Our rural setting on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan enables us to provide an excellent education in a spectacular location. Recreational opportunities abound, including our own ski hill, golf course, and 600 acres of on-campus recreational forest and trails for cross country running, skiing, hiking, and biking.
The 925-acre campus is on the banks of the Keweenaw Waterway and just a few miles from Lake Superior. The air and water are clean and the North Woods that surround us, pristine.
Ford Forest, in nearby Alberta, Michigan, is a 4,000-acre research forest managed by our School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Campus Facilities & Equipment
State-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms are found across the campus, and wireless networking is everywhere. On the waterfront, our new Great Lakes Research Center is advancing knowledge in environmental studies, particularly winter-related studies, aided by our proximity to Lake Superior.
More than twenty research centers and institutes allow Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students to focus on a broad range of inquiry, from climate change to transportation, from power and energy to computational science. The newest research center looks at precollege outreach innovations. Its goal is to motivate young people to study and pursue careers in science and engineering, Michigan Tech strengths.
Tech recently upgraded Sherman Field, our football and soccer stadium, with a state-of-the-art playing surface. The MacInnes Student Ice Arena features skyboxes, a new ice plant, and a high-tech video scoreboard.
The entire local area is great for outdoor enthusiasts, with easy access to rivers, lakes, woods, downhill and cross-country skiing and hiking/biking trails. There is an extensive system of snowmobile and ATV trails. Downtown Houghton and its sister city, Hancock (combined population 14,000) offer coffee shops, theaters, stores and restaurants, as well as many kinds of specialty shops. Major retailers are a short drive or bus ride from campus. There is local bus service. Theatre, concerts, plays, ballet and other performances provide cultural experiences. Houghton and Hancock are safe communities with little traffic. It's said that in Houghton and Hancock "rush hours" are "rush minutes. All in all, it's a great combination: a world-class education in a beautiful location.
Student Organizations & Activities
More than 180 student organizations offer leadership opportunities in many categories: Academic/Honors, Arts and Culture, Club Sports, Governance, Greeks, Programming/Social, Religious, and Service.
Our traditions include Winter Carnival featuring massive snow statues and broomball; Parade of Nations, celebrating more than 60 nations with students here; K-Day on Lake Superior's shore; and Spring Fling on campus.
Michigan Tech “is in a small town in the middle of the deep North woods,” which makes “the sense of community remarkable.” Students say that campus is “incredibly safe,” that “the atmosphere is very friendly,” and that “there are a lot of opportunities to get involved.” A physics major notes, “You start to see people you know everywhere on campus. It is really easy to find a friend and talk to someone.” Enhancing the “strong student community” are “over 200 clubs” and a variety of “winter activities to be a part of.” Many students take advantage of “free access to Mont Ripley,” the university’s own ski hill and the oldest one in Michigan. A freshman says, “We have broomball, Winter Carnival, and lots of campus-wide events!” Many students say, “The administration in every department works hard to answer questions and help out as much as possible, which is really great when you’re a freshman,” but some feel there’s a “gap between [the] administration and students,” particularly when it comes to spending. There are complaints about dorm food, leading a junior to say, “I would like to see some more selection and variation between dining halls,” and students feel there’s a need for “more parking spots close to
campus.” While “the library is a great place to study,” some “of the classrooms are dated” and could use technological updating.