Michigan Higher Edu Options

Michigan is home to over 100 public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Compare several of the schools in Michigan to determine which might be right for you.

Learn about a number of Michigan colleges and universities and preview information such as graduation rates, student population, distance to a major city, and net tuition provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Michigan Schools Closest to Large Cities

Having access to a large city from your college campus is important to many students. In Michigan, the largest city featuring an abundance of universities is Detroit. While almost all of the Detroit schools on the list below are private institutions, two are public:

  • Everest Institute - Detroit
  • Marygrove College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Wayne County Community College
  • Wayne State University

Largest Schools in Michigan

A large student population is appealing to many pursuing higher education for the wealth of viewpoints and community it provides. Some of the most populated schools in Michigan during the fall 2014 school year were:

  • 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)

Lowest Net Price

NCES calculates the average net price for each school by subtracting the average financial aid awarded from the total expenses for full-time undergraduates. As of 2014-2015, the following schools had the lowest average net prices:

  • 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

Graduation rates may express student satisfaction in schools and programs and are based on the number of full-time undergraduate students who completed their programs of study within 150% of the normal time, which is six years for 4-year schools and three years for 2-year schools. The five Michigan schools below all boast graduation rates above 75%, as per 2015, and almost all are 4-year schools:

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (90%)
  • Michigan Career and Technical Institute (85%)
  • Kalamazoo College (83%)
  • Michigan State University (77%)
  • Hillsdale College (77%)

For those choosing a college in Michigan, there are many factors to consider, such as graduation rate, proximity to a major city, student population, and net tuition costs.

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