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Michigan Technological University Reviews

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  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be challenged and graduate from a prestigious university. Prospective engineering majors for sure, but Tech also has a solid humanities program as well as flourishing business school that have garnered a lot of acclaim in recent years. Whatever you want to go into, Michigan Tech can help you get there.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't go to class or do you're work you'll fail anywhere and Tech is no exception. There's so much help available it's really hard to not find anyone to get advice from. The university puts a lot of effort into making freshmen feel welcome and introducing them to college life.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan Tech is a great school at a great price. Cheaper than most of the other state schools in Michigan with a reputation that is respected everywhere. If you're going into any engineering field, give Tech a serious consideration. You can't find a better school for it in state.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tech is located smack dab in the middle of Houghton, residing in the Keweenaw of upper Michigan. Briefly, we get a lot of snow. To say we take advantage of this is an understatement. Tech hosts the Winter Carnival ever February, sporting snow sculptures, live music, free food, and a lot of fun. We have a ski mountain five minutes from campus that's great for both skiers and snowboarders of every skill level. If you were into music in high school and still want to continue I saved the best part for last . Michigan Tech is the proud home of none other than the Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band. A completely student run organization that plays at every school sporting event and a whole lot more.(Sorry if this seems a bit biased, I'm in the band after all) Donning our signature black and yellow striped overalls and more than a couple silly hats we've been a staple of Tech sports and have even been the host band for the WCHA Final Five for the past three years. No other band has ever been invited more than once. But no matter what you're into, there's a group for it and you'll quickly find people to hang out and have fun with.

    Am learning a lot

    Michigan Tech has a reputation of being a tough school and it's reputation is well earned. Every class I've taken has been a challenge but nothing too extreme. The university takes academic dishonestly very seriously and strives to ensure that every grade is well earned and up to snuff with what's demanded in the real world. Despite all of this, it was an easy transition from high school. Michigan Tech has dedicated learning centers for each field of study, staffed with students who know the material backwards and forwards. There's always someone to help you with something. The biggest mistake I've seen people make is to simply not go to class and not do homework. It's a challenging school for sure, but nothing you can't handle if you just keep at it.

  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 2 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it doesn't seem like there's much up here, the Keweenaw area does offer an environment for many types of outdoor recreation. The opportunities to enjoy oneself have very few limits. As long as you learn how to balance fun and school, you should have little problems.

    Am enjoying being here

    Residing in the dorms is an awesome way to meet new people. For me, college was an excellent chance to break out of my shell and join several organizations, such as the MTU TV Production Club, which created its own sitcom, Colledge (that is how we spell it), as well as going Greek by joining a fraternity.

    Am learning a lot

    Michigan Tech is definitely a challenging school. There is a slightly sharp learning curve, especially in the first year. Once you figure out the best studying habits, however, it does become easier.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to be challenged in their academics that truly love what they are going to school for. Tech is only for people that want to work hard, if you are willing to put the effort in there is so much to learn from the professors and students from Tech but if you don't want to put the effort in Tech most likely isn't for you. If you love the outdoors than Tech is a great school for you, there is so much to do and so much great nature around the school. There are so many great and different people that teach at and attend Tech, so if you want a chance to get to know new and different people than Tech is a great school to attend and there is a good chance that when you graduate from Tech you'll leave with a lot of great friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tech has a lot of opportunities to learn but it takes a lot of work. Don’t skip classes, because once you start it is too easy to keep skipping classes, if your paying for it and want to learn you should attend all of your classes. Also it is really good to get into a study habit, don’t just do homework when you have it or just study when you feel like it. Have a schedule of when to study and what to work on, if you stick to it it makes it much easier to stay focused and makes school a lot more enjoyable. It is also really important to have fun, studying is important but Tech is a hard school if you don’t have fun every once in a while school becomes unenjoyable it makes it harder to do good.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for college is high no matter where you go, but compared to a lot of other good schools Tech offers a great price for such a great education. I have been so happy with my education and experience for the price I pay especially hearing how unhappy some of my friends are at their much more expensive schools. But it is a lot of money and if you decide that Tech is right for you, you should make sure you take advantage of the opportunities that you pay for. If you are going to pay so much to attend Tech you should attend classes and try hard, its only worth as much as you want to put into it, if your not going to work hard than you shouldn't pay so much for school. But if you want to get a great education and work hard for it than the money is totally worth it to go to Tech.

    Am enjoying being here

    Michigan Technological University can be a very fun and adventurous school but it is not for everyone. For some people it is the perfect school and for others it is not the school for them. It is up to you to have fun, meet people, and find things to do. It is far away from big cities which some people don't like but there is tons to do outside and the school does a great job creating things for students to do. There are a lot of great people at the school but there are also a lot of different types of people, if you are open to meet new people that aren't quite like you, than you can make a lot of great friendships. I have had a great time at Tech but it is up to the individual to make it fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Michigan Technological University is a great school for learning. No matter your class, teacher or learning style you can always find someone that will help you learn what you need to learn. Almost all professors will help you outside of class to learn the material if you need help, and even if you are with a professor that does not go out of their way to help you, you can find other professors willing to help. There are also tons of learning centers where fellow students can tutor you for free. The learning centers are a huge help in studies and also a great way to meet people. Before I got to tech I never felt as challenged as I wanted to be, when I got to Tech I was able to take classes at a rate that I wanted to and love the classes. Classes are challenging but also fun and offer great opportunities to learn. To learn at Tech you have apply yourself, it is a lot of work and does not come extremely easy but with work it is very easy to learn all that you need to.

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a science and engineering-oriented university. It's biggest programs are in the engineering department, so if you enjoy the engineering challenge, then this is the right school for you!! It also has some good program majors in the sciences department such as material sciences and mechanical engineering technology. It is THE #1 school for forestry, so any interest in the woods would do you well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take science and math oriented classes and apply for scholarships to help pay. Also, research each of the majors you may be interested in-mechanical, environmental, chemical, electrical, civil engineering or computer science, physics, mathematics, geology so that you don't waste time and MONEY on courses. I have a good head in each of these due to my lengthy career here so feel free to ask me and especially one of the representatives on the admissions page.

    Bang for the buck

    Well I quite covered that in the previous: OUT OF STATE (NOT MI)=$30,000 typical IN-STATE (MI)=$17,000 typical and maybe a bit more (dorms) It is the second most expensive school in Michigan second only to UofMich. The education is pretty good and Michigan Tech has a very good reputation. A college degree from Michigan Tech is very good in the eyes of many employers. In previous years (when the economy was better), most students would get internships from companies that came to the Michigan Tech career fair.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do like it here quite a bit. I've lived in the dorms my first two years and moved to on campus apartments my third/current year. In the dorms, you will make a lot of friends that would have otherwise seemed impossible to have done, especially if you live in a learning-community hall (there are a select few halls in the dormitories that give you a closer-knit bond with your hallmates through several planned activities). One of these activities is the winter carnival snow statues that are resurrected each year into beautiful masterpieces. It makes the campus scene very enjoyable in february after all the snow. Another aspect of being here that I like is the opportunity to play as many intramural sports, attend Division I games for free, enjoy the snowboarding/ski hill, portage lake golf course, and free admission to the indoor Gates Tennis Center all for $64 per semester. If you are an active student, this is definitely a bargain. Another cool thing is broomball-a sport played like hockey without skates, with modified brooms and a 6 sized ball. It is the best equivalent for many students to being in a varsity sport since broomball has such a high tradition and support level throughout the community. Some of the downsides of living here can be the tremendous amounts of lake effect snow we receive. The BIGGEST downside however is the distance away from home you will have to be. Since this college is located in the far western upper peninsula of Michigan, you will likely be quite isolated from family. You may come from MN or WI which makes you a bit closer, but you will pay out of state tuition=$30000. If you are in-state, which basically means you are from the Metro-Detroit area, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, you have a long drive my friend. If from any other state, you are probably looking at either a LONG drive or an expensive plane trip home. Another good thing about the university, something that just came to mind, is that there are GREAT! opportunities to take a leadership role. I've taken one in my enterprise (Green Campus Enterprise), tennis club, and another organization.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of my first year classes covered the basics in engineering, chemistry, physics, and other sciences. I picked up quite a bit though most students retain about a third of what they learn. Some of your classes will definitely build on themselves (ie when you take statics, you will need to redraw from your physics). However, the courses are easily paced since material is normally reviewed or otherwise sample problems will be demonstrated in class, some of which are mostly similar to homework problems. The engineering courses are definitely not for the faint of heart, I took a 3rd/4th year class (Chemical Processes for Environmental Engineers) that ran deep into water chemistry. Some of the less brilliant students had trouble following as the class pace was quite quick. I do remember some of my other first and second year classes have a quick course pace. This is definitely a step up from my high school. My school progressed slowly through material to keep the much less intelligent students on board. If you're taking several AP courses and/or you are doing quite well in school, GPA 3.0+ (3.5+ recommended), you will enjoy the pace of some of the basic courses and will do fine C+/B- and probably higher in even the toughest of classes. If you are, perhaps, not a brainiac, you can still do well in the classes with help from the learning centers. Sometimes, even the smartest of students can benefit from these centers as they can work with other students in simply doing work, as what happens in my department at the Student Success Center

  • 10/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Michigan Tech is known for Engineering. But it's also great for all other types of majors and departments, other than engineering there are forestry, computer science, business, science... And tons of other degrees and programs. Also, if you're not too sure about the big campus types of schools in very urban settings this is also the school for you. It's small enough where you can walk to your classes in 5 minutes, but also big enough where you're always meeting new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and do a roommate match before you start school. Once you say that you are for sure attending Michigan Tech they send you information about finding roommates. You can always go in blind but I advise you use the program they offer you. It's kind of like a personality questionnaire that you fill out with your different habits and likes and dislikes. It can help you find the perfect roommate. And a perfect roommate not only won't get on your nerves or be completely opposite of you, they'll become one of your best friends.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of people tell me that I can be getting the same education at a school that's much cheaper than this one, but I don't think so. Sure, some of the classes you can go anywhere for. But by attending Michigan Tech I feel like I am just getting more out of it then if I were going anywhere else. I am learning so much and I'm enjoying being here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere of this school, and town. It's smaller, but I love the fact that I can walk to my classes and it doesn't entail walking two miles to different classes, they're all together on one campus. The small setting of the town is the same way, you may not think there's anything to do, but if you take the time to get out and enjoy what this area has to offer you will be amazed.

