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Michigan (MI): Colleges and Schools

There are 120 public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Michigan (MI). Read about the schools with the highest graduation rates and lowest net costs, among other areas, to help you decide on which is right for you.

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Because Michigan has many colleges and schools, students can expect to find a variety of academic options ranging from 2-year public community colleges to 4-year public and private universities. This article compares the traditional non-profit schools that offer a wide variety of programs, summarized into four categories via data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Michigan Schools Near Large Cities

Michigan schools near large cities are mostly schools that are found in or around the major metropolis of Detroit. All but one of the schools listed below are private non-profit schools.

  • College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
  • Marygrove College (Detroit)
  • University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit)
  • Calvin College (Grand Rapids)
  • Wayne State University (Detroit)

Largest Schools in Michigan

The largest schools in Michigan had student enrollments in excess of 25,000 students, as of the fall in 2014. They're all 4-year public schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Michigan State University (50,081 students)
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (43,625 students)
  • Wayne State University (27,578 students)
  • Central Michigan University (26,879 students)
  • Grand Valley State University (25,094 students)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The net price of a college can be a deciding factor when choosing which college to attend. The NCES determines a college's net price by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid an in-state student receives from the total cost of attending the college. The following schools offered the lowest net prices among traditional, not-for-profit colleges in Michigan, according to NCES figures from 2014-2015 for full-time undergraduate students.

  • North Central Michigan College ($2,715)
  • Washtenaw Community College ($3,503)
  • Alpena Community College ($3,513)
  • Delta College ($3,621)
  • West Shore Community College ($3,880)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates the overall graduation rate by determining the percentage of students who completed their programs within 150% of 'normal time' (e.g. six years for a bachelor's degree or three years for an associate degree). The schools detailed below offered the highest graduation rates in the state among traditional, not-for-profit schools, according to the NCES in 2015, for full-time undergraduate students.

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (90% graduation rate)
  • Kalamazoo College (83% graduation rate)
  • Michigan State University (77% graduation rate)
  • Hillsdale College (77% graduation rate)
  • Hope College (76% graduation rate)

Use these categories to get a better idea of the differences between public and private non-profit schools in Michigan.

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