Last Day to drop with a “W” (Withdrawal), March 27, 2015, 5pm

The last day to drop a class with a withdrawal (W) grade is Friday of Week 10 (March 26, 2015, 5pm). All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 10th Week.

After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.admin.mtu.edu/dos/latedrop.htm.

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News Briefs

Jon Stricklen2ASEE Prism, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, quoted Jon Sticklen, chair of engineering fundamentals, in an article on engineering schools that are finding effective ways to increase their female student ratio.

Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team in the Internal Combustion Class placed 6th overall. The CSC faculty advisor is Dr. Jason Blough with advising assistance for the engine by Dr. Scott Miers.

Michigan Tech Ranked Among Top Schools for Graduates’ Future Earnings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has earned high marks from the Business Insider financial news website for the salaries its graduates earn at mid-career. In its latest list of “most underrated colleges in America,” Business Insider ranked Michigan Tech 15th in the nation for mid-career salaries and 10th in starting salaries among public universities.

The 2015 Winter Baja was held Saturday, Feb. 21, near the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

National Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. For the past 61 years, National Engineers Week (Eweek) has been celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, because Washington is considered by many to be the first engineer in the US. This year Michigan Tech will celebrate Eweek with eight different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy.

Superior Ideas Challenges Enterprise Students to Help Fund Their Projects: Michigan Tech Enterprise program students are hard-working and innovative, but their creativity can be hindered by their spending limits. That’s where Superior Ideas comes in.

Engineering Olympics is an annual event hosted at Michigan Tech for high school students across the UP. Students work on projects throughout the school year including trebuchets and mousetrap-powered vehicles, using physics and engineering principles learned in school. In the spring, they come together on campus for a friendly competition in each event, led by Michigan Tech faculty members and supported by college student volunteers.

Michigan Tech Feeding Michigan’s Appetite for Skilled STEM Workers: When Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed October STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Careers Month, the Michigan STEM Partnership challenged employers across the state to do just one thing to promote understanding of the many career opportunities in STEM fields and the education required by those jobs.

Michigan Tech Moves Up in US News Undergraduate Rankings: Once again, Michigan Technological University has moved up in the annual US News & World Report ranking of the best undergraduate colleges and universities, placing 56th—in the top third—of 170 public universities. Michigan Tech’s undergraduate engineering programs ranked in the top half nationwide—73rd of 157 programs ranked.

Michigan Tech Scores High in Money Magazine Rankings: Money magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University second highest in the state, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Michigan Tech also ranked 33rd in the nation among public universities.

Spring Waiver Forms and Required Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens. This will allow you time to get appropriate signatures or make other plans for your schedule. You can check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions in the course descriptions listing by clicking the CRN (Course Registration Number) in the Schedule of Classes or by looking at the undergraduate course descriptions.

When registering, if you get an error, read the error. Many times the error is due to a time conflict or lack of a co-requisite course (i.e. MA2321 has a co-requisite of MA3521). You can easily correct these errors by selecting a class at another time or adding the co-requisite course. If you still are unable to register, check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions to see if you may need a waiver.

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Spring Registration (for Fall classes)

Fall and Summer 2015 registration will open March 19th, 10:00 pm through April 10th, midnight. If you have questions regarding what classes to take, you should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.

Registration typically opens each night at 10:00 pm. Due to the large number of students, some days will have two start times, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. To find out what day and time you register go to: www.mtu.edu/registrar/pdfs/registration-priority-schedule.pdf.

  • Priority is based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. This does not include the number of credits the student is currently taking.
  • Students may register anytime on or after their scheduled day.
  • The web will be unavailable for registration from 2:00–2:30 am each day.
  • Registration closes at midnight Sunday, April 11 and reopens again later in April.
  • Students with questions or problems should contact the Student Service Center at 487-2319 or e-mail schedule@mtu.edu.

Transfering Classes to Michigan Tech

If you are going to take classes elsewhere, make sure that the course(s) will transfer to Michigan Tech as the course(s) you need BEFORE you take the class.

1) Check for the course on the Transfer Equivalency System.

2) If the course you want is NOT on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated by sending information to the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office.

Transfer Services Coordinator

Required Information for Transfer Evaluation

  • University or college name
  • Course ID and title
  • Course Catalog Description

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Taking Summer Classes

Some students take summer classes at Michigan Tech to replace a grade, to lighten the credits of a future semester(s), or for a great excuse to enjoy the Copper Country summers. Summer 2013 course offerings at Michigan Tech are now available at: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/prepare.
When you are scheduling, please note that some courses run the full summer semester and some run the first or second half of the semester. The dates the course will run are listed on-line when you register. Keep in mind a half-semester course requires the full amount of work in half the time (i.e., the course is taught at an accelerated pace). Continue reading

Need Help with a Class?

As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:

  • Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
  • Computer Science: 114 Rekhi Hall
  • Engineering Fundamentals: 208 Dillman Hall, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
  • Mathematics: 234 Fisher Hall
  • Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center
  • Physics: 128 Fisher Hall
  • Visit the link for all Michigan Tech Learning Centers

Studying Abroad

Participating in the Study Abroad program can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Studying abroad can be done during the summer, or for one semester or two semesters. Whether you know what country you would like to visit or simply want to know the opportunities available to you, visit the International Programs and Services (IPS) website (www.mtu.edu/international/study-abroad/program/).

Once you have determined that you want to study abroad, start the process by contacting the IPS office. As long as you plan ahead, courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy your degree requirements and should not impact your graduation date. Coordination is required among the IPS staff, your academic advisor, and other departments to determine course offerings and to get them pre-approved to transfer to Michigan Tech.
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Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview. Continue reading

Last Day to drop without a “W” (Withdrawal), January 30, 2015 (Friday, Week 3)

All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes after 1st week.

When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdrawal grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do.