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Top Michigan Colleges

13 of the Top Colleges in Michigan


Top Ranked Colleges: Universities | Public Universities | Liberal Arts Colleges | Engineering | Business | Women's | Most Selective

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
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  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,860 (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
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Andrews University

Andrews University - Pioneer Memorial Church
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  • Location: Berrien Springs, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 3,419 (1,889 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small private university affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Distinctions: large 1,600-acre tree-filled campus; 12 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
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Andrews admissions

Calvin College

Calvin College Nature Preserve
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Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University - GVSU
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Hope College

Hope College
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Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College
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Kettering University

Kettering University Mott Center
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  • Location: Flint, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 2,600 (2,134 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
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Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University
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  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 7,009 (6,025 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public engineering and technological school
  • Distinctions: strong engineering programs; excellent educational value; good location for students interested in outdoor recreation
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Michigan Tech profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Michigan Tech admissions

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