Best Universities & Colleges in Michigan for 2021

These are the 44 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Michigan. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Michigan

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Michigan to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Albion College Seal

    Albion College

    Albion, Michigan

    Albion College in Albion, Michigan
    • 1,376 Total Students
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,703 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Based in Albion, Michigan, the college’s journey started in 1835 when a charter for a seminary was granted by the Michigan Territorial Legislature. The land for the seminary came from Jesse Crowell, an early Michigan settler. It wasn’t until 1843 that the seminary opened up for the students and by 1861 with merger with another institute resulted in Albion College, a four year degree granting institute.  It was among the first institutes of that time to introduce co education.

    The affiliation of the college with United Methodist Church continues to this day. Maintaining its futuristic approach but not forgetting its traditions, Albion took on sustainability approach in 2006 and efforts were made to introduce a more efficient and economical energy system.

    One of the best features about the campus is its Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center which is the only equestrian center in Michigan and is second to none. There is also The Whitehouse Nature Center, named after Dr. William W. Whitehouse (President at Albion). An outdoor classroom, though open to public, it is aimed at promoting education about the nature, agriculture and wildlife. With a variety of sports being offered at the college, its teams participate at the NCAA Division III and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The college mascot is the ‘Brit the Briton’ and the colors are purple and gold.

    The academic departments at Albion are 23, which offer over 30 different majors and more than 20 minors. There are pre professional programs, certifications, concentrations also available. The college also offers study abroad choices along with the opportunity to study in other cities in United States. Its prestigious centers and programs include Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, The Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, and Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium.

    Albion School Facts

    • Years Estd.1835
    • NicknameBritons
    • MascotBrit the Briton
    • MottoLux Fiat
    • Motto Eng.Let there be Light
    • ColorsPurple and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Albion Alumni

    • Dwight B. Waldo

      Education & Advocacy

      Served as the first president of Western Michigan University

    • Bob Bemer

      Science & Medicine

      A computer scientest

    • Bruce C. Berndt

      Education & Advocacy

      A mathematician

    • Philip Campbell Curtis

      Entertainment & Arts

      A painter, surrealist-inspired

    • John Sinclair

      Entertainment & Arts

      A poet; also famed as the counterculture icon on '60s

    • Martin Nesbitt

      Business & Industry

      A businessman; also recognized as the friend of Barack Obama and as the campaign treasurer

    • Doug Parker

      Business & Industry

      CEO and Chairman of US Airways

    • Geoffery Merszei

      Business & Industry

      CFO of Dow Chemical Company

    • Cassius McDonald Barnes

      Politics & Law

      A Civil War soldier, a lawyer and a Republican politician; Also served as the 4th Governor of Oklahoma Territory

    • George Heartwell

      Politics & Law

      Served as the Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan

    • Arnold Pinkney

      Social Advocacy & Service

      A civil rights leader and also a political strategist

    • Mary Beecher Longyear

      Social Advocacy & Service

      A philanthropist and founded the Longyear Foundation

    • Hazen Graff Werner

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Served as the bishop of the United Methodist Church


  • Alma College Seal

    Alma College

    Alma, Michigan

    Alma College in Alma, Michigan
    • 1,385 Total Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,479 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Alma College was set up in 1886 by the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan with the aim of promoting education in the region. The funds and land for the college were donated by Ammi Wright, a civic leader of his time and region. The college was aimed to become a liberal arts institute, with modern curriculum however with traditions grounded in Judeo-Christian beliefs and values. It operates as a Private institute and is situated in Alma, Michigan.

    Being a residential college, Alma aims for its students to be prepared for a professional career but also develop community values based in faith. It is not affiliated but works closely with the Presbyterian Church however it welcomes students with religious diversity. This is the example the college aims to set for its leadership.

    An interesting aspect about Alma is its Scottish Heritage and many of its traditions grounded in Scottish culture. There is college Pipe band and Kiltie Dancers that perform during college ceremonies. The college has also its own tartan, unique to the college and a part of its identity; it was registered by the college authorities in 1999. Art is also a strong culture at the college. Not only are the academic majors offered in various fields of arts but it is also dominant in student activities. Athletics are also enthusiastically taken, the college offering 11 varsity sports for both men and women. The teams play at the NCAA Division III and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The mascot to the college is ‘Scotty’ with colors Maroon and Cream.

    Alma offers Undergraduate degrees only. There are five undergraduate degrees conferred by the college with over 50 choices for majors, minors as well as pre-professional programs. Students can also choose to design their own majors. The college also provides undergraduate research opportunities. One of the most prestigious universities that the college has is the Wright Hall, named after its earliest benefactor, Ammi Wright.

    Alma School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886
    • NicknameScots
    • MascotScotty
    • ColorsMaroon and Cream
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Alma Alumni

    • William Skinner Cooper

      Science & Medicine

      Served formerly as the President of the Ecological Society of America and the Minnesota Academy of Science; a Botanist and ecologist by profession

    • Betty Mahmoody

      Education & Advocacy

      Author of 'Not Without My Daughter'; a writer and an activist

    • Bob Bruce

      Professional Sports

      Formerly a Major League Baseball pitcher

    • Tom Shaw

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Held office as the Bishop of Massachusetts, 15th

    • Paul Hale Bruske

      Education & Advocacy

      A Writer and a journalist

    • Jake Boss

      Professional Sports

      Is the head coach at Michigan State University; also a NCAA Baseball player and coach

    • Lester W. Sharp

      Science & Medicine

      A Botanist and front runner in the field of cytogenetics

    • Dan Scripps

      Business & Industry

      President of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

    • Jim Daniels

      Entertainment & Arts

      A writer and a poet


  • Andrews University Seal

    Andrews University

    Berrien Springs, Michigan

    Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan
    • 3,366 Total Students
    • 39% Acceptance Rate
    • 32% Enrollment Rate
    • 9 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,201 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Andrews was the first effort for a higher education institute by Seventh-day Adventists which they started in 1874 as Battle Creek College. Establishing a higher education meant advancing the Christian values and goals and Christ’s purpose of service and enlightenment. The institute struggled in its baby years but with dedication it managed to grow and was eventually relocated to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where it stays till today. The present day Andrews University is the result of further mergers with other institutes.

    With its affiliation with Seventh-day Adventists Church the university continues to be a place where innovation and traditions walk hand in hand. It prepares its students for challenging modern day global issues with knowledge rooted in traditional Christian values.

    The leadership and faculty at Andrews is dedicated to bringing holistic approach to development and has introduced student life focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth. The university offers intramural sports and has its athletics teams. Its mascot is the cardinal and the teams participate at the USCAA. There is a gymnastics team as well, ‘Gymnics’ which perform flying, wall walking, aerial silk and other activities to propagate ‘anti-bullying and anti-drug’ awareness. The campus also has ministries where students can worship and seek guidance while collaborating over ideas of serving the communities. ‘One Place’ is one such platform where students as well as faculty enjoin in bringing creativity to the spiritual process. The campus colors are Gold and Blue.

    Education at Andrews is just as varied. The academic programs include 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate programs. There are study abroad programs available as well through its extension campuses or affiliations in 19 countries across 5 continents. There is Distance Education opportunities as well serving students nationally and internationally. Its notable program and building is the J. N. Andrews Honors program and James White Memorial Library.

    Andrews School Facts

    • Years Estd.1874
    • NicknameCardinals
    • MascotCardinal
    • MottoCorpus, Mens, Spiritus
    • Motto Eng.Body, Mind, Spirit
    • ColorsGold and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsUSCAA
    • Religious AffiliationSeventh Day Adventist

    Famous Andrews Alumni

    • George R. Knight

      Education & Advocacy

      A historian, author, and an educator. He is currently serving as the emeritus professor of church history with Andrews University

    • Homer Walter Drew, Jr.

      Professional Sports

      A former college basketball coach; now working as associate athletic director at Valparaiso University

    • Edwin R. Thiele

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Served the American Seventh-day Adventist missionary in China; also an editor, archaeologist, writer, and Old Testament professor

    • Benjamin G. Wilkinson

      Social Advocacy & Service

      A missionary, educator, theologian; also known as one of the originators of the King James Only beliefs

    • Shirley Neil Pettis

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Representative from California

    • Delbert Baker

      Education & Advocacy

      A minister, author, educator, and administrator; formerly served as the tenth president of Oakwood University


  • Baker College Seal

    Baker College

    Flint, Michigan

    • 23,790 Total Students
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Towards becoming one of the largest and not for profit institutes in Michigan, Baker College began its journey in 1910 with Muskegon College. It was founded by Woodbridge Ferris, who then later became the Governor of Michigan and then went on to become a U.S. Senator. By 1965, it merged with Baker Business University, which was founded by educator, Eldon E. Baker and was later purchased by Robert Jewell. The two institutes were brought under a single management group, and since 1977 have operated as nonprofit institute.

    Starting in Flint, Michigan, the college has grown into multiple campuses. It is has more than 10 locations throughout Michigan as campuses and institutes and one campus in Reading, Pennsylvania. Intensive expansion in the region resulted from the college’s mission to be serving its citizens through most value based offerings.

    Baker has been all about creating a unique experience for its students. It aims to become a career focused college and so offers small classes to its students. These allow for personal student faculty interaction, accelerating learning and growth. It complements its education with best delivery methods and offers programs needed to address the concerns of living in a global village. To have better educational outreach, the college also has its online programs, but what sets those programs apart from others being offered, is the three-week online orientation class that is provided with the only purpose to prepare its students for online experience and to leverage the most of it. Besides academics, education at Baker is also about ethics and community orientation.

    The college offers both undergraduate and graduate programs which include certificates, associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree. There are more than 150 programs offered in the fields of business, education, healthcare, technology and others. Its online offerings are just as diverse.

    Baker School Facts

    • Years Estd.1911
    • NicknameNone
    • MascotNone
    • ColorsBurgundy and Gray
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Calvin College Seal

    Calvin College

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • 3,990 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,824 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Calvin was founded in 1876 as a part of the Calvin College and Theological Seminary. It started as a school for ministry training, had only seven students when it began and was called De Theologische School. Over the years, the college expanded its academic offerings to include teachers training and pre professional programs. Continuing the same progress the college further transitioned as a four year college that it is today. It first started admitting females in 1901.

    The college was named Calvin College in 1931 and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college is on a mission to renew the Christian faith in its students and to equip them with knowledge and skills that can make them reason and act independently and justly while also excelling at their careers.

    Calvin brings a community of students and faculty enjoined in a greater purpose through education and prayer. The student life at the campus consists of more than 70 student groups and organisations providing every learning and skill development opportunity. Students learn leadership skills by being part of Perkins Fellows raising awareness of issues such as poverty, racism and others; there are opportunities to become workshops, dorm, student senators and orientation leaders. Faith and religion of the students is also given opportunities to grow through chapel service, Bible reading, or being involved in local churches. The fun aspect of the college includes events such as concerts and film screenings. There are interesting traditions at the college such as Chaos Day which is a dorm competition, Airband where students dance and lip sync through the college, Cold Knight Plunge where students take a dip in ice cold water and other unique traditions. Athletics is also practices, with the college teams, ‘Knights’ taking part in NCAA division I. The campus colors are Maroon and Gold and its mascot is ‘Joust the Knight’

    The academic offerings with Calvin include undergraduate programs, 100 plus majors, minors and other programs. The college also offers two Master degree programs. Its prestigious facilities are Spoelhof Center, Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory and a few others.

