For more than 125 years, Michigan Technological University faculty have explored the boundaries of knowledge while mentoring undergraduate and graduate students to become citizens who improve our sustainable world. Today, more than 7,000 Michigan Tech students create the future in 130 degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.
Unique to Michigan Tech is our Enterprise Program, in which student teams solve real problems for industry sponsors. Current projects include designing better snowboards, investing real money in the stock market, and launching a satellite. Also, the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership has allowed students to help the those in need in Ghana, Argentina, and, in summer 2012, India.
Our students are highly sought after: more than 300 companies recruit students on campus annually, ensuring an average of five job interviews per student.
Michigan Tech's reputation is well deserved.
- Research expenditures exceed $70 million annually, helping propel Michigan Tech into the top tier of national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2012 Edition.
- Michigan Tech has been named a "Best in The Midwest" in the Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 Edition. Student comments in the Princeton Review included, "Michigan Tech provides an atmosphere that nurtures learning" and "puts students first when it comes to their learning by providing hands-on experience." Students also cited "great computer and athletic facilities" and "great career services."
- The mechanical engineering program ranks eighth nationally in undergraduate enrollment and the environmental engineering program ranks first nationally in undergraduate degrees awarded. Our scientific and technical communication program is also among the nation's largest.
Traditions and Location
Our traditions include K-Day, an afternoon to celebrate the Keweenaw Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake. The Parade of Nations celebrates the sixty nations represented at the University with a parade and food festival. Homecoming features football, alumni events, and more; and Spring Fling is one last on-campus blast before finals.
The biggest event is Winter Carnival, when massive snow statues emerge on campus and in the towns. Skits, a queen competition, NCAA Division I ice hockey, many special events, and thousand of visitors make this a great experience. Carnival also includes broomball, the biggest game on campus, where students slide around on ice chasing a rubber ball with a broom, and all the action is captured on our webcams!
Our setting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula allows us to provide an excellent education in a beautiful location. Recreational opportunities include our ski hill, golf course, and on-campus recreational forest and trails for hiking, biking, running, and skiing.
The arena, which has a capacity of 4,128, features six concession areas; a pro shop; training room; nine locker rooms, including five with direct access to the ice surface; and a Puck Pit for players to hone their shooting skills. The playing surface is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide with a 22-foot radius in the corner.
The John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena has received major upgrades in recent years. The original ice plant was replaced in summer 2012. The Ruanne and John Opie Suite Level was added in 2009, featuring 10 private suites and three larger suites. In 2008, new seats and a new epoxy floor ere installed throughout the arena.
The Peter J. Grant Hockey Educational Center (HEC), which opened in September 1999, upgraded the hockey team's support facilities to a level that is second to none.
Michigan Tech's locker room is unparalleled in terms of player comfort and convenience. It contains a separate changing area for the players, sauna, equipment room, and training area. In addition, a beautiful main locker room is equipped with oak lockers and a state-of-the-art video and sound system. The game clock and the HEC's in-house communications system are also part of the main locker room.
A 1,500-square-foot weight-training facility is also part of the HEC and is equipped with today's most modern equipment. The weight-training area contains its own sound system and is part of the HEC's in-house communications system as well.
A study room for the players is also part of the facility and includes six computers with Internet access.
A Frappier Acceleration Hockey Treadmill, one of only a few owned by a college hockey team, was installed in summer 2006.