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Michigan is the 10thmost populated state in the country with approximately ten million residents. It is also the eleventh largest state by land mass and the largest state east of the Mississippi River. The public college system in the state of Michigan is full of well-known, highly regarded schools. State schools can be found in Dearborn, Flint, Big Rapids, Benton Harbor, Detroit, and Kalamazoo to name a few cities. Top ranked public colleges in Michigan include the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and Wayne State University. Enrollment at public universities in Michigan range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of students, providing substantive diversity in campus life and classroom experience for differing student needs.

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Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in 200 departments across all campuses.

U of M in Ann Arbor spans over 600 acres in combined area and has four main sections known as the North campus, South campus, Medical campus, and Central campus. All four areas house thirteen undergraduate and eighteen graduate schools and colleges in total.

The University of Michigan is also recognized as one of the top public universities worldwide and holds one of the highest budgets among research universities in the country. Its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) alone has over 1,000 students and over 600 faculty members involved.

In direct collaboration with the U of M Medical School is the University of Michigan Health System consisting of three hospitals, 120 outpatient clinics, and several centers for medical research and learning. Its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is known to be one of the best children's hospitals in the country.

Famous for its success in football and ice hockey, the U of M is represented by the Michigan Wolverines in intercollegiate athletic events. Sports activities are overseen by the Department of Recreational Sports. Other student organizations in the university include the Pops Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, and the Musical Society which is made up of the Choral Union and the University Orchestra.

Student housing within university grounds is the sixth largest in the country, providing room for over 12,000 students. The university is also home to a golf course, a number of museums, galleries, planetariums, the Nichols Arboretum, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Enrollment

46,716

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the US.

History

Governor Kingsley S. Bingham signed a Bill on February 12, 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first agriculture college in the USA. Students were welcome to the school in May 1857. At that time 63 male students attended. There were five faculty members and three buildings to accommodate the students. A curriculum was designed by school President Joseph R. Williams to balance liberal arts, practical training and science.

Women were first admitted to the college in 1870, even though no female residences existed. The faculty created a women's course in 1896. Home economics, liberal arts and science were melded into the women's course and old Abbot Hall was transformed into a women's dorm. The first African American student was admitted in 1899.

The early 20th century saw the curriculum expanded extensively. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1946, the largest expansion in the school's history took place, due to the 1945 G.I Bill. In its Centennial year, 1955, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words Agriculture and Applied Science were dropped and the institution became known as Michigan State University.

Campuses

Michigan State University is comprised of the North and South Campuses. The North Campus is located on the banks for the Red Cedar River. It is the oldest campus and this is where the original buildings stood. None of them remain today. The South Campus is located south of the Red Cedar River and is home to the Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden.

Academics

Michigan State University ranks 80th in the world. It has more than 200 academic programs and is comprised of 17 degree granting colleges. The Nuclear Physics program is ranked second in the US. Other notable programs include:

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality Business
  • Dietetics
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Music Therapy

Athletics

Michigan State University offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women. The teams are known as the Spartans. The school participates in all Big Ten Conference varsity sports with the exception of ice hockey.

Football started as a club sport in 1884 and gained varsity status in 1886. The Spartans football team competes in Spartan Stadium. Football has a long tradition at Michigan State University.

Student Life

Michigan State University has the largest resident hall system in the US. However, 58% of students live in apartments, co-ops, fraternities and sororities that are off-campus.

Michigan State University has one of the largest Greek populations in the US.

Community

Michigan State University has a huge campus that offers a country like setting for biking, jogging, running and hanging out with friends. Nature lovers can enjoy a feast of the senses in all four seasons at Sanford Natural Area or Beal Botanical Gardens. During the hot summer months, enjoy an ice cream at Michigan State University Dairy Store.

Take in a football game at Spartan Stadium and watch the Spartans take on a competitive opponent. For sky-watchers, visit Abrahms Planetarium on Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for a public show.

Golf courses are plentiful in the area for those who love to hit the greens for a round of golf. History buffs will enjoy Kresge Art Museum with its collection of over 6500 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, among other exhibits, including medieval illuminations, paintings, prints and sculptures.

No matter what your interests, there is a variety of things to see and do in East Lansing, Michigan.

