Top Michigan Colleges

Learn About 13 of the Best Colleges and Universities in Michigan

Michigan offers many excellent options for higher education. From large public universities to private liberal arts colleges, prospective students will likely find something that speaks to their passions and personalities.  The 13 top Michigan colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking. The schools were chosen based on a variety of factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, graduation rates, selectivity, financial aid and student engagement.

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Albion Marching Band
Albion Marching Band. Verybigfish86 / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,376 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal art college with ties to the United Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: chapter of  Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; over 100 student organizations; good financial aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Albion College profile
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City of Alma Sign
City of Alma Sign. Chelseyafoster / Wikimedia Commons
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Andrews University - Pioneer Memorial Church
Andrews University - Pioneer Memorial Church. james. / Flickr
  • Location: Berrien Springs, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 3,366 (1,733 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small private university affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Distinctions: large 1,600-acre tree-filled campus; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; diverse and international student population; 130 programs of study
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Andrews University profile
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Calvin College Nature Preserve
Calvin College Nature Preserve. nyello8 / Flickr
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Grand Valley State University - GVSU
Grand Valley State University - GVSU. dailyinvention / Flickr
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Hope College
Hope College. Daniel Morrison / Flickr
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Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo College. AaronEndre / Wikimedia Commons
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Kettering University Mott Center
Kettering University Mott Center. Bryan Duggan / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Flint, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 2,252 (1,841 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private engineering school with an undergraduate focus
  • Distinctions: highly-ranked mechanical engineering program; strong co-op program that gives all undergraduates hands-on professional experience; high job placement rate
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit Kettering University profile
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Michigan State University Tower
Michigan State University Tower. Aunt Owwee / Flickr
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Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University. emperley3 / Flickr
  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 7,218 (5,697 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public engineering and technological school
  • Distinctions: strong engineering programs; excellent educational value; good location for students interested in outdoor recreation; 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Michigan Tech profile
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University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy. Pfretz13 / Wikimedia Commons
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University of Michigan Tower
University of Michigan Tower. jeffwilcox / Flickr
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University of Michigan - Dearborn
University of Michigan - Dearborn. Dave Parker / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 9,066 (7,202 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: regional public university (no housing facilities)
  • Distinctions: top-rated regional university; strong professional programs that take advantage of the urban location; 70-acre natural area and Henry Ford Estate on campus
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit University of Michigan at Dearborn profile
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