Michigan Technological University
- Educational Organizations
Michigan Technological University (commonly referred to as Michigan Tech, MTU, or simply Tech) is a public research university in Houghton, Michigan, United States (The Upper Peninsula). Its main campus, which comprises 925 acres (374 ha), sits on a bluff overlooking Portage Lake. Currently, the university employs 454 faculty members and 1,085 staff.
Founded in 1885, Michigan Tech began as a school to train mining engineers to operate the local copper mines. From its roots as the first post-secondary institution in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the university grew, adding various engineering disciplines, science, technology, forestry, business, arts, cognitive science, and social sciences. Today, Michigan Tech has six colleges, the Graduate School, and Global Campus, which work together to administer over 139 undergraduate and over 40 graduate programs. The university is also home to 18 research centers and institutes, which cover 12 distinct areas.
The recently added Global Campus, helmed by David Lawrence, Vice-President for Online and Continuing Education, currently administers over 40 of Michigan Tech's online graduate certificates and degrees along with professional development courses. The mission of Global Campus is to make Michigan Tech's accredited, quality education and in-demand skills accessible to online learners.
Michigan Tech means quality. US News and World Report ranked Michigan Tech's undergraduate programs as 116th in the nation based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors; The Princeton Review rated Tech as the ''Best in the Midwest.''
The university also excels in athletics. Most of Michigan Tech's various athletic teams, the Huskies, compete primarily in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The men's hockey team, which competes in Division I as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), has won three national championships. The women's basketball team was a national runner-up in 2011. Recently, thirteen huskies were admitted to the National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team.