Colleges in Michigan

The tradition of public colleges in Michigan began in 1817, twenty years before it became a state with the founding of the University of Michigan in Detroit. It was later moved to the city of Ann Arbor. Today, there are 93 Michigan colleges and universities that exist under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of higher education. This expansive list includes 31 colleges that offer Associate's degrees, seventeen baccalaureate Michigan schools and 19 universities for completing graduate work. Eleven schools in Michigan are considered to be baccalaureate/associate's institutions. Additionally, there are eight research universities and two tribal colleges.

The Michigan Constitution grants constitutional autonomy to the state's public universities in accordance with Article VIII, Section III. This gives the universities the power to supervise and control each respective institute. It enables Michigan colleges to govern in a way that recognizes the benefits of experts to make decisions. This autonomy has existed since 1850 when it was granted to the University of Michigan. This action was taken after delegates to the constitutional convention of 1850 brought up the fact that the University of Michigan had been showing a poor enrollment and slow growth since 1837.

In the decades that followed, universities that were created continued to be given constitutional autonomy. It was felt to be the best method of governance for the institutes of higher learning. Michigan has continued to be successful in maintaining institutional autonomy while states surrounding it have organized higher education institutions into centralized bureaucratic systems or with control by state boards of education. In this regard, higher education in Michigan maintains a unique status.

Proponents of autonomy maintain that the lack of too much state level bureaucracy allows the universities in the state to operate more efficiently and expeditiously. The same proponents note that autonomy is more efficient for recruiting and keeping top university administrators.

Even with constitutional autonomy, the state legislature works with the universities directly. They help determine appropriate levels of public funding, help establish needs and merit-based scholarships and ensure accountability for appropriations.

The most popular colleges in Michigan include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It ranks third in all public colleges in the nation and eleventh world-wide according to Newsweek magazine. Kalamazoo College in the city of Kalamazoo ranks high in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Other top colleges in the state include Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Hope College in Holland, and Michigan State University in East-Lansing.

Economy

Manufacturing has long been important to the economy of the state of Michigan. The element of manufacturing grew rapidly, and by the turn of the 20th century around 25 percent of all job-holders in the state were factory workers. The advent of the auto industry in the early 20th century transformed the state into a world-class and widely acclaimed manufacturing area. By the latter part of the century, the total value in shipments was an astounding $218 billion.

Vehicles and related equipment dominate Michigan's economy and makes up over a quarter of the manufacturing payroll in the state. Not surprisingly, the state's major industrial area is the Detroit metropolitan area. The area includes a heavy concentration of plants of vehicles and related goods in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Additionally, this area contains major steel, pharmaceutical and chemical industries among others.

Major industrial cities in Michigan are large and dynamic economically. These cities include Flint, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Savignaw and Kalamazoo.

Due to General Motors(GM), Ford and Chrysler having headquarters in Detroit, Michigan contains three of the largest industrial corporations in the United States. At the beginning of the 21st century, General Motors was the world's leading manufacturer.

Other products and services that provide employment for residents include information technology, aerospace products, food products, copper and iron ore mining, furniture and military equipment. The state is also the third leading grower of Christmas trees with over 60,520 of land dedicated to the farming of the trees. Domino's and Little Caesars Pizza chains were founded in Michigan. Headquarters for both provide many jobs for those with business degrees, humanities degrees, food science degrees and more.

Michigan ranked fourth in the nation for high-tech employment in 2002 with a total of 568,00 workers. This trend is expected to continue because of the technology that new auto designs constantly incorporate. The state consistently ranks high in research and development expenditures in the nation. This research and development expenditure includes the automotive industry. It makes up a higher percentage of the overall state gross domestic product than any other of the 50 states.

Michigan also provides a good source of engineering jobs. Additionally, in 2004, it was second in the nation for new corporate facilities and expansions.

The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University all house leading research centers. They make important partners for the economy in Michigan. These universities attract more than $1.5 billion in grants for research and development each year. An important research center to the state is the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located at Michigan State University.

The well-educated and highly skilled workforce of this state is attractive to large and successful companies. The fact that it ranks third in the nation for engineering graduates will ensure that this trend continues. In 2010, Michigan was the nation's leader in new job creations.

