Orientation Welcome Packet Text Version

Welcome to graduate studies at Michigan Tech!

Will Cantrell
Will Cantrell, Dean, Graduate School

It is a privilege for us to provide you guidance and support as you seek to deepen your understanding and mastery in your chosen field of study. The staff in the Graduate School looks forward to working with you. Please visit us virtually or in person* on the 4th floor of the Admin building.

This page outlines activities designed to facilitate your transition to graduate studies, to Michigan Tech, and to the larger Copper Country community. There are some activities required of all incoming graduate students; please be sure to attend those.

Again, welcome! We are happy to answer questions and provide assistance to ensure that your experience during your graduate studies is productive and meaningful.

Please join us for our new student welcome session on Monday, August 22, 2022 from 3 p.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the east end of campus. 

Michigan Tech's Response to  COVID-19  

Behavior and operations at Michigan Tech are guided by our Health and Safety Levels. These levels provide us with the agility to respond to COVID-19 on campus and in the local community in real time with scientifically informed, practical, and targeted steps. For more information on our current level and campus resources, visit Michigan Tech's Flex page.

The COVID-19 Health and Safety Levels provide flexibility, to the extent reasonably possible, for those who are at higher risk for complications from the virus or who have an immediate household member in that category. At the same time, they permit students and employees to be on campus with mitigation efforts tailored to real-time metrics, such as the presence of the virus in the campus community; the presence of the virus in the local community; vaccination rates; the health care capacity in the local community; and relevant local, state, and federal guidance and orders.  At this time, Michigan Tech is operating at Health and Safety Level One. The situation is actively monitored and the Health and Safety Level could change at any time.  

Register for Classes

If you know the classes you want to add you can register at Banweb

  1. Login to Banweb using your ISO password (This is the same username and password that you use for your HuskyMail and MyMichiganTech)
  2. Once you are logged in, click the “Students” tab, then click “Registration”
  3. Click, "Look-up Classes to Add"
  4. Select "Fall 2022" from the drop-down list and click "Submit"
  5. You can now look up the classes you would like to take by Subject, or using and Advanced Search
  6. Once you find the class you are looking for, click “View Sections,” select the section you would like to enroll in and the click “Register” at the bottom of the page.

If you need more assistance, visit the Registrar's website for additional information or ask your advisor.

Purchase Health Insurance

All enrolled graduate students, except off campus students, must have health insurance. Before students may pay their tuition bill and/or confirm enrollment, they must meet the insurance requirement. A registration hold will be placed on a student's account if the requirement has not been met.

  • Unsupported students must have the unsupported graduate plan or comparable coverage during any terms in which they are enrolled. They may opt to purchase a 12-month plan.
  • Supported students (GRAs, GTAs, and certain fellowships) must have the supported graduate plan or comparable coverage through the end of the policy year (generally mid-August). Supported students may not opt to purchase a partial year of insurance. Please contact the Graduate School if you need assistance determining if you are a supported student.

Make your insurance payment through MyMichiganTech.

If your plan is a comprehensive health plan that meets coverage requirements of the University and is accepted in the U.S., you do not need to purchase the policy through the University.

Michigan Tech offers insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). You can view the BCBSM website for Michigan Tech for more information.

Questions? Contact the Student Insurance office: studentinsurance@mtu.edu or 906-487-1088.

For additional information, visit the Michigan Tech Student Insurance Office’s web site.

Pay Your Bill and Confirm Enrollment

You can check your Michigan Tech Student Bill on MyMichiganTech.

  1. Login to MyMichiganTech using your ISO password
  2. Once you are logged in, click the "Payments" tab, then the "View/Pay Student Bill" tab.
  3. You can either pay your bill online or you can visit the Student Service Center on the First Floor of the Administration Building.
  4. Even if you have complete funding, you must log into your MyMichiganTech page and go to your student bill as described above. At the bottom of your bill, it will say “Confirm Enrollment,” once your bill has been paid. Click that button to make sure your classes are not dropped. You can register for additional courses or change your schedule after your enrollment has been confirmed.

