern.
What resources are in place to help my student adjust socially?
Orientation week is a great way for your student to meet new students and make friends. On top of that, we have more than 230 student organizations they can get involved with, as well as weekly campus events, activities, intramural sports, and varsity athletics that bring students from across campus together.
How often will I get to see my student once the school year begins?
You'll come to campus for Orientation and move-in. In October we have Family Weekend, and in November students usually go home for a week at Thanksgiving, then again for three weeks in December and January over semester break. In February we have Winter Carnival, which is a must-see for most families. In March students have a week for Spring Break, and in early May they're home for the summer. Check out the academic calendar for specific dates.
What kind of first-year transition program is there to help my student adjust?
Michigan Tech provides students with services to help them adjust to college life. The Wahtera Center for Student Success offers resources to help students succeed—starting from when they first arrive on campus for Orientation, participation in the ExSEL Program, free Learning Centers, and more. Wahtera Center staff help students identify mentoring and tutoring opportunities to help with the academic transition.
Where can I go to hear from parents of current Michigan Tech students?
Parents are encouraged to join the Michigan Tech Parents Facebook Group. It's a parent-administered closed group to actively engage in various discussion topics, post questions for one another, and share stories about their Huskies.
My student is pretty shy. Will it be hard for him or her to adjust to life in the residence halls?
Michigan Tech is a residential campus—meaning most students drive eight to 10 hours to get here—so students are around on weekends. Most students find it easy to make friends and get involved. Many students choose to live in Theme Communities within the residence halls as a way to connect with students who have shared interests.
What's Houghton like and will there be things for my student to do?
Houghton is a college town which, along with its sister city of Hancock, has a population of around 12,000. The community is welcoming to students and features coffee houses, locally owned restaurants, world-class shows at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, outdoor activities on trails and water, the Outdoor Adventure Program, and houses of worship. Learn more about living in Houghton.