2017 Best Colleges in Michigan

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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,769 reviews
    Senior:The education that you receive here is definitely unbeatable. The campus is also a generally fun place to be. It is really competitive so that permeates the culture quite a bit, which I could do without. The university's commitment to diversity and inclusion is lacking, but they are making steps to change that going forward so I hope that there will be more positive steps in that area. You don't really get a sense of the local area because the campus is so large it really dominates the city of Ann Arbor. So, even when you venture out in the city a bit, it still feels like you're on campus. It's just very much a college town, so if you're into that, you'll love it!
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    Michigan State University

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 4,877 reviews
    Junior:Michigan State is actually everything it's cracked up to be. Amazing school, outstanding faculty and so many opportunities to do what you love. There is never a time where you are not offered chanced to occupy your time, whether it be joining a club, or campus group, taking classes, or meeting new faces at campus events. The cafeterias are gourmet and filled with many options including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. The off campus life is also always filled with fun activities from going to see a concert, or broadway show at the Wharton Theater, to going to a local bar and getting drinks with friends. You will have an excellent experience here, no matter what your interests may be!
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    Michigan Technological University

    • Houghton, MI
    • 861 reviews
    Alum:I spent more than 7 years here as an undergraduate and then a graduate student, and badly miss MTU, the area, the people, and the love and attention given to education and research. If you are looking to major in psychology or accounting you are best going elsewhere, but there is nowhere better to become an engineer. You will learn from the best; you will be worked hard; you meet, struggle alongside, and drink beer with great people; and you will become the better technical professional for it. 100% job placement for classmates in my undergraduate degree program speaks for itself, and I signed a letter of employment about 4 months before finishing my PhD. Go Huskies!
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    Calvin College

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 817 reviews
    Freshman:I've attended Calvin for a semester now and appreciate the challenge in the classroom and unity across campus. The academic workload is challenging and requires many hours to complete all assignments and study, however, the content we are expected to learn expands our worldview, as it is a Liberal Arts college.
    The professors are engaging and show that they want their students to succeed by making themselves available and approachable in and out of the classroom.
    Student life is very unity-orientated. In the dorms, at sporting events, and other special events Calvin puts on, I have never felt a great divide between different groups of students. Everyone is accepting, encouraging, and helpful.
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    Hope College

    • Holland, MI
    • 920 reviews
    College Junior:Hope College was an excellent choice for me! I love the experiences that I have had, the friends that I've made, and the education that I am receiving. I have numerous opportunities to grow in my faith, whether it's bible studies, chapel services, or other campus ministries events. The sporting events are fun to go to, especially basketball. It's so fun to sing, "Oh when the Dutch go marching in" all together and cheer our dutchmen to victory. My professors are really helpful and have my best interest in mind. Hope College has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
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    Kalamazoo College

    • Kalamazoo, MI
    • 333 reviews
    College Sophomore:I wish there was an it's good choice. The professors I've had have mostly been good to great, but some of the visiting and newer profs don't understand K's scheduling or work load. Most people have had good relationships with profs, and enjoy their classes. By sophomore year, when we have to declare majors, most people know what they want to do, and you start seeing them more regularly in your classes. Classes are small, so profs notice when you are missing, and they do try to reach out to you if you miss too many. But it's super easy to talk to professors, and form close relationships, and get invited to TA or do research. Man classes, in the humanities at least, are discussion based, weaved in with some lectures and movies. Service learning is a big thing here, and you may have to do some volunteer service for classes. There are a lot of cool classes, but they fill up fast, because of the small cap size.
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    Madonna University

    • Livonia, MI
    • 427 reviews
    Graduate Student:Madonna is one of the greatest schools you could go to. Professors and staff are truly interested in your success, and will work with you to help get the job done! They are approachable and have convenient class hours for the working student. The campus is safe, there are plenty of organizations to be apart of, and the food is awesome too! If you like that small feel, intimate, one on one attention with a Christian background proudly displayed, Madonna is the place for you!
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    Kettering University

    • Flint, MI
    • 509 reviews
    College Student:Kettering University is a wonderful school! The classes you take prepare you for your co-op experiences in your designated fields. The co-op experience has been by far the greatest thing that I've experienced. It lets me experience what I will do in the future with my degree once I graduate. Also with the co-op experience it allows me to manage my money, gain responsibilities living on my own, and gain responsibilities within the company I work for.
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    Albion College

    • Albion, MI
    • 392 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors truly do care about their students. Course work can be a lot sometimes but it is college, its supposed to be. There are a lot of different courses available and they encourage you to take a variety of courses to see what you like. Class sizes are a 14:1 ratio, my biggest class I have had so far was about 30. That is why I love this school though, small class sizes!
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    University of Michigan - Dearborn