    Calvin School Facts

    • Years Estd.1876
    • NicknameKnights
    • Motto"My heart I offer to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely."
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – MIAA
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Reformed Church

    Famous Calvin Alumni

    • Jeannine Oppewall

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-nominated production designer

    • Patricia Rozema

      Entertainment & Arts

      Filmmaker

    • Jay Van Andel

      Business & Industry

      Businessman, who co-founded Amway

    • Richard DeVos

      Business & Industry

      Founded Amway and Orlando Magic; also CEO

    • Betsy DeVos

      Education & Advocacy

      Former chair of the Republican party in Michigan and Secretary of the Department of Education

    • Marc Evan Jackson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor and comedian

    • John Van Engen

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of History and Haskins Medal winner


  • Central Michigan University Seal

    Central Michigan University

    Mount Pleasant, Michigan

    Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    • 26,825 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 27% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 18,575 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Public research university, CMU began as Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute offering education in teaching, business and stenography. It was founded in 1892 and by 1895 the Michigan State Board of Education took over the school. The institute started expanding and adding academic disciplines and the first graduate program was added in 1938. It took on its present name in the year 1959.

    Central Michigan University is based in Mount Pleasant in Michigan. The university, counted as being among the largest universities in the state, brings together the faculty and students for an intellectually engaging journey which is aimed at developing better global solutions and foster professional as well as personal growth.

    CMU offers campus life to its students, which is filled with academic but also social and culturally diverse experiences. There are over 400 student led clubs or organizations that invite students to be a part of, learn and grow, ranging from interests such as political, recreation as well as academic. There are fraternities and sororities as well. Besides the student clubs, various events are also held at the campus which bring students of different fields and various interests together for a collaborative experience, such as performances, recitals, workshops, shows, movies and others. The university also holds and organizes camps, such as summer camps, sports camps or music camps. Students also learn leadership skills through Leadership safari or leadership institutes. Community service is also important of campus life; students volunteer hours to different projects or partners such as Adopt-A-Grandparent, Habitat for Humanity and other few. There are athletic facilities, its teams participating in NCAA division III and the university colors being Maroon and gold.

    At CMU, more than 200 academic programs are offered at the undergraduate level, and offer more than 70 degree programs, including Master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. The prestigious departments are The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Charles V. Park Library, Brooks Astronomical Observatory, Robinson Hall, Kulhavi Hall and a few others.

    CMU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1892
    • NicknameChippewas
    • MottoSapientia, Virtus, Amicitia'
    • Motto Eng.Wisdom, Virtue, Friendship
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – MAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous CMU Alumni

    • Jeff Daniels

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor, Emmy Award winner; works include Terms of Endearment, Arachnophobia, Gettysburg, Dumb and Dumber, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Newsroom

    • John Grogan

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author, known for best-selling memoir Marley & Me and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist

    • Robert P. Griffin

      Politics & Law

      Former United States Senator and House of Representatives member

    • Michael R. Lehnert

      Politics & Law

      Retired Major General in United States Marine Corps

    • C. W. Thornthwaite

      Science & Medicine

      Geographer and climatologist

    • Harold Cronk

      Entertainment & Arts

      Screenwriter, director, producer and founding partner at 10 West Studios

    • Jeffrey R. Caponigro

      Business & Industry

      President and CEO of Caponigro Public Relations, Inc

    • Nate Huffman

      Professional Sports

      Professional basketball player


  • Cleary University Seal

    Cleary University

    Howell, Michigan

    Cleary University in Howell, Michigan
    • 545 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 63% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 195 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Cleary is a Private business university that was founded by Patrick Roger Cleary, in the year 1883. It was founded seeing a need for an emerging business skill that needed formal education, the Penmanship, and the institute was called The Cleary School of Penmanship. In a few years, the school was preparing its graduate for teaching positions at public schools and so by 1913 it led a joint program for producing business teachers with Michigan State Normal College.

    It eventually turned into a college and in 2002 was elevated to university status, becoming Cleary University. The university has developed its education and programs, on a practical and project based approach, understanding the immediate need for business professionals and leaders prepared for the global community.

    At the university, students are provided with resources and the right approach, making their career goals more accessible. Students are facilitated in their entire journey with academic advising. Every student is provided with an individual academic advisor who looks after their academic performances, achievements, and work towards improving any setbacks. In addition, students are also provided tutoring services through their student portal, serving as an additional effort put in by both faculty and the students to achieve the very best. While students are being prepared academically, their career is also being planned and looked after by the Career Services department, which offers internships as well as career advice for those looking for it. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers entrepreneurial training through a Bootcamp, a weeks’ course which brings experts and students together to work on ideas. Besides serious work, the students also enjoy taking part in activities and programs through student led clubs and organisations present on campus. There is also athletic participation at USCAA. The campus colors are Red and Blue and the mascot is Clancy the Cougar.

    Academic programs at Cleary include 13 Bachelors programs, three Master degree programs, four Graduate Certificate programs and eight Professional Certificate programs. Its notable facilities are Arthur Secunda Museum, Johnson Center, Chrysler Building and Lyons Building.

    Cleary School Facts

    • Years Estd.1883
    • MascotClancy The Cougar
    • ColorsRed & Blue:
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Cleary Alumni

    • Winsor McCay

      Entertainment & Arts

      Cartoonist

    • Charles T. Knabusch

      Business & Industry

      Chairman of the Board and President of La-Z-Boy Inc.

    • Monica Ross-Williams

      Politics & Law

      Local politician and Ypsilanti Township Trustee

    • Vern Buchanan

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Congressman


  • College for Creative Studies

    Detroit, Michigan

    College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan
    • 1,487 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,681 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    CCS is a private college that provides education in the field of arts and design. The origin of the college goes back to 1906 when Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts was formed by a few individuals who wanted to preserve the English arts and craftsmanship. The college started offering a four year program by 1926 and it changed locations and names several times over the years, finally finding its permanent home in 1858.

    It adopted its present name, College for Creative Studies in the year 2001. With its legacy of preserving arts in a growing industrialised world, the college continues to nurture and savour the growing culture of arts embedded in a globally integrating society. It aims to create artists and leaders embracing change and exploring new creative dimensions. It is based in Detroit, Michigan.

    At CCS students find not just their place of study but a place where they make friends and enjoin others in their journey. There are plenty of opportunities students find off campus such as concerts, film screenings, comedians, comedy shows and plenty of recreation opportunities. There are also many opportunities on the campus, such as 13 student led clubs and organisations which provide social interaction and skill development. Further student success is ensured through one on one tutorial. Students are also helped with writing services which helps them improve their writing skills and prepare assignments. There is also counselling services which help students along their journey by helping them battle academic and personal issues. The college’s official colors are Gold and Deep Purple and the mascot is Watson Peacock.

    The academic programs offered at CCS are undergraduate programs with 13 majors and four graduate degree programs. There are also Certificate and non degree programs. Its prominent departments and facilities are Kresge Arts in Detroit, Valade Family Gallery, Kresge-Ford Building, Walter B. Ford II Building, Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden, Yamasaki Building, Taubman Center and more.

    CCS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1906
    • MascotWatson Peacock
    • ColorsPMS 109 (Gold), PMS 276 (Deep Purple)
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous CCS Alumni

    • Dave Hardin

      Entertainment & Arts

      Senior character animator at DreamWorks

    • Michael Bush

      Entertainment & Arts

      Puppetry, sculptor, co-writer and co-creator at Flying Boy Productions

    • Richard Nicolson

      Business & Industry

      Co-owner at Nicolson and Associates

    • Joel Piaskowski

      Business & Industry

      Director of design at Ford Motor Company

    • Teckla Rhodes

      Business & Industry

      Executive director of global industrial design at General Motors

    • Harry Bertoia

      Entertainment & Arts

      Italian-born artist, sculptor, and modern furniture designer

    • Donald Crum

      Entertainment & Arts

      Animator at Pixar

    • Serge Gay

      Entertainment & Arts

      Illustrator; also a Grammy Nominee


  • Concordia University- Ann Arbor Seal

    Concordia University- Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Concordia University- Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • 899 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 898 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    CUAA is a private liberal arts university that traces its beginning to the year 1962 when the institute’s first cornerstone was laid by the Lutherans who had been searching to build a college in the region since 1950s. It began in 1963 as Concordia Lutheran Junior College, however went through many name changes as well as academic expansion. By 1976, it began offering four year educational programs.

    It was in 2001 that the college finally transitioned into a university and became Concordia University Ann Arbor. It is part of the Concordia University System and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The university has been engaged in providing quality liberal arts education, strengthening each individual to serve their communities and achieve their purpose in life.

    Developing its students in every aspect of their lives, CUAA brings a vibrant and closely connected community of students and faculty working together to achieve their goals in life. Students engage with the faculty on a personal level, which gives rise better intellectual exchange. They interact and engage with each other through student organisations, over 10 present on campus, including cultural, recreational, professional and other clubs. Two important campus events include Orientation and Family Day which are both aimed at providing entertainment, fun and engagement to the students. There is campus ministry which ensures a healthy spiritual life on campus. There are worship activities, daily chapel sessions, local mission activities as well as outer community mission trips. Arts and creativity are another campus highlights; through Kreft Arts Program, the students take part in exhibitions, dance and theatrical performances, concerts as well as learn through lectures. There are campus athletic teams, the ‘Cardinals’ which are part of NAIA. The campus colors are Cardinal, Black and White and its mascot is Corky The Cardinal.

    Academic programs offered at CUAA are as follows: three Associate degree programs, more than 40 Bachelors degree programs choices and 11 Masters degree programs.  Its notable department is the Haab School of Business Administration and other prominent facilities are Zimmerman Library, Kreft Gallery and Kreft Black Box Theatre.

    CUAA School Facts

    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationLutheran Church - Missouri Synod

  • Cornerstone University Seal

    Cornerstone University

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • 2,572 Total Students
    • 73% Acceptance Rate
    • 18% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,620 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Cornerstone is a private higher education institute based in Christian values and which was founded in 1941 as an evening Bible institute. The institute would offer two classes per week and instructions focused simply on preparing individuals for church work. With popularity among the people, the course at the institute soon extended to two and three year study programs. The institute also added a seminary and adopted a liberal arts curriculum.

    It further added to its curriculum and by 1999 was approved as a university by the State of Michigan, named Cornerstone University. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the institute continues to impart knowledge and prepare students to serve their communities with passion.

    Life for students at Cornerstone comes with every opportunity to grow in mind as well as heart. As the first year begins, the students are made to participate in discipleship which results in complete immersion and faith building. This, the students do this in collaboration with other fellow students and so learning comes with social and personal interaction. Further ahead, there are over 20 student clubs and associations which offer fun and engaging platforms for students to further pursue their interests in physical, cultural, academic and other activities. There is Student Activities Board which arranges events on campus; some of the traditional annual events are Mudbowl, Some Night on Campus, Mock Rock and others. Similarly, there is focus on spiritual development and so the college encourages students to be part of worship services, chapel sessions, group Bible studies and others. The university has recreation opportunities as well, students taking part in athletics at NAIA. The campus colors are Royal Blue and Gold and the mascot is the ‘Golden Eagles’.

    The academic programs offered at Cornerstone are more than 100 programs including undergraduate programs (more than 60 majors), graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs. Its notable facilities are Crawford Hall, Keithley Hall, Pickitt Hall, Quincer Hall, Van Osdel Hall and Fuller, Knol and Morris Apartments.

    Cornerstone School Facts

    • Years Estd.1941
    • MascotGolden Eagles
    • ColorsRoyal Blue and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationInterdenominational

  • Davenport University Seal

    Davenport University

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • 8,142 Total Students
    • 89% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,219 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    DU is a private and non profit higher education institute that had its start as Grand Rapids Business College in the year 1886. It was founded by Conrad G. Swensburg, an army veteran. It started with only 16 students and with time the institute found it difficult to survive until in 1910 when it revived through the efforts of a single faculty member who later took the leadership of the institute and after whom the institute was later named.

