What You Need to Know About Michigan Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Michigan Colleges

Michigan colleges signMichigan has stopped funding The Michigan CAP (College Access Portal) which previously served as the state’s one stop shopping center for college. Families will now want to start with the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers. This site has a list of all Michigan colleges with online applications. It also has a calendar listing College Day/Nights and Transfer Student Fairs. The organization also sponsors the Michigan Transfer Network which allows students to see which courses from which colleges will transfer to which colleges. The system includes both private and public institutions.

The Michigan Student Aid website is worth a visit. It contains the Michigan Postsecondary Handbook in PDF format, produced by the state, which contains information on admission requirements, campus characteristics, program offerings, and application procedures for each college and university in Michigan. There is also a shorter 20 page Guide on Affording College in Michigan that includes the usual college planning information, checklists, and resources.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 48 four-year Michigan colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. A little over 23 percent of students attend one of the 33 private colleges while approximately 77 percent of students attend one of the 15 state institutions.

The private Michigan colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 22.6 percent (if you remove Baker Colleges it increases to 31 percent)  while the four-year state schools have a five-year rate of 46 percent. Only eight colleges meet the 50-50 DIY College Rankings Profile requirements.

In Michigan the average Composite ACT score was 20.1. The English scores was 19.4 and the Math score was 19.9. The 75th% Composite score was 24, English was 24, and Math was 24. A total of 33 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Michigan applied to:

Michigan Colleges Conferences and Divisions

table of Michigan colleges athletic conferences

List of Michigan Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Michigan Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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4/5 Yr
Net Price
Adrian CollegePrivate158239565304402419734
Albion CollegePrivate127264565805902824970
Alma CollegePrivate137843685506302720551
Andrews UniversityPrivate161829386206002621267
Aquinas CollegePrivate163430712616581
Baker College Center for Graduate StudiesPrivate1283021770
Baker College of Allen ParkPrivate203512987
Baker College of Auburn HillsPrivate1310013090
Baker College of CadillacPrivate903013285
Baker College of Clinton TownshipPrivate2253012945
Baker College of FlintPrivate2739011507
Baker College of JacksonPrivate1070511738
Baker College of MuskegonPrivate2585013184
Baker College of OwossoPrivate1711211815
Baker College of Port HuronPrivate62609421
Calvin CollegePrivate381457706506602925100
Central Michigan UniversityPublic1788051635505632412936
College for Creative StudiesPrivate108227492534182
Concordia University-Ann ArborPrivate50614542420005
Cornerstone UniversityPrivate161030686055702618856
Davenport UniversityPrivate258089217648
Eastern Michigan UniversityPublic1354230645705702412610
Ferris State UniversityPublic925542762413357
Grand Valley State UniversityPublic1868663835906202615664
Hope CollegePrivate323568736606802925078
Kalamazoo CollegePrivate144672676706903025708
Kettering UniversityPrivate159011626306602931875
Lake Superior State UniversityPublic196736925705902510819
Lawrence Technological UniversityPrivate153616446306302824908
Madonna UniversityPrivate167831616306402512345
Marygrove CollegePrivate8018941812867
Michigan Jewish InstitutePrivate1262139810065
Michigan State UniversityPublic3483874695806902814526
Michigan Technological UniversityPublic519858776506802915434
Northern Michigan UniversityPublic734741732512055
Northwestern Michigan CollegePublic19517712
Northwood University-MichiganPrivate185925655805702416012
Oakland UniversityPublic1225234662612713
Olivet CollegePrivate98226514204802219303
Rochester CollegePrivate71219662414068
Saginaw Valley State UniversityPublic762831792412627
Siena Heights UniversityPrivate123721685605372318096
Spring Arbor UniversityPrivate200630655755702616951
University of Detroit MercyPrivate219635616106402824223
University of Michigan-Ann ArborPublic2731688337207603215939
University of Michigan-DearbornPublic48144363660279512
University of Michigan-FlintPublic449029786756482410442
Wayne State UniversityPublic1222124762611981
Western Michigan UniversityPublic1587947832515796


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