    • Dearborn, MI
    • 1,071 reviews
    Senior:Out of all of the universities I applied to, I'm really glad I picked this one. The diversity of students is by far my favorite about this school. Each semester I met students from Brazil, Germany, China, ect.The class sizes are around 30 students, but that's the max.The professors are great and know the subjects they teach very well.Since the university is so diverse, it lets you grow and understand how well the professors and students collaborate together to make sure the material being taught is understood by all 30 students.Because of my time here, I have also received an internship opportunity at only my 3rd semester! That's huge! Because at other universities, it's harder to find a job due to the larger amount of students. Since the University is top 10 universities of Michigan, there acceptance rate is around 56-58%, so still over half but only by a little. I think that's why so many students are able to land internship opportunities.
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    Wayne State University

    • Detroit, MI
    • 2,252 reviews
    Senior:My experience at WSU was overall pretty good. The campus holds a lot of diversity-Bangladeshis, Lebanese, Africans, etc. The staff-professors and advisers- are pretty cool as well. The campus also has libraries for students who wants to study or don't own a computer. Also, they have a lot of restaurants with real yummy food!

    However, I dislike how high tuition and books are. It's absolutely tiring and frustrating to pay off thousands and thousands of dollars every each semester. It'll be really great if the school can put the tuition and book costs a little lower.
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    Central Michigan University

    • Mount Pleasant, MI
    • 2,445 reviews
    Sophomore:Very welcoming! I transferred this past semester and my RA made me feel at home. The academics are great and they really focus on diversity. However, diversity seems to be shoved down your throat along with LGBTQ ideas. This is something that is introduced too quickly for students who never were exposed to this in high school. My professors are great and are easy to understand
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    Lawrence Technological University

    • Southfield, MI
    • 469 reviews
    Junior:In my experience with LTU as a design major, I've met some great fellow designers and professors who actually care about their students' success. The food isn't amazing, but it is something. Being it's a small, private university, it's relatively boring if you're looking for a real party scene. But as far as academics are concerned, I give an A-.
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    Western Michigan University

    • Kalamazoo, MI
    • 3,000 reviews
    Senior:I love Western Michigan University! I transferred here from Eastern Michigan University and what a difference! The atmosphere overall here, is great. The professors at WMU push you to your best ability but are always there when you need assistance. My department is small but close, and has a great environment as well. Because I chose Western Michigan University as my college, I know I will be prepared for the workforce and with an over 90 percent placement rate in my science field, I will be able to get a good job that I am already well experienced for. Not only are the academics really sound, but the community is great, sports are super fun, and student life is definitely "one for the books". Dorms and Housing could use a little more of a facelift for the price, which is why I live off campus. But overall, I'm glad I resided to Western Michigan University. Going here will be a big part of my life that I wont forget!
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    College for Creative Studies

    • Detroit, MI
    • 501 reviews
    Senior:I love this school even though it can kind of be awful. The resources are fantastic, the technology, the wood shop, metal shop, foundry, ceramic studio, glass shop, just so many great things! It is a very challenging institution, particularly during the freshman year. It is a small school, so it is easy to form a bond with a lot of the students, especially since the students tend to be quite like-minded. The school can kind of stink depending on what major the student chooses. It is a great design school, fantastic for product designers, but the majors that are not so design based kind of get the short end of the stick. I have lived in the student housing for 4 years. They are improving it and renovating it, but unfortunately I have had to live in the construction. The campus is safe, the professors are great (usually), and it is a very inspiring place to be.
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    Grace Bible College

    • Wyoming, MI
    • 143 reviews
    College Freshman:It's wonderful at Grace Bible. Everyone here becomes your family and is very caring. For example, I recently lost my Grandfather and by the end of that day numerous people came to my side to check on me and comfort me. Grace gives us multiple opportunities to do different activities such as the Detroit Tigers and Pistons games and many more. I couldn't be more thankful for the experiences and friends Grace has blessed me with. I honestly am not looking forward for school to end because I will miss everyone here!
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    Spring Arbor University

    • Spring Arbor, MI
    • 714 reviews
    Junior:Spring Arbor University is the perfect small school. The people here are awesome. If you want a place where you can walk across campus and know 10 out of the 20 people that you just walked past, this is the place for you. The professors care about you and your education, and about what you are doing as a student to further your experience in the classroom. Campus is small, and the closest 'big town' is about ten minutes away, but you can always find things to do and people to do them with if you try hard enough. If you don't think a big school is for you, then SAU might be a good option! Our CORE program does a really good job of getting new students hooked up with a student mentor and a group of fellow classmates from the first day on campus. You get to grow with this group and you might find that some of those people will be your good friends.
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    Grand Valley State University

    • Allendale, MI
    • 3,384 reviews
    Junior:The second I stepped on Grand Valley's campus for a tour, I felt at home. Being surrounded by nature as well as feeling safe walking around at night. The majority of professors want to see you succeed and will assist you in any way possible if you reach out. The resources here are phenomenal. There is free tutoring for students for every class if you are struggling or just want some extra help. The only thing I could change about Grand Valley is the way they handle sexual assaults/inform other students. Generally, when a sexual assault occurs and is reported, every student gets an email saying where it happened and a VERY vague description of the perpetrator; it doesn't tell us anything else. However, there are security hired through every apartment unit as well as cops doing rounds on weekends. I feel very safe for this reason. Overall, I love Grand Valley and all the activities it has to offer. It truly has a club/activity for everyone. Go Lakers!
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    Andrews University