    In the late 20th century, the institute added bachelors and masters programs, hence transforming into a university. Based in Caledonia Township, Michigan, the university now provides high quality education having relevance to today’s world and transforming the dreams of its students into reality.

    At Davenport University, students find plenty of opportunities to be involved in. The university has campuses in nine locations in the region and each campus has an individual campus leader facilitating student life. There is also Student Government working to make the campus life more enjoyable and voicing the grievances to faculty and administration. The student Government also brings a great chance for those looking to learn leadership skills and develop a network of personal and professional relationships. It also offers National Society of Leadership & Success which aims at building leadership through formal education. Besides there are over 30 registered student organisations that serve as social hubs and learning platforms with OrgSync helping students to connect with the organisations of their interests. For community service, the volunteer center which brings programs such as Into The Streets, DU Cares Project and other, for student participation. There are athletic teams, ‘Panthers’ which are a member of NAIA, with the mascot ‘Pounce’ and campus colors Red and Black.

    Academic programs at DU consist of eight Associate, 28 Bachelors and 16 Masters Degree programs. Its notable departments/facilities are Donald W. Maine College of Business, Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel Academic Center, Robert W. Sneden Center, Peter C. and Pat Cook Residence Hall, Fred and Lena Meijer Residence Hall, Margaret D. Sneden Library and few more.

    DU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1866
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MascotPounce
    • MottoGet where the world is going
    • ColorsRed and Black
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNAIA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous DU Alumni

    • JP Eloff

      Professional Sports

      Plays for the United States national rugby union team

    • Angus MacLellan

      Professional Sports

      Plays for the United States national rugby union team


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    Eastern Michigan University

    Ypsilanti, Michigan

    Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan
    • 21,824 Total Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 27% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 14,236 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    EMU is a public coeducational university that was established in 1849 however, it was in 1853 that it opened its doors for the students. It started as Michigan State Normal School and modelled after the German system, the school intended to produce formally educated and trained teachers. With expansion in its academics, it soon turned into Eastern Michigan College in 1956.

    With a few years, it soon introduced its first graduate programs and with that officially gained university status and was renamed as Eastern Michigan University in 1959. The institute has expanded into a diverse and dynamic educational institute, focusing on inquiry and intellectual development with a wider worldview.

    Based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, EMU is a modern day institute with a robust environment supporting student engagement and activity. There are over 250 student organisations that are the most primary hub of learning outside classroom and social networking. There is also the Student Government Association which is the representative body and works in students interests along with faculty and the administration. There is also leadership learning and skill development available through workshops and similar programs. There is CONNECT which brings students together as they learn from each other or Emerging Leaders Series or LeaderShape, all of which programs are designed to develop engagement and community outreach, and sharing experiences. As students find time from studies, they flock to the student center which is the central place for the students to spend time, relax, and also be involved in greener initiatives. Students also get involved in community initiatives such as volunteering for activities, empowerment of women and others. The students also enjoy athletics, as its teams ‘Eagles’ take part at NCAA Division I; the mascot is ‘Swoop’ and the colors are Green and White.

    The academic programs at the university are over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs including Bachelors, Masters, Certificates and Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities are Ford Gallery, Sherzer Hall, Kresge Environmental Education Center, Rynearson Stadium, Halle Library, Marshall Hall and others.

    EMU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1849
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotSwoop
    • MottoEquity, Exemplar, Excellence
    • ColorsGreen & White
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – MAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous EMU Alumni

    • Lee E. Brasseur

      Education & Advocacy

      Illinois State University professor; also an author and expert in the field of visualization

    • Michealene Cristini Risley

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author, writer, award winning director, blogger for the Huffington Post; also a producer of Tapestries of Hope

    • Andrew Miles Davis

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Philanthropist and economic advocate to the greater Ypsilanti and Traverse City areas

    • John Harvey Kellogg

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder of the Kellogg Company; also credited as co-creator of corn flakes

    • Larry Warren

      Education & Advocacy

      CEO of Howard University Hospital

    • Dr. Royal S. Copeland

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan and also a Senator from New York

    • Jack Roush

      Business & Industry

      CEO and owner of Roush Racing NASCAR; chairman of the board of Roush Enterprises

    • Earl Boykins

      Professional Sports

      National Basketball Association (NBA) player, currently playing for the Houston Rockets

    • Hank Longo

      Professional Sports

      Water ski jump world record holder and Water Ski Hall of Fame inductee


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    Ferris State University

    Big Rapids, Michigan

    Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan
    • 14,715 Total Students
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,297 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Ferris State University (FSU, Ferris) is an American public higher education institute, whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan. Ferris was the sole and first public institute to be established by individuals. It happened in 1884, when Woodbridge Nathan Ferris and his wife Helen Frances Gillespie decided to found the Big Rapids Industrial School in temporary quarters in the Vandersluis Block. In 1885, the school’s name was changed to be Ferris Industrial School when it moved to its permanent location at the northwest corner of Michigan in Maple Streets in the Big Rapids. The school started to grow as a pharmacy department was founded in 1893, while a year later it was consolidated with an amount of 50,000 dollars as a principal stock. The school name was changed again to be Ferris Institute. In 1900, Woodbridge Nathan Ferris decided to sell the institute to the public. However, he retained monitoring the interests for himself. On the 25th of August, 1931, Ferris Institute was purchased by a 39 member incorporators’ board from the former stockholder committee. Later on, the institute continued growing and changed its name again to be Ferris State College then Ferris State University on July 1968 and November 1987 respectively.

    Ferris mission is to encourage students and help them build up their salable skillfulness along with other personal skills to be able to keep pace with the prompt variations in the economy and surrounding society. FSU targets integrating teaching with practical exercising to raise highly qualified graduates capable of overcoming the global challenges.

    Ferris is unique in encouraging student activities along with education. This is obvious in establishment of Ferris State Torch, a weekly student running newspaper since 1931. The newspaper is completely student dominated. However, a faculty member and a business manager are included for advising only.

    FSU offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 10 master degrees and 4 doctoral degrees in addition to more than 40 associate degrees. The university consists of 8 colleges including Arts & Science, Business, Engineering Technology and Health Professions.

    Ferris School Facts

    • Years Estd.September 1, 1884 (1884-09-01)
    • NicknameBulldogs
    • MascotBrutus the Bulldog
    • ColorsCrimson and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA: Division II: GLIAC Division I: WCHA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Ferris Alumni

    • Norman Theodore Augustinus

      Entertainment & Arts

      American writer, a former editor of Ferris State Torch (the university student newspaper) and the writer of the famous radio show “The Adventures of E-Man”.

    • Carlton Brewster

      Professional Sports

      Previous arena football player, former player in FSU football team and a member in NFL in San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saint and others.

    • Monty Brown

      Professional Sports

      American wrestler known Marcus Cor Von, former National Football Player and a winner of JCW Heavyweight Championship, Elite 8 Tournament, PTW Heavyweight Championship, and PWI Rookie of the Year in 2004.

    • Jeff Blashill

      Professional Sports

      Currently head coach of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and former head coach of the ice hockey team of the Western Michigan University, Indiana and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

    • Shawn Patrick Christian

      Entertainment & Arts

      American famous movie and TV actor. Actor in several movies such as Secrets of The Mountain and Murder in The Humptons, and TV series such as Runway, Las Vegas, CSI: Miami.

    • Cody Chupp

      Professional Sports

      American current ice hockey player in the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, former player in Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey team.

    • Alan Charles "Al" Jardine

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American musician & guitarist and a founding member of the Beach Boys band. Singer of many famous songs including "Help Me, Rhonda”, "Then I Kissed Her" and "Come Go with Me.

    • Lyle Allen "Butch" Jones

      Professional Sports

      A famous American football player, current coach of the University of Tennessee team and former coach of the University of Cincinnati and Central Michigan University football teams.


  • Finlandia University Seal

    Finlandia University

    Hancock, Michigan

    Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan
    • 536 Total Students
    • 46% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,456 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Finlandia University (FU) is the only private higher educational institute in the Upper Peninsula. FU is located in Hancock, Michigan, United States, where it was founded as The Suomi College and Theological Seminary on 8th of September, 1896. J. K. Nikander noticed that a huge number of Finnish and Swedish people immigrated to Michigan in order to work in industries related to copper and lumber. Nikander was afraid the immigrants might lose their Finnish identity, thus he decided to establish the seminary in order to educate the immigrants the English language, the Finnish Culture and spiritual practice. The Suomi College and Theological Seminary became a liberal arts college in the 1920s, and then the seminary was separated in 1958. In 1996, the college changed its system to be a four-year educational institute instead of two educational institute. Finally, it changed to be a university in 2000. FU is characterized by being surrounded by pristine forests and few minutes far away from the southern shore of Lake Superior, one of the hugest water areas on earth surface.

    FU mission is to offer an outstanding educational society that could help students promote their spiritual development, academic achievement and contribution in community service. Besides offering educational service, Finlandia encourages students either men and women to be engaged in many sports activities.

    Finlandia campus involves the Finnish American Heritage Center, a cultural center that is concerned with organizing cultural events. In addition it is responsible for issuing The Finnish American Reporter which is a monthly newspaper covering news the Finnish Americans are interested in.

    FU offers more than 30 bachelor degrees, associate degrees and certificates. FU campus consists of four schools which are International School of Business, International School of Arts and Design, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Health Sciences. The first two schools offer a unique program for students to study abroad for a certain period to have the opportunity to be exposed to the life abroad outside the United States.

    FU School Facts

    • Years Estd.8 September 1896
    • MascotLions
    • MottoDominus Illuminatio Mea
    • Motto Eng.The Lord is my Light
    • ColorsFinlandia Blue, Anthracite Gray and White
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church

    Famous FU Alumni

    • Trent Daavettila

      Professional Sports

      An American ice hockey player and a former coach of Colorado Eagles of the ECHL.

    • Ryan Donovan

      Professional Sports

      An American ice hockey goalkeeper and current player in the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

    • Sanna Kannasto

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Canadian labour activist and feminist of Finnish origin, and a former activist in the Canadian suffragette movement and n the Finnish Canadian socialist movement during the beginning of 1900s.


  • Grace Bible College

    Wyoming, Michigan

    • 828 Total Students
    • 81% Acceptance Rate
    • 54% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 364 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Grace Bible College is a private evangelical college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college started in 1939 in the Fundamental Bible Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to train Sunday school teachers and Lay church members. The school was renamed several times indicating the expansion of the programs offered in 1941 and 1953 to Milwaukee Bible Institute and Milwaukee Bible College respectively.

    Grace Bible College states its mission to graduate people who can serve Christ in the church and the community. Its campus is currently located at a campus covering 23-acre piece of land. It is a small community where people meet four times a week through chapel events. The college athletic teams compete are affiliated to NCCAA and ACCA. The official colors for the school are blue and gold while its mascot is tiger.

    The college is regionally approved by the Commission for Higher Education and the Association of Biblical Higher Education to grant Bachelor and Associate degrees in addition to adult and graduate degree programs. The college is affiliated to the Grace Gospel fellowship which is denominational organization which Grace churches are allowed to join. The college also offers online degree programs including 3 bachelor’s degree programs, 5 master’s degree programs and an associate degree program. All students enrolled to the college receive some form of financial support or scholarships.

    Grace School Facts

    • Years Estd.1945
    • MascotTiger
    • ColorsBlue and gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationOther Protestant

  • Grand Valley State University Seal

    Grand Valley State University

    Allendale, Michigan

    Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan
    • 25,325 Total Students
    • 81% Acceptance Rate
    • 30% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 16,989 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Grand Valley State University is a public coeducational institute of liberal arts. The university was established in 1960 under the name Grand Valley State University to fulfill the needs of Grand Rapids area. Donations were collected to support the purchase of the land with $350,000 and construction with $1000,000. Construction began in 1961 and the university and the first class started two years later. In 1970s, the university was divided into several colleges including “College of Arts and Sciences,” “Thomas Jefferson College,” “William James College,” “Seidman College of Business,” and “College IV”. The university reorganized its programs into divisions rather than colleges in 1983. It is currently administered by a board of trustees consisting of 8 members appointed by the State Governor.

