Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI) Colleges and Universities

While there are eight schools in Grand Rapids, MI, there are 17 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories, including closest campuses and lowest net cost, to find the school for you.

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The greater Grand Rapids region has numerous schools that may interest aspiring college students, including a few beauty schools and technical institutes, along with more traditional postsecondary options. To help students make an informed academic decision, we have taken information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to compare these institutions with each other in categories including proximity to the city, size, price, and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Grant Rapids, Michigan

One important factor that prospective students should look into when thinking about applications is the length of the commute from your house to your schools of choice. Is this is important to you, the following five schools have the closest campuses to the Grand Rapids area:

  • Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids)
  • Aquinas College (3.7 miles)
  • Cornerstone University (4.5 miles)
  • Kuyper College (4.5 miles)
  • Grace Bible College (5 miles)

Largest Schools near Grant Rapids, Michigan

Another often important factor is the size of a school's student population. In the Grand Rapids area, prospective students can find schools with less than two thousand students, as well as schools with populations of enrolled students over 25,000. These schools have the largest student bodies near Grand Rapids:

  • Grand Valley State University (25,325 students)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (14,926 students)
  • Davenport University (8,142 students)
  • Calvin College (3,990 students)
  • Cornerstone University (2,572 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

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the standard financial aid packages provided to full-time undergrads from the average cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the five schools near Grand Rapids with the lowest net prices were:

  • Grand Rapids Community College ($4,565)
  • Grace Bible College ($12,889)
  • Grand Valley State University ($15,752)
  • Davenport University ($16,126)
  • Aquinas College ($17,551)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate refers to the percentage of its full-time undergrads who complete their degree programs in no longer than 150% of the standard length of time for each respective degree. According to the NCES, these five schools had the highest graduation rates in the Grand Rapids area for 2015:

  • Calvin College (74% graduation rate)
  • Grand Valley State University (67% graduation rate)
  • Kuyper College (63% graduation rate)
  • Cornerstone University (60% graduation rate)
  • Grace Bible College (60% graduation rate)

Looking into these kinds of factors can be extremely helpful when you are trying to narrow down your list of potential schools, or making the final decision on which particular school would be best for you and your future.

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