Computers and IT

Computing Device Requirement

Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, all incoming first-year and transfer 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.

Students majoring in engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and engineering management should plan to have a laptop for in-class instructional purposes in required Engineering Fundamentals courses.

Students living off campus are strongly encouraged to have regular and reliable Internet access.

System Recommendations

Computer Labs

You’ll have 24/7 access to workstations in the VanPelt and Opie Library, including software specific to your classes/major and unlimited printing (though it’s convenient to have a printer in your room as well). You can check the availability of the labs closest to you on campus and find space to check email, work on papers for classes, or catch up on Facebook.


Free software downloads through the Software Distribution Center will be available to you for personal use beginning the first day of classes. All software licenses remain active for use on your personal computer for as long as you are enrolled at Michigan Tech.

IT Services

Information Technology at Michigan Tech provides service for faculty, staff, and students in the areas of computing, networking, telephony, satellite and cable television, software systems, enterprise computing, classroom technology, and online learning.

Face-to-face support is available during weekday business hours at the IT Service Center, located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the first floor near the main entrance. Remote assistance is also available.