Enrollment

50,351

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

About
Michigan Technical University, a public four year research institution located in Houghton, Michigan, was founded 1885 as the Michigan Mining School. The school was established by Jay Abel Hubbell to provide an education for mining engineers. The school maintained mining education until the end of World War I, where it began adding technical programs to its offerings. By 1931 the school had increased its enrollment, and as a result it began adding more programs, going through a series of name changes and eventually offering over 130 programs and having an enrollment of nearly 7000 students a year. Michigan Tech is considered one of the best schools in the midwestern United States by the Princeton Review, and 115th overall according to US News and World Report.

Academics
Michigan Technical University offers a large number of programs resulting in undergraduate and graduate degrees. The large number of programs allows students to find a program that is right for them in achieving their academic and professional goals. Though the school is referred to as a technical university, it offers programs in a variety of fields. The school also has a large number of minors available to help students augment their education. Graduate programs reflect the technical aspects of the school, focusing primarily on engineering and sciences.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students may apply online to begin the admissions process at Michigan Technical University. Students will also provide transcripts and test scores, all of which will be used to determine whether or not students will be admitted to the university. Once all information has been received, it will be reviewed by the admission committee and final decision made well prior to the start of the fall semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will be used by the school to determine need, eligibility and awards. Students may be required to provide additional information regarding finances and taxes to ensure the accuracy o0f the provided information prior to the disbursement of funds. A number of scholarships are also available through private organizations which require separate applications and are awarded for a variety of reasons.

Athletics
The Michigan Tech Huskies participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. These programs offer  students the opportunity to experience personal and group success in a healthy competitive environment. Students also learn the value of discipline, good health and teamwork while working toward a common goal.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Enrollment

7,172

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public research university in Allendale, Michigan, with additional campuses in Grand Rapids and Holland. GVSU has learning centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. GVSU has been voted one of "America's Best Colleges" and offers more than 200 areas of academic study. It has more than 80 undergraduate degree programs and 29 graduate degree programs. There is an emphasis on liberal arts at GVSU, and the school's excellent academic programs have earned it top rankings.

History

In 1958, a study by Dr. John Russell determined the need for a new four-year college in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Many locations were considered for a campus, and Allendale was identified in the early 1960s. In 1963, the Grand Valley State College was opened with 226 students enrolled.  The student enrollment increased significantly over the years as the curriculum and campus expanded, and the school was eventually renamed "Grand Valley State University.

Academics

The academic calendar for Grand Valley State University follows the semester format, with fall and "winter" semesters and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

  • The College of Community and Public Service
  • The College of Education
  • The College of Health Professions
  • The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
  • The Kirkhof College of Nursing
  • The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
  • The Seidman College of Business

Student Life

Grand Valley students have more than 300 student organizations to choose from on campus, covering such interests as academic, professional, intramural sports, culture, faith, media, performing arts, volunteer service, and more. Greek life at GVSU is very active, with several local chapters of fraternities and sororities active on campus.

Many campus and area events are posted through the GVSU Office of Student Life or the University Promotions Office. There is an Arts Calendar available for those who wish to attend music or theatre performances, or attend art exhibits and galleries.

Student services available on campus at GVSU include academic advising, affirmative action, disability support services, career services, athletic/recreation facilities, a children's center, health center, counseling center, and more.

There are many options for campus housing available, as well as a variety of dining options or campus restaurants.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for GVSU are blue, white and black. The GVSU mascot is "Louie" the Laker, a nautical character. Prior to the inception of "Louie" the Laker as a mascot for GVSU in 1996, the school and the "Lakers" athletic teams were represented by a mascot dressed in the Old Man and the Sea costume, or other nautical costumes.

Athletics

The GVSU "Lakers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Allendale campus, GVSU has several satellite campuses and learning centers in Michigan, including:

  • Richard M. DeVos Center
  • L.V. Eberhard Center
  • Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
  • Muskegon Regional Center at the Stevenson Center for Higher Education at Muskegon Community College
  • Annis Water Resources Institute Lake Michigan Center
  • Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center
  • Meijer Campus in Holland
  • Traverse City Regional Center at the NMC University Center 

Community Life

Community engagement is fostered at GVSU through its Community Service Learning Center (CSLC). In collaboration with other areas at GVSU, students can volunteer to help the community through programs such as the Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair, Make A Difference Day, Community Outreach Week, and an Overnight Service Program. Other community programs include an annual blood drive.