    Grand Valley main campus currently covers 1,322-acre land at Allendale. The campus is divided into northern and southern areas by West Campus Drive. It includes many distinctive sculptures including Dale Eldred, Joseph Kinnebrew and James Clover. The campus also includes Mary Idema Pew Library which covers more than 150,000 square feet. Moreover, the university operates a satellite campus in downtown Grand Rapids covering 40 acres with several distinctive buildings including the Richard DeVos Center, L.V. Eberhard Center, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, L. William Seidman Center, Beckering Family Carillon Tower, The Depot, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Keller Engineering Laboratories, John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, Peter F. Secchia Hall, Winter Hall, and the Van Andel Global Trade Center. There is also a third campus at downtown Holland. Additionally, GVSU has five centers in Muskegon, Traverse and Detroit cities. The official colors of the university are Laker blue, black and white while its mascot is Louie the Laker.

    Grand Valley is currently divided into eight colleges including F.E. Seidman College of Business, Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Kirkhof College of Nursing and Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies in addition to the Frederik Meijer Honors College. Programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    GVSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1960
    • NicknameLakers
    • MascotLouie the Laker
    • MottoEducating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.
    • ColorsLaker Blue, Black, White
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – GLIAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Great Lakes Christian College

    Lansing, Michigan

    • 158 Total Students
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Great Lakes Christian College (GLCC) is a private four-year Christian based educational institute that is located in Delta Township, west of Lansing, Michigan State. It was established as Great Lakes Bible College in 1949 at Rock Lake near Vestaburg. At that time its capacity did not exceed 12 students. Later on, the college succeeded in purchasing a close farm to establish it first campus. The first campus was located in Dodge Mansion in Lansing, Michigan. It opened its doors to students in 1958. Afterwards in 1972, GLCC purchased a forty seven acres land in Delta Township to establish its current campus there. The Bible College expanded its academic programs and consequently changed its name its current one in 1992. Five years later, the college was accredited from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Finally, it established the multi-purpose facility on its campus the “Doty Center” to honor Dr. Brante Lee Doty, one of the contributors in the progress of GLCC. The campus consists of three main portions which are: the administration building compromising of the classrooms as well as faculty and staff rooms, the Doty Center and the school library.

    GLCC mission is to prepare well educated generations under the umbrella of the Christian aspects and values to be able to serve the national and global communities. Besides providing high standard educational services and spreading Christian values among the students, the college aims at providing students with convenient athletics facilities and establishment of many sports teams.

    GLCC offers four-year undergraduate programs in more than 15 majors related to liberal arts, sciences and Christian education. In addition, it offers a unique dual enrollment program in which high school students can join GLCC for credit courses that could be used for their high school graduation or transferred later on to other colleges or universities.

    GLCC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1949
    • NicknameThe Lakes, Crusaders
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Churches and Churches of Christ

  • Hope College Seal

    Hope College

    Holland, Michigan

    Hope College in Holland, Michigan
    • 3,392 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,420 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Hope College is a private, residential college for liberal arts. It is located in downtown Holland, Michigan, US, a few miles from Lake Michigan. The college was founded in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants, after the establishment of the Dutch community by four years. It was first opened as a primary school and then expanded to the secondary level, and finally expanded to the college level education and named as Hope College. The first freshman college class was enrolled in in 1862, and the college was then chartered in 1866. Female students were admitted to the school for the first time in 1878. Hope is linked to the Reformed Church in America and thus holds a spiritual Christian atmosphere.

    The campus is 125 acres that has been shared with the Western Theological Seminary since 1884. Van Vleck Hall is considered the second oldest building in the city, and it is the oldest building on Hope’s campus which originally housed the Pioneer School. It serves now as a residential hall. There are several other distinctive buildings on campus as Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Kruizenga Art Museum, Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center and DeVos Fieldhouse in addition to 11 residence halls and 15 apartment buildings as Van Zoeren Hall and VanderWerf hall. The athletics teams of Hope are called Flying Dutchmen (men) and the Flying Dutch (women). They compete in NCAA Division III and MIAA. The official campus colors are orange and blue.

    The college offers more than 90 majors in different disciplines, in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Hope is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It has been ranked in the top 25% of Forbes’ 2016 list of “America’s Top Colleges”.  It is also ranked 64th in Liberal Arts Colleges in Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best, and 135 among all colleges.

    Hope School Facts

    • Years Estd.1866
    • NicknameFlying DutchmenFlying Dutch
    • MottoSpera in Deo (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Hope in God
    • ColorsOrange and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III — MIAA
    • Religious AffiliationReformed Church in America

    Famous Hope Alumni

    • Wendell Alverson Miles

      Politics & Law

      Federal judge

    • John Moolenaar

      Politics & Law

      Representative, Michigan's 4th congressional district

    • Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Slashdot

    • Robert H. Schuller

      Business & Industry

      Televangelist, founder of The Hour of Power

    • Richard Smalley

      Science & Medicine

      Nobel prize-winning chemist

    • Samuel Marinus Zwemer

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Scholar, missionary in Arabia


  • Jackson College Seal

    Jackson College

    Jackson, Michigan

    Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan
    • 5,440 Total Students
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Jackson College is a community college located in Jackson County, Michigan. It was established in 1928 under the name of Jackson Junior College and operated as a division of the Jackson Public Schools. The institution was reincorporated in 1962 as a community college under the “Public Act 188 of 1955” which made it independent of the Jackson Public Schools. Two years later, the college was granted a charter millage for continuous fund of the college. It was renamed in 1965 to Jackson Community College. In 2013, the college name was changed again to its current one.

    Jackson College has 4 campuses in the Jackson area with total area of more than 500 acres. The central campus contains most of the academic and administrative buildings as Bert Walker Hall, James McDivitt Hall, Justin Whiting Hall, William Atkinson Hall, Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse in addition to George E. Potter Center which is a versatile performing arts complex. Other locations for the college include JC @ LISD TECH, Hillsdale LeTarte Center, W.J. Maher Campus and Jackson Flight Center. The official colors of the college are gold and maroon. Its athletic teams are nicknamed Jets and compete in the NJCAA Division II. There are several entertaining events that are held annually at Potter performance center at the main campus as Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Weatherwax Foundation Grant.

    The college is divided into 62 academic departments. It offers 72 programs grouped into 6 pathways. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college started in 2017 an initiative called Text Book Zero which offer digital text options including e-books and digital materials for all courses offered.

    Jackson School Facts

    • Years Estd.1928
    • NicknameJets
    • ColorsGold and Maroon
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNJCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Kettering University Seal

    Kettering University

    Flint, Michigan

    Kettering University in Flint, Michigan
    • 2,252 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,478 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kettering University is a private experiential university offering programs in business and STEM education. It was founded in 1919 by Albert Sobey under the name of the School of Automotive Trade. Its establishment was supported by the Industrial Fellowship of Flint. In 1923, the university name was changed to Flint Institute of Technology. Three years later, General Motors acquired the institute changing its name to General Motors Institute of Technology and then to General Motors Institute in 1932. The institute granted the first bachelor degree in 1946 through a co-op program that required students to find sponsorship from GM division. Students were divided into two sections which were alternatively rotated between work and school. The institute was split from the GM company in 1982 as the company reduced its business in Flint changing its name to GMI Engineering & Management Institute. The name was finally changed to Kettering University in 1998 in honor of Charles Kettering; an American inventor with 186 patents.

    The university campus is located along Flint River covering 90 acres. The campus offers distinctive buildings Thompson hall, Connie & Jim John Recreation Center, C.S. Mott engineering and science Center, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Atwood Stadium and Children’s Museums. In 2015, the university announced a plan to establish General Motors Foundation Automotive Research Area covering 19 acres. The official colors for the university are gold and blue while its mascot is called General Determination.

    The university is divided into 11 departments offering 14 undergraduate programs and 7 graduate programs granting Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is ranked 7th among mechanical engineering programs in U.S. in 2017. The university has a unique community center for FIRST Robotics Competition that can host eight teams with plans to expand it to host 16 teams in the future.

    Kettering School Facts

    • Years Estd.October 20, 1919
    • NicknameBulldogs
    • MascotGeneral Determination
    • ColorsGold and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Kettering Alumni

    • Mary Barra

      Business & Industry

      CEO of General Motors

    • Raj Nair

      Business & Industry

      group vice president of Ford Motor Company

    • Paul Bascobert

      Business & Industry

      President of Bloomberg Businessweek

    • Karenann Terrell

      Business & Industry

      Chief Information Officer for Walmart

    • Bob Kagle

      Business & Industry

      Successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor in eBay and Instagram


  • Lake Superior State University Seal

    Lake Superior State University

    Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

    Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
    • 2,249 Total Students
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,615 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lake Superior State University (Lake State, Lake Superior State or LSSU) is a small public university founded in 1946 to support the returning World War II veterans and to provide educational chances to the people of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It is the smallest public university in Michigan. The area, on which the campus of Lake Superior State University was built, served as Fort Brady at the period from 1894 to 1944. It is recorded as “New Fort Brady” on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1966, It was named Lake Superior State College of Michigan Technological University. The college received self-rule from Michigan Tech. in 1970 and was called “Lake Superior State College”. In 1987, the institution received the university status. LSSU was the first college in the United States to grant an accredited four-year fire science program, and it is now one of only three universities in the United States to offer such a program in addition to the robotics specialization. The radio station of the university is named WLSO, and its student newspaper is called the Compass.

    Lake Superior campus extends over 115 acres with several iconic buildings including Brady Hall, Brown Hall, Cisler Center, CASET, Norris Center, Fletcher Center, Crawford Hall, Shouldice Library, and South Hall. The university’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Soo Lakers in correlation with the school’s hometown, however, the school’s official nickname is the Lakers. Before naming the school as the Lakers, athletics teams were known as the Hornets. The men’s ice hockey team competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I, as the only team in LSSU to play in this level. This team is also part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Other sport teams at LSSU compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Division II, of which LSSU is a charter member. The university’s mascot is Seamore the Sea Duck, FogHorn the Sailor, while the official colors are blue and gold.

    LSSU offers more than 45 major programs in different disciplines. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in addition to several other organizations providing specialized accreditation to certain programs.

    LSSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1946
    • NicknameLakers
    • MascotSeamore the Sea Duck,Fog Horn the Sailor
    • MottoBelieve in Blue Redefining the Classroom.
    • ColorsBlue & Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Div I – WCHA / Div II – GLIAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LSSU Alumni

    • Bates Battaglia

      Professional Sports

      Former NHL player

    • Rick Comley

      Professional Sports

      Former head hockey coach in Michigan State University

    • Chris Dahlquist

      Professional Sports

      Former NHL player

    • John Grahame

      Professional Sports

      Former goaltender

    • Darrin Madeley

      Professional Sports

      Former NHL player

    • Doug Weight

      Professional Sports

      Assistant coach New York Islanders (NHL)


  • Lawrence Technological University Seal

    Lawrence Technological University

    Southfield, Michigan

    Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan
    • 3,516 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,147 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lawrence Technological University is a private university located in Southfield, Michigan. It was established in 1932 by Russell E. Lawrence. The institute declared since its establishment a non-discrimination policy for admitting students regarding race, color, religious, national or ethnic origin. It allowed students to complete their degrees by attending morning classes, evening classes or combination of both. It initially operated in Highland Park, Michigan under the name of Lawrence Institute of Technology. The university expanded in 1955 by moving to Southfield. Lawrence launched master’s programs in 1989 changing its name to the current one. Doctoral programs were launched in 2002.