    Am learning a lot

    One of the main reasons I decided to attend Michigan Tech is so I could get a great education, and that's exactly what I'm getting. The classes are filled with information and all of your professors KNOW what they're talking about. Some of what you're learning can be a bit fast paced, but each professor has office hours where they'll be more than happy to meet with you and explain one on one. A lot of my classes and labs are hands on, which is a great way of learning things easier and faster because you actually get to do it. The bottom line is, if you decide to attend Michigan Tech, you will be getting a great education.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police do an excellent job on campus. Houghton is a small town with little to no crime, but the campus police are there to make sure no student ever feels unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very active on campus, hosting events for students on campus, parties off campus, and charity events. There are more fraternities than sororities due to the ratio of students at MTU (3:1 male to female), but everyone interested can pledge. Greek Life at MTU is very friendly and open.

    Clubs and Activities

    A large list of active clubs can be found on the MTU website, and types range from intramural sports to nerd-themed to community service. There is quite literally a club for everyone, and if you find it lacking it's easy to start up your own!

    Great for these types of students

    MTU is great for technical minded students. You can debate the pros and cons of different operating systems, new software, video games, and the latest phones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival is an exciting time of the year where classes are stopped for a couple days and students compete in building enormous snow statues. There is a coronation court, partying, music and dancing on campus, and a crowded and exciting hockey and basketball game for the weekend. There is also Zombie Tag on campus and sidewalk chalk everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Although expensive, Michigan Tech gives a high quality education in STEM subjects. If you're interested in liberal arts it's probably not worth the money, unless you're interested in applying your liberal arts degree in a technical minded company.

    What to do for fun

    At Michigan Tech there's free snowboarding and skiing. There's an extensive trail system for bikers, runners, and those just wanting to take a nice walk. Our pep band is loud and entertaining at our sporting events and students are admitted to many sporting events for free. There's also programming competition, Magic! card games, an anime club and clubs for intellectual interests such as Women in Computer Science, Linux Users Group, Mobile Developer's Club, and many others. You can learn to dance at Swing Club, sing and worship at a large number of Christian Organizations, or debate religious ideas at open-minded debates held thoughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    There's been some cuts in the food budget, and the Dining Hall has decided to decrease dining hall hours instead of cutting back on food quality. This means that some dining halls close earlier than others, and you'll have to take a short walk to get food at times, but to keep the food quality decent it's worth it, as the dorms are all located quite near each other.

    Dorm Life

    There is a wide variety of dorm life at Michigan Tech. Wadsworth hall is the most social hall, with a lot of Greek Life members coming out of it. East McNair houses a larger percentage of school-minded students and students with alternative interests (Ex: Computer Science Learning Community). DHH is a smaller dorm with a more close knit community for those seeking lifelong friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor really depends on what major you're going in to. If you want to be an engineer, be prepared for long hours spent on homework and group projects. Non-engineering STEM majors can also be quite rigorous. If you want a good education but you can't handle the workload, look at Technology majors instead of the standard Engineering majors. Remember that learning centers are located all over campus and your instructor is always there to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an outdoors type, bring your mountain bike for the extensive trail system. Take advantage of free skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Ripley. Don't buy textbooks until you know you'll need them. Sometimes everything the teacher wants you to have is available online and you don't need to purchase books at all. Don't be afraid to try something new. Whether you're interested in the Permanently Floating Riot Club or running for Winter Carnival Queen.

    In three sentences

    MTU is a snow covered refuge for all varieties of technology-addicts, with its own meme page and refreshing humor. The workload can be tough but the professors are relatable and the outdoor activities range from broomball, disc golf, and frisbockey, to Comic-Con, programming tournaments, and the boisterous MTU Pep Band. With fun traditions such as the Winter Carnival Snow Statues building and more career-oriented Enterprise organizations, MTU has something for everyone.

  • 11/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a generally geeky person, this is the place for you! If you love sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, logical thinking, or really any pursuit that is not sports-based, you will have lots of friends here. In addition, however, if you are an outdoorsman, the possibilities are endless. Public Safety scares a lot of people off with their rules about what can and cannot be stored, but don't believe them. If you go and talk to public safety, they'll store anything you ask, just be nice :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit this place! There is no way to understand how a college feels without visiting, and MTU is no exception. Also, there are very few majors outside of engineering. If you are not 100% set on your major, I'd consider other schools simply because if you transfer out of one major at MTU, there are very few options left open to you.

    Bang for the buck

    The number one thing you're paying for here is the school name that goes on your diploma. As far as first and second year classes go, you need to take them at Michigan Tech. Start somewhere cheaper and transfer in. Your wallet and GPA will thank you!

    Am enjoying being here

    The location is fantastic! Everything is gorgeous and there really is a lot more to do than you would think. Also, everyone at Michigan Tech is extremely nice. It's a campus where you can walk around at 11pm alone and feel perfectly safe. Everyone is down to earth and willing to help each other out. One downfall is that it is in the middle of nowhere. So if there's something you're really into, make sure they have it on campus, because if it isn't there you won't find it.

    Am learning a lot

    After my first semester I do not feel like I learned a lot at all. Although I had 17 credit hours, most of those credits were just review. And then in the classes that weren't review, I feel that I have actually learned very little. For instance, spending a semester in engineering class learning how to write a proper memo doesn't count for me.

  • 01/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, creative, nerdy, energetic, inquisitive, gamers, musicians, bookworms, athletic, skiers, snowboarders, aspiring snow architects

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and play harder. The weak do not survive in the Great White North. Yes, Tech is a hard school but it is worth every moment of it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the 2nd most expensive public school in Michigan. Be prepared for tons of fees. However, the education is worth it. Industry knows the quality of Michigan Tech engineers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not imagine attending another school. Between attending sporting events, playing Broomball, participating in Winter Carnival, studying with friends, and just being myself, I love it here. There is something for everyone. You just have to be willing to try.

    Am learning a lot

    Over the past 3 years, I have learned more than I ever imagined. I have grown as a person and as an engineer. I am more confident in my abilities. I know now crazy math and science I never dreamed of. Soon, I will be an engineer : )

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love the outdoors, winter sports, cold weather, engineering, nerdy stuff, biking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a cold winter and challenging classes. Look up Winter Carnival, it's a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm spending my second summer in and internship so it's been worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Nice, small campus with a welcoming group of people.

    Am learning a lot

    I can now look at almost any manufactured product and determine how it was made and its design flaws.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Michigan Tech was, in 2011, rated the 2nd safest campus in the country. Enough said. The only thing that can be dangerous about Michigan Tech is the weather, if you're not a cautious driver.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in greek life, so I can't really speak on it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for pretty much any interest and organization you could imagine, including fraternities, sororities, religious orgs, academic interest orgs, special interest orgs, technical orgs (sound and lighting, recording tech., etc.), and others.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart people! Geeks (nerds, etc.) Curious individuals Adventurous types Motivated people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival is the big tradition at Michigan Tech. During late January or early February every year thousands of people trek up to Houghton for a festival that celebrates snow, ice, and hockey. Students build enormous statues of snow and ice (either one-night or month-long projects), the hockey team hosts a weekend series, and the campus is filled with music, free stuff, and hundreds of people for a week. Class gets out on Wed. of that week, and so there are five days off for students. Another great tradition is broomball. Originating in Scandinavia, it is essentially hockey with brooms, just without skates and in a smaller rink. Also, instead of a puck there is a hard rubber ball. Broomball is a hardy sport that is physically intense and a ton of fun. Sliding all over the place and trying to smack a ball into a goal with a duck-taped broom is great fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan Tech is very expensive for a state university (estimated 27k per year in-state in 2012/2013), and I do not feel that it is quite worth that much. While employers value a Michigan Tech education and will hire many high achieving students that graduate, leaving school with a ton of debt is not something that is easily remedied, even with a nice job. Tech is a great school, and you will be great at whatever you study when you graduate, but the cost may be prohibitive for some.

    What to do for fun

    The Keweenaw Peninsula is an amazing place to play in and explore. Numerous mines and mining ruins, old growth forests, beaches, snow sports (including a campus ski hill across the lake), and other fun activities make Houghton a fun place to live. Lastly, access to the campus rec center and the ski hill across the lake is free to students (ski/board rental costs money)!

    Food and Dining

    At Tech you get unlimited meals if you live in the residence halls, but there's a price: the food isn't four-star. Most of the time the meals are good, they just tend to cycle quickly, meaning that you will probably have the same meals every three weeks or so. Occasional special dinners are incredible, and often feature steak and other nice food. The other downside to campus dining is location. While each dorm has its own dining hall, The dining hall in Douglas Houghton Hall only serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and on the weekends only the Wadsworth Hall dining hall is open for brunch and dinner (in the winter the walk to Wads can be uncomfortable). McNair Hall's dining hall offers late night food until 9 pm, which is great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for me has been great. Most of the students at Tech are like-minded, and therefore you will probably get along well with several people, and will make a lot of friends. Being at a technical schools like Michigan Tech means that campus culture is less varied than at a liberal arts school. Everybody here is a geek, and so we mostly have similar interests and get along.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes, primarily gen. ed., are super easy at Tech, but many of the core classes in the engineering disciplines become incredibly intense. This understandably varies by instructor, but overall the subject matter covered in a majority of courses is difficult in nature. The hardest part of many classes is the lack of actual instruction that many professors do. You will have several classes in which you need to teach yourself all of the material from the book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be able to motivate yourself to work hard and be responsible for your own success. Professors here will not take it easy on you as a freshman, and many of them won't be able to communicate very well, so you need to be able to get things done yourself.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a quality school in an amazing location. Academic opportunities here are numerous and beneficial if you are independently motivated. The opportunity to explore the Keweenaw Peninsula and its natural and archaeological beauty is also a major perk.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy putting math, engineering, science, or science fiction into everyday conversations. People who desire academic challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress warm and bring equipment for broomball. Also be prepared to work hard at your classes; it's not high school any more. Get involved with your residence hall, an organization, or a sport. Branch out: the international students are great!

    Bang for the buck

    Even though tuition has been going up, the college is still worth it. Like mentioned before, the professors know the material and most are willing to take the time to make sure that you do as well. The campus life is great and people have had fun times without alcohol. It is also rated one of the most safest campuses in the United States.

    Am enjoying being here

    Though the academics is tough, the Michigan Tech is a place that you want to root for. From the free sports games and skiing (downhill and Nordic) to the famous Winter Carnival, there is plenty to do around the small town of Houghton. For people who enjoy the outdoors, there are multiple cliffs, waterfalls, trails and more to explore.