Graduate School: Your First Year Checklist

  • Complete Basic Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training by week 7 of  fall semester 2022. The Graduate School will enroll you in an online class; watch your email for more details.
  • Register for your courses (consult with your advisor or graduate program director for proper course selection)
  • Pay your student bill and confirm enrollment for fall 2022 by August 24 (all students – including supported students)
  • Submit final official proof of previous degree(s)
  • Get your HuskyCard (Michigan Tech ID) in the Library
    • Your Michigan Tech HuskyCard is your official Michigan Tech ID; room and building access (residence halls, dining, labs, and academic buildings) and parking lots, if applicable. You can also use your card like a debit card to purchase items at campus retailers that accept Michigan Tech Express Cash, including the Campus Bookstore, University Images, Rozsa Box Office, SDC Central Ticket Office, the MUB Food Court, cafés, and vending machines.
  • Complete online EverFi training in support of a safe campus environment for all students – details on MyMichiganTech during the first week of classes.
  • Check MyMichiganTech regularly for additional checklist items, links to forms, your personalized Degree Completion Timeline, and to confirm receipt of items.
  • Select an advisor and submit the Advisor and Committee Recommendation form no later than spring 2023 to avoid a registration hold
  • Complete Advanced RCR training in spring 2023 or fall 2023
  • Complete GTA training if you are a GTA – contact your program for specific requirements.

Graduate School: International Student Checklist

  • Complete all items on “Your first-year checklist” above
  • Check in with International Programs and Services (before classes start)
  • Complete Life@Michigan Tech workshop (fall semester)
    • 8 mandatory sessions designed to help new international undergraduate, transfer, exchange, and graduate students adjust to Michigan Tech’s academic and social community. Registration details will be sent to the students during the first week of classes.
    • Questions? Contact ips@mtu.edu.
  • Complete the GLAS (Graduate Language Assessment and Support) Language assessment:
    • Required for students whose first language is not English and who intend to be graduate teaching assistants.
    • The GLAS Language Assessment is available online through the Michigan Tech Testing Center. Contact them at techtesting-l@mtu.edu to register for the assessment.
    • The Center for Teaching and Learning offers free workshops through GLAS for all international graduate students interested in improving their language skills.

International Programs and Services (IPS)

It is mandatory for all new international students to check in with IPS to ensure immigration compliance once they have arrived in Houghton. Please contact the IPS office by emailing ips@mtu.edu,calling 906-487-2160, or stopping in the office located in the Administration Building room 200.  Students can also check in electronically by visiting https://www.mtu.edu/international/students/newly-admitted/

Van Pelt and Opie Library

  • The library is here to support your success! For assistance with library research and your assignments, visit our AskUs! Station in the library lobby or virtually. Ask us anything at library@mtu.edu.


    Visit our website for an in-depth overview of services for Graduate Students and a virtual tour.


    Some highlights include:

    • Off-campus access: You have access to most library services and resources including journals, databases, e-books, and streaming videos from off-campus. On the Library's website, use the tabs for Search, Databases A-Z, or Journals to locate resources. Once you select a resource, you will be prompted to log in with your Michigan Tech username and ISO password to access the content.


    • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): You can request books, articles, scans of book chapters, or other materials the library doesn’t have. We locate the materials you need from our partners, normally at no charge to you. Many articles requested are delivered to your email the same business day. Rush service on weekdays is available for Graduate Students.


    • Textbooks: As a general rule, the library doesn’t purchase required textbooks. However, we have Course Reserves where instructors may place their copy on reserve for students to borrow.


    • Productivity tools: The library’s Circulation Desk has useful items to borrow including cameras, chargers, headphones, scientific calculators, and more.


    • Workshops: The library hosts workshops and one-on-one consultations on a range of topics including Copyright, EndNote, Zotero, Poster Design, Advanced Search Skills, Patent Searching, and more!


    • 3D Printing: The library offers support for 3D printing of research designs and fixtures. The library has numerous printers and seasoned staff to assist with print assessment and training in the use of the equipment.

Graduate Student Government

The Graduate Student Government is the main governing body for graduate students at Michigan Tech, comprised of Master’s and PhD students from every department on campus. GSG serves as a liaison between graduate students and the University administration, advocating on student’s behalf for issues such as healthcare, transportation, and academic resources. We strive to promote events that will foster intellectual, social, and professional well-being and growth.

Throughout the year, GSG organizes a number of academic and professional development workshops, seminars, research competitions, and fun social events for graduate students to enjoy. We hope you will take full advantage of these events and that they will enrich your experience here at Tech.

Our office is currently located in Admin 405. However, we will soon be moving to 207 East Street in Houghton. Please feel free to reach out to us or one of your departmental representatives for anything that you’d like to know more about, or email us directly at gsg@mtu.edu. Full information about our events and members can be found on the GSG website.

