Christian colleges are plentiful in the state of Michigan, but a few stand out above the rest. If you are looking to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree at top school with a reputation for student success, you might want to consider some of the options discussed here.
The following colleges are all accredited Christian schools in Michigan. These schools also have a graduation rate of over 68% for undergraduate students and a retention rate of over 83%, per NCES figures.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018*)|
|Hope College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Reformed Church in America||Holland, MI||$32,780|
|Hillsdale College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Hillsdale, MI||$26,742|
|Calvin College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids, MI||$33,100|
|Sacred Heart Major Seminary||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Detroit, MI||$19,325|
|University of Detroit Mercy||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Detroit, MI||$41,158|
Source *National Center for Education Statistics
Michigan Christian Colleges
Whether you live in Michigan, or just want to attend college in the Great Lakes State, the following colleges are among the top options in the state in terms of graduation and retention rates. These colleges are both large and small, but all look at the education through the lens of the Christian faith.
Located in western Michigan, Hope College is a smaller school of only 3,234 students. The student-to-teacher ratio is also small at, 11:1. A private, liberal arts college, Hope was the first of its kind in the U.S. to become accredited in music, theater, art and dance. With over 80 disciplines to study, Hope can provide the education you may be looking for. Some of the programs offered include ethnic studies, creative writing, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, business and, of course, religious studies. NCES reported a 91% retention rate for 2015-2016 and a 79% graduation rate for undergraduate students beginning in 2010.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Hillsdale College offers 46 undergraduate programs. It had a retention rate of 94% in 2015-2016, according to NCES. On top of on-campus housing, Hillsdale has a strong Greek life with more than 30% of students belonging to one of the four fraternities and three sororities. Overall, Hillsdale boasts an undergraduate graduation rate of 83% for the class beginning in 2010. Its Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship focuses on graduate studies in politics, offering both a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts.
Calvin College offers a number of majors, including pre-law and pre-med, within more than 40 fields of study. Along with its many academic areas, it also has many learning options for outside of the classroom to further your educational experience. From research fellowships to an artists' collaborative, there are a number of first-year programs that provide unique learning experiences, connections to the professional world, specialized research and study abroad opportunities. In 2015, Calvin College had a retention rate of 85% for 2015-2016 and an undergraduate graduation rate of 77% for students entering in 2010, per NCES. The school's student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
When looking for a Christian college, you may be wondering whether it is your calling to enter into ministry. As a Roman Catholic, you may consider joining the priesthood, and Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a school that allows you to earn a degree while doing that. Bachelor's degree programs in philosophy, sacred theology and pastoral theology allow you the chance to study Christian ethics while honing your ministerial and leadership skills. The school is small - less than 500 students are enrolled - and they can benefit from a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1. The undergraduate graduation and retention rates for this seminary are 100%, according to NCES.
University of Detroit Mercy
If you want to live in a big city, Detroit is the most populous in all of Michigan. The University of Detroit Mercy offers 19 NCAA Division I teams, including men's and women's teams in golf, lacrosse, track, basketball, soccer and tennis. If academics are more your pursuit, the University of Detroit Mercy offers over 100 programs through its seven schools: School of Architecture, School of Dentistry, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Science, College of Health Professions and MSON, School of Law and College of Liberal Arts & Education. Though the school offers several degree programs, the class sizes are kept small, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1. It also boasted an 83% retention rate among full-time students for 2015-2016 and a graduation rate of 68% for undergraduate students starting in 2010, according to the NCES.