    Am learning a lot

    The staff here, especially among the physics department, has been amazing. They clearly know the material and most of the professors I have had are willing to answer questions and engage you on things that you are unsure of. There are also many learning centers and study groups available. Of course, like every school, there will be professors that are difficult to understand or to get aid from, but the good ones are more numerous.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, focused and driven students who know how to work hard and play hard. Its important to balance the work load with some R&R! Don't forget that it's important to enjoy college as well as earn the degree. Stay involved, stay connected and stay thirsty on your quest for knowledge and you'll succeed and surpass all expectations at Michigan Tech!

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) APPLY APPLY APPLY for scholarships! A large amount of scholarships are for high school graduates only - after that, you really have to dig deep and search hard for scholarships. the more money you get in scholarships, the less you have to pay for/borrow in student loans! 2.) BUDGET! the summer may be for having fun, but don't spend all your money! Think of each pay check/dollar amount in, say, one book or one meal. It all adds up! 3.) GET INVOLVED! a. Academics come first, but its also important to balance your education with extracurricular activities. MTU offers many club sports, student organizations and research opportunities for all students. Involvement allows you to network and meet other students with the same goals and focus as you. b. It is important to really get invoved in your major/department - professors want to get to you know but you need to do the leg work. Introduce yourself, attend department socials, find the student org that represents your major, get to know the upperclassmen. This way, when you move to upper level classes, you have already established connections and can approach your professors with the questions you will undoubtedly have on your homework, possible career and scholarship opportunities. 4.) BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD. This school isn't for the faint-hearted. You will work for your grade, so be prepared to grow into college mode - this isn't high school anymore. The classes are larger, the material is deeper and the pace is faster, and unless you advocate for yourself, you won't get the grade you want. 5.) EXPLORE! Outside of class, homework and extracurricular activities, explore the local area. There are multiple trails, mountains, waterfalls and outdoor activities to do - the scenery is beautiful and you won't get another opportunity to be a student at MTU again, so make the most of it!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, college is expensive - but when you look at our Career Fair and the hundreds of companies hiring MTU graduates - well, that alone proves you are spending your money wisely. Also, Michigan Tech is well known for the tough academic programs and the well rounded students that graduate each year. Our school provides world-class education and world-class opportunities for students while you are getting your degree and post-graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    MTU may be way up north, but I love being here! I love winter - snow, cold and many pairs of boots! Also, there are so many things to do: hiking, kayaking, swimming, sports, camping, climbing, etc... The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) is a fantastic student resource, as they provide multiple trips into nature (hikes, canoeing, camping) and great rates on rental equipment. There are multiple waterfalls to visit and great areas for bon-fires, beach fun and sledding, not to mention our very own Mont Ripley - as a student, the lift ticket is free! There are also great rates on ski/boarding equipment, waxes, tuning, etc. Being an MTU student has so many perks!

    Am learning a lot

    I am entering my Junior year - MTU has been an amazing experience for me! I've learned so many new things about myself as well as my education - there is always something new to discover! This school is fantastic for students who are serious about getting a great education - the classes are challenging and you will work hard for your grade! However, there are multiple learning centers open for questions and free tutors, as well as helpful professors who love student questions. Don't be afraid to ask!

  • 10/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    As an Eagle Scout and Dual enrolled student, Michigan Tech will support me in all my endevours!

    Will enjoy being here

    On the water, small town, plenty of outdoor opportunities and clubs; my kind of place.

    Will learn a lot

    No MIT, but definetly a worthwhile engineering institute.

  • 03/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Lovers of snow, the outdoors, video games, small campuses, and tech. This is a great place for engineers offering a lot of opportunities to enter the job market prepared and aware. Its also a great place for someone wishing for great study abroad opportunities they are always offered and many students come back with positive experiences. It is also a great place for people looking to get that small town experience the locals are very nice as well as most other residents of the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study and be prepared to learn. Classes are hard, you will definitely work for your grades. Talk to your teachers they will be perfectly willing to help you and will respond positively to your inquiry. Don't be afraid to try new things you'll have a lot of fun and meet a lot of really nice new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is very expensive but is definitely worth it if you can afford it. The quality of education is excellent and you get a lot for your money like the ability to attend sporting events and performances free as well as the special events that are hosted throughout the year, most, also free.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a very fun place to be. The people are incredibly friendly and helpful, there is always something to do and ample opportunities for meeting new people and potential friends. Not to mention the beautiful scenery and fun seasonally appropriate activities.

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum is definitely a challenge and the teachers expect a lot of you. However this improves the environment I find and the teachers are very willing to give you any help you need if you are willing to work. The material covered in classes is insightful and applicable to what I need to know.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely bring your snow gear and a lot of winter clothes you're going to need it up there

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is high but it's definitely worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do M-Tech offers many different sports programs, clubs, trips and they even have a week long carnival every winter it's amazingly fun :)

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging, but you learn a lot more then you would at a local 2yr college

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    the education for me is really expensive since i am out of state, although i do not have much experience in what the average cost is to go to college.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people i know there are all kind to me and they help me when i am in need. i have also met some lifelong friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much and am challenged with every step i take.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    one of the nation's safest campuses, thanks to our great public safety officers.

    Greek Life

    not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    huskies pep band, hockey, broomball, filmboard, ta, exsel mentor.

    Great for these types of students

    team-workers and introverts, everyone fits in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    winter carnival is a great tradition where students construct amazing statues made completely of snow and ice.

    Bang for the buck

    tech students get everything out they put in to their time while being here.

    What to do for fun

    walmart is always a great adventure. also great for skiing/snowboarding at our very own ski hill, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, swimming, camping, broomball, and hockey.

    Food and Dining

    the grub here could use a bit of attention, but hey its food and i don't have to cook it!

    Dorm Life

    great for the social scene and anyone hoping to make some great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    curriculum at tech is structured to prepare you for the future, hence high academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard at tech, but make time for fun as well! if you do this, college will be a blast and highly rewarding.

    In three sentences

    michigan technological university is a thriving educational institution that prepares students to succeed in today's demanding job market. located in the beautiful keweenaw peninsula, michigan tech offers a vast array of extra-curricular activities to its students. students who choose michigan tech are never disappointed and will exceed expectations even beyond the classroom.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    winter carnival every february- a five-day weekend where students build giant snow statues, have broom ball competitions, and just have fun.

    What to do for fun

    if you're bored at tech, then you're doing something wrong. seriously.

    Food and Dining

    the food has its good and bad days, but there's always a salad and sandwich bar to eat. plus, you can go as much as you want.

    Dorm Life

    depending on the dorm and hall, you'll either love it or hate it.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is hard, but it pays off in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    pack warm and bring blankets. you'll need 'em.

    In three sentences

    this college will challenge you in a multitude of ways. most will be separated from family by a great distance, will have to overcome a lot of snow and a lack of snow days, and still keep with studies. however, it'll be the funnest challenge you'll ever experience.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 59

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    Food and Dining

    Is the food any good?

    Dorm Life

    What are the dorms like?

    Academic Rigor

    Is the chemical engineering program good?

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is one of the safest campuses in the US! very safe!

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek life activities

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 30 clubs on campus, which doesn't include the intramural sports and the multiple pick-up leagues for soccer, basketball, frisbockey, etc...

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, high achievers. Need to be able to handle multiple things at once - extracurricular activities, school, social life and research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of the traditions celebrate the Copper Country (as the UP is commonly known as). There are parades, interesting groups of people and festivals. There is also slosh pit on Mount Ripley and several other traditions. Students love to play broomball (Google it!)

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive - why not choose a school that has a fantastic career services center that has a high rate of job placement for the students? This is a great school for the money.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoors stuff: hiking, skiing, swimming, cliff jumping, snowshoeing, etc... Also the University has comedians, plays, art galleries, concerts, etc...

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food isn't bad and the main lunch place on campus (for off-campus students) is great!

    Dorm Life

    Always lots of activities, lots of friendly people and lots of support from fellow students.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an extremely difficult school - we're not in high school anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Take a tour during the fall and the winter (it is mostly winter up here!) and really look at the programs you are interested in. The lab facilities at the school are fantastic.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is the best school! I have had a great experience here from people, faculty, lab and the challenges I've faced in school. This institution is TOUGH but I'm confident that I will graduate with a keen sense of competition, academic foundation, work experience and a well rounded set of abilities.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safest in Michigan and third safest in the USA!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, enjoys winter weather, interest in science or engineering

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival is something unique at MTU. Student organizations build giant snow sculptures, and take part in activities such as Stage Revue and the Beards Competition. Everyone has a great time, and we get two days off of school to celebrate!

    What to do for fun

    Snowboarding, skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, mouton biking, kayaking, canoeing, various clubs, intramural sports, broomball, free bowling on campus, free recreational center for working out.

    Dorm Life

    The food isn't the best, but RA's are very helpful and plan a lot of great activities.

    Academic Rigor

    MTU is fun, but challenging! Most students have taken AP classes and are ready to enter college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes to get ready for college.

    In three sentences

    MIchigan Tech is a unique place because of all of the great activities they offer for students academically and recreationally. I have learned to snowboard and snowshoe, and have been involved in undergraduate research for 2 years. I think MTU is a great fit for a lot of different types of students.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Believe it or not, we have an exceptionally safe campus. I would venture to say that it is downright peaceful. The only thing that campus safety has against them is when you call them to unlock doors that should be open (but lets face it, it really isn't an emergency).

    Greek Life

    Although I am not a part of Greek life, many people are involved. We have a large number of different fraternities and sororities that are always doing crazy things (recall the T-Rex and other awesome snow statutes).

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find any kind of club you want. Don't see the activity you want? make a student group (some of my friends are trying to put together a slackline/juggling/unicycle/rock climbing club

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds, you will find no better school than here. You will not be hard pressed to find a star wars, star trek, or any other big time nerd quote at anytime during the week (even from professors). I actually have an action figure on my person most of the time and people tell me all the time that it is cool (cause it is). Tech is also great for anybody who likes the outdoors. Even if you are borderline outdoorsy you will be drawn in to the peace and adventure just around the corner.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aside from the normal unusual traditions, whenever we have a snow day (which is almost never) a group of students can usually be found running across campus dressed in swim wear with goggles. Winter carnival is really too big to explain, I ask that you google it and look at the picture of the 20ft T-rex made out of snow and ice. To ward off the first rain this year a group of students chalked an epic dragon in the sidewalk (high grade art school quality) with the words please don't rain underneath. Broomball is the winter sport that people look forward to, I recommend finding a team as soon as you can if you enroll so that you can experience an amazing game. There are many interesting sites on campus: the stairs to nowhere (literally, they just stop) for one. In addition, there are many inside jokes that you just have to see and that I can't say here.