Language and Culture Support

GLAS: Graduate Language Assessment and Support

GLAS is a free program designed for international graduate students who speak English as a second language.

Through one-on-one or small-group conversations that matter, students gain experience participating in class discussions, responding to questions, and listening effectively. GLAS coaches work with students to help them to improve their English oral communication skills and better understand US university expectations.  GLAS students who are already teaching can practice lectures or lab presentations with their coach.

All international graduate students are welcome to participate in the program; international graduate teaching assistants are highly encouraged to participate.

Visit GLAS’s website or email the GLAS Program Director, Sarah Isaacson, at sisaacso@mtu.edu for more information.

Write-D: Writing in the Discipline

Write-D is a free program for graduate students that provides a dedicated time to get work done and receive support on writing projects within their discipline, for example, manuscripts, research proposals, etc.  Guest faculty members from department will briefly present on research, writing, and publishing tips.  Current departments involved in Write-D include Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.  All graduate students are welcome to attend.  Contact the Write-D Coordinator, Sarah Isaacson, at sisaacso@mtu.edu, for more information or if you would like your department to join Write-D.

Canterbury House

The Canterbury House is a place for students, faculty, and staff, and their families to gather for conversation, and fellowship. Canterbury House staff and volunteers host several activities and language coaching during the academic year. The Canterbury House is the yellow house across from the Administration Building. Stop by and hang out or relax


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. The deadline to apply for all residence hall housing is March 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Daniell Heights Apartments offer fully furnished one- and two-bedroom units for students with families, graduate students, and undergraduates who are 21 and older. Utilities are included (excluding phone service). Apartments are furnished, including stove, and refrigerator, and each building features laundry facilities. There is no deadline to apply for an apartment in Daniell Heights; however, offers are sent to students by Michigan Tech email on the waiting list beginning in March for the upcoming academic year.

Visit Housing Services for more information or to apply for an apartment. You can also contact Housing Office at 906-487-2682 or housing@mtu.edu.

Off-campus Housing

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 usg@mtu.edu.

Healthy Living

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.

Health Services

Students have access to healthcare services at Upper Great Lakes Houghton Family Health Center located inside the UP-Health System University Center, attached to the Student Development Complex. The clinic has student walk-in hours every weekday morning and afternoon. Immediate care is also available at UP Health System Express Care on Sharon Avenue, less than three miles from campus. Emergency services are available at the UP-Health System Emergency Department in Hancock. Visit UP Health System - Portage to learn more.

Student Mental Health and Well-being

The staff at the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being is here to help you gain perspective and be successful, personally and academically.  Our professional staff of licensed therapists works closely with all student support services at Michigan Tech and with mental health professionals both locally and in student's home areas.  Services are free and confidential.  In addition, 24-hour emergency services are available by calling My SSP at 866-743-7732.  for more information or to schedule and appointment, contact our office at 906-487-2538 or counseling@mtu.edu

Fitness and Sports

Michigan Tech's Student Development Complex (SDC) provides four seasons of recreation and fitness activities for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The SDC features a variety of high‐quality facilities/amenities, including youth and adult classes, plus regularly scheduled fitness, and recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech student spouse/partner and dependents also have access to the facilities at a discounted price.

Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP)

The Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) rents tents, sleeping bags, bikes, and kayaks and they also offer a wide variety of trips and outdoor experiences for everyone, such as kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, and climbing. The OAP strives to get students, faculty, staff, and community members outside and active!

Health and Safety

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 at Dean of Students Disability Office or by calling 906-487-2212.

Public Safety and Police Services

Public Safety at Michigan Technological University is staffed by trained, certified state of Michigan police officers who have full law enforcement authority (including the power of arrest) throughout Houghton County.

Michigan Tech has strategically installed security and emergency phones on campus designated by an illuminated blue light. "Blue light" phones connect directly to Public Safety and Police Services Dispatch. Once contacted, Public Safety and Police Services Dispatch will send an officer and any other necessary (fire, EMS) services to assist.

Elevators are equipped with emergency phones that also connect directly with Public Safety and Police Services. The purpose of these phones is to communicate that either the elevator has failed and needs assistance, or that it is serving as an area of refuge during a building emergency or alarm activation. If you are trapped in an elevator, remain calm, use the emergency phone, and assistance will arrive shortly.

