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About the School:

Michigan Technological University is a public research university in Houghton, Michigan. Its main campus sits on 925 acres on a bluff overlooking Portage Lake.

Laptop Programs:

College of Engineering Laptop Requirement Incoming students—both first-year and transfer—intending to enroll in engineering or engineering management are required to have a laptop. All undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering are also required to have a laptop.

Laptops are needed for in-class instructional purposes in required Engineering Fundamentals courses. You'll use your laptop to solve problems, collaborate, discuss applications of engineering, and work on engineering projects.

Who is required to have a laptop?

Incoming first-year engineering and engineering management majors are required to have a laptop for in a-class use in select engineering classes.  Transfer students enrolling in Michigan Tech without applicable transfer credit or course waivers are also required to have a laptop for in-class use. Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering are required to have a laptop.
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Engineering (BSE)
  • Engineering management
  • Environmental engineering
  • General engineering
  • Geological engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining engineering
  • Surveying engineering

Does Michigan Tech offer discounts?

  Michigan does not sell computers. However, discounts are available through Dell and many companies offer discounts for students. Student discount section can usually be found by searching on the internet for "student discount" and a company name, e.g., Dell, HP, etc. We have found that purchasing a computer through the Dell discount program typically lowers the cost and provides greater warranty options- we suggest exploring warranty details when comparing models and costs. What do I do if my laptop breaks? Are loaner laptops available?   Short-term loaner laptops will be available at no cost to students who experience a laptop malfunction that requires repair. Laptops are not available to borrow for the entire semester. You should plan to arrive at Michigan Tech with a laptop that meets the required specifications.  

What if I don't feel I can afford to buy a laptop?

Students may contact Financial Aid to inquire about possible financing options. A one-time cost attendance adjustment may be made to allow students to have increased loan eligibility to assist with covering the laptop expense. Please note that you will be required to provide documentation, such as a price quote and/or receipt of purchase, to have the cost of attendance adjusted. Contact the financial Aid staff at 888-688-1885 or email [email protected]

Will my financial aid cover the cost of a laptop?

Each student's financial aid package will vary. Contact our Financial Aid staff at 888-688-1885 or email [email protected] to inquire about possible financing options.

Do I need to bring my laptop to class every day?

Yes, Individual and team-oriented activities will require you to participate with your laptop each day your class meets.