    Bang for the buck

    It becomes evident during the career fairs how good a school Tech is. You may sit in class and think man, I paid for this...? It happens quite often. Then you start looking for internships/coops/jobs, and you tend to get picked up right away (especially if you are an engineer). Employers love Tech.

    What to do for fun

    You can find anything to do here and do it with anyone. In the warm time, you can find people with slacklines, unicycles, mountain bikes, long boards, fishing poles, runners, hikers, swimmers, weightlifters, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, frisbees, and pretty much anything you care to name. Winter sports: we got them all. There are a couple of extra things that you wont find other places: like frisbockey (ultimate frisbee combined with hockey) broom ball (the biggest intramural sport, similar to hockey but better), and winter carnival (look it up on google and see what amazing things we do with the snow). Tech is also big on nerd things like mtg, d&d, LoL, computer games of all kinds, comic enthusiasts, and anything nerdy you could ever imagine.

    Food and Dining

    Food is fairly typical. It isn't always the best, but it is better than average. You are never a far walk from food, every dorm has its own dining hall. Just a tip: don't memorize the schedule of the week, you get sad if you know what's for dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Community is a big thing here. Dorms are split up into house groups that become your family while you are here. Houses compete in many different competitions to see who is the best hall, whether it be team sports, video games, or cardboard boat races (yes, the boats typically float). These weird people become your closest friends, and when you see someone in a cardboard suit get mauled by someone with a clothespin in an intense game of assassins, you don't ask questions.

    Academic Rigor

    Although you will almost never find nothing to do, classes are difficult to say the least. When smart people come together wanting to be the smartest, the bar for academic success is raised. Professors regularly connect real life occurrences of problems and materials, which is something you don't find anywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Visit campus. Although I never thought this was such a huge step in the decision process, campus is actually bigger and more complex than you would think. 2. Look at groups, especially enterprise systems. 3. Evaluate your priorities. You may be thinking Oh no, if I go to Tech I'll be labeled a nerd! Chances are, you are already being labeled a nerd if you are smart enough to consider Tech, so why not take the risk. (There are much better priorities than this, but this is probably the most important.)

    In three sentences

    The people here are really awesome, though some people will look at us and say that we are complete geeks. There is really no place better for engineering, especially if you are interested in hands on programs. Although we are far from civilization, Tech is a place where you can build a strong community with your peers; you will find people on a wide spectrum and you will make friends who like to do the same things you do, as well as try things you never thought you'd do.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GREAT

    Greek Life

    TONES

    Clubs and Activities

    Many

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, hardworking, smart..

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Next to portage canal. very pretty place in the summer and fall.

    What to do for fun

    Rollerblade, bike, hike, swim, run, workout, ski (down hill skiing), skate

    Dorm Life

    no sure

    Tips for prospective students

    Go big ,or go home.

    In three sentences

    Amazing College. Lovely area/ setting to study. You must work hard, but it's worth it in the end.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    MTU has its own police force. They enjoy giving parking tickets in their spare time though.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a bit more expensive but the reputation of the school gives an edge on future resumes.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in one of the many student activities.

    Food and Dining

    Even though I hear many complaints on campus about the food, it really isn't that bad. There are many meal options and there is even a station to make stir fry, omelets, or sushi depending on the day.

    Dorm Life

    Hillside Place is a really nice place to live but should be considered only after freshman year. I missed out on a lot of activities and friendships that happen in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers know what they're doing unless you're taking a math course then you could possibly have a graduate student or a foreigner and sometimes their accent can be troubling.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a very diverse school when considering the size of the student body enrollment. Most of the staff and teachers are friendly and go out of their way to help students. The scenery and community are worth experiencing.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    serious minded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival!

    What to do for fun

    skiing, biking, trails, geocaching, lots of activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mean business.

    In three sentences

    Not for the faint of heart, not a good school to attend if you're in it for the party. However, you want a great school? this is it.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 59

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    Campus Safety

    Let me put it this way: In the entire 2011-2012 school year, the worst crime we had commuted on campus was the unwelcome groping of one of our female students. Crime here is little to nonexistent. I have never felt safer.

    Greek Life

    I can honestly say that I know next to nothing about Greek life here, so I would rather not comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    We celibate over 200 student organizations here on campus, and there's even more that aren't officially affiliated with the school. If you can't find a group that shares your interests, you haven't started looking yet.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for any technical or anthropology student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we celibate the season of winter with our Winter Carnival. We do this by turning the entire campus in to a non stop 3 day party that involves ice carvings, live music, dancing, unique foods, games, and more!

    Bang for the buck

    At first glance, it seems a little expensive, especially if you're from out of state, but trust me when I say it's worth it. You wont get anything less than a top notch education coming here, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

    What to do for fun

    Shall I make a list? Skiing, golf, bowling, snow play, broomball tournaments, ultimate, disk golf, of road hiking, camping, cliff diving, swimming, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, attending live shows, and the list goes on... There is just SO MUCH to do here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. We have an all-you-can-eat buffet every day with TONS of variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are fantastic. They match you up with people based on personality and interests. I was skeptical about it at first, but in practice, It works magically.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are far from easy, but it's a good kind of challenge that contributes directly to the learning process.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the area and don't be afraid to explore. There is so much fun to be had in and around campus.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is simply amazing. From the students, to the staff, to the buildings themselves, everything here is fantastic. I love this college.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 59

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    What to do for fun

    Play broom ball, lots of winter and outdoor sports, or just hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food, and the sour cream is to die for.

    Dorm Life

    Clean, well kept, family environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but within acceptable means, lots of people to turn to for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to give it 110%

    In three sentences

    A wonderful close knit group of motivated students and faculty willing to help bring you to your full potential.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 59

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is just across the main road and you can even find them riding around campus checking all the areas out.

    What to do for fun

    Michigan Tech has many clubs that students can join. Anything from badminton to broomball to band and orchestra. There are many theater productions and concerts that one can attend for free as a student. Across the canal is the ski hill, which the lift ticket is included in your tuition, along with the golf course down the street. There are many beautiful waterfalls and shorelines that one can also explore.

    Food and Dining

    For being a smaller campus, MTU has done a decent job of placing many options for food on campus. AS a student who didn't live in the dorms, I found the small cafes found in various locations on campus to always have something I'd eat. They do many types of chicken wraps, pizza, and subs. Along with quick, on the go snack options like yogurt or muffins. All are nicely prepared and are in a decent price range.

    Dorm Life

    During my college career at MTU, I was and still am a commuter student. I've heard many wonderful things about the dorm life, from meeting friends, to easy access to the cafeteria, to being aware of many activities and getting involved. As a commuter, I do feel I missed out on the opportunity of getting more involved than I am now, but I didn't fine the transition into college life anymore challenging.

    Academic Rigor

    MTU does an excellent job or preparing their students. Most of the classes go very in depth and the professors are more than willing to help you outside of the classroom. Very few teach above your head, but yet still challenge you and your ability. AT times I wonder the purpose of certain classes, but am then releaved when another classes touches on the same elements and I'm already aware of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many times teachers require you to buy a book and then never have you use them. To save yourself time and money, go through the first week of class without buying one. If you need to get one last minute, there's the campus bookstore or you can order one off-line very easily. Another tip is to not be afraid to ask for help. Many of the professors like when you seek help outside of class. This shows that you are dedicated both inside and outside the classroom. Many will take the time to help you, and there's no harm in asking. If you can't get a hold of the professor, take advantage of the learning centers. They are there for you.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a beautifully landscaped campus that is a perfect size for those avoiding the large campus. It has enough people and activities where you don't know everyone, but yet you aren't afraid to join in on any activity. MTU does a great job of preparing you for the job and has a great reputation.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is awesome on the Michigan Tech. campus. Within the first week you will meet the Chief of Police on campus and have the Public Safety number in your phone. You will also see the Chief of Police on and around campus, at sporting events, and even in the dining halls. He's really nice and loves talking to the students too.

    Great for these types of students

    Michigan Tech. is great for any student who wants to further their education and wants to pursue a life of engineering. It doesn't matter what skill level you're at or how many AP classes you take, you will fit in and you will achieve everything you want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual thing about Tech. is the location, which is on the most beautiful peninsula. The wildlife and snow, everything about it is amazing. But underneath all that, there are copper mines. These are fun to explore with friends and you really get a taste of the history of Houghton, MI.

    Bang for the buck

    I couldn't imagine paying any more or less for my own education and getting so much out of it. On top of great academics and meeting so many new people, Tech. also has a great graduation-to-job ratio. It's over 90% and if you apply yourself in the least, you can have a job right out of college.

    What to do for fun

    At Michigan Tech. there is an unlimited amount of activities to do for fun all year round. There are great outdoor trails and a gym that's open late. We have our own ski and snowboarding hill and there are usually some sort of tournaments for video games. Also, Tech. has clubs for every activity imaginable, you name, we have it.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at Tech. are just like any other college. You don't get fancy meals, except for holidays, but the food is good. The Dining Halls have good hours and there's a Campus Cafe that's open late so there is food available at all times. Plus Domino's and Walmart aren't too far away either.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Michigan Tech is an amazing experience. There is a hall for everyone and while it might take the first semester or year to find it, once you do you will surely be calling it your home in no time.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Michigan Tech are outstanding. They are challenging enough so you have to work to learn the material but its not overwhelming for anyone. In every class you take, you have to think about something and usually try to solve a problem or piece things together.

    Tips for prospective students

    At Tech. there are many resources available to you. There are Learning Centers for every subject and they help you with anything you need. Everyone is ready to help because they want you to succeed as much as you want yourself to.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech. is a great University that will challenge you and prepare you for real-world experience. It will give you the knowledge you need to succeed anywhere you chose and open many doors for you. And overall, its a great campus with great people to share your education with.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We've got the whole blue light system, but really no one is worried about it. You'd think where women are outnumbered 3:1 we'd have a reason to be nervous, but it's really not the case. 98% of the time I'm perfectly comfortable walking around alone at night. There was one incident of groping last year, but our crime stats are very low.

    Greek Life

    Good parties usually.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a lot of really successful clubs. Concrete Canoe usually does very well. Our chapter of Engineers Without Borders is fairly well known throughout the national org.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, independent, outdoorsy, intelligent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite places to explore is the partially sunken dredger. It's a big kid's playground. Winter Carnival is a huge campus tradition. The campus gets half of a week off in February to celebrate the frigid cold. Huge snow sculptures are built along with tons of other activities. Also, the campus goes wild for broomball.