    • Berrien Springs, MI
    • 441 reviews
    Freshman:I have only been to Andrews for a year so far and I absolutely love it here! I have not visited many other colleges before so I am not going to say that this is the best one, however I am going to say that it is a great school. The atmosphere is nice, the campus is beautiful, and there are many things to do on campus. The facilities are all very nice, modern, and clean, and there is almost always something to do on campus. I was actually faced with the opportunity to transfer to another school that would be closer to home, but I just couldn't bring myself to doing it because this school did not compare to Andrews.
    Another thing about Andrews is that it is very diverse--that is one of the major things that I enjoy the most. I have many friends from the united states, Brazil, Rwanda, Kenya, China, Russia and many other people. This school is absolutely great!
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    Ferris State University

    • Big Rapids, MI
    • 1,828 reviews
    Junior:Ferris is a very cultural driven school. Students at Ferris State University are able to participate in a variety of cultural enrichment activities and community service. This allows students to broaden their spectrum and become aware of other surroundings. Community service allows students to better the community and its also a good resume builder. Ferris State University has an amazing Honors Program that focuses on community service and culture. Ferris is an overall good school and I would recommend this school to anyone!
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    Saginaw Valley State University

    • University Center, MI
    • 1,357 reviews
    College Junior:I love the sense of community that is present on campus. It is close-knit and it is a very friendly atmosphere. Both the students and faculty are very supportive and welcoming. The class sizes are small, allowing the professors to get to know the students and guide them. In addition, SVSU offers many ways to get involved, such as community service, and various clubs. It's been an amazing overall experience!
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    Rochester College

    • Rochester Hills, MI
    • 250 reviews
    College Senior:This school is great. I applied and was accepted and just completed my orientation with Rochester College. I love the class size, campus, accessibility and great staff. The class sizes are very small in comparison to universities and other colleges. These small class sizes are fantastic in that students have the ability to have more one on one time with professors to go over difficult concepts. This aspect I feel is essential to success in the classroom.

    In addition to this, the campus both the main campus and the satellite campuses are stunning. Rochester College's main campus is beautiful. There are brand new dormitories made of beautiful brick, perfectly maintained landscaping, and attractive architectural buildings all over the campus. Not only this but they are expanding and building an athletic center which only add to the many awesome buildings there. The satellite campuses are equally beautiful. The campus I will be attending is located on Macomb Community College's campus (where I graduated Most Distinguished Graduate). The University Center where the satellite campus is located is a beautiful building surrounded in part by the serene nature trail and forest. It is so relaxing after a hard day in the classroom to be able to walk outside take a deep breath and take in the beautiful surroundings.

    This last aspect, the satellite campuses, are more reasons why I love Rochester College. These campuses make getting a degree from Rochester College much more accessible and attainable. For example, if I had to travel to Rochester College's main campus for the entirety of my time at this school I would not be able to do it. This is because it is just too far of a drive to commute and paying for room and board is not an option as I could not afford it. With the satellite campus I am able to avoid that huge cost as I am able to commute to school. The satellite campuses make earning this degree much more accessible for students like me.
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    Alma College

    • Alma, MI
    • 446 reviews
    Freshman:Go Scots! I absolutely adore this college. The majority of the faculty all wonderful and extremely helpful. They truly want to see you achieve something in life and push students into functioning and helpful members of society. The only complaint I have with Alma is that they do not offer enough majors. Other than that, I have truly enjoyed this college and all of the wonderful people I have met within it.
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    University of Michigan - Flint

    • Flint, MI
    • 792 reviews
    Graduate Student:Great school located right by downtown Flint, MI! Although Flint has a less than perfect reputation, the campus is extremely nice and safe! The buildings are beautiful and in their own little space, making you feel like you are far away from the city and all of the commotion it comes with. The professors are top-notch and know their information. Nothing but a wonderful experience and great education will come from this school.
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    Northwood University - Midland

    • Midland, MI
    • 240 reviews
    Sophomore:Northwood University is a private, not-for-profit business school. My time here has served me well as I have learned from a multitude of things from not only school, but life itself. I chose this school because of one man by the name of Dr. Preston James IV, former head of the Entertainment, Sports, and Promotions Management program. His view on how the class should be talk was like none other, basically putting aside the textbook and bringing on real experience for us colleagues to obtain knowledge. I envied that. However, it was a sad day for us students when he told us he was transferring to another university down south. Student life is a bit different since our size is relatively small. Sporting events are never sell out crowds or hype games. Student life has many opportunities for students to join clubs and I have been able to do so as well. Things could be better, but I've enjoyed my time here.
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