Hands-on labs. Endless outdoor activities. Small-town community with big-time opportunities.
The Michigan Tech campus is located right on the Portage Canal, connecting to Lake Superior, just a few miles away. Students take advantage of its refreshing water year round, from kayaking in the summer to quick dips in the winter before ducking into a sauna (yes, we’re serious).
Lake Superior: the largest freshwater lab in the world. Our environmental engineering students gain real-world experience on our research vessel, the R/V Agassiz. They also have access to 43,000 square feet of research and teaching laboratories. Whether on the water or in the lab, our students have the space and freedom to think big.
Meet Abby, Environmental Engineering student
Spanning the Portage to Keweenaw Peninsula is a civil engineering marvel: the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Our civil engineering students think big each time they watch the bridge—all 35,000 tons of concrete and 7,000 tons of steel—raise to let boats pass through. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide the tools engineers use to design and deploy sustainable infrastructure solutions.
Meet Jake, Civil Engineering student
Do more. Be more.
ABET accredited. Client-based Senior Design Capstone and Enterprise projects. Whether our students are gaining firsthand knowledge through internships and co-ops, or studying abroad, they are immediate contributors on the job.
Schedule a visit to get a taste of our great community, and make sure to try a pasty while you’re here!
Of the 15,000 Houghton, MI residents, nearly half are Michigan Tech students. The small town atmosphere combined with large-scale research attracts not only students, but outstanding faculty and staff. The vibrant arts community and plentiful outdoor adventures are the perfect fit for students who seek to be more than just a number.
Shred some powder at Mont Ripley Ski Hill, sink a hole-in-one at Portage Lake Golf Course, and ride over 35 kilometers of trail for Nordic skiing and biking at the Tech Trails at no cost! From softball to kickball, water polo to frisbockey, broomball to flag football, we’ve got the intramural activities to keep students busy all year—free.
Take advantage of these great events:
- An Afternoon on the Town: learn about local businesses and get free swag
- Keweenaw Day (K-Day): games, food, and 200+ student organizations at McLain State Park
- Winter Carnival: hot chocolate, intricate snow structures, and an all-night outdoor party!
- Spring Fling: mud volleyball, plentiful (free) food, and sun
- Husky Athletics: cheer on our athletes—including our D1 hockey team—free
Safest Public University in Midwest
Michigan Tech is the safest public university in the Midwest. These rankings are based on campus and local crime rates, student safety surveys, residence hall incidents, and drug and alcohol related arrests.
94% Career Placement Rating
Our students are employed, enlisted, or enrolled in graduate school—in their field of study—within six months after graduation. With over 450 employers attending the Fall Career Fair, firms both large and small turn to Michigan Tech for creative, independent engineers.
Ready for the Adventure?
Visit Michigan Tech and see for yourself all that Civil and Environmental Engineering has to offer. Meet faculty, visit labs, and see projects from students that think big, design big, and build big.