    Bang for the buck

    Allegedly I ought to be able to land a good job fairly easily after dishing out all the cash to come here. Also, I really have enjoyed most of my time at Tech.

    What to do for fun

    There's hiking, camping, cliff jumping, general exploring, rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, and all sorts of clubs. It really is a beautiful place to live and to explore.

    Food and Dining

    It's edible. The food is salty and you'd better be prepared to work out or gain weight if this is your diet. When I lived in the dorms food was more widely available, but since dining services budget has been cut and food is not quite so accessible. The things I do miss from dining hall food: salad bar, sandwich bar, juice and milk machines, cereal, and nutella. Basically I miss the fixings for being available without going to the grocery store.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in DHH my freshman year. I loved the building and the cheap laundry, but I'm not cut out for dorm life. I didn't enjoy people being loud and obnoxious. It's much nicer to live off campus and to be able to see the people you want to when you want to see them, not everyone all the time. Also, the dorms are expensive and for no good reason.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but it's worth it. Most of the professors will bust your balls, but they are also helpful if you're willing to ask for help and make it to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard. If you need help, go to the learning centers; they are there for a reason. Look for scholarships all over, it's expensive.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a great school with great people set in a great environment. It is tough and it is expensive, but it is worth it. I am very happy that I attend Tech.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 59

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Michigan Tech is the 3rd safest campus in the United States and the safest campus in Michigan. There are emergency phones everywhere, but they've hardly ever been used. Public Safety is right on campus to ensure that everyone is safe and that nothing goes wrong. There was only one case of theft last year, and the news of it, like all other emergencies, is sent to everyone immediately by the Safety First Alert system. It's awesome being able to walk around the campus at 3 AM and not have to worry at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Michigan Tech has a club for just about everything, and they are very open about accepting new members and ideas. You can join every group if you really want to, but you probably wouldn't.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERY type of student would have a great time and a great education at Michigan Tech, but ones that are interested in the more technology-focused jobs would fit the best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival is a great night for everyone to get out and socialize. Other traditions are our broomball games (which are AWESOME) and our giant snow sculptures (some of them take a month to build)!

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition, you get access to sporting events (like hockey) for free, and you also get access to the Outdoor Adventure Program, which rents gear to go exploring. You get access to unlimited resources in the library and online, and there are tons of labs and study areas that you can utilize.

    What to do for fun

    Broomball, skiing, snowboarding, other sports, driving around, hiking, camping, chilling in the library, working on projects in the IEEE electronics lab, hanging out with other people in your residence hall, and even just walking around is great there.

    Food and Dining

    Most food is excellent there, and if you don't like it, each hall in the residence halls has a food officer that can vote on which foods should be removed and which foods should be brought in. Even with the minimum meal plan, access to the dining hall is unlimited, and you get 4 guest meals plus $150 in vending machine money. Warning: Avoid mashed potatoes in Wadsworth Hall.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in a learning community tailored to your interests, living in the dorms is wonderful. The community is close-knit (at least in Computer Science), and they always have something fun going on.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan Tech makes sure that you learn everything you have to and a little more. They believe in a well-rounded student, but they don't force you to take very many things that aren't along with your interests. The classes you do take are very thorough and the professors are awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be lazy, stay away from parties, and do the assigned readings, and you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this university. The people are great, and the environment is wonderful. The classes are awesome too!

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tech is one of the safest campuses. If there is a safety issue, an email and phone alert is sent out to alert the students. If you are walking home at night and don't feel safe, public safety is but a phone call away (and they make you put their phone number into your cell when you're at a presentation during orientation). The blue-light phones throughout campus also connect to public safety and make them easy to contact.

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities, but I haven't had much contact with them. I do know that they have some parties but they also do quite a bit of volunteer work as part of being a part of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for just about anything at tech and to join pretty much all you have to do is find out when they're meeting and show up. From my experience, the existing members of the the club will be happy to welcome you!

    Great for these types of students

    Tech is primarily an engineering school. If you're looking to go into that field, there's not really a whole lot of places better. On the flip side, there is a pretty good mixture of what could be termed nerdy people and more athletic people as well. Tech really has a place for everyone, so it's just up to the individual to find the group of people that have similar interests to you or that you feel most comfortable with!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hmmm, for this I think I'll simply make a list: cardboard boat races, mud volleyball, snow sculptures, winter carnival, and those are just a few!

    Bang for the buck

    I won't lie, Tech is expensive to go to. However, if you really work for it: do the best you can in your classes, ask for help when you need it, go to the career fairs, etc. Then by the time you're done with your degree you'll be as ready as can be to take on the world! In fact, I've heard quite a few stories of people getting 4 or 5 job offers before they even graduated from Tech. Fun place, great people, amazing options for the future!

    What to do for fun

    Tech is definitely an outdoorsy type of place. You're not really a resident before you've gone on at least one hike to see some waterfalls. On the flip side, that's not the only thing to do. The dorms have projectors to watch movies, you can just hang out with your friends, the downtown has some pretty cute shops to peruse, every weekend has a movie feature being played in Fischer hall, and there are many socials that are put on; everything from cardboard boat races to camp fires to tight-rope walking, cliff diving, theater events, and the various sports events (hockey and basket ball are the big ones). Perhaps the correct question is: what can't you do at Tech?

    Food and Dining

    No matter how much dorm food can be complained about, It's really not all that bad. There's a rotation of hot food that the dining halls go through but generally the quality isn't bad. Different dorms' dining halls seem to have different specialties. Dorm food not sounding good? There's also the MUB cafeteria, a smoothie stand, and the campus cafe; not to mention the kitchenettes on each floor of the dorms that people can use to make their own food.

    Dorm Life

    It's great to be able to live in areas where people can just hang out and get to know one another. There are plenty of fun activities that the halls do for fun (one of the most famous being the snow statues during winter carnival) and there are a variety of different living places. With 3 dorms and a series of apartments, there's sure to be somewhere for everyone to fit in!

    Academic Rigor

    For quite a few of the classes it really depends on who you have as a teacher and what the class is exactly. Tech has weeder classes that are not to be taken lightly, no matter how easy they may seem at first. Overall, as long as you put your best foot forward and put forth your best effort, there should be no reason why you can't do the work and have fun too!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to go outside of your comfort bubble; it is possible to not push yourself but there's really no fun in that! As much fun as the teachers are, they do mean business; pay attention to the tips given to you and make sure to juggle your time wisely. For those who need extra help, there is always some waiting in the wings!

    In three sentences

    Bigger group of students with a small-campus feel. The students and staff are both super friendly and fun. Long winters but great friends.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great Campus Safety

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a big part of University.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of Clubs to join

    Great for these types of students

    Focused on school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival, the campus and town are beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition was just raised but the job rates after college are good.

    What to do for fun

    Winter Carnival, Athletic Events

    Food and Dining

    Okay but exceptional

    Dorm Life

    Clean, organized but small.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult, but many learning centers and tutors. You have to put in effort to excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, party less. Sleep and maintain healthy lifestyle. Use learning centers and communicate with professors.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Technological University is credible. Michigan Technological University is challenging. Michigan Technological University has lots of options.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    It is encouraged to join a club or do an activity as it can help you gain more experience. Michigan tech has enterprises available so that you can improve your chances for a better job.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    O-week happens to be a lot of students favorite! Its orientation a week before school starts and happens to be a lot of fun and a chance to meet new people. Winter Carnival happens every year during Spring Semester. You can help make a sculpture or just enjoy a night of music.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fair.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a nice way to interact with other students. There are certain residential halls that actually encourage you to do your homework.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that academics can be quite challenging. You have to study as much as you possibly can. It can be hard to study last minute and you have to keep in mind that slacking off might not be a good idea. Material that you learn is going to be helpful in future classes.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety staff are the nicest anyone could ask for!

    Greek Life

    Prevalent, but not a huge part of campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 240. Something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    K-Day. Head out to a State Park for what used to be Keg Day. Now no kegs exist, but there are waterslides, climbing walls, and student orgs giving away free stuff!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is much too high ($900 a credit for out of state tuition), but the placement rate is second to none. Tech is one of the safest campuses in the nation as well.

    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do outdoors in the area! Lake Superior is ten minutes away allowing for water activities, climbing, and fishing. Waterfalls are in abundance. Parties occur often at the 13 frats on campus. We have a decent D1 hockey team!

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited meal swipes is extremely nice although the entrees could use some improvement. Desserts and pastries are delicious! Special dinners are served around holidays allowing for great food!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are older, but they have all necessities-pool table, ping pong, foosball. Best of all--a sauna!!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are extremely difficult and rigorous. But learning centers and coaches are offered in most subjects to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't purchase a Mac laptop! Engineering programs must be installed on PC's -Explore the area! No other university offers such a beautiful location -Talk to professors, they're very nice

    In three sentences

    Tech is easy to be accepted in, difficult to succeed at, but if you do a high paying job is nearly guaranteed! Faculty are overall very helpful!

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs and groups you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent and there is always a variety.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly. You will meet a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    You will learn a lot in your classes

    Tips for prospective students

    MTU is not just an engineering school. They have something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    It is a very safe campus. The people here are so friendly. There are so many opportunities for students.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus patrol is around all the time, as well as the police. They have special phones all over campus that you can pick up and call public safety if you are in need of help and they will be right there. They live on campus, which is not even that big to begin with.

    Greek Life

    Quite a bit of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 240 organizations you can be a part of. If not, it is really easy to create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Active students will love it here. As well as intelligent ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is very outdoors. If you don't like outdoors you will be fine, but literally everything is outdoors. The hills here will keep you in shape.

    Bang for the buck

    As a first year I already (pretty much) had jobs lined up. I was a computer science major with an aerospace minor. I got to work on the satellite we are putting in space in 2013. So yes, it is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally something going on each day and night for the first few weeks. Then it mellows out to sort of being a weekend thing besides special events.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better. But no real complaints here. Its cafeteria food, not a five star restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    I dreaded living in a dorm, but I had to as a first year. And honestly it was the time of my life. I have met the best friends I could ask for in the dorms. And usually each week your hall will go on special trips or just hangout as a group and do something. Keeps everyone involved.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but not to bad where you can't do well. It is a lot of homework, but if you keep at it you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a lot of work, but as long as you don't slack off you will do just fine. A lot of stuff to do that will keep you productive and people here that will help you no matter what. Tons of degree options and opportunities that you can do.

    In three sentences

    A great school and a great community. A nice small town appeal with opportunity to do basically whatever you want.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Number 3 in the nation for safest campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival,

    What to do for fun

    go camping, exploring, or just hang out with your new friends. although it's in basically the middle of nowhere, it is a great place to be

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, it's really hard to cook for so many people, and michigan tech usually does a great job.

