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Top Colleges in Michigan

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

If you’re considering attending a Michigan college, you’re in good company. Michigan has great options for all kinds of students. Whether you’re seeking a state school experience at UMich or a liberal arts education at Kalamazoo College, Michigan has options for you. Check out the Michigan colleges below to find your perfect match.

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public, City

Ann Arbor, MI

Public, City

20% acceptance rate
32,063 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$17,086 average per year after aid
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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI • Public, City

East Lansing, MI

Public, City

83% acceptance rate
38,424 undergraduate students
82% graduation rate
$10,925 average per year after aid
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Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI • Public, Town

Houghton, MI

Public, Town

86% acceptance rate
5,701 undergraduate students
69% graduation rate
$15,864 average per year after aid
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Hope College

Holland, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Holland, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

92% acceptance rate
3,055 undergraduate students
81% graduation rate
$26,700 average per year after aid
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Kettering University

Flint, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Flint, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

86% acceptance rate
1,496 undergraduate students
70% graduation rate
$34,314 average per year after aid
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University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Detroit, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

93% acceptance rate
2,385 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$17,121 average per year after aid
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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Grand Rapids, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

75% acceptance rate
2,963 undergraduate students
77% graduation rate
$26,281 average per year after aid
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Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI • Public, Suburb

Allendale, MI

Public, Suburb

92% acceptance rate
19,239 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$17,210 average per year after aid
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Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Berrien Springs, MI

Private, Non-Profit, Town

82% acceptance rate
1,315 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$20,805 average per year after aid
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Albion College

Albion, MI • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Albion, MI

Private, Non-Profit, Town

69% acceptance rate
1,511 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$18,036 average per year after aid
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University of Michigan-Dearborn

Dearborn, MI • Public, City

Dearborn, MI

Public, City

69% acceptance rate
6,193 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$11,905 average per year after aid
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Madonna University

Livonia, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Livonia, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

52% acceptance rate
1,954 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$18,789 average per year after aid
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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI • Public, Suburb

Rochester Hills, MI

Public, Suburb

92% acceptance rate
13,538 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$12,729 average per year after aid
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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI • Public, Town

Mount Pleasant, MI

Public, Town

77% acceptance rate
11,323 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$16,810 average per year after aid
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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Spring Arbor, MI

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

60% acceptance rate
1,109 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$20,235 average per year after aid
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Northwood University

Midland, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Midland, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

83% acceptance rate
2,092 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$22,912 average per year after aid
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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI • Public, City

Detroit, MI

Public, City

63% acceptance rate
16,530 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$14,728 average per year after aid
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Alma College

Alma, MI • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Alma, MI

Private, Non-Profit, Town

69% acceptance rate
1,310 undergraduate students
63% graduation rate
$23,437 average per year after aid
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Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

Grand Rapids, MI

Private, Non-Profit, City

89% acceptance rate
1,155 undergraduate students
60% graduation rate
$17,999 average per year after aid
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Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI • Public, City

Kalamazoo, MI

Public, City

83% acceptance rate
14,286 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$19,195 average per year after aid
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We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Michigan 

Michigan Tuition Grant:

The Michigan Tuition Grant is based on financial need and gives Michigan residents attending eligible institutions the opportunity to get their tuition covered. Participating institutions include Michigan schools that are non-profit and independent, and students must fill out the FAFSA in order to apply. 

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP):

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages lower income high school students to finish high school by providing funding for continuing education. In order to be eligible, students must have received Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36 month period. There are two phases of this program:

  • Phase I: Provides tuition assistance to students enrolled in participating certificate or associate degree programs. 
  • Phase II: Provides tuition assistance to students who already have a certificate, associate degree, or 56 transferable semester credits. 

Michigan tuition reciprocity agreements 

Michigan is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). This organization comes from legislation that made it so 12 midwestern states can work together to provide tuition discounts. Most of these discounts come in the form of providing out-of-state students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition. 

Here are the states in the MHEC:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Michigan

What college in Michigan is the hardest to get into?

 The college with the lowest acceptance rate in Michigan is the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, with only 20% of students being accepted. Just like how higher acceptance rates won’t assure you getting admitted, lower acceptance does not assure you being denied. So, don’t be discouraged from applying by a lower acceptance rate!

Does Michigan have tuition reciprocity?

Yep! Michigan is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), which means if you are a student looking to study out-of-state, you may have the opportunity to study in one of the MHEC’s partner states at a discounted tuition rate.
 

Why should I study in Michigan?

 If you are a fan of sugary breakfast food, you’ll probably find no shortage of that in Michigan, as it is the birthplace of both cereal and pop-tarts. Beyond that, Michigan has a big college sports scene, as well as many different educational opportunities. Some popular majors at Michigan colleges include computer and information science, business and administration, and behavioral neuroscience. When you’re not studying you can take a break to visit one of the largest freshwater coasts in the country, or even try doing some ice skating or playing a game of hockey.

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