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The top 10 colleges in Michigan

By  11:00 am EDT May 26, 2017

Olds Hall on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. (Photo: Dave Wasinger, Lansing State Journal)

Michigan is home to many colleges that provide students with a quality education Whether you’re looking for a large university or small college, you will be able to find it in Michigan.

Looking outside of Michigan? You can find the best college in your chosen state by visiting this page. College Factual’s ranking methodology is highly focused on data related to outcomes, such as loan default rates, graduation rates and average starting salaries of graduates. You can read more about their methodology here. Below is a ranking of the top 10 schools — out of 38 total — in Michigan.


Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan is one of the oldest public universities in the country. Michigan has 19 schools and colleges that offer over 250 degree programs, including one of the best engineering and foreign language and linguistics programs in the country. In addition to numerous academic offerings, Michigan provides students with various on-campus clubs and organizations along with events to help create a community feel. Michigan is one of the best values for your money due to the strength of its programs and low net cost.


Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university located in East Lansing. Established in 1855, the school is known for its dedication to academic excellence. The school offers more than 200 programs, many of which are among the best in the country. In addition to exceptional academics, MSU has over 600 clubs and organizations for students to join. Students at MSU have the opportunity to work alongside professors performing research and gaining hands-on experience in their field. With 19 colleges on the campus, students are sure to find a major that is right for them at MSU.


Albion College is a liberal arts college located in the small town of Albion. The intimate class sizes are taught by mostly full-time teachers and help foster professional relationships between students and professors. A large part of being a member of the Albion community includes volunteering and spending time off campus. These opportunities, coupled with the extensive research projects available to undergraduates, help develop well-rounded students. The school has a high percentage of on-time graduations along with a good earnings boost that makes Albion an excellent choice for any student.


Calvin College is a liberal arts school with strong Christian roots. Calvin creates a community environment for students and encourages collaboration, service-learning and international study. With more than 100 degree programs, students can rest assured this school has the program for them. Students enjoy their time at this college because they are given the opportunity to experience hands-on learning to ensure they are prepared to enter the work force after graduation. With a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, impressive graduation rate and low net cost, Calvin College is a smart choice for any student wishing to study in Michigan.


Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of the oldest schools in the country. The private liberal arts school has a high percentage of full time teachers, many of who have the highest possible degree in their field. Kalamazoo offers a unique academic experience known as the K-Plan, which is made up of a strong liberal arts education, experience learning, international and intercultural experience and independent scholarship. This innovative approach to higher education helps prepare students for future success by providing a focused and dynamic curriculum. Kalamazoo College is a great choice for any student looking for a fundamental liberal arts education.


Michigan Technological University is a public research school dedicated to providing a science and technology education. With the engineering program ranked as one of the best in the country, students at Michigan Tech are sure to receive a well-rounded education that sets them up for success after graduation. Along with classroom learning, Michigan Tech students have the ability to participate in the school’s Enterprise Program, which provides hands-on experience as students work directly with outside businesses and corporations to solve real-world problems. Co-ops, internships and study abroad options provide other opportunities for students to supplement what they learn in classes and get their foot in the door at possible employers before they even graduate. A degree from Michigan Tech provides students with a good earnings boost as they enter the job force.


Hope College is a private four-year institution with a strong Christian tradition. The school offers 91 programs that give the diverse student body the ability to study in the field they are passionate about. Small class sizes facilitate productive discussions and the ability for students to think on a global scale. Hope College is a “great value for your money” school and gives students the education necessary to be leaders after graduation.


Founded in 1919, Kettering University is a small, private school that combines classroom learning with hands-on practice to help prepare students for jobs after graduation. Kettering is focused on offering a STEM education that gives students a strong background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while also incorporating business and humanities courses. With 14 undergraduate majors and numerous concentrations, students can find the specialized area they are interested in. If you are looking for a good education with opportunities for practical experience, Kettering might be for you.


The University of Detroit Mercy is a mid-size, private university dedicated to helping students reach their potential. As a Catholic university, the university has a strong connection to Jesuit and Mercy values. The mission of the school is to develop leaders with a strong moral compass that can better their communities after graduation. The most popular majors at the school are within in the health professions and include nursing, public health, and dental support services. The University of Detroit Mercy is a community-based school with a strong track record of providing students with a top education.


Founded in 1874, Andrews was the first institution of higher education started by Seventh-day Adventists. The university offers 130 programs and degrees in addition to encouraging community service and spiritual growth. The population at Andrews is relatively small with less than 2,000 students. This, along with an excellent student to faculty ratio, makes Andrews a great place to get individual mentoring from staff and upper classmen.

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