Michigan Tech is a small community where people respect others. The Public Safety building is right on campus, and the campus police are always around if you need them. The department is staffed and operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Title IX

Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) is committed to creating and maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from unlawful discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities; Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits sex discrimination in employment; and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sexual Harassment and Retaliation under this Policy will not be tolerated by Michigan Tech and is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including, permanent dismissal from Michigan Tech and/or termination of employment.

Michigan Technological University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex and gender. Michigan Tech also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy or more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Abbi Halkola, Title IX Coordinator, 310 Administration Building, 906-487-3310

Kirsti Arko, Director of Title IX, 307 Administration Building, 906-487-3310

mailto:titleix@mtu.edu Michigan Tech Title IX Website

Becoming a Part of our Community – Everfi Training

All new Michigan Tech graduate students are required to complete an online course on Sexual Assault Prevention. This course provides information about critical topics affecting graduate and professional students everywhere—relationship abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. It’s important to remember that these issues can impact anyone, regardless of their job or position, marital status, age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Chances are, you know or will know someone affected by these issues and this course prepares you to be a positive influence in addressing these topics both in your personal life and in your graduate program. 

Watch your Michigan Tech email account in September for the information you will need to start the course. For more information, contact titleix@mtu.edu.

Speak Up

See Something. Hear Something. Know Something. Say Something. Don't stand by. It's on us!

We are committed to providing a safe campus environment, supporting the Title IX federal law and our policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including: 

  • gender discrimination
  • sexual harassment
  • intimate partner violence
  • nonconsensual sexual contact or intercourse
  • sexual exploitation
  • stalking
  • sexual assault

Report It!

Abbi Halkola
Title IX Coordinator 
Admin 307

Public Safety and Police Services
206 MacInnes Dr

Career Services

Career services connects students, employers, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff through collaborative programming and individual coaching. They hold many events throughout the academic year, including fall and spring career fairs, CareerFEST Days with companies, resume reviews, mock interviews, and a variety of career workshops.

The Michigan Tech Career Fair is one of the largest in the country, bringing more than 400 companies each year. Our biannual Career Fair is open to students of all majors.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (OVPDI) exists to foster the values of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and a sense of belonging (DEIS). Diversity strategic planning at Michigan Technological University (MTU) harnesses the creativity and energy of units across MTU to promote these values throughout the institution and to all of its stakeholders.

  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is dedicated to enhancing the STEM experience for historically excluded students (Indigenous, Black, POC, LGBTQIA+, Women, Disabled, First Generation, and Multicultural identities) and aid in their success at Michigan Tech and beyond.  The CDI fosters engagement in facilitating an inclusive university community by providing student support services, offering dynamic student and community programs, and initiating campus opportunities for learning and education across the multiple social and cultural intersections of student experiences at Tech. The CDI is composed of passionate professional staff and amazing student leaders who seek to engage, educate, empower, and amplify the voices, opportunities, and success of our underrepresented student populations.  While the primary focus of the CDI is the success of underrepresented students, at the end of the day, the CDI is a home away from home, welcoming and supporting all students who cross the threshold (virtually and physically).

Experience Tech

The Experience Tech program is funded by a student fee that provides you with access to recreational facilities and performing arts events. The program includes downhill skiing and snowboarding at Mont Ripley, Husky Hockey games, tennis at the Gates Tennis Center, golfing at Portage Lake Golf Course, visual and performing arts events, Tech Trails and Recreational Forest, Rozsa Center events, intramural sports, Outdoor Adventure Program, and Student Health and Wellness. See Experience Tech's website for more information.

Events are on a first come first serve basis. To ensure a seat, you can pre-order a $5 student ticket. Student ID will be required upon entry.

Student Voted Fees 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Student Activity Fee—Fall and Spring $50.00
  • Student Activity Fee—Summer $10.00
  • Experience Tech Fee—Fall and Spring $78.00

Michigan Tech Athletics 

Ticket Information

  • Michigan Tech Hockey is part of the Experience Tech program and is available on a first come first serve basis to the first 750 Michigan Tech students. Please visit the Experience Tech website for details. Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Football, and Volleyball are free to Michigan Tech students with a student ID. Michigan Tech student spouse/partner and dependents also have access to athletics tickets at a discounted price. Please reach out with any questions to the Michigan Tech Central Ticket Office (906-487-2073) or go to www.buyhuskiestickets.com


  • By Phone: 906-487-2073 or 877-746-3999
  • By Email: tickets@mtu.edu
  • By Visiting the Ticket Office
    • The Central Ticketing Office is located on the first floor of the Student Development Complex, office hours are as follows:
      • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
      • Saturday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
      • Sunday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Social Media


Michigan Tech Shuttle Services

During the fall and spring semesters, Michigan Tech’s Transportation Services provides free shuttle service around campus and throughout downtown Houghton. You can find more information on routes and schedules on the Michigan Tech's Transportation Services Site.