    Lawrence Tech campus currently covers 102 acres including several distinctive buildings as A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center which was dedicated in 2016 after 10-years fundraising campaign yielding $125 million, Wayne H. Buell Management Building, Edward Donley Residence Hall, Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall and Don Ridler Field House. Additionally, the university owns the The Gregor S. and Elizabeth B. Affleck House which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and established in 1940. The house was donated to the university in 1978 and is currently listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places. The official colors of the university are blue and white while its mascot is called the Blue Devil. Its athletic teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.

    Lawrence is divided into 4 colleges offering more than 100 academic programs. It has achieved several prominent rankings. For example, it was ranked among the Top Tier for “Universities–Master’s (Midwest)” and 26th among “Best Colleges for Veterans.” by U.S. News & World Report. Princeton reviews listed it among the top 50 schools for game design in 2016 and 2017. The university got accreditation renewal from the Higher Learning Commission for the period 2010 – 2020.

    LTU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1932
    • NicknameBlue Devils
    • MascotBlue, the Blue Devil
    • MottoTheory and Practice
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNAIA Division II – WHAC*ACHA Division 3 – MCHC(*men's hockey)
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LTU Alumni

    • Steven A. Ballmer

      Business & Industry

      former CEO of Microsoft and current owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers

    • Hassane El-Khoury

      Business & Industry

      CEO and President of Cypress Semiconductor

    • John W. Laister

      Business & Industry

      Designer of high wing/rear door cargo plane which is still used worldwide

    • John DeLorean

      Business & Industry

      founder of the De Lorean Motor Company and creator of the first muscle car

    • Donald W. Date

      Business & Industry

      former chief architect for the United States' Panama Canal Co.


  • Madonna University Seal

    Madonna University

    Livonia, Michigan

    Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan
    • 3,704 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 972 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Madonna University is a catholic independent university for liberal arts located in suburban Livonia, Michigan on the western part of metropolitan Detroit. The university was established in 1937 by Mother Mary DeSales Tocka and her council in the Felician Central Convent. The college was initially named Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Junior College with the first class consisting of 18 sisters. In 1982, the institute established the master’s degree programs and achieved the university status 9 years later. It launched the doctoral program in 2009.

    Madonna University states its mission is to provide the students with Christian values, intellectual inquiry, respect for diversity and enthusiasm to serving others in combination with liberal art and professional career education. The university main campus covers 80 acres with several distinctive buildings and facilities including Ford Motor Co. Technology Wing, Kresge Hall, Presentation BVM Chapel, Franciscan Studios, Sr. Mary Danatha Gathering Center, Suchyta Lecture Hall, Angelo DiPonio Building and Maertens Building. Campus media of Madonna University include its print publications; The Madonna Now, the Madonna Herald and the Madonna Muse. The university also operates an online radio station and a television show called Live 365 and Celebrate Michigan, respectively. The official colors of the university are blue and gold. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Crusaders, compete in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    The university is divided into 5 colleges and schools in addition to the graduate schools offering 80 undergraduate programs and 34 graduate programs. There are also 5 undergraduate and 7 graduate online programs. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in addition to 9 other institutions providing accreditation to particular programs.

    Madonna School Facts

    • Years Estd.1937
    • NicknameCrusaders
    • MottoSapientia Desursum (from Latin: Wisdom from Above)
    • ColorsBlue and gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNAIA
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

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    Marygrove College

    Detroit, Michigan

    Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan
    • 1,380 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,148 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Marygrove College is an independent institute for liberal arts sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was established in 1899 and grew six years later to a two-year college. In 1910, the college was recognized as a four-year college to grant degrees changing its name to St. Mary’s College. The name was changed again in 1927 to Marygrove College when it moved its current location in Detroit. In 1936, the college declared more emphasis on female independence. In the following year, Sister Honora Jack held position as the first College’s woman president. In 1938, the college accepted black students for the first time. It became a coeducational institute in 1970. Glenda D. Price was the first African American woman to be appointed as the college’s president in 1988. The university has witnessed several controversial events on campus including protests over the use of college facilities by the LGBT group Dignity USA, an alleged sexual assault on campus, and the opening of a Muslim prayer room.

    Marygrove campus is located in Detroit, Michigan covering 1250 acres Madame Cadillac Hall, Alumnae Hall, Denk Chapman Hall, Florent Gillet Residence Hall, Green and Gold Lounge and the Keenan Courtyard. The official colors of the college are gold and green. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed            Mustangs, compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.

    The College offers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 7 master’s degree programs, and 20 certification programs. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

    Marygrove School Facts

    • Years Estd.1905
    • NicknameMustangs
    • ColorsGold and Green
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNAIA – WHACUSCAA
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Marygrove Alumni

    • Kerry Bentivolio

      Politics & Law

      the United States Representative for Michigan

    • Gabrielle Burton

      Entertainment & Arts

      feminist novelist and screenwriter

    • Carolyn Franklin

      Entertainment & Arts

      Singer and Songwriter

    • Maura D. Corrigan

      Social Advocacy & Service

      former Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services

    • Leslie Love

      Politics & Law

      Democratic politician elected for the Michigan House of Representatives


  • Michigan Jewisََh Institute

    W Bloomfield, Michigan

    • 996 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 91% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,621 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Michigan Jewisََh Institute is a private higher education institute located in West Bloomfield with its administrative office located in Southfield, Michigan. The institute was established in 1994 by members of the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community. They aimed at taking over the the Norman and Esther Allen Touro College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to establish the new college within the campus of the Center for Living Judaism. The institute initially aimed at providing education to Russian speaking immigrants and to support them to get jobs in the United States. In 2012, the student enrollment exceeded 2,000 which motivated the administration to grow by establishing online degree programs. Currently, most of the enrolled students at the institute are enrolled in online Judaic studies program and are also enrolled in other regular institutes.

    The institute states that its mission is to provide arts and sciences while focusing on the development of career needed skills. It offers studies in computer, business and Judaic studies. Courses are also offered at the institute through online mode of study.

    MJI School Facts

    • Years Estd.1994
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationJewish

  • Michigan State University Seal

    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

    Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
    • 50,538 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 35% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 35,300 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Michigan State University is a public research institute located in East Lansing, Michigan. It was established in 1855 under the name of Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. The college was among the first institute in the United States providing agricultural studies. Classes began two years later with 5 faculty members and 63 students. Similar to agriculture, the college was leading in the introduction of several studies as packaging, hospitality business, supply chain management, and communication sciences. In 1861, the college was approved to offer 4-year programs and to grant master’s degree based on the Reorganization Act. The college then changed its name to State Agricultural College. The college became coeducational and expanded its study programs after the Morrill Act was issued. This act also recognized the institute as a land-grant institute and as a national model. In 1925, the name of the college was changed again to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science to indicate the increased variety of programs offered. In 1949, the college joined the Big Ten Conference replacing the University of Chicago. The name of the college was changed in 1955 to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science before gaining its current name in 1964. The university established a branch campus in Pontiac Township, Oakland County in 1957 on 1,500-acre land that was donated to the university however, the branch separated into an independent institute thirteen years later under the name of Oakland University. In 2006, the university cooperated with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to establish the University Research Corridor which aimed at enhancing the local economy and connect research to the industry.

    Michigan University has three campuses in the United States, an independent conference center and hotel in addition to a branch campus in Dubai. The main campus covers 5,200 acres with only 2,000 acres developed. The campus includes 556 buildings of which 100 buildings are academic and 166 are residential. The official colors of the university are green and white while its mascot is called Sparty.

    MSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.February 12, 1855
    • NicknameSpartans
    • MascotSparty
    • MottoAdvancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.
    • ColorsGreen, white
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MSU Alumni

    • Alfred D. Hershey

      Science & Medicine

      1969 Nobel Laureate for physiology or medicine

    • Michael Driscoll

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    • Lloyd Groff Copeman

      Business & Industry

      invented first electric stove which paved the way to the development of the microwave

    • Anthony Heald

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor who filmed the Silence of the Lambs

    • Debbie Stabenow

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Senator from Michigan


  • Michigan Technological University Seal

    Michigan Technological University

    Houghton, Michigan

    Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan
    • 7,218 Total Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,386 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Michigan Technology University is a public research institute in Houghton, Michigan. The institute was established in 1885 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It initially operated as a post-secondary institute under the name of Michigan Mining School. It aimed at training copper mine engineers working in the local environment. Jay Abel Hubbell donated the land for the establishment of the first buildings on campus and motivated the state legislature to establish the college. The first class started in the following year with 4 faculty members and 23 students who were hosted in the Houghton Fire Hall till 1889. The name was changed again in 1897 to Michigan College of Mines before being changed again 30 years later to become Michigan College of Mining and Technology. In 1931, the college faced financial difficulties due to the Great Depression forcing the institute to implement pay cuts that affected the staff including the department heads and its president. The name was changed again in 1956 to become Michigan Technological University. In 1964, the university was recognized officially as an independent institute controlled by a Board of Control.

    The university campus covers 925 acres offering several distinctive buildings and facilities as J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Rekhi Hall, Douglass Houghton Hall, Walker Arts and Humanities Center, R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building, Fisher Hall, Hamar House Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Wadsworth Residence Hall. The official colors of the university are black and gold while its mascot is called Blizzard T. Husky. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA’s Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into 5 colleges and school in addition to the graduate school and Pavlis Honors College. It offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate programs. It is ranked 116th and 68th among the top universities in the United States by U.S News and World Reports in addition to Washington Monthly.

    MTU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1885
    • NicknameHuskies
    • MascotBlizzard T. Husky
    • MottoCreate the Future
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MTU Alumni

    • Melvin Calvin

      Science & Medicine

      Nobel laureate and discoverer of the Calvin Cycle

    • Tony Esposito

      Professional Sports

      former NHL player

    • Charles Gates Sr.

      Social Advocacy & Service

      founder of Gates Corporation

    • Greg Ives

      Professional Sports

      NASCAR crew chief

    • Kanwal Rekhi

      Business & Industry

      businessman and entrepreneurship promoter in Silicon Valley


  • Northern Michigan University Seal

    Northern Michigan University

    Marquette, Michigan

    Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan
    • 8,303 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 35% Enrollment Rate
    • 21 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,820 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northern Michigan University is a public higher education institute located in Marquette, Michigan. The university was established by the State Legislature in 1899. The university was initially named Northern State Normal School. The first class started in the same year with 32 students and 6 faculty members in rented classrooms. In 1900, the school opened its own campus on a land donated by local businessman and philanthropist John M. Longyear and accordingly, the academic building was named in his honor. The name of the school was changed in 1927 to “Northern State Teachers College” before being changed again in 1942 to “Northern Michigan College of Education”. Its name was changed in 1955 to “Northern Michigan College”. In 1935, the college started offering graduate degree programs in corporation with the University of Michigan. The college achieved the university status in 1963 when a new state constitution was adopted. It was then recognized as a comprehensive institute satisfying the educational needs of Upper Michigan.

    The university campus covers 350 acres with several distinctive buildings and facilities including Berry Events Center, Cohodas Hall, Forest Roberts Theatre, Gries Hall, CB Hedgcock Building, Jamrich Hall and McClintock Hall. Other important buildings include Seaborg Science Complex, Superior Dome, The Jacobetti Center and the Whitman Hall. The university library, which is named Lydia M. Olson Library, hosts more than 500,000 volumes and has more than 29,000 periodical subscriptions. Moreover, the university hosts one of 16 Olympic Training Sites in the United States. The university athletic teams compete in the NCAA’s Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Its official colors are green and gold while its mascot is called Wildcat Willy.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges including Walker L. Cisler College of Business. The university offers undergraduate degree programs in more than 100 majors in addition to 24 associate degree programs.