Michigan's West Coast area offers many recreational activities for students and visitors. There are many favorite beaches around the lakeshore, with many routes for scenic driving trips around Grand Rapids, and many beach towns and traditional midwestern villages.

Enrollment

24,677

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is situated on a park-like campus of more than 400 acres.  CMU offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. CMU also offers professional degrees.  CMU has built its reputation as a large university with a small college feeling, and a focus on student leadership and civic engagement.

In addition to its main Mount Pleasant Campus, CMU offers programs at more than 60 locations throughout Michigan, the U.S., and the world. It offers online courses for distance learning in many degree programs. CMU was named a "military-friendly" university by magazines such as G.I. Jobs and Advanced Military Education.

The faculty and programs at CMU are considered top-notch, and CMU is ranked in the top 20 research institutions in the U.S.  One of its research programs is involved in helping the Pentagon develop a filtration technology system to remove hazardous materials and contaminants from water.

History

Central Michigan University was founded in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. It offered courses in teaching, business and stenography, with formal teacher training as the primary focus.  Classes were originally held in second-floor rooms in an office building in downtown Mount Pleasant. Land was acquired in 1894, and the first school buildings were constructed on the current campus.

By 1909, many of the first teachers trained at "Central" were teaching in schools across the U.S., and also in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. By 1910, the school had expanded its offering of academic study programs. By 1918, Central was offering its first bachelor's degree.  As programs developed and expanded over the years, the name of the school changed several times, until it became Central Michigan University.

Academics

The academic calendar for Central Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall (August - December), spring (January - May) and summer (May - August) semesters.  Online programs have shorter terms throughout the year so students can move through their programs relatively quickly.

Colleges and Schools

CMU designates its colleges and schools as "academic units," as follows:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology
  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Medicine

Academic programs at CMU are organized into the following categories:

  • American Indian Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Health-related
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Pre-Professional
  • Science and Technology
  • Teacher Education

Student Life

Students are very engaged at CMU, with senior-level students exceeding that national average for participation in co-curricular activities by nearly 20 percent. There are many student clubs, groups and organizations on the CMU campus, and many opportunities for involvement. Leadership opportunities are many, and at least 70 percent of CMU students volunteer or participate in community service during their time on campus.

CMU has many dining services on campus and 22 residence halls with many different options for campus living.  There is always ample space for first-year students, who are encouraged to live on campus to get the full college experience.

Athletics

Some of CMU's athletic teams are champions, with the wrestling team winning 12 out of 13 championships. In 2011, the women's soccer team is ranked number one for the sixth consecutive year. CMU's athletic teams compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

CMU has thousands of students around the world enrolled in degree programs through CMU Online.  In addition to its online programs and it flagship campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, CMU has 17 "off campus locations" in Michigan. It also has many satellite campuses or "off campus locations" in other states and countries including:

  • CMU in Metro Detroit (Several locations in Detroit, MI)
  • Camp Pendleton Center (Oceanside, CA)
  • Minot AFB Center (North Dakota)
  • Offutt AFB Center (Nebraska)
  • Fort Leavenworth Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Riley Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Polk Center (Louisiana)
  • Columbus Center (Ohio)
  • Wright Patterson AFB Center (Ohio)
  • Defense Supply Center - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
  • Fort Hamilton Center (New York)
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (New Jersey)
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Center (Maryland)
  • Andrews AFB Center (Maryland)
  • Fort Meade Center (Maryland)
  • Seymour Johnson AFB Center (North Carolina)
  • Kinston Center (North Carolina)
  • CMU in Georgia (Several locations in Atlanta, Georgia)
  • CMU in Metro DC (7 locations in Washington, DC)
  • CMU in Virginia (6 locations in Virginia)
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii)
  • Schofield Center, Schofield Education Center (Hawaii)
  • Tripler Army Medical Center - Tripler (Hawaii)
  • CMU at George Brown College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Georgian College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Humber College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Loyalist College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Red River College (Winnipeg, Canada)
  • CMU at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico)

Enrollment

21,622

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Oakland is a public institution that has a fair number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in a predominantly suburban area. Approximately 19,000 students are enrolled annually at Oakland University.