Found 284 Post-Secondary Schools In Michigan


Title City State Type Enrollment
Adrian College Adrian MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1081
Fisers College of Cosmetology Adrian MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
Siena Heights University Adrian MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1972
Albion College Albion MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1525
Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary Allen Park MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Grand Valley State University Allendale MI 4-year public 18569
Alma College Alma MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1409
Alpena Community College Alpena MI 2-year public 1853
Alpenas Hollywood School of Beauty Inc Alpena MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Access International Business and Language Inst Ann Arbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy Ann Arbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ann Arbor School of Massage and Bodywork Ann Arbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Careers in Travel Ann Arbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cleary University Ann Arbor MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 705
Concordia University - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 604
Conlin Hallissey Travel School Inc Ann Arbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 4-year public 38103
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor MI 2-year public 11089
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1910
Kellogg Community College Battle Creek MI 2-year public 5300
Wright Beauty Academy Battle Creek MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Bayshire Academy of Beauty Craft Inc Bay City MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 51
Heath Kit Company Benton Harbor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor MI 2-year public 3411
Andrews University Berrien Springs MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2749
Ferris State University Big Rapids MI 4-year public 9847
Berlitz Language Centers Bingham Farms MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Birmingham Bible Institute Birmingham MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 141
Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills Campus Bloomfield Hills MI 2-year public 23188
Brighton Institute of Cosmetology Brighton MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bay Mills Community College Brimley MI 2-year public 360
Baker College of Cadillac Cadillac MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 864
Cadillac Academy of Beauty Cadillac MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
MIAT College of Technology Canton MI 2-year private, for-profit 498
Howards Caro Beauty Academy Caro MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Glen Oaks Community College Centreville MI 2-year public 1601
Hoffman Flying Service Inc Cheboygan MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Court Reporting - Clawson Clawson MI 2-year private, for-profit 244
Baker College of Clinton Township Clinton Township MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2559
Fernandis Beauty College Clinton Township MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Macomb County Association of Realtors Clinton Township MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
American Truck Driving of Michigan Coldwater MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of Creative Hair Design Coldwater MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 12
Wayne Starr School of Cosmetology Inc Davison MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 47
Davenport University - Eastern Region - Dearborn Dearborn MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3158
Detroit Barber College Inc Dearborn MI 2-year private, for-profit 35
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn MI 2-year public 12742
Travel Training Center Inc Dba Ttc - the Trng Ctr Dearborn MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn MI 4-year public 8400
Academy of Animal Arts Dearborn Heights MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sally Esser Beauty School - Garden City Dearborn Heights MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Byrons School of Floral Arts Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
College for Creative Studies Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1086
Detroit Health Department Nutrition Division Detroit MI 4-year public 6
Ecumenical Theological Seminary Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Henry Ford Hospital School of Radiologic Techn Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Jowa Security Training Institute Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Jtpa School of Practical Nursing Detroit MI Less than 2-year public 100
Krainz Woods Academy of Medical Laboratory Tech Detroit MI 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lewis College of Business Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit 323
Local 547 Stationary Engineering Educational Fund Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Marygrove College Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 5744
Michigan Barber School Inc Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit 145
Michigan Paralegal Institute Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Multi - Training Systems Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Payne - Pulliam School of Trade and Commerce Inc Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Private Ventures Inc Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Quality Career Skills Laboratories Inc Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
S J Williams School of Religion Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Sacred Heart Major Seminary Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 377
Saint John Hospital and Med Ctr Sch of Rad Techn Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ser Business and Technical Institute Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 19
State College of Beauty Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 6023
Us Truck Driving Training School Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Wayne County Community College District Detroit MI 2-year public 9008
Wayne State University Detroit MI 4-year public 30408
Sister Lakes Academy Dowagiac MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac MI 2-year public 3047
Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 110
Lansing Computer Institute East Lansing MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Michigan State University East Lansing MI 4-year public 43366
Michigan State University College of Law East Lansing MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 703
Recording Institute of Detroit Eastpointe MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bay De Noc Community College Escanaba MI 2-year public 2073
U P Academy of Hair Design Escanaba MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School Farmington Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 76
William Tyndale College Farmington Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 625
Avanti Career Academy Fenton MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fenton School of Hair Design Fenton MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Michigan Hvac Vocational Training Center Ferndale MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Virginia Farrell Beauty School Ferndale MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 129
Avante School of Modeling - Agency Ltd Flint MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1592
Baker College Corporate Services Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1048
Baker College of Flint Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3896
Faith Tech Bible School Flint MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Flint Bible Institute Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Flint Institute of Barbering Inc Flint MI 2-year private, for-profit 29

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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