For All Parents

MTU Parents FB group is an unofficial online place for Parents of Michigan Tech students to share, network and gather information.  This page is a gathering of frequently asked questions on the site. 

Michigan Tech Prayerline  A space for prayer requests and praise

Michigan Tech Inspired A group of crafty people who love their black and gold!

Michigan Tech Husky Parents A parents' group to share information and Husky camaraderie

Road conditions in Michigan - Mi Drive

Road conditions in Wisconsin - 511WI

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

MTU Parent Bucket List


First Year Parent Info

Planning a visit to campus -

Information for the newly accepted student - Michigan Tech Admissions

What kind of laptop does my engineering student need?

"Tell me about the Aleks Math Placement test, please."

Packing & The Answer to all your Pool Noodle  and Dorm Bed Sheet Questions

Move in Day

Room Set Up Ideas

Parent and Family Orientation during move in weekend......plan on arriving Friday and leaving Monday.   GET HOTEL ROOM EARLY!  Most parent activities are on Sunday, if you leave after move in, you will miss key info sessions and activities for parents. 

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Upperclassman Parent Info


Off-campus Housing


Important Dates - Reserve hotel rooms early

Preview Day (for incoming students, especially those undecided) - Saturday, March 25, 2023

Freshman move in - Friday, August 25 - Saturday, August 25, 2023 (not official dates yet)  and

Returning students move in - Instructions will be emailed out in August, 2023.  Students will select a day/time between Sunday, August 27 and Sunday, September 3, 2023.

Family Weekend - October 7-8, 2022

Mid year commencement: December 17, 2022 

Winter Carnival - February 8-12, 2023

Spring Commencement - April 29, 2023


Visiting Houghton

For popular weekends like Move in Weekend, Family Weekend, Winter Carnival and Graduation. It is important to book hotels as early as possible.   A year in advance might be required for Winter Carnival and spring graduation weekend.  

Where to Stay

Hotel Recommendations

Where to Eat




Where to Go

Things to do when visiting MTU

Places to visit en route to Houghton

Waterfall hikes - here are a few links:  Map of Michigan Waterfalls, Webpage, "Waterfalls of the Keweenaw", Upper Peninsula travel page with waterfall information

Books to read or listen to on the ride 

Campus Visits

Husky Host Program



Helping your student

Ride Sharing

There is aFacebook group for students only where they can post openings and requests for rides. They must use their "" email address! 

Struggling Students (it will happen)

Suggestions:  Student study groups, department's learning center, instructor's office hours, upperclassmen majoring in that subject

**If your student is weak in a subject, have him/her sign up for a recurring appointment in the appropriate learning center at the start of the semester.**

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Recommendations - General


Care Packages

Broomball Information

Gift suggestions for students

Shipping packages using the economical USPS Regional Rate

Recommendations - Local Businesses

Cell Phones -

May 2019 Update for Cell Service - Coverage has evolved, agreements among actual tower-owning companies and others change market possibilities. Now Sprint and T-Mobile DO claim data service in Houghton, and talk and text other places on the Keweenaw. Verizon still shows the "most" coverage (although their towers are used by other, less costly brands) but a handy map to compare coverages is at

Cell phone plans that work in Houghton - Not all cell phone plans work in the U.P.!!!  A poll conducted in our FB group in March, 2016 indicated MTU parents overwhelmingly recommend Verizon (65%), with 27% recommending AT&T and the remaining votes were for other service providers like Tracphone, Cricket, etc.

Western Upper Peninsula is serviced by the major cell providers, which cover Houghton and area well. But be aware that either of these services is available for significantly lower cost through other providers brands. In particular, Cricket is a discount brand OWNED by AT&T, so provides the same coverage, and very good deals, particularly for several phone lines on an account. See discussion initiated March 2019 at

Health & Wellness

Physical Therapy


Phone repair

Computer Repair


Car Repair


Dry Cleaners


Car Rental

Snow Removal

Help!  My kid left his dorm key at home!!!

Travel information for you and your Student

Air Travel

These parents live near airports Tech students may need to use, and can pick up or drop off, provide a place for rides to coordinate

Charter Bus

NEW TAXI Service - 24 Hour Service - 906 Taxi LLC (906) 281-9431

Driving - includes links to Road condition websites & Bridge closure information

Twin Cities <-> Houghton - route advice for driving from the Twin Cities

Tips for the Drive to and from Houghton in the winter

Hotels near "The Bridge" or what to do if you are stuck at the Bridge when it is closed.




MTU inspired recipes

MTU and UP inspired crafts

MTU Parents Classified

MTU Parent Recipes