Michigan Colleges and Universities

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According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, their are currently ninety-three recognized four-year colleges and universities in the state of Michigan-which include eight research universities, 31 associate’s colleges, 17 baccalaureate colleges and 19 master’s universities. Michigan state is also home to 18 special-focus higher education institutions, 11 baccalaureate/associate’s colleges and two Native American/tribal colleges. The University of Michigan system, the largest public university system in the state (which includes University of Michigan Ann Arbor, university-michigan-dearborn.html and University of Michigan Flint), is governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan and has been for nearly 200 years.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor is the oldest higher education institution in the state as well as the flagship campus of the University of Michigan system. Michigan State University (MSU) based in East Lansing in terms of enrollment is the largest public university in the state. As of 2012, MSU has a total annual enrollment of over 47,800 students. The largest private university in Michigan, with nearly 12,000 students, is Davenport University located in Grand Rapids , Michigan.

Michigan is also home to five law schools: Michigan State University College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, all of which are accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Some of the best medical schools in the nation are also found in Michigan. University of Michigan Medical School, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine are the five medical schools in Michigan. Most of the higher education institutions in Michigan are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). However, there are many other national agency, including the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), National League for Nursing (NLNAC), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) that provide institution and program specific accreditation.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive directory of four-year colleges and university in Michigan. However, before you get started on your college search we highly recommend that you read Higher Education Accreditation in the United States. This guide will help you learn what to consider-and what to avoid-when considering your higher education options. If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into a four-year college program, we also recommend reviewing our directory Michigan community colleges. Community college can help you earn a transfer degree in preparation for a four-year college degree or equip you with a useful skill set that will get you started on the right foot.

Below is a list of accredited 4-year colleges and universities in the state of Michigan. To find a college or university in a specific city within Michigan please make your selection from the cities section below.


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