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13 of the Top Colleges in Michigan

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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

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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

Alma College

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  • Location: Alma, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,382 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college with ties to the Presbyterian Church
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 19; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; rich Scottish heritage
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Alma College profile

Andrews University

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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

Calvin College

Calvin College Nature Preserve
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  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 4,171 (4,104 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Christian Church
  • Distinctions: 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 90-acre ecological preserve on campus; wide range of academic offerings
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Calvin College profile

Grand Valley State University

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  • Location: Allendale, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 23,892 (20,416 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: strong school of business; interdisciplinary living-learning Honors College; identified as an "up-and-coming" college; large 1,280-acre campus
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Grand Valley State University profile

Hope College

Hope College
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  • Location: Holland, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 3,238 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; distinguished in Loren Pope's College's That Change Lives; located five miles from Lake Michigan
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Hope College profile

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College
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  • Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,389 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; strong student engagement through internships, service-learning and study abroad; located blocks from Western Michigan University
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Kalamazoo College profile

Kettering University

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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

Michigan State University

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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
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