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2021 Best Schools in Michigan

69 Schools Ranked
$40,753 Average Earnings
$27,087 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Schools in Michigan ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 69 schools in Michigan to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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Top Schools in Michigan

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#1

Cleary University

Howell, Michigan
$60,000 Average Earnings
$26,469 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Cleary University the best school in Michigan for students working on their degree.

On average, students take out $26,469 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $312, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Cleary College graduates make an average of $60,000 annually.

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#2

Kettering University

Flint, Michigan
$79,575 Average Earnings
$27,588 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Kettering University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Schools in Michigan list.

Degree recipients from Kettering accumulate an average of $27,588 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $292.After graduating from Kettering, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $79,575 during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
$56,526 Average Earnings
$33,998 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 69 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the # 3 spot on the list.

On average, students take out $33,998 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $367 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, U of Michigan graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $56,526 during the early year of their career.

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#4

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
$65,150 Average Earnings
$23,561 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Michigan Technological University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Schools in Michigan list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,561 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $265 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Michigan Tech, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $65,150 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, Michigan
$62,980 Average Earnings
$30,149 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lawrence Technological University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Schools in Michigan list.

Degree recipients from Lawrence Tech accumulate an average of $30,149 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $403, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Lawrence Tech graduates make an average of $62,980 annually.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
$45,711 Average Earnings
$33,932 Avg Student Debt

Michigan State University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from Michigan State accumulate an average of $33,932 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $361.After graduating from Michigan State, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $45,711 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Northwood University

Midland, Michigan
$45,222 Average Earnings
$24,559 Avg Student Debt

Northwood University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,559 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $270, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Northwood graduates make an average of $45,222 annually.

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#8

Hope College

Holland, Michigan
$37,608 Average Earnings
$23,328 Avg Student Debt

Hope College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #8 on the list.

Degree recipients from Hope accumulate an average of $23,328 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $273, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Hope graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $37,608 during the early year of their career.

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#9

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan
$58,650 Average Earnings
$42,506 Avg Student Debt

Andrews University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from Andrews accumulate an average of $42,506 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $626. During the early years of their career, Andrews graduates make an average of $58,650 annually.

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#10

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, Michigan
$26,275 Average Earnings
$28,582 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, College for Creative Studies did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $28,582 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $282 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, CCS graduates make an average of $26,275 annually.

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#11

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
$47,625 Average Earnings
$25,770 Avg Student Debt

Ferris State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Schools in Michigan list.

On average, students take out $25,770 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $280, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Ferris graduates make an average of $47,625 annually.

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#12

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan
$39,020 Average Earnings
$22,853 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, Calvin University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

Degree recipients from Calvin accumulate an average of $22,853 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $269, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Calvin, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $39,020 during the early years of their career.

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$55,500 Average Earnings
$30,199 Avg Student Debt

Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Michigan ranking.

Degree recipients from Walsh College accumulate an average of $30,199 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $284 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Walsh College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $55,500 during the early year of their career.

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#14

Siena Heights University

Adrian, Michigan
$49,100 Average Earnings
$23,680 Avg Student Debt

Siena Heights University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from Siena Heights University accumulate an average of $23,680 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $194 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Siena Heights University, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $49,100 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
$40,938 Average Earnings
$34,174 Avg Student Debt

Central Michigan University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Schools in Michigan list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $34,174 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $372 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Central Michigan, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $40,938 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan
$33,550 Average Earnings
$28,857 Avg Student Debt

Adrian College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $28,857 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $279 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Adrian graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $33,550 during the early year of their career.

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#17

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
$41,297 Average Earnings
$28,835 Avg Student Debt

Grand Valley State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #17 on the list.

On average, students take out $28,835 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $315 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, GVSU graduates make an average of $41,297 annually.

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#18

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan
$43,329 Average Earnings
$31,269 Avg Student Debt

Western Michigan University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #18 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $31,269 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $341, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, WMU graduates make an average of $43,329 annually.

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#19

Marygrove College

Detroit, Michigan
$50,320 Average Earnings
$34,279 Avg Student Debt

Marygrove College landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $34,279 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $390 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Marygrove College graduates make an average of $50,320 annually.

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#20

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, Michigan
$31,829 Average Earnings
$11,421 Avg Student Debt

Grand Rapids Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,421 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $105 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Grand Rapids Community College graduates make an average of $31,829 annually.

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#21

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan
$64,758 Average Earnings
$68,744 Avg Student Debt

University of Detroit Mercy landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $68,744 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $823 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UDM graduates make an average of $64,758 annually.

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#22

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, Michigan
$44,140 Average Earnings
$26,431 Avg Student Debt

Spring Arbor University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Michigan ranking.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,431 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $280. Once they receive their degree, Spring Arbor graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $44,140 during the early year of their career.

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#23

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
$32,236 Average Earnings
$7,285 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, Macomb Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

Degree recipients from Macomb Community College accumulate an average of $7,285 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $71 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Macomb Community College graduates make an average of $32,236 annually.

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#24

Delta College

University Center, Michigan
$30,175 Average Earnings
$11,710 Avg Student Debt

Delta College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #24 on the list.

On average, students take out $11,710 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $119 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Delta College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $30,175 during the early year of their career.

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#25

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
$47,246 Average Earnings
$31,326 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #25, Oakland University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $31,326 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $312. During the early years of their career, Oakland graduates make an average of $47,246 annually.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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