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 College

Albion Marching Band
Albion Marching Band. Verybigfish86 / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,418 (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
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Albion admissions

Alma College

City of Alma Sign
City of Alma Sign. Chelseyafoster / Wikimedia Commons

Andrews University

Andrews University - Pioneer Memorial Church
Andrews University - Pioneer Memorial Church. james. / Flickr

Calvin College

Calvin College Nature Preserve
Calvin College Nature Preserve. nyello8 / Flickr

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University - GVSU
Grand Valley State University - GVSU. dailyinvention / Flickr

Hope College

Hope College
Hope College. Daniel Morrison / Flickr

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo College. AaronEndre / Wikimedia Commons

Kettering University

Kettering University Mott Center
Kettering University Mott Center. Bryan Duggan / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Flint, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 2,326 (1,904 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
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Kettering admissions

Michigan State University

Michigan State University Tower
Michigan State University Tower. Aunt Owwee / Flickr

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University. emperley3 / Flickr
  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 7,252 (5,811 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
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Michigan Tech admissions

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy. Pfretz13 / Wikimedia Commons

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Tower
University of Michigan Tower. jeffwilcox / Flickr

University of Michigan at Dearborn

University of Michigan - Dearborn
University of Michigan - Dearborn. Dave Parker / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 9,131 (7,141 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
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for UMD admissions

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