Areas of study available at Oakland include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students accepted to Oakland score in a range of 19 to 25 on the ACT exam. An estimated 70% of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 34% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at oakland.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay approximately $11,000, while nonresidents pay $26,000 for the year. Oakland University may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify by way of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Athletic programs are available at Oakland University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Students can visit the Oakland University website to see a complete list of areas of study, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Enrollment

19,309

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Kalamazoo, is Michigan's fourth largest institution of higher education and research. It is designated a high-research-activity university by the Carnegie Foundation, and is ranked in the top 100 American universities by U.S. News & World Report.

WMU offers more than 140 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, and more than 65 at the master's degree level. WMU also offers 29 doctoral programs and one specialist program. Many of these programs receive high ranks among similar programs nationwide.  The engineering, nuclear physics, specialized education, flight safety and clean energy programs are particularly notable.

In addition to its traditional campus-based programs, WMU offers online programs for distance learning, and continuing education courses. It has six regional learning sites located throughout Michigan, which offer graduate and professional education.

The campuses of WMU boast excellent amenities in more than 150 buildings, including a student recreation center, and state-of-the-art facilities for science research, health and human services, visual and performing arts.

WMU offers a strong international education, with a majority of its faculty engaged in collaborative work or projects on six continents. International students represent nearly 95 countries around the globe, and study abroad programs are offered in 24 countries. WMU has many majors or minors that offer interdisciplinary study programs in global studies, comparative politics, international business, foreign languages, and more.

History

Western Michigan University was founded in 1903 as a regional teachers college called Western Michigan College. It became Western Michigan University in 1957, when it was designated a public university in the Michigan system.

Academics

The academic calendar for Western Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and winter semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • Haworth College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Graduate College
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Lee Honors College

Student Life

Students at WMU have roughly 300 student organizations and clubs available on campus for participation. These groups represent interests ranging from academics to politics, cultures and the arts. Student services including computing facilities, laboratories, and a stellar library system that includes the Archives and Regional History Collections, Education, Music and Dance, and the main Waldo Library.

Traditions

The WMU school colors are brown and gold, with black as an accent color. The school mascot is the bronco, and "Buster Bronco" can be seen at sporting events promoting the WMU Bronco team spirit.

Athletics

The WMU "Broncos" compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University has the Parkview Campus, which houses its Business Technology and Research Park and Engineering College. WMU's Aviation College is housed at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan.

WMU offers Extended University programs online and at six satellite learning sites around the state of Michigan:

  • Battle Creek
  • Benton Harbor-St. Joseph
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lansing
  • Muskegon
  • Traverse City

Community Life

There are many opportunities for recreation and entertainment in Kalamazoo, including historic walking tours of old Kalamazoo, exhibits at the Gilmore Car Museum, and activities at Kalamazoo Valley museum. There is also the Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House on the Kalamazoo Speedway, for those who enjoy haunted attractions.

The Chenery Auditorium offers many orchestral concerts, including the musical works of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel. Students and visitors can enjoy theatrical performances at The New Vic Theatre.

Enrollment

22,562

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

UM-Dearborn provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Dearborn, Michigan and publically funded. Enrollment at UM-Dearborn exceeds 8,600 per year.

Areas of study available at UM-Dearborn include but are not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by the admissions committee. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at UM-Dearborn. A score within the range of 1120 to 1340 on the SAT, or 21 to 26 for the ACT is common among admitted students. UM-Dearborn accepts approximately 60% of students applying yearly. Of those accepted, nearly 34% enrolled.

Tuition & fees at this school vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs nearly $10,000 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $23,000 per year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify in the form of grants and loans.

UM-Dearborn participates in sports through the NAIA's Other in Basketball.

Contact information, academics information, areas of study offered, and more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.umd.umich.edu/.

Enrollment

9,460

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Lake Superior State University provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Sault Ste Marie, MI and publically funded. Enrollment at Lake Superior State University is nearly two thousand per year.

Students may choose from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1391 - 1664 on the SAT and within the range of 20 - 24 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to Lake Superior State University. Roughly 90 percent of all applicant were admitted at Lake Superior State University, with 34 percent of those accepted choosing to attend.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay approximately $10,000 and nonresidents pay $15,000 for the year. Students attending this school may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

This school offers several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division II)
  • Softball (NCAA Division II)
  • Tennis (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the Lake Superior State University website to get a complete list of areas of study, programs, student services, and more.