Houghton Public Transit

The Houghton Public Transit provides an on-demand bus service for Houghton City and surrounding areas Monday-Friday from 7AM-5PM. The cost is $3 per student in the city, and $4 out of the city limits. You can find more information on the City of Houghton's Public Transit site.

Hancock Public Transit

The Hancock Public Transit provides an on-demand bus service to the cities of Hancock and Houghton, 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Student fee is $3. More information can be found at the City of Hancocks' Public Transit site.

Taxi Service

  • A2B Cab 906-369-3285
  • Copper Country Limo 906-370-4761
  • Lyft (Ride share service, download the app from your phone’s app store) 


All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with Transportation Services. Parking permits are required to park in any campus lot and can be purchased at the Transportation Services Office or online. Permits are only valid for the vehicles registered to the permit, visit Michigan Tech's Transportation Services.

Vehicles may be registered on the Michigan Tech Parking Portal or by bringing your vehicle registration to our office in the Administration Building, Room 100.

Required vehicle registration information:

  • License Plate Number/State
  • Vehicle Make/Model/Style
  • Year
  • Color


Restaurants Within Walking Distance

  • Ambassador Restaurant
  • Armando’s Restaurant
  • Biggby Coffee
  • Bonfire Restaurant
  • Camp Coffee Co.
  • Cyberia Cafe
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Downtowner Lounge
  • Four Seasons Tea Room
  • Hunan Garden
  • Jimmy John’s
  • JJ’s Wok N Grill
  • Joey’s Seafood & Grill
  • Library Restaurant
  • Rodeo Mexican Kitchen
  • Sky Sushi
  • Subway
  • Suomi (authentic Finnish dishes)
  • The Den
  • Victoria's Kitchen
  • 5th and Elm Coffee House

Restaurants that Deliver

  • Domino’s Pizza: 906-482‐6060
  • Jimmy John’s (sandwiches): 906-483‐0768
  • Pizza Hut: 906-482‐0978
  • Studio Pizza: 906-482-5100
  • Nutini’s Supper Club: 906-482-2711

Grocery Stores Within Walking Distance

  • Jim’s Food Mart: 906-482-4080. Located at 300 Pearl St, Houghton, MI 49931

Houghton and Hancock Communities

You will find your new home to be very safe with a friendly and welcoming community.

The Keweenaw Peninsula (KEE-win-naw) or Copper Country is the most northern part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and was the most important location in the world for pure native copper. Michigan Tech began as the Michigan Mining school in 1885 with four faculty members and 23 students. Back then, the school was on the second floor of a building a few blocks from the current campus. Copper mining ended in 1968 but many small towns and ancient relics still exist today.

Embrace your new community and environment, and soon you will know why Houghton is one of the best 100 places to live, according to "The 100 Best Small Towns In America," by Norman Crampton.

Take advantage of learning the culture that surrounds MTU. Tech will feel like home.

Prepare for Winter

Houghton winters are very snowy and can be very cold. Make sure you are prepared! It is not unusual to get 12 inches of snow in a day, so warm walking boots are important, as is a heavier coat, fleece-lined gloves, thick scarf, and a hat. Layering clothes will keep you comfortable outside, and will allow you to remove some layers to avoid getting overheated once inside.

MTU is a winter wonderland! If you are willing to embrace the winters, recreational opportunities are plentiful, both indoors and outdoors. Every winter outdoor activity is at your fingertips from sledding, hockey, broomball, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, snow tubing, to ice fishing. In addition, the annual Winter Carnival, held in February, is the biggest annual winter celebration in the nation. Winter Carnival is known for large artistic snow statues that require scaffolding to build!

Michigan Tech is the only university in the country that owns its own ski hill. Students can enjoy free downhill skiing at Mont Ripley across from campus in Hancock.

Tech also owns 35 kilometers of trails that are nationally recognized for quality, variety of terrain, and maintenance. With Houghton’s average snowfall approaching 250 inches, the winter season usually opens in early December and continues into April. During the winter, grooming takes place daily and the system includes 7.5 kilometers of lighted trails, making an after-class ski trip convenient for students. The trails are open for biking and hiking the rest of the year.