    Dorm Life

    Saunas in every dorm, a great friendly atmosphere, there's no better way to make friends

    Academic Rigor

    So far, the first semester hasn't been too tough, but it is definitely on the level that i expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out, go camping, have fun in the keweenaw and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The professors care

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is amazing. So far everyone has been really awesome, the professors are helpful and engaging, and the atmosphere is exactly what college should be.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are available when needed -- all at the touch of a button.

    Greek Life

    We have many frats and sororities in the area -- all sprinkled around in houses within 5 minutes away from campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have clubs and intramural sports comparable to some of the biggest schools in the nation, and there is always the opportunity to start your own club if it is not offered already!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!!! Just learn to love the snow!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Concrete boat races, cardboard boat races, quidditch, there are endless odd things up here! We're that awesome!

    What to do for fun

    Unlimited!!! We have many clubs and various things to do in the community. There is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    Excellent choices and variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean, roomy, and have options for number of roommates and even your own bathroom. There are kitchenettes all over the various residence halls and multiple laundry rooms per floor.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is known for its academics!! The classes are interesting and the professors are always willing to help you succeed and understand what is being taught. Don't be afraid to ask questions!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't rule out Tech! We are a small school, a good school, a school that is still connected with nature! We know how to have fun, and students never fail to make friends and find a real sense of community up here in Houghton.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is one of the most pleasant, safest, most opportune colleges in the nation. Are you a Harry Potter lover or want to join some type of a club or intramural sport? Michigan Tech doesn't only have one of the best academic reputations in the world -- we also have so many opportunities for fun (including our awesome Quidditch team!)

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is really great. If you don't feel safe walking home, you can call non-emergency campus police, and someone will pick you up to take you back to your dorm. Also, there are Blue Lights all over campus. Anywhere you see a blue light, there is a phone that takes you directly to Emergency Campus Police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on Tech isn't the stereotypical Greek life. We aren't all about partying. We're devoted to having a familial relationship, and we like to raise money and participate in campus traditions. We do Make a Difference Day, and we do Winter Carnival. I love being Greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is definitely something for everyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are challenging and the professors are experienced for the most part. One fee you'll find on your bill is the Experience Tech fee, which is a great thing. You can get into the hockey games free, get a free season ski lift pass, and lots of other things with that.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! We have lots of organizations, trails, and the ski hill to explore, plus you're in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, so its never lacking in things to see.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is pretty good, considering you don't have to make it yourself. Sometimes it isn't the greatest, but some things are student favorites.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something going on in the dorms. Everyone is pretty friendly and if you leave your door open, someone is bound to stop by and say hi.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are complicated but there are learning centers that can help with anything your struggling with. Plus, your professors love to help too, and making yourself known during class and office hours is a good thing to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and learn about the opportunities you have. Unless you're absolutely sure what you want to do, you don't need to declare your major, it's okay to be undecided.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Tech. There are many opportunities to get involved here and lots of resources to help you be successful as a student. The staff and faculty are extremely helpful and approachable.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have one of the safest campuses in the nation.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is smaller here than other campuses, which makes it more tight nit and easier for Greek houses to work together. They are responsible for over half the participation rate of university wide events, and most of the philanthropy work that goes on on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is one for everyone. We have over 200 student run organizations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Spring Semester, all through January, student groups on campus build huge snow sculptures. It ends the first week of February with 3 days off from school and a big party on campus essentially.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do outside in the great outdoors such as hiking and exploring the area. There is also a student organization for almost everything, making it easy to make friends.

    Food and Dining

    As far as college food can be good it is, not always a huge difference in what they offer day to day, so it is easy to get sick of eating the same thing all the time.

    Dorm Life

    They employe a lot of staff to help you adjust to being in college.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work for your degree, and work for good grades. It makes you value a degree from Michigan Tech so much more than you would a degree from somewhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Homework from Michigan Tech isn't designed to be able to do in an hour before class.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech doesn't believe in handing a degree to just anybody, they make your work for your degree. This adds a lot of value to a job application because employers know this.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and tons of activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, math lovers, science fanatics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Broomball. Huskies Pep Band <3

    Bang for the buck

    There are tons of things to do in the winter, spring and fall. It is totally worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of places to go where you can explore and it is in the Upper Peninsula, the most awesome place ever!

    Food and Dining

    I hate the cafeteria. I do not like the noise or how big it is, I hate how crowded it gets. The food is good most of the time, but some of it is disgusting.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is a suite. I love it. The hall is quiet most of the time and I can study in my room. Our hall has events where everyone gets together and every Monday, we have a movie night.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes push you and they are extremely different than other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tech is a school where most of the people are planning to major in some type of engineering. If this is okay with you, then apply! It is a great school.

    In three sentences

    I love the school, it is located in a nice town and the people and atmosphere are friendly. The classes being taught are of high quality. Everyone at Tech displays pride in the school and strives to be their best.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is one of the safest cities in the US. I'm a girl and never feel scared walking home by myself. As I always tell people, you've got a better chance of being attacked by a bear than a human.

    Greek Life

    There are a variety of fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ton to do for everyone. Just go find it our make your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to be engineers and love the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is Winter Carnival every year. You've gotta experience it to really know what it's like- Snow statues, snow volleyball, speakers in snow, ice bowling...yeah there's a lot of snow.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey but it's worth it. You'll be making bank as an engineer anyway.

    What to do for fun

    There's skiing and hockey games. We go adventure all the historic sites left over from the mining boom. There is so much to do up here, I would hate to go to school in a city. How often can you walk out your front door and see the northern lights? It's awesome.

    Food and Dining

    It's decent dorm food. This isn't a culinary school but it's not mystery meat either. There are special dinners throughout the semester where the food steps up a bit and it's good.

    Dorm Life

    Find a good roommate. It will help you a lot. It's a great place to make friends and help each other out on homework.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough but if you work hard you'll get through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help. Everyone is willing to help you just can't get too over your head before you go ask for help. It's tough but we all pull through.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is not only an educational institution but a community in Houghton. Everyone works together to succeed. It may be cold up here, but it will provide you with a top-notch education.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who are focused but like to hang out and have a good time doing stuff, and people who love the cold weather.

    What to do for fun

    Explore! Play some games, check out what's going on in the dorms, hang out with friends in your rooms, go golfing, whatever you enjoy doing, there's something there you'll love.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are great places to hang out with people while eating some good food, in big groups or little ones.

    Dorm Life

    There are a ton of cool people up there, and the dorms are like little neighborhoods with a ton of stuff going on all over the place.

    Academic Rigor

    This is hard stuff, and slacking off won't do you good, but there are a lot of people there to help you out so it won't be impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking of going into engineering, but don't know what kind, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to figure out what kind suits you best.

    In three sentences

    This school is good at helping you get the best education you can, so there are plenty of chances to take advantage of that. The main area is designed as a wind tunnel, so in the winter a lot of the snow blows out of campus so you don't have to worry about it. How cool is that? There's plenty of stuff to do outside of class and plenty of awesome people to hang out with, too.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Broom ball, Skiing, biking, camping, anything in the outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    Go to Wads hall it has the best food at tech.

    Dorm Life

    They look nice. I myself will not be staying in the dorms because i live so close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off because MTU is a prestigious school and it could be rough getting in.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a great school academically for, especially in the fields of Engineering. In area it is probably in the middle of all the schools i have visited. If math is your thing go to MTU.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Really friendly and easy to get a hold of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many really cool clubs. I personally loved fencing club.

    Great for these types of students

    A nice school for introverts, future engineers, and those who enjoy small schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Memorial Union Building there is a staircase that leads to nothing.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, however, I truly feel like you are getting your money's worth at Tech.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy hiking at Hungarian Falls with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    Making friends is easy and you will find they will always have your back.

    Academic Rigor

    Do you homework as it prepares you for exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't miss class.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech has been supportive of my goals and dreams. I find myself constantly being challenged at this school, and it has greatly served me. This school may have been one of the greatest choices I have ever made.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe walking alone, even at night.

    Greek Life

    It's totally up to you. If that's important to you, there are a lot of options.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety of clubs and organizations to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for STEM students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival... giant ice and snow sculpture competitions.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty pricey but job placement makes it worth while.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of outdoor sports and rec. Little of anything else.

    Food and Dining

    So much food!! A wide variety of everything that you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small but very friendly. Everyone is very helpful and kind. Very safe.

    Academic Rigor

    It's very hard. Plan on having little free time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're there to study, it's a great school. If you're looking for lots of night life, not so much.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for STEM. Be prepared to work hard!

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    MTU has one of the safest campuses in the U.S. I believe it is ranked 3rd safest in the United States. MTU has it's own police force dedicated to keeping the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities here. However, I never joined one or looked into them so I can't say much about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs up here I could not tell you about all of them. But just to name a few, there is an archery club, hockey club, tennis club, off-roading club, a writing club and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, artistic, athletic, non-athletic, adventurers, those with good study habits, and those who like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pep band is quite unlike any other pep band in the entire U.S. Our uniforms are untraditional in the pep band sense. They are gold and yellow stripes with suspenders and a funny hat is required to be worn at all events. The pep band follows the football, hockey, and basketball teams wherever they go. They even go to parades. One time, they crashed a parade in Minnesota and the next year they were asked to participate again. The pep band really adds energy and uniqueness to Michigan Tech.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the most expensive schools to go to in Michigan. However, if you get a good degree, you will earn a lot of money to pay off your debts and loans.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun up here. If you're outdoorsy, you can go hiking at the Tech trails, bike riding, mountain climbing. In the winter there's skiing, both downhill and cross country, skating (open and hockey). You can go explore the Keweenaw peninsula. The area has a rich history in mining that you can explore. If you aren't outdoorsy, you can join any of the many clubs or organizations. If you like art, singing, or playing an instrument, there are acting class/groups to join, the chorus, the pep band, Superior Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Research and Development Big Band, Jazz Lab Band, and more. There is something here for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have decent food. It's nothing spectacular.

    Dorm Life

    I only stayed one year in the dorms so I don't have much to say about it. The dorms are expensive and would recommend going off campus as soon as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are tough. But that's why MTU is one of the best engineering universities in the U.S.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot and do not procrastinate on your homework.

    In three sentences

    This is a difficult university, but if you did well in high school and have good study habits, you will do fine here. There are many opportunities to succeed here and extra-curricular events like hockey and football. They also have a lot of clubs for you to join.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There was one incident the entire last year, whereas at other colleges (MSU and UofM) those incidents happen weekly.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is really different than other colleges. A lot of people join Greek life at Tech when they wouldn't have joined at another school, because it is not so stereotypical.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities, make sure you check the table tents every meal!