    NMU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1899
    • NicknameWildcats
    • MascotWildcat Willy
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NMU Alumni

    • Howard Schultz

      Business & Industry

      CEO and Chairman of Starbucks

    • Joseph A. Strohl

      Politics & Law

      former member of the Wisconsin State Senate

    • Mark Maddox

      Professional Sports

      NFL player for Buffalo Bills

    • Erik Gustafsson

      Professional Sports

      hockey player for Philadelphia Flyers

    • Nick Baumgartner

      Professional Sports

      Winter X Games gold medalist in 2011 Snowboard Cross event


  • Northwestern Michigan College Seal

    Northwestern Michigan College

    Traverse City, Michigan

    Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan
    • 4,264 Total Students
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is a community college located in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. The college was established in 1951. It operated initially in borrowed facilities at the local airport. The college relocated 5 years later to its campus covering 100 acres. In 1966, the college started broadcasting a radio station which is called WNMC radio within its dormitory. In 1988, the college received $2.5 million donation supporting campus renovations. Six years later, the college changed its academic calendar from terms to semesters. In 1995, the college opened a new campus at the location which was used formerly as the headquarters of Sara Lee. The college opened Cadillac Campus two years later. The college opened an additional campus in 2003 which at Great Lakes. However, the college decided in the following to close Cadillac campus because it was no longer financially profitable.

    The college states that its mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to students from the surrounding community. The college has 4 campuses located in Traverse City, Michigan. Prominent buildings on the main campus include the Dennos Museum Center which includes William and Helen Milliken Auditorium. Other important buildings include Founders Hall, James Beckett Building, Les Biederman Building, OKerstorm Fine Arts Building and Osterlin Building. Other locations for the college currently operating include the Aero Park Campus, the University Center Campus and Rogers Observatory.

    The college offers around 80 academic programs granting associate and bachelor degrees. It also grants masters and doctoral degrees in addition to some bachelor degrees through its University Center partnerships. NMC also operates Great Lakes Maritime Academy which is the only Maritime Academy in the U.S. located on Fresh water. It is also one of 6 Maritime academies in the United States receiving federal administration. NMC is currently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    NMC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1951
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NMC Alumni

    • Bart Stupak

      Politics & Law

      A member of the Democratic Party and former U.S. Representative

    • Glenn Wolff

      Entertainment & Arts

      a well-known artist and owner of Illustration Studio

    • Richard Benedict

      Entertainment & Arts

      Television and film actor and director

    • Jim Hay

      Business & Industry

      Chairman of JMH Group which is based in Dubai

    • John Robert Williams

      Politics & Law

      murderer, abductor, and suspected serial killer


  • Northwood University Seal

    Northwood University

    Midland, Michigan

    Northwood University in Midland, Michigan
    • 3,337 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,192 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northwood University (NU) is a private higher education institute located in Midland, Michigan. The university was established in 1959 by Arthur E. Turner and R. Gary Stauffer. It was initially named Northwood Institute and was located in Alma, Michigan. Two years later, the institute relocated to Midland, Michigan. In 1964, the institute established a branch campus in Orange County, Indiana in the former campus of West Baden College. In 1982, the institute opened an additional residential campus in Florida. In the following year, the institute decided to close its Orange County campus. The institute was later accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In 1993, its name was changed to “Northwood University”. In 2001, the university started a joint program with the Hotel Institute Montreux  which aimed at combining Swiss hospitality traditions with American management practices. At that time, the university expanded its program centers to reach 40 locations in the United States and abroad. In 2015, Northwood sold Florida campus to Keiser University. The university announced that it will focus on the expansion of the expansion of its campus in Midland.

    The university states that its mission is to prepare the students to become future world leaders with in the free-enterprise society. The university main campus has an urban campus covering 90 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Gerace and Fisher Stadiums, Gerstacker Athletic Complex, DeVos Graduate School, Naegele Village, DuBois Hall, Miner Hall, Dow Commons Dining Hall, Juillerat Field, Sloan Family Building, and Jordan Hall & Mid-Caf. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Timberwolves, compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as members of NCAA Division II.

    Northwood offers 22 undergraduate programs, 4 master’s degree programs in addition to 2 online master’s programs. Additionally, the university offers adult degree programs. The university offers 5 scholarship programs in addition to private donors’ scholarships.

    NU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959
    • Mascot"Woody" Timberwolf
    • ColorsNU Dark Blue and NU Lighter Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsTimberwolves-NCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NU Alumni

    • Rob Childress

      Professional Sports

      college baseball coach

    • Dick DeVos

      Business & Industry

      co-founder of son of Amway

    • Jose Jono Jumamoy

      Politics & Law

      Municipal Mayor of Inabanga, Bohol, Philippines

    • Blake Koch

      Professional Sports

      NASCAR driver

    • Ana Brnabić

      Politics & Law

      Prime Minister of Serbia

    • Dave Attenson

      Business & Industry

      Inventor of the fidget spinner


  • Oakland University Seal

    Oakland University

    Rochester Hills, Michigan

    Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan
    • 20,261 Total Students
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 21 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,162 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Oakland University (OU) is a public higher education institute located in Rochester, Michigan. It is classified by Carnegie foundation as a doctoral research institute. The university was established in 1957 by Matilda Dodge Wilson and John A. Hannah. Establishment of the university was supported by Alfred Wilson who donated 1,443 acres and $2 million to Michigan State University. The land donated included several buildings as Meadow Brook Hall and Sunset Terrace. The first class started at the new university in 1959 under the name of Michigan State University–Oakland. The university gained its current name 4 years later. In 1970, the university became an independent institute. In 2009, tenured faculty members went on strike refusing salary freeze and cuts in the medical insurance at the same time when the university president received $100,000 raise. The strike ended after new contracts were issued with acceptable terms.

    The university states that its mission is to provide student-centered education with global perspective offering unique and distinctive opportunities to the students. The university main campus covers 1,443 acres in a suburban area. The campus offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including an 18-hole disc golf course and the Elliot Tower. Additionally, the campus includes Meadow Brook Theatre is the largest non-profit professional Michigan. The university library, which is known as Kresge Library, hosts the Oakland University Archives, the Historical Abraham Lincoln Collection, the Jane M. Bingham Historical Children’s Collection, and a tech center. The library was opened in 1962 and named in honor of Stanley and Sebastian Kresge. The university has branch locations in Auburn Hills and Macomb County. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Golden Grizzlies, compete in NCAA Division I and the Horizon League. The official colors of the university are black and gold.

    The university is divided into 7 schools offering 132 undergraduate degree programs and 138 graduate programs. It grants bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees in addition to professional certificates. Additionally, the university operates 13 research centers including Pawley Learning Institute and Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education.

    Oakland School Facts

    • Years Estd.1957
    • NicknameGolden Grizzlies
    • MottoSeguir virtute e canoscenza (Italian)
    • Motto Eng.Seek virtue and knowledge
    • ColorsBlack & Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Oakland Alumni

    • Rawle Marshall

      Professional Sports

      former NBA player for Dallas Mavericks

    • Howard Birndorf

      Business & Industry

      co-founder of Hybritech

    • Deborah Servitto

      Politics & Law

      Judge of Michigan Court of Appeals

    • Deborah Cherry

      Politics & Law

      Senator at Michigan Senate

    • John G. Denison

      Business & Industry

      CEO of ATA Airlines


  • Olivet College Seal

    Olivet College

    Olivet, Michigan

    Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan
    • 1,014 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 13% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,378 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Olivet College is a private liberal arts higher education institute located in Olivet, Michigan. The college was established in 1844 by Rev. John J. Shipherd along with Oberlin College faculty, students and alumni who aimed at established a new Oberlin College in Michigan. It was planned to establish the college in Ingham County but a chance led to relocating it to the current campus. Shipherd decided to name the new college “Olivet” after the biblical Mount of Olives. John Shipherd died because of malaria shortly after establishment of the college. Olivet did request for charter was denied and it operated as a 2-year institute under the name of “Olivet Institute”. It finally received its charter in 1859 changing its name to the current one. In the 20th century, the college became a liberal arts institute. It tried following Oxford-style curriculum in 1934 but this was terminated 10 years later. In 2010, the college announced “Olivet College 2020 and Beyond Strategic Plan” which includes renovating the campus facilities, establishing a new campus center and expanding its student population.

    The university has a rural campus covering around 56 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Dole Hall Welcome Center, Burrage Library, Olivet Congregational Church, C.S. Mott Academic Center, Ruth Rawlings Mott Auditorium, Elite House, Frederick S. Upton Student Recreation Center, MacKay Gymnasium, Shipherd Hall, Hosford House and Gillette Student Village. Olivet College is a founding member of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association which is the oldest collegiate conference in the United States. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the Comets. Olivet broadcasts a student-run non-commercial radio station.

    Olivet offers 32 academic programs granting bachelor and master’s degrees. The college is affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Olivet School Facts

    • Years Estd.1844
    • MascotComets
    • MottoEducation for Individual and Social Responsibility
    • Colorsred and white
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Church of Christ

    Famous Olivet Alumni

    • James McCloughan

      Politics & Law

      Recipient of the Medal of Honor in 2017

    • John Henry Barrows

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of Oberlin College

    • Daron Cruickshank

      Professional Sports

      mixed martial artist in the UFC's Lightweight Division

    • Scott Sigler

      Entertainment & Arts

      author of science-fiction and horror

    • John Swainson

      Politics & Law

      former Governor of Michigan


  • University of Detroit Mercy Seal

    University of Detroit Mercy

    Detroit, Michigan

    University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan
    • 4,920 Total Students
    • 73% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,453 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    The University of Detroit was founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) under the name of Detroit College. The college expanded later to the University of Detroit before relocating in 1927 to its campus at McNichols Road. On the other hand, Mercy College of Detroit was founded in 1941 by the religious sisters of Mercy.  This college started as a nursing institute for women before growing to a comprehensive coeducational college. The 2 institutions united together as the University of Detroit Mercy in 1990, which is still sponsored by the Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy.

    Detroit states that its mission is to provide excellent undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The University of Detroit Mercy currently has three campuses, McNichols campus in the northwest Detroit is the main campus and it contains most of the university’s graduate and undergraduate programs, in addition to the university’s main administration, residential and athletic facilities, the other two campuses are the riverfront campus which is home to the university’s school of law and is located in Downtown Detroit, and the Corktown campus which contains the school of dentistry. Moreover, the university operates the clinical dental center just northwest of Downtown Detroit. The university also offers additional degrees in Macomb Community College. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Detroit Titans, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Horizon League. Their official colors are red, white and blue.

    The university is divided into 7 colleges and schools including College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing. It offers more than a 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additionally, the university hosts several independent clinics, centers and archives. For examples, the university operates Juvenile Appellate Clinic, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defender’s Office, Detroit Collaborative Design Center and Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive.

    Detroit Mercy School Facts

    • Years Estd.1877
    • NicknameTitans
    • MascotTommy Titan
    • MottoAd maiorem Dei gloriam (Latin) Maria, Sedes Sapientiae (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.For the greater glory of God; Mary, Seat of Wisdom
    • ColorsRed, White, Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Detroit Mercy Alumni

    • John A. DiBiaggio

      Science & Medicine

      former president of University of Connecticut, Michigan State University and Tufts University

    • Phil Cousineau

      Entertainment & Arts

      author, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker

    • W. James Farrell

      Business & Industry

      Chairman and CEO of Illinois Tool Works

    • Jim Padilla

      Business & Industry

      former CEO of Ford Motor Company

    • Thomas E. Brennan

      Politics & Law

      Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and founder of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School


  • University of Michigan Seal

    University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • 43,651 Total Students
    • 26% Acceptance Rate
    • 45% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 51,797 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    U-M is a public research university which goes back to year 1817 when it was founded as University of Michigania, 20 years before Michigan Territory became a state. With the land for the institute was secured the classes were held in 1841 for the first time. Women were admitted in 1870 and this was also followed by expansion in curriculum and academic programs.

