Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers a wealth of parks and wilderness, access to beaches along four of the Great Lakes, and winter weather that attracts skiing and snowmobiling enthusiasts from around the world. These benefits are often some of the biggest selling points for college students who want to attend this region's universities, each of which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of studies.
Northern Michigan University
This college was founded in 1899 in Marquette and has grown to offer four-year and advanced degrees in 180 subject areas. Northern Michigan has an enrollment of about 9,200 students, each of whom receives a laptop as part of his or her tuition. Lake Superior is near the university, providing relaxing scenery and recreational opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
Michigan Technological University
Founded in 1885, Michigan Technological University offers curricula in a variety of science- and math-related fields, including engineering, physics and chemistry. A select number of humanities- and business-related majors also are offered, including English, history, marketing and accounting. The university, which is located in Houghton, has an enrollment of about 7,000 students.
Lake Superior State University
This university is located in Sault Ste. Marie, near one of Michigan's border crossings into Canada. Founded in 1946, Lake Superior State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 3,400 students. The 45 degree programs provided by Lake Superior State include a mix of liberal arts and technical fields.
Finnish immigrants founded this school, originally named Suomi College, in 1896. It is the only private university in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. About 500 students attend Finlandia, which is in the small town of Hancock. The college offers associates and bachelor's degrees in various art, science and business majors.
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