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Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Tech was founded in 1885 and today is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences. Michigan Tech undergraduates study across disciplines through team learning and research. Graduate students develop as scholars in a wide range of academic programs. In courses and research, our faculty and students integrate learning with application.


Living in the Huskies Community

The Huskies Community

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Enterprise teams allow students to solve real problems for industry sponsors. The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership and the Senior Design capstone program provide additional leadership training and real-world application of classroom learning. Michigan Tech has more Peace Corps Master’s International programs than any other US university, and our Graduate School continues to grow, especially at the doctoral level. More than 15 percent of our students come from other nations. Our students enjoy on-campus biking and jogging trails and a nearby golf course. Winter brings Nordic skiing on our trails and downhill skiing and snowboarding on our ski hill, and Winter Carnival features massive snow statues. The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts hosts cultural events, and Huskies athletics include NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey; Division II men’s football; men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, track and field, Nordic skiing, and cross country; and women’s soccer and volleyball.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 7,104

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 5,662
Women 1,446 26%
Men 4,216 74%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 31 1%
Asian 61 1%
African American / Black 74 1%
Hispanic 99 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7 <1%
White 4,829 85%
Two or More Races 140 2%
International 266 5%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 155 3%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do Michigan Tech undergraduates call home?
Michigan 73%
Other US States & Territories 22%
Other Countries 5%
How old are Michigan Tech undergraduates?
Average Age 20
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 5%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 5,111 new freshman applicants, 76% were admitted and 31% of the admitted students enrolled at Michigan Technological University in Fall 2014.
Of the 668 transfer applicants, 55% were admitted and 57% of the admitted students enrolled at Michigan Technological University in Fall 2014.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 25 - 30  
Math 25 - 30 570 - 680
English 23 - 30  
Critical Reading   530 - 673
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 65%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 91%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 73%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.69
Percent who submitted High School GPA 98%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $27,056

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Michigan Technological University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

How much would I pay?

Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


Michigan Tech Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 13 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 68%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 86%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 410
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 30%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 19%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 87%

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Campus-based Housing

94% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
48% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Michigan Tech takes every precaution to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment. Our emergency plan continually educates the campus community, is able to disseminate information accurately and rapidly, meeting Clery Act requirements, and it is tested regularly. All students, faculty, and staff receive a Guide to Emergency Procedures, and the campus community is urged to review safety information on the “Safety First” website. Our Public Safety and Police Services Department works closely and constructively with local law enforcement agencies and University officials on a continual basis. Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff recently formed an on-campus medical response group. This group is made up of more than thirty trained and certified volunteers who are available to respond around-the-clock to provide basic life-support medical services.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (high research activity)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions focus, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Doctoral, STEM dominant

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at Michigan Tech

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 96% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 79% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 52% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 89% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 32% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 59% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 68% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 14% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 97% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 97% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 80% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 61% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 91% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 57% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 75% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 71% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 58% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 73% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 58% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 81% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 84% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 86% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Michigan Technological University in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at Michigan Technological University in 2013-14
Bachelor's 1,084
Master's 325
Doctoral 73
Total 1,482

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Mechanical Engineering. 17%
Civil Engineering. 10%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 10%
Chemical Engineering. 7%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 5%
Links to degree programs at Michigan Technological University
Links to degree programs at Michigan Technological University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 89% four-year success and progress rate means that 89% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.
Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 1,361 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 213 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 85%


Student Learning at Michigan Technological University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.