    Great for these types of students

    People who don't like being near their parents or high school friends, and people who don't mind getting their butt kicked in classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter carnival, and the massive amount of snow.

    Bang for the buck

    You're going to get a very well paying job after you graduate from Tech.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of video and card games, and you better like adventuring outside.

    Food and Dining

    Not a whole lot of selection, and it'll turn into a rock in your stomach if you don't get enough fiber.

    Dorm Life

    They've been cutting back cleaning positions but increasing the price to live in the dorms..

    Academic Rigor

    Hardest school in the state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to get you butt kicked.

    In three sentences

    Tech is the hardest school in the state, hands down. The people are awesome. Make sure you go to class every day though.

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many thing to do for fun you can go to the waterfront and walk around or during the winter you can make snow sculptures there's Broomball hockey and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little small but are great once you're in them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic programs can be hard but they will prepare you for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start applying for scholarships ASAP.

    In three sentences

    I love the people and campus at Michigan Tech. The professors seem really nice as do the students. I give Michigan Tech an A overall.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. Public Safety officers are very friendly and love to get to know the students. Campus is very small and tight knit. We are the 7th safest school in the country.

    Greek Life

    Have not gotten involved with Greek Life yet. Tech does have lots of options though.

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy. engineers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Freda in the summer or the winter if you're feeling adventurous.

    What to do for fun

    Too much to put in this box! 4 wheelers, mud bogging, snowmobiling, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, photography, and so much more. If you like the outdoors, then you wont be disappointed! If you're not don't worry though! There are plenty of groups for people who want to stay inside during the winter months as well! There is a website with all of the orgs on it, look it up!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great on days that there are tours and move in week/orientation week. Food slowly gets worse over the year. It's still edible, just some things start being tasteless because you've had it 45 times. Biggest problem is that on weekends breakfast starts at 10:30am. Which is great if you sleep in, but if you wake up early, be prepared to have to make your own food in the mornings.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great. Dont do a first year experience hall though! Make sure that if you want an all girls hall you talk to someone or if you're 21 that you don't get put into an alcohol free hallway. Rooms really aren't that small considering. Wads has semi-private bathrooms. Kitchenettes for hangout and studying. Lots of stuff to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are VERY difficult. Get to know your professor. Don't sleep in class. Actually put in time out of class. Be prepared to know 3,000 things to take a 5 question exam that counts for 45% of your grade. Be prepared to get a 45% and be the top score in your class, even if you were a 4.0 high school student. These difficult classes are why companies want MTU students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a lot of warm clothes for the winter months, but don't let the snow chase you away. Be prepared for very difficult, but do-able, classes. Don't let going to school so far away scare you. With a school located way up there, everybody is leaving their hometowns. There's no cliches and (mostly) everyone is very open to meeting new people. and most importantly, do not be afraid to try new things!

    In three sentences

    The best decision I ever made. Super friendly people and staff. Lots of cold weather and hard classes.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you ever feel unsafe, you can easily get the campus safety phone number or find a blue-lit phone to call public safety. Overall, Michigan Tech campus is safe to walk through in the day and night time.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life seems pretty big on the Michigan Tech campus and also very publicized. Something that someone could easily become a part of if interested!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things you can get into; just have to explore and try new things!!

    Great for these types of students

    If you like the snow, you'll LOVE Michigan Tech.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival! You can build snow sculptures all over campus and participate in broomball or other competitions.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are pretty difficult sometimes and really require you to commit yourself. The outcome is rewarding though!

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events! The hockey games are fun and so are all the other sports like basketball. Get involved! Try broomball; it looks super fun.

    Food and Dining

    It's very expensive and not very good, but there's a decent sized selection and you can go whenever when you live in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are kept clean through the summer for the incoming students and also, living close to campus being a first year student really helps you keep involved in the hall and dorm living.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough, especially for engineering and sciences majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study a lot and keep up on school work, but, also, try as best you can to participate in the many student clubs and organizations and the numerous activities throughout the academic year.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Technological University is one of the top rated engineering schools in the country. With more and more job needs coming from engineering degrees, Michigan Technological University was the best choice for me. The level of educational difficulty is high, but the reward is also high.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Winter Carnival - our annual celebration of the fact that we have tons and tons of snow and it's very cold out. Students team up to build giant awesome snow sculptures. Last year's theme was heroes and villains and it's definitely worth a Google, the frats and sororities really go all out.

    What to do for fun

    We spent a lot of time playing board games and pool and watching TV, but we're pretty boring. The RAs do a pretty good job of organizing hall activities, from swimming up at the rec center to going to the shooting range or even walking pets borrowed from the local humane society. If you're into winter sports I've heard the ski hill is fun. PE classes are also cool if you can drag yourself up the giant hill to get to them. The MUB (Memorial Union Building) Board brings comedians and other acts in every couple weeks if you're into that (and it's free, which makes it even better). Also hockey. Students get free tickets and I find it even more entertaining than football. It's more fast paced and there's a lot more taunting the opposing team.

    Food and Dining

    I love Tech, but I hate the dorm food. The fresh vegetables and fruits don't tend to be very fresh, especially come January and February. I haven't found many entrees I'm particularly fond of either. I spent most of the year eating cereal and toast. The upside is that if you live in the dorms you get the unlimited meal plan, so you can just stop in for hot chocolate at 8 or 9pm in McNair if you feel like it and not be wasting meals.

    Dorm Life

    You spend a lot of time in your dorm at Tech, since it will be snowing for the majority of the academic year (it was snowing the day I moved out at the end of April). The common rooms are pretty cozy. If you bring an HDMI cable you can hook your laptop up to the TVs and watch whatever you want.

    Academic Rigor

    I think most people who go to Tech are there to learn, and the professors are there to teach you. I spent a lot of time doing homework, but I also learned a ton, even just in my freshman year. The big focus up at Tech is to get you ready to go out and start your career when you graduate, so they try to give you relevant experience. As with any school though, how hard you have to work will depend a lot on the classes you decide to take and what GPA is acceptable in your mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering attending Tech, you might also consider doing an overnight visit. It's definitely a long drive, but that's when I decided Tech was the right school for me. It gives you a chance to see what the campus tour people don't show you and get a feel for the atmosphere. Maybe don't come in the middle of winter though, that's something you have to ease into.

    In three sentences

    Tech has a great small town atmosphere and a lot of character. The first thing everyone will ask about when you get home is the weather, because it snows, a lot. The scenery up in Houghton is beautiful and the people are friendly.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you are into sports such as skiing or snowboarding this is a large hill not too far away that you can use along with a golf course. There are plenty of clubs encompassing all interests. Also if you love play video games then you will also fit right in with most of the student population.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food doesn't tend to be the best but some days the food can be really good. Around holidays there is usually a special dinner where they go all out on the food so be sure to go on those nights. If you prefer to cook though there is a close grocery store on the edge of campus along with a few fast food places otherwise you will need to drive to get to the nearest Walmart or Tacobell.

    Dorm Life

    The regular dorms tend to be a bit cramped specially if you have messy room mates but the on campus apartments are beautiful. Although in both the dorms and apartments it tends to get a bit warm but its no issue during the winter.

    Academic Rigor

    The first year classes don't tend to be too difficult if you attend class and get all your work done but if you miss any concepts they will come back. But the classes are well paced if you keep up with them and come prepared to class to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming in from high school you may think classes are easy at first and that you can slack off for a little while but the work load will pile up fast and soon you will be in trouble if you don't study, go to every class, and get done what needs to be done.

    In three sentences

    If you don't mind the snow and like a less crowded environment then this school would be great for you. The campus is not too large and doesn't take too long to get from one side to the other. This university is a lot of fun specially if you participate in the winter activities such as Winter Carnival while the classes are still intelligent and help is readily available at the many help centers.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus is a safe place and so is the town of Houghton where it is located. It is a small close nit community where everyone looks out for one another. The campus police are there to help whenever someone has locked their keys in their car, or needs a jump start.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life Is present just as it is at most other Universities across the United States. The Greeks put their best foot forward to promoting a positive image around the entire Greek system. They do a lot of community service and most all of them have very good GPA's. Everyone has the opportunity to look into greek life at tech because they will often host fun things to do around campus or fun trips somewhere, so that people can learn what they are about and if that Fraternity/Sorority is right for them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone, and if there is something you love to do but no club for it, gather a group of 10 people who love to do it too, and make your own club, because its not hard to do. Clubs for sports, clubs for individual majors, clubs for building leadership skills, and anyone can join any of them they like.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a challenge academically, Students who think outside the box, Students who want to make a change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Michigan Tech is located in the upper part of the upper peninsula of Michigan. It does get cold, but with our long winters there is a tradition of winter carnival, where the university gives the students a week off to enjoy competitions with making snow sculptures and playing broomball, which is similar to hockey but everyone can do it.

    Bang for the buck

    I think what you can get out of this school is way more than what you pay. If you want to go to a conference to better yourself, ask your department for some help, they want their students to be the best. The companies that come up for career fair are not just looking for internships and co-ops, they are looking for future employees. Tech has one of the best job placement I have seen. If you want to go to grad school, many of the professors own their own labs and many of them are at the top of their fields in research they will give you lab experience and opportunity to be published even as an undergraduate. This school will make your resume better than you could have ever imagined it, if you take the opportunities in front of you and run with them.

    What to do for fun

    Michigan Tech is located in the middle of a giant forest. It is not a big city or even a big town, so finding things to do requires you to be adventurous and resourceful. If you love the outdoors Tech is where you want to be. There are hiking and biking trails everywhere. The number of waterfalls nearby is outstanding. Many students will go to the waterfalls in the summer and winter, because for each season they hold a new kind of beauty. There is also the Outdoor Adventure Program which will allow students to rent equipment from bikes to kayaks at a more than fair price. If you don't like the outdoors so much, Tech has options for you too, although this is where you become resourceful. There is a place on campus called the Center for Diversity and Inclusion where you can rent books and movies for FREE, doesn't get better than that as a college student. The University holds movie nights almost every weekend in one of its larger lecture halls. These movies are ones that are out of the theater but not yet able to be rented. There is also a bowling ally on campus that students can use for free. There is also way more to do than I've listed here. These are all just some things that come to mind right away.