Enrollment

1,991

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Northern Michigan University is a public institution located in Marquette, Michigan and provides a large number of program options for students. Northern Michigan University has a yearly student enrollment of approximately nine thousand.

Students can select from a few areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Most students at NMU scored in a range of 19 - 25 on the ACT exam. Northern Michigan University accepts approximately 70 percent of applicants. Of those admitted, about 39 percent of students enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found at webb.nmu.edu.

The tuition at NMU varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay close to $9,300 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $14,000 per year. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $4,500. Students enrolled at this school may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans.

The Northern Michigan University "Wildcats" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division II)
  • Skiing (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the Northern Michigan University website to see a complete list of programs offered, student services, and more that is available at this school.

Enrollment

7,595

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Wayne State University (WSU) is located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan on a 200-acre campus.  Wayne State offers more than 350 different degree programs and majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to its main campus, Wayne State has a School of Medicine campus, which includes the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy, and the Matthei Athletic Complex.

A national research university, Wayne State has a strong Division of Research with a dedicated research faculty and excellent resources for students including leadership, information, guidance and support.  Its long history of innovation to solve real-world problems has helped to earn WSU its status as a top research center and one of only two public universities to receive both the Carnegie "Very High Research" award and the "Community Engagement" honor.

History

The Medical College of Wayne State University was founded in 1868.  In 1917, a junior college and four other schools were established at the university on its extensive urban campus.  The colleges were organized into a university in the 1930s, and support from the state was initiated in the 1950s.

Academics

Wayne State University (WSU) has a fall, winter, spring and summer term.

WSU has 13 colleges and schools offering roughly 400 academic programs that include 126 bachelor's degree programs, 139 master's degree programs, 60 doctoral degree programs and 30 professional and certificate programs.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  • Graduate School
  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College
  • Law School
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

There are many things to do on campus at Wayne State, including scaling a 30-foot climbing wall or volunteering with one of the many student organizations.  There are theatrical performances offered year-round, among many other activities for entertainment and recreation.  For a list of events and activities, students can visit the Dean of Students Office.

Other student services include the Academic Success Center, "OneCard" student ID card (which is also a discount card for purchases), the University Advising Center, and more.

Athletics

The Wayne State "Warriors" have 16 varsity teams competing in intercollegiate sports.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Wayne State University's location in metro Detroit offers easy access to a wealth of culture, arts and entertainment.  There are nearby art shows, music festivals, and theatre performances and sports events.

Enrollment

27,025

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

FSU, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Big Rapids, Michigan, the school offers a rural setting for students to study in. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at FSU.

Students may choose from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Most students admitted to FSU score in-between 19 to 24 on the ACT exam. 77% of students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 32 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The tuition at Ferris State University varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $11,000 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 per year. Some students at FSU may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans.

The mascot for Ferris State University is the "Bulldogs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.ferris.edu/.

Enrollment

13,250

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on a campus covering more than 800 acres.  EMU offers more than 200 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, the major and minor concentrations are delivered via the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Educaiton, Health and Human Services, and Technology.

The nearly 700 full-time faculty members at Eastern Michigan University have doctoral degrees and are experts in their fields. Many faculty members involved students in their research, including those at the undergraduate level.

History

Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 as the Michigan State Normal School to educate teachers for the state's public schools. In 1959, after several name changes, the "Normal School" became Eastern Michigan University. After training thousands of teachers for certification over its first 100 years, EMU expanded its curricula to match the demands of its university status.

More recent advances at EMU include the construction of the Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Facility, the Convocation Center, the Bruce T. Halle Library, John W. Porter College of Education, and the Everett L. Marshall College of Health and Human Services, among other school buildings.

Academics

The academic calendar for Eastern Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall, spring semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Technology
  • Graduate School

Student Life

There are hundreds of student organizations available on campus at EMU, including everything from an Accounting Club to the American Marketing Student Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters to many sports clubs or fraternities and sororities.

Student services at EMU include:

  • Student Government
  • Service EMU
  • The Children's Institute
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Diversity and Community Involvement
  • International Students
  • Orientation
  • Veteran Services
  • Ombudsman
  • Academic Projects Center
  • Academic Advising
  • Holman Success Center
  • Library
  • CATE lab (Center for Adaptive Technology Education)
  • Writing Center 

On campus housing is available through several options, including Living-Learning communities. Many dining options are also available.

