2017 Best Colleges in Michigan

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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,759 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.
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    Michigan State University

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 4,862 reviews
    College Sophomore:Moving into my second semester as a sophomore, I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to come here. I have met so many amazing people, and the endless opportunities to thrive make me feel like I am cared about here. The faculty and staff treat students as equals and work hard to ensure they understand the material in order to be successful. This summer I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Europe, and I couldn't be more excited. Michigan State is an all-around fabulous school; I would highly recommend taking a tour and learning more about this university if you have an interest in attending.
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    Michigan Technological University

    • Houghton, MI
    • 860 reviews
    College Sophomore:Michigan Tech is a great school. The students are very accepting, the classes are challenging, and the professors are friendly. I am very glad I chose to come here, the surrounding area is very beautiful; there are lots of waterfalls and bluffs with beautiful views. The winters can be harsh but the snow is pretty and great for skiing and snowboarding.
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    Calvin College

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 817 reviews
    College Sophomore:There are many clubs on campus that I am involved in and created great memories through. The dorm community is amazing, everyone is so nice and helpful. I would chose Calvin all over again.
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    Hope College

    • Holland, MI
    • 917 reviews
    College Junior:I've grown immensely in my faith and the people are amazing. The professors truly care about you and there are some great things to get involved in on campus. Not everything is sunshine and rainbows and a lot of Hope is broken and lost, but a lot of it is also super great. The older you get, the more you see some amount of cliques and the more cynical I've gotten towards Hope, but in the end it's wonderful and a great time!
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    Kalamazoo College

    • Kalamazoo, MI
    • 333 reviews
    College Senior:The English Department is the greatest department of the college in my opinion. My writing has improved tremendously and I've been introduced to so many theories and schools of thought through the major.
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    Madonna University

    • Livonia, MI
    • 424 reviews
    College Junior:I enjoy attending my college because it is nearby and I am able to commute. I like the smaller school environment, and I agree with many of the traditional values of the school. The class sizes are small, which allows for more interaction and relationships between individual students and professors. I am glad that I chose to stay home and commute to school, and I would not want to attend a large state school where I would have to live on campus.
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    Kettering University

    • Flint, MI
    • 509 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Kettering University offers so much for being such a small school. It's co-op program is something that just can't be matched by any other university in the country.
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    Albion College

    • Albion, MI
    • 391 reviews
    College Junior:Albion College was my first choice school. It's really difficult to not fall in love with the campus as soon as you take a tour. The students and faculty are so helpful and open; there are so many opportunities for academic help and for making new friendships. There could be more options for food and the housing is incredibly expensive (I wish we could live off-campus), but the classes and professors really make up for it. I am also a student athlete, much like many other students on campus, and I wish that our facilities were bigger and better, but the school spirit on campus really makes up for it. Every group of people supports each other, whether it be the basketball team going to the baseball games or the dance team going to a theater performance. It's really a tight knit community at Albion and I'm so glad that I chose it as my college.
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    University of Michigan - Dearborn

    • Dearborn, MI
    • 1,065 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love going to the University of Michigan - Dearborn. I was not ready to move out of the house yet and I wanted to be a collegiate athlete. I am the captain of the women's basketball team. My experience on the team has been awesome. I am also an Early Childhood major with a minor of language arts. I love my education classes. They are small and I am able to get the attention and help I need. If I had the chose to choose a different school I wouldn't. This school keeps me close to home and it is affordable for me.
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    Wayne State University

    • Detroit, MI
    • 2,248 reviews
    College Junior:Wayne State University is a great school for the right person. I have had some really wonderful and inspiring professors! Also, the diversity of the school is really great, you are able to meet so many people from different backgrounds and be exposed to a variety of cultures. WSU's location in midtown Detroit is such a fun place to be--right by museums, concert venues, restaurants, and a short distance from downtown!

    Like I said, WSU is good for the right person. WSU is a large school, so if you're not in one of the smaller colleges, your classes are going to be large lectures. Also, stay on top of your financial aid, because the school has a tendency to mess up on things and fall way behind.
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    Central Michigan University

    • Mount Pleasant, MI
    • 2,441 reviews
    College Sophomore:I really enjoy living the college experience. I have made a lot of new friends and college has also made me mature a lot and I am very grateful for that. Central Michigan is the perfect size for me the school has a lot of people but not too many and all my class are within walking distance which is very convenient.
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    Lawrence Technological University

    • Southfield, MI
    • 468 reviews
    College Freshman:Professors are able to focus on each student. The studios have about 12 students and most have dedicated desks so you can set up with a specific area. It takes about 5 minutes to walk across campus and the gym is open until around midnight.
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    Western Michigan University

    • Kalamazoo, MI
    • 2,991 reviews
    College Junior:Western Michigan University provides many opportunities for networking and career searching, including the innovative and incredibly helpful Handshake system.
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    College for Creative Studies