    Food and Dining

    Its a small school so they use the leftovers from yesterdays lunch for today's dinner. They are creating a garden however so that fresher foods will be used in the upcoming years supply. They also have some of the best views if you sit near a window, being able to look over the portage during all seasons makes the dining pretty enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    At Michigan Tech we don't have dorms, we have Residence Halls. Dorms are small cramped living spaces that pack hundreds of students in. Tech has rooms that are big enough that they supply you with two loft beds, two big dressers, either an armoire or a closet, and two desks. with plenty of room to bring in a fridge and a futon and a microwave if you would like. Each Resident Hall has kitchenettes and lounges, some with full kitchens and others include Television sets. Each Resident Hall also has their own Dining Hall. This is in my experience one of the better places to live on a college campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not a school you can go to and expect not to study. There will be classes that you just don't get and maybe you will have to take them again. However, the people teaching, so many of these classes are professionals at the stuff they are telling you. Sometimes they are not the easiest to understand because they know so much. This school will weed out the students who are going to college just to party.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help, ask for it. Just because high school was easy doesn't mean college will be too. The Faculty wants you to succeed, the University wants you to succeed. If studying on your own doesn't work, there are Learning Centers to go to for practically every subject. If your still struggling, allowing your professor to know you want to succeed helps. Go to their office hours, let them learn your name and face so they could pick you out of a crowd. They will help you. Finally, if you are doing all you can, you know the material, but test taking is something you struggle with, tell the University. The Dean of Students can help you.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Technological University is filled with opportunities to strengthen every individual who wants work hard for their degree. A research institute that has such strong bonds with companies, that they will come back to a career fair held up at the tip top of Michigan's borders, tells the story of how much industry believes in this University. The faculty inspires the future here at Tech, but they really inspire their students to become the future, and this University gives all students the opportunity to experience industry, research, and to build leadership skills and be the future.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest place on earth because there is nothing to steal, where are you going to sell it? The town itself is dirt poor, no one has money.

    Greek Life

    The 5,500 dudes who attend have broken themselves into Frats, go ahead you might meet your new boyfriend in one, there are no women so...

    Clubs and Activities

    I have looked for something else to do in this town, the clubs and their activities are pretty pathetic, and I am easy to please.

    Great for these types of students

    Masochists, and ugly people(misery loves company)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions...this place is lame as hell, you think they have traditions? Okay maybe broomball. This idiotic sport is hockey rules played with a ball and broom. Get this, these fat nerds get really into it, and they think they are doing something cool. News flash your sport sucks!

    Bang for the buck

    I go here for free, on a fellowship (so I am stuck here), I would never pay to attend this university. Why not pay to go to an amazing school like Michigan State, or Michigan? Why would you pay way more in tuition to live in an icecube with a bunch of dudes?

    What to do for fun

    Hahahahah, you like skiing? I do, but you can only do that so many days a week. Bars, well there are two bars that you won't get in a fight at. The 1 girl to 20 guys ensures that even looking at someone's women (and they are all someone's women) will get you in a match of words or fists depending on how many drinks you've had to numb the pain of living in Houghton and attending Michigan tech.

    Food and Dining

    There are two restaurants in Houghton, well okay there are more than that, but you can get two types of food, Chinese cuisine or greasy spoon typical food, take your pick, that's all you'll be eating if you come here.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say I am a graduate student

    Academic Rigor

    Sure its hard, that doesn't mean its a good school. I spend all my time studying, not much else. Not that there is much else to do anyway.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a school that has a town and a reputation. Despite what people think no one has heard of Michigan Tech.

    In three sentences

    This place is Awful. Houghton will kill your soul and Michigan Tech will put your social life in a freezer. This school is neither elite, nor worth attending.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, even at night

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, and they are a great way to meet people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    winter carnival

    What to do for fun

    running, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, explore the Keweenaw! And there is so much more!

    Food and Dining

    Average, you can find healthy choices, you just have to be smart about what you are choosing to eat.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! You will know that Michigan Tech is the place to be after you actually have stepped foot on campus.

    In three sentences

    At Michigan Tech, there are always things to do, because the location is ideal for the outdoor activities. Everyone is extremely nice and accepting, especially they are the down-to-earth type of people. Most importantly the school is perfect for getting the perfect education in the sciences, because there are so many recourses and opportunities to do research in your field.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Snow Boarding, Ski, Basketball and Lake safari

    Food and Dining

    I love food here. Cheap and quality food

    Dorm Life

    Very disciplined and good

    Academic Rigor

    best valued college. Ranks 3rd in best value

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply sooner than deadlines and explain your academic standings in your essay.

    In three sentences

    MTU HAS SUCH A BEST FACILITIES AND WETHER HERE IS AWESOME. LOCATION: City: Houghton State/Province: Michigan

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Houghton, Michigan is one of the safest areas in Michigan, and even the entire United States. Even so, things can go wrong here. There is a campus police thatâ??s always on call. They do special presentations that all students, especially first years, must attend. They give you invaluable information about what to do and who to contact if you suspect something bad is happening. Thereâ??s even an option to give tips to the Dean of Students or the campus police anonymously.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities at Tech. The Greek Life students put on different activities for students and fund raisers to help the community and charities. I am not too sure about what else Greek Life offers. I am not a part of it myselfâ?¦yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations offered at Tech, so there is literally something for everyone. A very short list of these includes an anime club, DDR club, airsoft, professional organizations (like SWE), intramural sports (like basketball and hockey), Varsity sports, martial arts, and many, many more. Thereâ??s also activities offered depending on the season. For example, broom ball is a very popular sport offered in the winter. All students should try it at least once. In the spring ooze ball, or mud volleyball, is offered. Make sure to wear something you donâ??t mind getting dirty!

    Great for these types of students

    Michigan Tech is a perfect place for these kinds of students: nerds, geeks, the mechanical minded, the sports star, the studious, the artful ones, those who want long lasting friendships, to go to school in a rural and safe area, love the snow and everything associated with it, love water, and those who consider themselves, in the words of Michigan Tech, â??crazy smart.â??

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tech is located near Portage Lake, so swimming, boating, tubing, kayaking, and other water sports are always an option, especially with two beaches, Houghton Beach in upper downtown Houghton and Hancock Beach across the bridge, within driving distance. Downtown Houghton is full of small shops and restaurants for students to hang out and relax, and catch a bite to eat thatâ??s not in the dining halls. Thereâ??s a lot of history here, especially with the old copper mines. Go towards Calumet, and youâ??ll come across the Quincy Mine. Most of us Yoopers would recommend a tour. Itâ??s worth it. Winter Carnival is an annual tradition, full of fun, friends, and snow. Lots and lots of snow. There are snow statue competitions, student competitions, activities, and many other things that go on during this time. The best part, everyoneâ??s invited!

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan Tech is a little pricey, but the money is more than worth it. There are tons of things to do, places to see, and organizations to join. The teachers are dedicated to the success of their students. The university provides learning centers in every subject staffed by upperclassmen to help students do homework, understand concepts, and study for tests. They offer services to help students get a job, internship/co-op, study abroad, and many other services. Tech is definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Michigan Tech offers a lot of things to do for fun. In the â??Experience Techâ?? fee thatâ??s part of tuition, students can go to every sporting event, have access to the ski hill, and a lot of other stuff essentially for free. The ski hill, Mont Ripley, is my favorite area. Snowboarders and skiers alike of every skill level can go there and have a blast on the bunny hills, jumps, and, for the daredevils out there, the black and double black diamond runs. Also, there is an Outdoor Adventure Program in which students can rent things, such as kayaks, slack lines, skis, and a lot of other stuff, for cheap. Being situated right next to Portage Lake, there are a bunch of things to do on the water, and in upper downtown, as well as across the bridge in Hancock, there are beaches for people to go swimming or hang out with friends. An annual tradition at Tech is Winter Carnival. The students build snow statues (the main event), have competitions, dance, and do a whole lot of other stuff during this amazing time. The many clubs and organizations at Michigan Tech compete against each other for fun and trophies.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I am not a resident, so I donâ??t eat in the halls often, but I have eaten in them before. Every time I've eaten in the dining halls, the food was very good. I have talked to the residents because they eat there all the time. They say that after a while, because of few choices, the food gets dull and redundant. Thereâ??s a lot of starches served, and not much fruit. I also hear complaints about how some halls aren't always open. In terms of size and seating space, there is plenty of room. McNair and Wadsworth especially have a lot of space. DHH, the smallest dorm, has a very small eating area, but, in my opinion, it has the best food. Based on my own experiences and those of my resident peers, I give the food and dinning a 3 out of 5.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, so I do not know very much about dorm life. I have talked to residents about it, however, to hear their opinions. Most residents like the dorm life. They get along with their roommates, hall mates, and residentâ??s assistant very well. Michigan Tech makes it so that adjusting to dorm life is relatively easy and enjoyable. There are some complaints, though. The biggest complaint I hear about is the food. There isn't a whole lot of different choices in the lunch halls. Also, one of the halls doesn't serve dinner, and only one of the halls serves food after lunch on weekends. Another complaint that I hear often is that the dorms are very warm. This isn't a huge problem, especially in the winter months, but those who are right next to the boiler room complain a lot about the temperature. I give this area, based on what I've heard from the residents, a 4 out of 5.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are taught at a good pace, not too fast or too slow. The professors are very knowledgeable and approachable, and they teach the material very well. They want their students to succeed, so they encourage questions in class and for students to come to the teacher office hours, email them, or go to the learning centers to get help after class. Each teacher has a different style, and they try to modify that style to benefit as many students as they possibly can. Class sizes are reasonable, and there is a good student to faculty ratio, so if a student does decide to ask their teacher for one-on-one help, the professor will almost always be available. Exams are created and graded fairly, and extra credit is given in some classes. The academic rigor is excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Donâ??t overwork yourself. College isn't just about studying, itâ??s about having fun and meeting new friends. If you think you are taking too many credits, donâ??t be afraid to drop a class. Also, Michigan Tech provides many opportunities to get involved in the community or in campus life. Take whatever opportunities you can get that interest you. Donâ??t be afraid to ask questions in and out of class. Teachers love hearing questions from their students and will answer them. If you have a question, raise your hand and ask. Donâ??t worry too much about your grades. An occasional C or D is nothing to fear. Employers are more interested in your work experience than your GPA. Do your best, but donâ??t worry too much if you have trouble in one or two classes.

    In three sentences

    Michigan Tech is a spectacular school full of dedicated and knowledgeable professors. They are a school devoted to the success of their students by providing many opportunities, such as learning centers, a success center, academic advisers, and teacher office hours, to get help in all school subjects and other aspects of student life. Overall, Michigan Tech, in their slogan, is a â??crazy smartâ?? school.