    The beginning of the 20th century saw the university being physically expanding as well. The present day university had received its present name back in year 1821. It is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is committed to promoting the values of excellence, intellect and leadership among its students.

    The campus life at University of Michigan is one that covers every resources, opportunity and facility that is needed for successful personal and professional growth. Students get involved in more than 1400 student run clubs and organisations for the students to lead them and learn from each other in a friendly environment. Students also take part in the Central Student Government, the student representative body and works for promoting student interests. These along with leadership development programs such as Leadership Connection, Student Leadership Awards, LeaderShape Institute and many others also help students learn and practice their leadership skills. The campus also brings initiatives for the diversity and inclusion among the students as well as in broader positive, for community development. Students also enjoy the creative culture and arts opportunities at the campus such as more than 100 student performance and 150+ arts exhibitions held throughout the year. Student wellness is also a huge concern as students are provided with mental, physical and psychological help for staying fit. There is also athletic participation by the teams called ‘Wolverines’ at NCAA Division I. The colors are Maize and Blue.

    Academic programs at U-M consist of more than 250 undergraduate as well as graduate programs including the degree programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Ross School of Business, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Earl V. Moore School of Music Building, Bentley Historical Library and others.

    U-M School Facts

    • Years Estd.August 26, 1817
    • NicknameWolverines
    • MottoArtes, Scientia, Veritas
    • Motto Eng.Arts, Knowledge, Truth (Latin)
    • ColorsMaize and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – Big Ten
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous U-M Alumni

    • Stanley Cohen

      Science & Medicine

      Co-winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering growth factors (proteins regulating cell growth) in human and animal tissue

    • Mary Frances Berry

      Politics & Law

      Former chairwoman of United States Civil Rights Commission

    • Carl Oglesby

      Education & Advocacy

      Writer, academic, and political activist; also president of the radical student organization Students for a Democratic Society from 1965 to 1966

    • Edgar Nathaniel Gott

      Business & Industry

      Early aviation industry executive, co-founder and first president of the Boeing Company and senior executive of several aircraft companies, including Fokker and Consolidated Aircraft

    • James Baird

      Business & Industry

      Civil engineer; directed the construction of the Flatiron Building, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    • Libby Appel

      Entertainment & Arts

      Fourth artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    • Bharat Desai

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder, president, and CEO of Syntel

    • Larry Page

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder of Google

    • Tony Fadell

      Science & Medicine

      Known as the "father" of the Apple iPod; created all five generations of the iPod and the Apple iSight camera

    • Thomas Knoll

      Science & Medicine

      Co-creator of Adobe Photoshop

    • John DiBiaggio

      Education & Advocacy

      President of University of Connecticut from 1979– to 1985, Michigan State University from 1985 to 1992 and Tufts University from 1992 to 2001


  • University of Michigan-Dearborn Seal

    University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Dearborn, Michigan

    University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan
    • 9,066 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 30% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,346 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UM-Dearborn is a public university and one of the two regional campuses of the University of Michigan. It traces its beginnings to when it was started as the Dearborn Center to the university in the year 1959. Initially the center began offering limited number of programs however by the year 1969 received approval to provide four year degree programs.

    With progress in its academic curriculum and changes in its programs, it was a year later in 1971 that it was also renamed as University of Michigan-Dearborn. It is located in Dearborn, Michigan, and has developed on its tradition of being a learning centric institute promoting research and scholarship.

    For the students the campus life is a busy one filled with extracurricular activities along with academics. Student involvement takes place through more than 130 student run organisations and clubs. These help students find their common interests and learning platforms outside of classrooms in a social context. These also help with leadership development as student run these groups, but there is also the Greek Life and programs such as the Blueprints Leadership Program, Diversity Ambassadors, Student Leadership Awards and others. Civic engagement plays equally important role in shaping future leaders at the university and students work towards awareness and advocacy, and take part in Alternative Breaks. Students also volunteer their time in service work on Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and others. There are also campus traditional events which add fun to the strict academic routine and these include Homecoming, Welcome Week & Winter Welcome, Family Fun Day and Pancake Study Break. Taking a futuristic approach students are also prepared for their careers and professions and so provide with opportunities to work while studying through over 700 co-op and internship opportunities. The campus also has its athletic teams called ‘Wolverines’ competing at NAIA and ACHA. The official campus colors are Maize and Blue.

    The academic programs offered at the university are 75 Bachelors, 36 Masters and 8 Doctoral/Specialist programs. Its notable facility is the Mardigian Library.

    UM-Dearborn School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959
    • NicknameWolverines
    • MottoArts, Knowledge, Truth
    • ColorsMaize and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UM-Dearborn Alumni

    • George Darany

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Michigan House of Representatives

    • David Knezek

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Michigan Senate

    • Mary Beth Kelly

      Politics & Law

      Michigan Supreme Court Justice

    • Ismael Ahmed

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services

    • Jamal "Blob" Jawad

      Science & Medicine

      Senior Engineer at Ford Motor Company

    • Susy Avery

      Politics & Law

      Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party


  • University of Michigan-Flint Seal

    University of Michigan-Flint

    Flint, Michigan

    • 8,470 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,918 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UM-Flint is one of the member campuses of the University of Michigan and is a public higher education institute. Although the first thought of establishing the campus to the university came to Sarah Miles in as early as 1837 but it wasn’t until 1944 that the idea was discussed. The Flint Senior College first held its classes in year 1956.

    It was in 1964 that it became a four year education institute and by 1971 with progress in programs it became University of Michigan–Flint. Situated in Flint, in Michigan, it has since its founding been preparing its students into sound intellects, dedicated professionals and contributing members of their societies.

    For complete student development, there exist plenty of opportunities and activities on campus. Integration into the campus life happens through Department of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL). Even though there are a limited number of sponsored student organisations and clubs on campus, they cover a range of activities and by running these organisations, students also get real world experiences. These also serve as leadership learning opportunities but besides these there are also formal leadership development programs which include Blueprints Leadership Program, Catalyst Leadership Retreat, Lunch and Learn series and many others. For further encouragement and as part of recognition of their efforts, there are leadership and contribution recognition awards. There is also the Fraternity and Sorority life on campus further encouraging the students to excel and achieve. Realising the need for community engagement the campus has its unique program called the ‘Lula M. Hurse Holiday Food Giveaway’ for helping those members of society who are in need. Students also enjoy participating in recreation and clubs sports on campus; the teams are called ‘Wolverines’. The official university colors are Maize and Blue.

    As for the academic programs at the campus, those consist of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs including Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate programs. The notable facility on campus is the Frances Willson Thompson Library.

    UM-Flint School Facts

    • Years Estd.1956
    • NicknameWolverines
    • MottoArtes, Scientia, Veritas
    • Motto Eng.Arts, Knowledge, Truth
    • ColorsMaize and Blue
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsClub level
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UM-Flint Alumni

    • John Sinclair

      Education & Advocacy

      Poet and a political activist

    • Michael Moore

      Entertainment & Arts

      Documentary film director and author

    • Don Riegle

      Politics & Law

      United States Senator from Michigan

    • Christopher Paul Curtis

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer and Newbery Medal winner

    • Marietta S. Robinson

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Member of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    • John D. Cherry

      Social Advocacy & Service

      62nd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan


  • Western Michigan University Seal

    Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • 23,529 Total Students
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 15,175 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    WMU is a public institute and a research university that has its roots in the Western State Normal School, established in 1903 by an act of the legislature. From holding its classes from the very next year to quickly progressing to awarding bachelor’s degree and eventually masters degrees by the year 1953; the university launched its non-profit medical school in 2012.

    It was named Western Michigan University in 1957 and is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The university continues to serve its people with its innovative programs and educational experience, technology incorporated learning but also remains driven for social responsibility and leadership.

    Life at the campus of WMU is nothing but fun, challenging and full of opportunities for growth and success. From more than 370 student organizations and clubs to their disposal to being part of the student government organizations to the Office of Student Engagement, students find a great many opportunities to develop their interests, follow their passion, learn about leadership and improve engagement around the campus. These also provide a great chance to meet new people and build relationships. Arts and culture take the center stage of student life as they get to enjoy concerts, music, comedy shows etc as well as many cultural events throughout the year. Besides these, there are is the division which works solely to provide student support and assistance through career and employment services, health services and psychological counseling, or seeking to help students with any other problem. There are also recreation sports and activities on campus such as fitness programs, intramurals and also athletic participation by the university at NCAA Division I; the teams are called ‘Broncos’, the mascot is ‘Buster Bronco’ and the official campus colors are Brown and gold.

    The academic division at WMU offers 150+ undergraduate programs and 110 graduate programs. It also offers aviation instructions and programs and also has its own aviation site at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. Its notable facilities are Haworth College of Business, Lee Honors College, Maybee Music and Dance Library, Swain Education Library, Waldo Library, Bernhard Center etc.

    WMU School Facts

    • Years Estd.May 27, 1903 (1903-05-27)
    • NicknameBroncos
    • MascotBuster Bronco
    • ColorsBrown and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WMU Alumni

    • Gwen Frostic

      Entertainment & Arts

      Artist, naturalist, poet laureate of Michigan, namesake of WMU's Frostic School of Art

    • Gerrard Wendell Haworth

      Business & Industry

      Businessman, founder of Haworth, Inc.

    • Timothy E. Hoeksema

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Midwest Airlines

    • John J. Pruis

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Ball State University

    • Terry Bergeson

      Education & Advocacy

      State of Washington Superintendent of Public Schools

    • Brooke Elliott

      Entertainment & Arts

      Star of Lifetime Television Network show Drop Dead Diva

    • Marin Mazzie

      Entertainment & Arts

      Tony Award winning actress

    • LZ Granderson,

      Education & Advocacy

      Columnist for ESPN and CNN

    • John J. Bursch

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Former Michigan Solicitor General

    • Wayne Static

      Entertainment & Arts

      Lead singer and guitarist of industrial metal band Static-X

    • Robert B. Jones

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Kalamazoo and Michigan State Representative


  • Aquinas College – Michigan Seal

    Aquinas College – Michigan

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Aquinas College – Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • 1,894 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,635 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Aquinas College resulted from the efforts of a bunch of nuns led by Sister Mary Aquinata who came to Grand Rapids in 1883. Incorporated as the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, they went on to establish novitiate normal school in 1886 to which Aquinas traces its beginnings. This normal school progressed towards becoming a degree granting institute through merger with another college and eventually grew into a degree granting institute. It is named after Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century scholar and thinker.

    Aquinas is situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stays associated with Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. It is a liberal arts college thriving on the values of knowledge and diversity with emphasis on success and leadership. It became the first catholic college to offer coeducation and it is also considered among the first ones to conduct program for adults for degree completion. It has also been the first to start the undergraduate program in Sustainable Business.

    The campus life at the college is made up of unique as well as fun events. Its welcome week event, Saint Stock is one where the college provides a chance to its students to not only collaborate and socialize with each other but also with local businesses and the community outside. The college also holds ‘The Contemporary Writers Series’, a literary reading series which invites writers for live reading sessions. With regard to sustainability, the college is also working on the Zero-Waste Initiative. The college also has its sports teams called ‘Saints’ which participate at the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), being a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The campus colors are Maroon and White, and the mascot is the ‘Nelson the St. Bernard’ – dog.

    The academic offering at Aquinas includes Graduate, Undergraduate and Continuing Education programs. There are more than 100 majors to choose from covering business, arts, sciences, humanities and other fields of study. Through ‘Study Away’ program, the college offers study abroad opportunities in eight countries. Its prestigious building includes Grace Hauenstein Library and Baldwin Observatory.

