Welcome to the Keweenaw

Our setting on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan provides a beautiful backdrop to a world-class education. Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, Michigan, which was included in The 100 Best Small Towns in America, by Normal Crampton, as one of the best rural places to live in the US.


Houghton, Hancock, and the surrounding towns have a combined population of approximately 15,000. However, add in the Michigan Tech student population, and it grows to more than 22,000.


The Keweenaw Peninsula is temperate, averaging in the low- to mid-20s and mid- to high-70s in the summer. Winter brings more than 200 inches of snow, whereas summer is generally sunny. Check today's weather.

Photo of downtown Houghton, showing businesses and traffic.


Houghton's historic downtown features locally owned shops, eateries, museums, and brewpubs, while chain restaurants, and major shopping outlets are a short car ride away on the business strip. You can also explore locally owned stores across the bridge in Hancock and in historic Main Street Calumet, just 15 miles north of campus.


There are numerous travel options for traveling to/from Houghton or even for getting around town.


SkyWest, a partner of United Airlines, currently services the Houghton County Memorial Airport (code CMX), located about eight miles north of campus. Daily flights are available to and from Chicago, IL. Visit SkyWest/United Airlines or call 800-864-8331 for ticketing information.


Rental cars are available at the airport from National Car Rental/Alamo Rent-A-Car.

Indian Trail Bus Line offers both in-state and out-of-state transportation. Destinations include Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Flint and Grand Rapids, as well as cities within the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Houghton Motor Transit Line and Hancock Public Transit are city-operated bus systems with routes that run from campus to the downtown and shopping areas. Curb-to-curb service on campus is available in the evenings when classes are in session.

Taxis to and from campus are just a phone call away.

Northern Lights

They start 93 million miles away and are right outside your door.

Arts and Entertainment

Michigan Tech’s arts and entertainment scene is vibrant, diverse, and global. The University is home to the area’s premier performing arts venue, the Rozsa Center, and the unique black-box McArdle Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Whether you have a taste for fine art, comedy, drama, music, films, lectures, local flavor, or cultural diversity, it all happens right here on campus. The Keweenaw as a whole also offers endless ways to have a memorable outing and take in the Copper Country’s culture.

Learn more about arts and entertainment at Michigan Tech.

Fitness and Recreation

The ruggedly beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the Midwest's top year-round recreation destinations, thanks to its record snowfalls and comfortable summers. The Keweenaw was rated one of the top-10 outdoor adventure spots by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages downhill and cross country ski, snowboard, bike, hike, paddle, camp, golf, and more.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior. Its pristine shorelines got the Keweenaw second place in Lake Superior Magazine's "Top-10 Lake Superior Destinations" list, and National Scenic Byways recognized us as "one of the best snowmobiling and winter sport destinations in the US."

Learn more about fitness and recreation at Michigan Tech.

Mountain Biking