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Colleges in Michigan

25 colleges
138,590 yearly degrees
$10,610 average yearly in-state tuition
$23,821 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. Michigan colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $10,610, while students attending out-of-state may pay something more like $19,219.

About 50% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,955.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Public public vs private
14,750 yearly awards
$14,860 net cost

There are approximately 46,002 students at U of Michigan in total, 28,702 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average U of Michigan undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 27%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

Roughly, 29% of students at U of Michigan take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,965. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for U of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $63,400 after graduation.

#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
Public public vs private
12,840 yearly awards
$18,576 net cost

There are 35,404 full-time undergraduates at Michigan State, and 50,019 students altogether. It takes the average Michigan State undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

41% of Michigan State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $6,993. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State earns $53,600.

#3

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
Public public vs private
6,770 yearly awards
$12,970 net cost

The total student population at Wayne State University is 27,064, of which 12,389 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Wayne State undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,897. The student loan default rate of 8.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$40,800 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Wayne State earns.

#4

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
Public public vs private
6,610 yearly awards
$16,975 net cost

There are 19,373 full-time undergraduates at GVSU, and 25,049 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at GVSU. The freshman retention rate is 83%.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly, 63% of students at GVSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,284. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $42,800.

#5

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Public public vs private
6,220 yearly awards
$15,531 net cost

There are approximately 23,257 students at Central Michigan in total, 15,585 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Central Michigan. The freshman retention rate is 77%.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,916. Central Michigan has a 5.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Central Michigan is $41,900.

#6

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Public public vs private
5,450 yearly awards
$16,934 net cost

The total student population at Western Michigan University is 22,869, of which 15,063 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at WMU. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

82% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

66% of WMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $8,178. The student loan default rate of 6.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for WMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,000 after graduation.

#7

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan
Public public vs private
4,980 yearly awards
$14,406 net cost

There are approximately 20,525 students at Eastern Michigan in total, 12,410 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Eastern Michigan undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 45%. Of the accepted students, 62% are men and 25% are women.

63% of Eastern Michigan students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,362. The student loan default rate of 9.5% is very similar to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Eastern Michigan is $39,300.

#8

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
Public public vs private
4,460 yearly awards
$12,779 net cost

The total student population at Oakland University is 19,333, of which 12,549 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Oakland. The freshman retention rate is 77%.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,817. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $43,100.

#9

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
Public public vs private
4,230 yearly awards
$12,949 net cost

There are 8,469 full-time undergraduates at Ferris, and 13,798 students altogether. It takes the average Ferris undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 74%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly, 71% of students at Ferris take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,462. Ferris has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Ferris earns $44,500.

#10

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Public public vs private
3,630 yearly awards
$5,286 net cost

There are approximately 12,335 students at Washtenaw Community College in total, 3,213 of which are full-time undergraduates.

26% of Washtenaw Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,025. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$29,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Washtenaw Community College earns.

#11

Baker College

Flint, Michigan
Private not-for-profit public vs private
3,470 yearly awards
$12,871 net cost

The total student population at Baker College is 12,018, of which 4,372 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Baker College undergraduate about 5 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 63% of students at Baker College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $5,713. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Baker College is $27,200.

#12

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
Public public vs private
2,990 yearly awards
$7,966 net cost

There are 6,116 full-time undergraduates at Macomb Community College, and 21,014 students altogether.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,479. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $32,500.

#13

Lansing Community College

Lansing, Michigan
Public public vs private
2,860 yearly awards
$5,485 net cost

The total student population at Lansing Community College is 12,882, of which 4,750 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $1,717. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from LCC earns $31,900.

#14

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Public public vs private
2,730 yearly awards
$4,237 net cost

There are approximately 17,116 students at Oakland Community College in total, 4,373 of which are full-time undergraduates.

13% of Oakland Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,348. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$30,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Oakland Community College earns.

#15

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Dearborn, Michigan
Public public vs private
2,300 yearly awards
$10,940 net cost

There are 5,137 full-time undergraduates at UM Dearborn, and 9,330 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UM Dearborn. The freshman retention rate is 81%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Roughly, 85% of students at UM Dearborn take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,356. UM Dearborn has a 4.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for UM Dearborn with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,600 after graduation.

#16

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Public public vs private
2,020 yearly awards
$8,807 net cost

The total student population at Grand Rapids Community College is 14,269, of which 4,252 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,617. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Grand Rapids Community College is $31,300.

Public public vs private
1,910 yearly awards
$5,596 net cost

There are 2,062 full-time undergraduates at WCCCD, and 14,806 students altogether.

31% of WCCCD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,210. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for WCCCD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 after graduation.

#18

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,870 yearly awards
$16,972 net cost

There are approximately 7,160 students at Davenport University in total, 2,621 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Davenport University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

82% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Roughly, 69% of students at Davenport University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $10,660. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Davenport University earns $30,700.

#19

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,810 yearly awards
$14,729 net cost

There are 6,559 full-time undergraduates at Saginaw Valley State University, and 8,617 students altogether. It takes the average Saginaw Valley State University undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,058. The student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$39,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Saginaw Valley State University earns.

#20

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,800 yearly awards
$15,481 net cost

The total student population at Michigan Technological University is 7,292, of which 5,492 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Michigan Tech undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 70% of accepted students are men, and 30% are women.

Roughly, 60% of students at Michigan Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,919. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $66,400.

#21

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,750 yearly awards
$13,883 net cost

There are approximately 7,612 students at Northern Michigan University in total, 6,207 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Northern Michigan University. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

66% of Northern Michigan University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,243. The student loan default rate of 8.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University earns $35,500.

#22

University of Michigan - Flint

Flint, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,680 yearly awards
$11,577 net cost

There are 3,809 full-time undergraduates at UM Flint, and 7,836 students altogether. It takes the average UM Flint undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 65%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly, 56% of students at UM Flint take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,294. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $40,600.

#23

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,680 yearly awards
$7,712 net cost

There are approximately 10,558 students at Schoolcraft College in total, 2,955 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $2,912. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Schoolcraft College is $32,700.

#24

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,580 yearly awards
$19,755 net cost

The total student population at University of Detroit Mercy is 5,113, of which 2,338 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UDM. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 65%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

58% of UDM students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,993. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$47,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from UDM earns.

#25

Henry Ford College

Dearborn, Michigan
Public public vs private
1,560 yearly awards
$3,865 net cost

There are approximately 12,786 students at Henry Ford College in total, 4,327 of which are full-time undergraduates.

33% of Henry Ford College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,464. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Henry Ford College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,400 after graduation.

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