    Aquinas School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886
    • NicknameSaints
    • MascotNelson the St. Bernard (dog)
    • MottoNon nisi te, Domine (Latin)
    • Motto Eng."Nothing but You, Lord".
    • ColorsMaroon and white
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNAIA; WHAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Aquinas Alumni

    • Paul Assenmacher

      Professional Sports

      Served as pitcher on baseball team in 1970s and 1980s; also played for five Major League Baseball teams

    • Dave Gumpert

      Professional Sports

      Played as pitcher for three Major League Baseball teams in mid-1980s; also worked as a Canadian sportscaster

    • Godfrey Mwakikagile

      Education & Advocacy

      A Tanzanian writer, scholar in African studies; known for having written non-fiction books on African history, politics, economics and others works

    • Brian Williams

      Professional Sports

      Worked as a broadcaster with Toronto's CHUM radio; also worked with CFRB Radio in Toronto, Canada



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  • Adrian College Seal

    Adrian College

    Adrian, Michigan

    Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan
    • 1,715 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,294 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    It was in 1859 that the college received its charter Michigan Legislature and Asa Mahan became its first president on whose vision the college had come to be. However, the college traces its roots back to a theological institute which was established in 1845 by Wesleyan Methodists. A private Liberal Arts college today, based in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian College still remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

    In its more than 150 year old journey, the college has built itself from the ground. From erecting buildings to developing its academic programs, it has brought innovation and a thriving community life on the campus. The college has its own fight song and its official colors are black and gold. One interesting fact about the college is its live mascot, Bruiser the Bulldog which was adopted by the university in 2009 and was officially inducted into the college, early in 2010 at a hockey game.

    Offering more than 15 varsity sports, the college has a thriving athletic culture among its students. Its official team, the Bulldogs is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

    With equal focus on its academic structure, the college offers undergraduate programs with more than 40 choices for Majors and Pre-Professional programs under eight of its departments. It also offers six undergraduate programs. Its prominent institutes and facilities include Goldsmith Hall for Modern Languages and Cultures, Spencer Hall for Music, Herrick Chapel, Jones Hall for Business and Humanities, Peelle Hall for Mathematics and Natural Science, Valade Hall for social sciences and humanities and Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy.

    Adrian School Facts

    • Years Estd.1859
    • NicknameBulldogs
    • MascotBruiser
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Adrian Alumni

    • Lucien Baker

      Politics & Law

      Former Senator of United States, from Kansas

    • John E. Bird

      Politics & Law

      Served as member of the Supreme Court Michigan

    • Virgil Bernero

      Politics & Law

      Served the office as the Mayor of Lansing; was also the Democratic nominee for Governor in Michigan in 2010.

    • Rube Kisinger

      Professional Sports

      Played as a pitcher for the team Detroit Tigers

    • Deena Katz

      Business & Industry

      President of the investment firm Evensky & Katz and also a Certified Financial Planner

    • Mike Rogers

      Politics & Law

      Presently a Republican U.S. Representative of Michigan's 8th congressional district

    • James Laird

      Politics & Law

      Formerly served as Republican U.S. Representative of Nebraska's 2nd congressional district


  • Compass College of Cinematic Arts

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    • 116 Total Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 77% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 44 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    CCCA is a film institute, Christian based, which finds its roots in a production company that began in the year 1997 as Compass Arts. It initially began as a ministry working to become a prominent voice among the public and produced campaigns, short films, docudramas and similar broadcast content. It was in 2000 that the crew decided to further use their skills to teach the new generation and within the period of six years launched its intensive film making program.

    It was in 2009 that the school was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and in 2011 transitioned into a college. With its unique offering, expert faculty and affordability, the college attracts all those who wish to learn film making and be culturally and artistically inspired.

    Campus life at Compass College of Cinematic Arts offers a rigorous environment which is solely focused on teaching cinematic arts. The students find themselves working through film making, and every aspect related to it. Not just film production but also the marketing elements, design factors, graphics, contracts, management, negotiations and everything that goes into making a film is taught to the students. Along with their studies, students also find themselves being engaged with the larger filmmaking community. The Student Services Coordinator at the campus organises activities as well as events that allows the students to be socially engaged with each other but also make networks and develop relationships outside the campus. For students to be further involved on campus and with their studies the college provides academic advising from the very onset of their educational journeys and which keep track of academic goals, the study schedules, interpersonal relationship building etc. Tutoring and mentorship is also provided to students who need extra assistance with their work.

    Academics at CCCA consist only of two educational programs, the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Film and Media Production and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Cinematic and Media Arts.

    CCCA School Facts

    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Hillsdale College Seal

    Hillsdale College

    Hillsdale, Michigan

    Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan
    • 1,526 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 40% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,859 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Hillsdale College is a liberal arts non-profit co-educational institute. The college was established in 1844 by members of the local community of Freewill Baptists. It was initially located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and named Michigan Central College. Although the college had religious affiliation, it declared a non-discrimination policy indicating that religious views should not affect the college decisions towards students. In 1845, the government incorporated the college by an act of legislature. In 1851, the first woman to graduate with a bachelor of arts in Michigan was from Hillsdale College. The college moved in 1855 to its current location in Hillsdale and changed its name to its current one. During the American Civil War, the college students joined the Union Army. The college remained operating during the war with limited student enrollment as 500 of the students volunteered in the army. Half of the volunteered students became officers, 4 got the Medal of Honor and around 60 died. In 1874, a great fire caused much damage to the campus. Currently, Hillsdale College does not have any denominational affiliation, however, it is still considered a Christian college where students are expected to follow the Christian values and morals.

    Hillsdale current campus covers 400 acres at a rural area. The campus contains several unique features as the Mossey Library, Slayton Arboretum and the Statues of Liberty Walk which is a walkway with sculptures of modern western leaders as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. The college official colors are white and blue. Its athletic teams who are called Chargers compete in NCAA Divison II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

    The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 40 majors. There are several prominent centers and programs in the college including Center for Constructive Alternatives, Allan P. Kirby Center and Hillsdale-Oxford Scholars Program. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Hillsdale School Facts

    • Years Estd.December 4, 1844
    • NicknameChargers
    • MottoLatin: Virtus Tentamine Gaudet
    • Motto Eng.Strength Rejoices in the Challenge
    • ColorsBlue and white
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – GLIAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Hillsdale Alumni

    • Katherine Timpf

      Entertainment & Arts

      Comedian and Journalist

    • Erik Prince

      Politics & Law

      founder of Blackwater and former navy Seal

    • Jared Veldheer

      Professional Sports

      professional NFL player

    • Robert P. Murphy

      Business & Industry

      economist and author

    • Chester Hardy Aldrich

      Politics & Law

      former governor of Nebraska


  • Kalamazoo College Seal

    Kalamazoo College

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • 1,443 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,455 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Kalamazoo College, commonly known as K College or K, is a private college offering liberal arts studies located in Kalamazoo, Michigan State. It was inaugurated in 1883 as the Michigan and Huron Institute by an association of Baptist ministers led by a young minister called Thomas Merrill. It started admitting students in 1836. In the following year, it was the first endeavor to recognize the Michigan and Huron Institute by Michigan State as an independent college and consequently its name was changed into Kalamazoo Literary Institute. However, University of Michigan succeeded in establishment of its branch in Kalamazoo in 1838 to be a competitor to the Literary Institute. In 1840, the two institutions were merged together and run as University of Michigan Kalamazoo’s branch till 1850. Kalamazoo Literary Institute then succeeded in retrieving its name and independency again and in 1855, it was recognized by Michigan State as a college after gaining its educational convention from the state. Finally, its name was changed into Kalamazoo College in 1855 when it was accredited to grant degrees.

    Kalamazoo Campus possesses a unique structure composed of the main campus occupying 60 acres land area located on a hilltop region in Kalamazoo in addition to 135 acres arboretum area located in Kalamazoo County. In addition to the academic and administrative buildings, K campus includes the Stetson Chapel and the well-known Dow Science Center.

    K College offers around 26 majors, 23 minors and 12 concentrations through 26 different undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and science. It also offers 13 interdisciplinary programs. In addition it offers Great Lakes Colleges Association Programs in which distinguished students could join other certain national universities for a certain period to be exposed to different experience. K College is distinguished by being among the 100 oldest universities and colleges in the United States. The College is ranked as the fifth top national college according to the Washington Post’s Hidden Gems college list, 1st school in Michigan according to Forbes and 68th national school offering liberal arts degrees according to the US News & World Report.

    K College School Facts

    • Years Estd.1833
    • NicknameHornets
    • MascotBuzz
    • MottoLux Esto (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Let There Be Light
    • ColorsOrange and black
    • LocationMichigan
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – MIAA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous K College Alumni

    • Selma Blair

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American professional film, television and theater actress since 1995. Famous of her role the film noir Brown's Requiem in1998.

    • Benjamin Scott Folds

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American music producer, singer and songwriter, commonly known as Ben Folds. Former frontman and pianist in alternative rock band Ben Folds Five from 1995 till 2000.

    • Jordan Klepper

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American famous actor and comedian. Former member in the Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade and a current correspondent on the Daily Show.

    • Bradley A. Smith

      Politics & Law

      An American law professor and politician. Former Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from 2000 till 2005. A current Professor of Law at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio State.

    • Gerald Ellis Rosen

      Politics & Law

      An American politician and a former District Judge of the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan State and legislative assistant to Robert P. Griffin, the United States Senator of Michigan State.

    • H. Ty Warner

      Business & Industry

      An American actor, businessman and toy manufacturer ranked as the 722nd in the Forbes World Billionaire’s list. Chief executive officer, sole founder and owner of Ty Inc., a stuffed toys manufacturing corporation.

    • Robert James Shiller

      Science & Medicine

      An American famous academic professor and economist, ranked among the top 100 pioneers in economy. Chief economist and co-founder of MacroMarkets LLC., an investment management association. One of the Nobel laureates of economy in 2013.


  • Kuyper College Seal

    Kuyper College

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    • 260 Total Students
    • 71% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 215 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Kuyper College is a ministry-focused Christian college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was established in 1939 under the name of Reformed Bible Institute which provided a program focusing on domestic and foreign missions. In 1970, the college received an approval from the Michigan Department of Education to grant the bachelor degree. Accordingly its name was changed to Reformed Bible College. The name was changed again in 2006 to Kuyper College in honor of Abraham Kuyper, former Prime Minister of The Netherlands and theologian who played important role in the establishment of Vrije Universiteit.

    The college focuses on promoting Christian Service for all students in various fields. This is clear from the college motto which is “Pray and Work”. Its official colors are purple and gold.

    The college offers 19 undergraduate degree programs, 4 associate degree programs and 4 certificate degree programs. Kuyper College students are allowed to access Zondervan Library to support their studies and research activities. The college is accredited by the Board of Education of the State of Michigan and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. There are around 10 scholarship and grant programs that may provide financial support to the students in addition to financial aid.

    Kuyper School Facts

    • Years Estd.1939 as Reformed Bible Institute
    • MottoOra et labora (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Pray and work
    • ColorsPurple and Gold
    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationOther Protestant

  • Manthano Christian College

    Westland, Michigan

    • 26 Total Students
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Manthano Christian College is a biblical college located in Westland, Michigan. The college focuses on education rather than indoctrination supporting cognitive processes, hermeneutical principles, problem solving steps and computer-assisted research skills. Manthano declares a non-discrimination policy to admit students regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin.

    The college offers a bachelor degree program, an associate degree program in addition to one-year certificate program. It is authorized by the State of Michigan.

    MCC School Facts

    • LocationMichigan
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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