Traditions

The school colors for EMU are green and white, and the school mascot is the eagle. The EMU athletic teams are nicknamed the Eastern Michigan "Eagles."

Athletics

The Eastern Michigan "Eagles" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Eastern Michigan University has 14 research institutes and centers devoted to community improvement and civic engagement in several areas. Some of the community assistance provided by EMU includes:

  • EMU's Center for Regional and National Security and the Michigan Citizens Corps train high school students how to be first responders during emergencies on their campuses.
  • The University's Checkpoint Program has, for more than 10 years, helped both college students and area youth learn about alcohol and drug issues. 
  • EMU's Coatings Research Institute is working with the Pentagon to develop a coating to protect military equipment and vehicles from corrosion and chemical and biological weapons. 
  • The interdisciplinary EMU Water Resources Consortium is researching water concerns and the multifaceted importance of this valuable and endangered natural resource. Its research supports conservation projects and will help maintain high-quality supplies.

Enrollment

19,123

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution that has a large selection of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in University Center, Michigan, in a predominantly rural area. Over eleven thousand students enroll at SVSU annually. Here is a list of some of the popular programs SVSU offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Most students at Saginaw Valley State University scored in a range of 18 - 24 on the ACT. SVSU has an admissions rate of around 89% of which only 62% chose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here. The tuition at SVSU varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $8,600 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $20,000 annually. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for around a cost of $4,700 each year. Students at SVSU may qualify for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans. The SVSU "Cardinals" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
Students may visit the SVSU website to obtain a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more.

Enrollment

8,515

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

University of Michigan - Flint, a public institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Flint, Michigan, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. University of Michigan - Flint has an annual student enrollment of approximately eight thousand. Here is a list of some of the popular programs UM-Flint offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Security And Protective Services
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1075 - 1295 on the SAT and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to UM-Flint. This school accepts roughly 70% of applicants. Of those students accepted, around 31% attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found at umflint.edu. Tuition & fees at UM-Flint are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $9,600 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $19,000 annually. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,000. UM-Flint may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Students may visit the UM-Flint website to obtain a complete list of programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Enrollment

7,532

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Michigan State University Degree Programs

The degree tracks offered by state colleges, both small and large, is about as diverse as you can get in any state. Using MatchCollege, you can quickly find degree programs from state colleges that range from traditional to specialty degrees of all kinds. Regionally charged degree programs may includeadvanced auto mechanics,industrial engineering,automotive engineering,design technology,healthcare administration,CNC programming, andcomputer programming. Alternatively, common professional degree programs includephysical therapy,nursing,veterinary medicine,law,pharmacy, andmedical school. Traditional degree pathways such asbusiness,engineering,English,political science, andeconomicsare no longer common if parlayed into a graduate school degree in an adjacent field of study. As an example, a student earning a degree in political science may leverage that degree to earn a graduate degree in environmental science to step into a lobbyist position after graduation. Given the expanse of academics and the sectors of the economy that require subject mastery, the choices are virtually unlimited.

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The 16 schools listed below are part of the -2 system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

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in Dearborn, MI10,000 to 19,999info
Andrews University in Alpena, MI1,000 to 4,999info
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Brimley, MILess Than 1,000info
Great Lakes Christian College in Allendale, MIMore Than 20,000info
Kalamazoo College in Jackson, MI1,000 to 4,999info
Lake Superior State University in Benton Harbor, MI1,000 to 4,999info
Lansing Community College in Sault Ste Marie, MI1,000 to 4,999info
Michigan Technological University in East Lansing, MIMore Than 20,000info
Mott Community College in Mount Pleasant, MI10,000 to 19,999info
Northwestern Michigan College in Marquette, MI5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Tour
Northwood University - Michigan in Traverse City, MI1,000 to 4,999info
Olivet College in Rochester Hills, MI10,000 to 19,999info
Schoolcraft College in University Center, MI5,000 to 9,999info
Siena Heights University in Livonia, MI5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Tour
University of Michigan - Dearborn in Houghton, MI5,000 to 9,999info
West Shore Community College in Detroit, MIMore Than 20,000info

University of Michigan

The 2 schools listed below are part of the University of Michigan system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Mid Michigan Community College in Flint, MI5,000 to 9,999info
University of Michigan - Flint in Dearborn, MI5,000 to 9,999info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Michigan in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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