Michigan Technological University, commonly referred to as Michigan Tech or MTU, was founded in the late 19th century as a school for mining engineers. It now offers more than 140 degree programs to its more than 7,000 students, nearly 6,000 of whom are undergrads.

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Last year, the school’s board of trustees finalized a new nursing program, which began admitting students in the fall of 2023. MTU’s student body is still largely focused on engineering, and nearly all students receive grants or merit aid.

About a tenth of students take part in Greek life, although if you don't there's no shortage of things to do: Michigan Tech has more than 240 student organizations and its own ski and snowboard hill called Mont Ripley. The school’s proximity to state parks near Lake Superior shores also gives it solid options for hiking, camping and paddling, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula features many bike trails.

For those who like to stay active but are not so fond of outdoorsy activities, MTU offers an indoor Student Development Complex complete with an ice rink, dance studio, climbing wall, pool and a tennis court. Fair warning: If you decide to become a Husky, you'll need a warm coat for the Winter Carnival, an annual festival during which students carve snow statues and play a sport called broomball. (It's kind of like hockey.) Those looking to go further afield can travel to one of MTU's 185 study abroad programs, many of which offer additional financial aid to cover the costs of going overseas.