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Academics

Michigan Technological University has “very high standards when it comes to education” and offers “serious study in a beautiful (often snowy) environment.” It boasts a “really good reputation as an engineering school,” and it’s no secret that “engineering is a part of everybody’s life.” All agree, “Michigan Tech provides an atmosphere that nurtures learning” and “puts students first when it comes to their learning experience by providing hands-on experience.” The university offers “lots of internship and co-op opportunities” and “pathways for career development and professional advancement.” Students say that the courses are “challenging” and that the university “pushes students to excel academically.” Professors are “generally interesting and helpful,” but some can be “dull.” A junior says, “Concentrated courses are great, but [general education courses] are huge, impersonal, and just plain awful,” and another student adds, “The experience gets better with more time you put into your program, the professors become more interactive, and the experience becomes more meaningful.”

Student Body

At Michigan Tech, the typical student “is smart and a little more introspective than average,” but still “great at balancing school and hanging out.” Most students “are looking to get a good education and are fairly laid-back,” and the student body consists of “down-to-earth friendly people,” who “work hard during the week and look forward to relaxing and having fun on the weekends.” It’s no secret that “the ratio is a little guy-heavy” and that, because of this, “girls get doors opened for them across campus.” Students tend to be “white and male,” and a junior acknowledges, “There’s little diversity ethnically, but everyone feels welcome.” A chemical engineering major says, “You have to be a little bit of a nerd to fit in,” and another student agrees, “I think most people think about classes first, hanging out second.” It’s common for students to “stay in and play video games,” but there’s also a large contingent of “outdoorsy people.” A sophomore says, “Winters are long and cold up here,” and students take advantage of the plentiful snow by “hiking, biking, four-wheeling, skiing, [and] snowmobiling.” Students look forward to Winter Carnival, “a long weekend off from classes where students build giant, impressive snow sculptures, play broomball, [and] stay out all night,” and for fun they enjoy “house parties and moderate drinking/merrymaking [to] warm up the cold winters.”

Campus Life

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 agree, “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.

Overview

Applicants
5,838
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
440
with Terminal Degree
372

300
Men
140
Women
92
Minority
23
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Statistics.
  • Construction Management.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • International and Intercultural Communication.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Network and System Administration/Administrator.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.
  • Engineering/Industrial Management.
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Surveying Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Social Sciences, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kevin Wampler
Chief Financial Officer, Dollar Tree Stores Inc.

Janelle D'Alvise
President & CEO, Acasti Pharma

David Edwards
Professor Practice, Harvard, and owner/founder Le Laboratoire

Chang Park
CEO & President, Universal Remote Inc.

Kanwal Rekhi
Managing Partner, Inventus Capital Partners

Mark Roualet
Executive Vice President - Combat Systems, General Dynamics

Martha Sullivan
President & CEO, Sensata Technologies

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$64,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$110,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$113,200

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
80%


Students Say

“Career services are unbelievable here. If you work for your degree and earn it, participate in co-ops or internships (and the opportunities to do so are ample), you are almost guaranteed a job out of college.” Not all students have quite such high praise, saying that they wished there were “more internships etc. for majors that are not engineering.” But overall, Michigan Tech gets high marks, with students saying “the [school's] biggest strength is the Career Services…There is a fall and spring career fair so getting internships and co-ops is slightly better than other universities.” The Career Services department is “really helpful in working with you to find a job/internship/co-op.” During the month of the career fair, Michigan Tech also offers lots of informal events that make up CareerFEST, which helps prepare students for interviews, résumé-writing, and more. From the school's website, students can access Handshake, which helps connect students and potential employers and internship leaders.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,084

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,840

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,288

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,502

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,607

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$15,660
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$34,896
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,240
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,004
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,828
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

1.68%
Asian
1.01%
African-American
2.13%
Hispanic
88.08%
Caucasian
1.54%
Unknown
1.96%
International

28% female
72% male
23% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Christy Oslund

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

We prefer current documentation prepared by a specialist qualified to make the diagnosis, with suggestions for appropriate academic supports.

Documentation Required for ADHD

We prefer current documentation prepared by a specialist qualified to make the diagnosis, with suggestions for appropriate academic supports.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
241
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
8

8% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

30% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Huskies)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Ice Hockey
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Huskies)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Michigan Technological University, or Michigan Tech, holds sustainability as a “core value,” and in accordance with this mission, the university’s Sustainable Futures Institute spearheads a diverse host of research and education initiatives that address environmental impact. The SFI emphasizes collaborative, multidisciplinary research and outreach in four primary areas: international/developing world sustainable development; manufacturing and materials sustainability; systems analysis for sustainability; and sustainable energy. The Sustainability Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative and similar development efforts focus on bolstering the university’s sustainability infrastructure. The SFI also hosts two engineering courses, a graduate certificate in sustainability, an Undergraduate International Sustainable Development Engineering Certificate, and other K-12, interdisciplinary, and community programming. Additionally, Michigan Tech is home to a dynamic range of sustainability research centers, including the Center for Water and Society, the Ecosystem Science Center, the Wood-to-Wheels research project for wood-based biofuel, and the Center for Environmentally Benign Functional Materials. Michigan Tech’s administration has committed to work toward achieving a carbon-neutral campus through the Carbon Neutral Project under the aegis of the national Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Based on the recommendation of AQIP’s Carbon Neutral project, the university formed a student-run Green Campus Initiative to further progress toward carbon neutrality. Finally, the university’s distinguished School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science educates students in preservation within the fields of forestry, forest ecology and management, applied ecology and environmental sciences, wildlife ecology and management, and molecular genetics and biotechnology.

86/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP/CDWG, Lenovo

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Allison Carter
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone
906-487-2335

Email
mtu4u@mtu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Development Complex
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Mont Ripley Ski Hill
Residence halls and Campus Cafe
Van Pelt and Opie Library
One of the best parts about attending Michigan Tech is the residential experience you?ll have. We're not a ?suitcase school" - students are around on the weekends and there are tons of opportunities to get involved, stay active, and enjoy your home away from home.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Shops and Restaurants
Movies
Lake Superior
State Parks
Copper Harbor
Located near the shores of Lake Superior, Houghton (and its sister city, Hancock) is part college town, part historic downtown, and part cutting-edge modern town. We have an eclectic combination of local-owned shops and eateries, high-tech companies, and awesome hometown events - music festivals, parades, and more. We don't have a bunch of the same old stores and chain restaurants, and that?s just fine with us - we love our size (and originality).

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
906-487-2335

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Weekdays at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or upon request

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
mtu4u@mtu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
One-night stay available on select days for high school juniors and seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Automobile, Taxi, Bus, Airplane Closest airport: Houghton County Memorial Airport, code (CMX)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see http://www.mtu.edu/admissions/visit/directions/

Local Accommodations
Nationally-recognized chain hotels, locally-owned motels, bed-and-breakfast, cabins, and other rentals are available within the local area.


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