Catholic Colleges in Michigan

Apr 06, 2018

Whether looking for a program online, on campus or Catholic-focused, these schools are all Roman Catholic-specific. Decide whether you want a larger college, a seminary or a mostly-online format from the information below.

There are a number of Christian colleges in Michigan, but only a handful that are Catholic-affiliated. Below are overviews of the Roman Catholic colleges, as well as their 2017-2018 tuition and some program highlights.

School Comparison

For students seeking a Roman Catholic college in Michigan, there are currently six colleges that are Catholic-affiliated. All of these colleges happen to be private schools that enroll fewer than 5,000 students. Explore more about them below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018*)
Madonna University 4-year, private Livonia, MI $20,700
Aquinas College 4-year, private Grand Rapids, MI $31,244
Siena Heights University 4-year, private Adrian, MI $25,932
Sacred Heart Major Seminary 4-year, private Detroit, MI $19,325
Marygrove College Graduate, private Detroit, MI $22,750
University of Detroit Mercy 4-year, private Detroit, MI $41,158

Source *National Center for Education Statistics

Michigan Catholic Colleges

The Roman Catholic faith is one of the largest denominations, and Michigan has the following six opportunities for students to seek out an education through the Catholic lens. These schools include one seminary and one graduate-only institution, as well as several more traditional colleges that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Madonna University

Madonna University's primary campus is located in Livonia, MI. However, if you prefer not to make the drive to campus every day, Madonna offers satellite centers on the Macomb University (Clinton Township, MI), Henry Ford University (Dearborn, MI) and University Center (Gaylord, MI) campuses. Four programs are also offered online: criminal justice, gerontology, sociology and hospitality management. Students can complete up to 90 credits online or at these campus centers, and then complete their program in Livonia. This is also considered a more economical option, with each credit costing only $405. Students may be interested in participating in programs through the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue, which offers lectures, retreats and research in areas such as liturgy, devotion and diversity awareness, among others.

Aquinas College

With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1, you can be sure to have that small classroom setting at Aquinas College. The Aquinas Saints are the sports teams, which offer options in bowling, lacrosse, tennis, golf, ice hockey, volleyball and dance, to name a few. Aquinas also offers both undergraduate and graduate programs: 34 undergraduate areas of study and four graduate programs. If you are interested in writing, Aquinas has had a Contemporary Writers Series since 1997. In this program, published authors from all genres are asked to come and speak to aspiring writers. Students study the authors' works ahead of time, so that when they meet in a private setting, they are prepared with questions and discussion topics.

Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University was founded by the Adrian Dominican sisters in 1919. The school has been given a $400,000 grant for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) student scholarships, which will not need to be paid back like government loans will. In fact, 99% of students who attend Siena Heights receive some form of financial aid. Along with STEM programs, Siena Heights offers over 50 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs. The university has eight additional locations in Michigan besides the Adrian location, and courses are also offered online.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

If you are part of the Roman Catholic faith, there is a chance that you may want to join the priesthood. The priesthood is typically called a calling, so it is no surprise that Sacred Heart Major Seminary has a 100% retention and graduation rate as of 2018. This seminary enrolled 483 students in 2016. If you are concerned that a seminary is not the same as a college, Sacred Heart has been accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, so you can be sure that the certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree or master's degree you earn will meet the highest standards.

Marygrove College

Next to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Marygrove College has the smallest student population on this list at only 966. Marygrove specializes in post-undergrad certificates and graduate programs. The majority of these programs are offered through online formats. In fact, six of Marygrove's programs are offered entirely online or through hybrid formats. Currently, 94% of students receive financial aid help from Marygrove. This college is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM).

University of Detroit Mercy

Sometimes, you may find that larger classes do not offer the one-on-one experience that you crave for your education. If that is the case, you may want to consider the University of Detroit Mercy, which has a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. While many colleges specialize in athletics, UDM boasts 19 NCAA Division I teams for men and women. Along with sports, the University of Detroit Mercy has 100+ programs, and 89% of its professors hold a doctorate or terminal degree. Should you desire to live on campus, there are three resident halls, and room and board adds $9,452.

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