Houghton-based Michigan Technological University (MTU) is a renowned public research university that offers its 7,000 students an outstanding return on investment. Founded in 1885, the university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, primarily focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
MTU’s strong relationship with the local business community offers students exceptional opportunities for internships and experiential learning. The university’s career services are also impressive. Michigan Tech’s twice-annual career fair is one of the largest in the country. Each year more than 400 companies travel to the Upper Peninsula to recruit some of the nation’s brightest talent at MTU. The investment pays off: the school boasts a post-graduation placement rate of 94% for undergraduates, and according to Money Magazine, MTU graduates have the sixth-highest starting salaries in the country among public universities — $63,400 annually.
Northern Michigan University (NMU), located in Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic four-year, public, comprehensive university that has grown its reputation based on its award-winning leadership programs and nationally recognized academic programs. NMU has drawn attention for its innovative idea incubator, Invent@NMU, that partners students with professionals to develop and launch real-world projects and new businesses. NMU’s affiliation with local industries has launched nearly two dozen certification programs that include automotive and aviation maintenance, cosmetology and esthetics, manufacturing, law enforcement, deaf studies, HVACR and more.
The school’s Teaching, Learning and Communication Initiative, which provides every full-time student with a notebook computer as part of tuition, is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers professional development and training for individuals and organizations in-house at NMU or at the worksite. NMU also provides access to 40 specialized training labs at its Jacobetti Complex.
NMU also customizes programs to meet specific employer needs and will assist human resources departments to assess current and future needs. Investment in and launching of online programs is another enterprise of Northern Michigan University. One example is the Applied Workplace Leadership program, which is a fully online, accelerated program that allows individuals already in the workforce, with some college credit, the ability to complete their bachelors degree, regardless of where they took their previous courses.
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie is a public university that encourages big ideas with programs that offer real-world, hands-on learning in a nature-based setting. From its $2 million robotics laboratory, fire science program to its aquatic research laboratory that maintains one of the few fisheries in North America, LSSU offers its 2,200 undergraduates a unique range of opportunities in both liberal and technical studies. Because it shares an international border with its sister city of the same name in Ontario, Canada, the campus hosts a number of Canadian students. “Lake State” also houses a SmartZone that specializes in developing product prototypes and it boasts a nearly 100% placement rate in its nursing, engineering, and geology programs.
Founded in Hancock in 1896, Finlandia is the Upper Peninsula’s only private college. The school offers its students a low 9:1 student-teacher ratio in a friendly, intimate learning environment. The small class sizes allow for significant interaction with its professors. “FinnU,” as it’s affectionately called, is the only institution of higher learning in North America founded by Finns. Their influence can be found throughout the campus, from the unique Nordic Studies curriculum and resource library, to the influx of Finnish exchange students each year. Finlandia’s liberal arts curriculum is recognized for its business, design, and health sciences programs.