Detroit, Michigan (MI) Colleges and Universities

There are 69 postsecondary schools within a 25-mile radius of Detroit, MI. Consider different evaluation factors and facts about the colleges and universities under consideration to make the best choice for yourself.

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The city of Detroit has many college options for prospective students to consider. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), learn important facts about the schools such as proximity to the city, largest student population, lowest net price, and highest graduation rate to find the school for you.

Closest Schools to Detroit

Due to the atmosphere of a city and the experience that comes with it, many students value proximity to a city when evaluating colleges. In and near the city of Detroit, there is a mix of 2- and 4-year colleges, both public and private. Below are 5 schools within a 7.5-mile radius of downtown.

  • Wayne County Community College District (1.0 miles from downtown)
  • Everest Institute-Detroit (1.8 miles from downtown)
  • Wayne State University (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Marygrove College (7.3 miles from downtown)
  • University of Detroit Mercy (7.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Detroit

The five largest schools near Detroit are all public, and they offer a mix of 2- and 4-year degree programs, with some offering graduate programs as well. They are moderate to large-sized, ranging from 16,000 to 28,000 total students. The largest five schools are listed below:

  • Wayne State University (27,578 total students)
  • Oakland Community College (24,031 total students)
  • Macomb Community College (22,914 total students)
  • Oakland University (20,519 total students)
  • Wayne County Community College District (16,310 total students)

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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates net prices by taking the average total cost of attendance for a full-time, first-time, in-state or in-district student and subtracting the average total amount of scholarship and grant aid. Below is a list of the five schools with the lowest net price, according to 2014-2015 NCES data.

  • Henry Ford College ($3,928)
  • Oakland Community College ($4,175)
  • Schoolcraft College ($4,854)
  • Wayne County Community College District ($5,337)
  • Macomb Community College ($7,173)

Highest Graduation Rate

To help measure student success for a particular school, individuals can compare schools' overall graduation rates. The NCES provides these rates after finding out how many full-time, first-time students complete a program within 150% of normal time (e.g., 3 years for an associate's program and 6 years for a bachelor's program). To find out which schools had the highest rates for 2015, see the bullets below:

  • Everest Institute-Southfield (67% graduation rate)
  • Everest Institute-Detroit (66% graduation rate)
  • University of Detroit Mercy (63% graduation rate)
  • Madonna University (61% graduation rate)
  • Lawrence Technological University (56% graduation rate)

Prospective students near the city of Detroit can utilize this data presented to make an informed decision about their future college based on its location, size, price and graduation rate.

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