Diversity Facts and Figures

Michigan Tech is committed to a diverse and inclusive community of and for scholars. The Michigan Tech Strategic Plan indicates this with the goal of ensuring a supportive environment for all members of the University community, including increasing diversity and promoting success of all students, faculty, and staff.

An institution-wide challenge exists to effectively assess and evaluate our diversity efforts. We regularly measure retention and graduation rates of students and recruitment outcomes of diverse faculty, staff, and students. The information provided in this site describes the current status of some of these measures. The University Strategic Plan dashboard and Institutional Research Fact Book contain additional data.

About the Data

The following charts represent the University’s most current data on:

Data is updated annually once the Institutional Research Fact Book is released.

Data anonymity 

In order to prevent information from being identifying, it is University policy to not disaggregate demographic information when fewer than 10 people would be in a single category. Therefore, the student data on the pages linked above are not broken down into smaller categories for public presentation in order to protect student anonymity.

Overview: Retention and Graduation Rates for Women and Underrepresented Minority Students

  • Women are retained (78.6%, first- to third-year students) and graduated (74.9%) at higher rates in comparison with the overall student population (76.1% and 66.5%, respectively).
  • The underrepresented minority (URM) student population, which consists of American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American/Non Hispanic, and Hispanic/Hispanic American racial/ethnic groups—are retained at a lower rate of approximately 65.9% versus the overall student-retention rate of 76.1%. The graduation rate for URMs is approximately 47.2%, or 19.3% lower than the rate for all students.