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
Olympia Career Training Institute - Grand Rapids Grand Rapids MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 279
Olympia Career Training Institute - Kalamazoo Kalamazoo MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 132
Paragon School of Pet Grooming Jenison 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
Plymouth College of Beauty Plymouth MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Port Huron Cosmetology College Waterford MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Port Huron Hospital School of Radiologic Techn Port Huron MI 2-year public No Data
Private Ventures Inc Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Professional Drivers Institute New Buffalo 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
Ram Technical Institute Inc Oak Park MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rapid Air Inc Grand Rapids MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Recording Institute of Detroit Eastpointe MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rochester College Rochester Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 794
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
Saginaw Beauty Academy Saginaw MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Saginaw Valley State University University Center MI 4-year public 8622
Saint John Hospital and Med Ctr Sch of Rad Techn Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Saint Mary S College of Ave Maria University Orchard Lake MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 89
Sally Esser Beauty School - Garden City Dearborn Heights 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
School of Wildlife Art and Design Tecumseh MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Schoolcraft College Livonia MI 2-year public 9016
Ser Business and Technical Institute Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 19
Sharp Real Estate Training Inc Saginaw MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sharp Real Estate Training Inc - Westland Westland MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sharps Academy of Hair Styling Flushing MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 36
Sharps Academy of Hair Styling Grand Blanc MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Siena Heights University Adrian MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1972
Sister Lakes Academy Dowagiac MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southeastern Institute of Real Estate Southfield MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac MI 2-year public 3047
Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts Inc Southfield MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 388
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2558
Ss Cyril and Methodius Seminary Orchard Lake MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
St Clair County Community College Port Huron MI 2-year public 3972
St Marys Institute Inc School of Cosmetology Sault Ste Marie MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
State College of Beauty Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Education Institute - Amer Hotel and Motel Assoc Lansing MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Real Estate School Troy MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Real Estate School of Michigan Inc Troy MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Travel Academy West Bloomfield MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Theological School of the Protestant Reform Church Grandville MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Theresa A Morse School of Real Estate Taylor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Thomas M Cooley Law School Lansing MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1688
Travel Education Institute Southfield MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 205
Travel Education Institute - Warren Warren MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 115
Travel Training Center Inc Dba Ttc - the Trng Ctr Dearborn MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tri - State Beauty College Taylor MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Twin City Beauty College Saint Joseph MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 63
U P Academy of Hair Design Escanaba MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
U S Brokers Institute Inc Grand Rapids MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
U S Scuba Instructor Development Center Rochester MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
United Bible Institute of United Theological Sem Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 6023
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 4-year public 38103
University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn MI 4-year public 8400
University of Michigan - Flint Flint MI 4-year public 6316
University of Phoenix - Metro Detroit Campus Troy MI 4-year private, for-profit 2090
University of Phoenix - West Michigan Campus Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Us Truck Driving Training School Detroit MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Viking School of Real Estate Southgate MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Virginia Farrell Beauty School Saint Clair Shores MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 83
Virginia Farrell Beauty School Ferndale MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 129
Virginia Farrell Beauty School Westland MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 94
Virginia Farrell Beauty School Livonia MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 119
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2978
Warren Woods Vocational Adult Education Warren MI Less than 2-year public No Data
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor MI 2-year public 11089
Wayne County Community College District Detroit MI 2-year public 9008
Wayne Starr School of Cosmetology Inc Davison MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 47
Wayne State University Detroit MI 4-year public 30408
West Michigan College of Barbering and Beauty Kalamazoo MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
West Shore Community College Scottville MI 2-year public 1273
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI 4-year public 28657
Western Theological Seminary Holland MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 168
Westley Barry Flowers West Bloomfield MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 76
William Tyndale College Farmington Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 625
Wolverine Farrier School Howell MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Wright Beauty Academy Battle Creek MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Wright Beauty Academy Portage MI Less than 2-year private, for-profit 78
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit Oak Park MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 39

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

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