Michigan Technological University is a public, 4-year institution in Houghton, MI located in the northern reaches of the Upper Peninsula on the bank of Portage Lake. The school was founded in 1885 as the Michigan Mining School, then the Michigan College of Mines in 1897. In 1927 the school was renamed the Michigan College of Mining and Technology and finally to Michigan Technological University while retaining its nickname “Michigan Tech” it held since 1927. The rugged 925 acre campus includes Nara Nature Park; the main campus features buildings of modern architecture surrounding an elongated quad. Among notable alumni is former NHL player Tony Esposito.