    • Detroit, MI
    • 500 reviews
    College Senior:It is a great school with amazing opportunities. Teachers are very invested in your success and want to see each student reach their potential. Teachers have always had my back. You won't get much sleep though, very heavy work load.
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    Grace Bible College

    • Wyoming, MI
    • 143 reviews
    College Sophomore:The workload is not that much and the program is pretty basic covering everything you need but not much more than that. However it really helps that the person who does most of the class for that program has created his own business and is running it as he is teaching you about how businesses work.
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    Spring Arbor University

    • Spring Arbor, MI
    • 714 reviews
    College Junior:No school is perfect, and if I took the time I could come up with a list of things I dislike about my school. However, I don't really have a desire to do that, because for the most part my experience has been satisfactory. I am really glad that I chose a small school with a strong community atmosphere. As a shy freshman from a small town in the middle of nowhere, college could have been a really difficult experience, but the combination of the size of Spring Arbor and its emphasis on community made the transition a lot easier and more pleasant.
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    Grand Valley State University

    • Allendale, MI
    • 3,377 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my college because of the diverse people, caring and warm atmosphere, I feel safe, and there are many opportunities to enjoy on campus. The staff and professors are there to help you and want you to succeed.
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    Andrews University

    • Berrien Springs, MI
    • 440 reviews
    College Sophomore:As far as diversity goes, this school excels. There are plenty of cultural clubs on campus to help connect people from any and every cultural background. Academics here are held at very high standards, which was my main reason for choosing this school. There's a pretty hefty homework load (at least for me and my friends) and Honors is something really respected. However, the administration is very one sided and likes to shun opinions that don't agree. The school newspaper that's supposed to be "by students, for students" is heavily censored and regulated. There's not much to do in free time on-campus or off-campus. Location is not very pleasant. Campus smells like cow feces 75% of the year, like unbearable sometimes. Farm should be downwind and further from main campus. Food is healthy and pretty great IMO. This school is very much for the generic Adventist academy student however. Many students live sheltered lives and are pampered because of their history in the church, while newcomers are kind of overlooked or seen differently. Many rules seem very unfair or unnecessary for students who are supposed to be ADULTS. We aren't treated as adults, we are treated like academy students who ( for example) need to be in by 11pm. As a result of not being treated like adults, some students are very immature and act like middle-schoolers. Dating is a very weird time at this school. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a decent school, however, its administration and policies are not for me and my learning style, and it is a tad bit expensive for the experience.
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    Ferris State University

    • Big Rapids, MI
    • 1,825 reviews
    College Student:Great dining options, the University Center and Rock are great places to eat. Academics are okay, most of the teachers assign a lot of homework, you have to be very motivated. As far as the engineering technology college goes the teachers are great! There is a nice gym with a swimming pool and hot tub, great workout equipment! Campus is okay but the town itself is small.
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    Saginaw Valley State University

    • University Center, MI
    • 1,356 reviews
    College Junior:It has tons of opportunities for all sorts of students. The one downside is that we have some professors who are not meant to teach or some who should not be teaching students just learning a subject.
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    Rochester College

    • Rochester Hills, MI
    • 249 reviews
    College Sophomore:College has kind of opened my eyes to how big the world is and how sheltered my parents have raised me to be. I've never drank, swore, smoked, or done drugs, but even at the conservative Christian college I attend, most of the students have done at least one of these things.
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    Alma College

    • Alma, MI
    • 445 reviews
    College Sophomore:I like Alma. I love the small campus feel. I wish sometimes that I should have chosen Central because of the bigger campus and the college feel would be greater and I would meet more people. But I like the teachers how they want us students to succeed and will do anything to help. Also the free tutors is great. I wish we had more than two choices for food on campus because neither are that great. But it has been a good second year so far.
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    University of Michigan - Flint

    • Flint, MI
    • 790 reviews
    College Student:I've had the greatest friends since the beginning of orientation. I love the community here; everyone is polite and considerate of everyone's feelings. It's easy to feel like you're part of a family because no one is left behind and are participating in something either it be a club, student leadership, or volunteering. The professors and overall staff at the university have provided me great guidance towards my career and encouragement. I take all their considerations to heart and I'm glad that I have people that can help me throughout life. This is one of the first times I have been left independent and away from my parent's nest. I thank them for kind words to boost my spirits up and for understanding and respecting my decision to go to a college with a very popular recognition.
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    Northwood University - Midland

    • Midland, MI
    • 239 reviews
    College Freshman:Some of the professors honestly care about you succeeding. Others don't, but I feel it's that way everywhere.

    The nice thing about it being a small campus, is that those professors that do truly care get to know you by name and will say hi to you when they see you out of the classroom.
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