Michigan Technological University

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Michigan Technological University
motto Create the future
founding 1885
Sponsorship state
place Houghton ( Michigan )
management Richard J. Koubek
Students 7.014
Foundation assets $ 82.7 million
University sports Michigan Tech Huskies ( Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference )
Website www.mtu.edu
Memorial Union

The Michigan Technological University (short: Michigan Tech or MTU) main campus is located in Houghton , Michigan on the Upper Peninsula .


Michigan Tech was founded as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 and upgraded to the Michigan College of Mines in 1897 . The state of Michigan established the university to train mining engineers from the local copper mining industry. Initially, the university had four professors and 23 students, and lectures were held on the first floor of the Houghton Fire Hall . The name of the university has changed three times since then: first to Michigan College of Mines, then to Michigan College of Mining and Technology and finally to Michigan Technological University due to expanded study options. The short name "Michigan Tech" has been in use since the 1920s. Although more than 50% of students study engineering today , there are more than 120 different courses in total.

Academic information

Michigan Tech is known for courses in engineering, science, computer science, business administration, technology, environmental science, and specialist communications. The university is divided into different subject groups:

  • The College of Engineering
  • The College of Sciences and Arts
  • The School of Business and Economics
  • The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • The School of Technology (technology, e.g. IT)

"Best 361 Colleges" of the Princeton Review , describes Michigan Tech as a "powerhouse for technology". "America's Best Colleges" by US News & World Report, Michigan Tech is one of the best universities in the country. The magazine PC Magazine named Michigan Tech 2007, the seventh-most-wired ( "most wired") University (due to the networking and computing capabilities). Michigan Tech has developed an innovative enterprise program. In this program, students work on various projects in a professional context.


Main campus

The main campus is on the eastern outskirts of Houghton, on both sides of US-41. It's the safest campus in the state of Michigan and one of the safest in the United States.

Surrounding Keweenaw

The Lakeshore Center in downtown Houghton houses the university's human resources and other administrative departments. The Michigan Tech Fund is located in an office building in Hancock on the opposite side of "Portage Lake". Not far away, near the regional airport, is the “Keweenaw Research Center”, where, among other things, military and traffic engineering products are developed. The university also has its own ski run (Mont Ripley) and a golf course (Portage Lake Golf Course) in the immediate vicinity.

Ford Forestry Center

1,840 acres of forest south of Houghton, Alberta belong to the Ford Forestry Center, a research center for forest and environmental sciences. There is also living space for the forest and environmental science students who spend a semester there to study in nature.

Other campuses

Another research center is the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan Tech also has a campus in New Delhi , India .


Events and Traditions

  • K-Day: on the first Friday in the fall semester, the entire university takes the afternoon off to enjoy games, food and music on the beach.
  • Homecoming: the traditional “homecoming” of the alumni to various events every autumn since 1929.
  • Parade of Nations: The foreign students march through the town with their national flags and in their national costumes and serve international specialties to the locals.
  • Winter Carnival: an annual winter event since 1922, during which the students, among other things, erect huge snow sculptures in weeks of work.
  • University songs: At sporting events, students like to sing the university battle songs "Engineer's Song" and "In Heaven There Is No Beer". The unofficial regional anthem "Blue Skirt Waltz", in which the fans hook their arms and wave to the melody, is also played at every huskies ice hockey game.


The sports teams are the "huskies".


Michigan Tech's mascot is Blizzard T. Husky.

Michigan Tech holds two world records, one for the largest snowball (6.48 m diameter) and one for the largest snowball fight (3,745 participants).

Web links

Commons : Michigan Technological University  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files


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Coordinates: 47 ° 7 '7.8 "  N , 88 ° 32" 50.2 "  W.