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Last Updated: July 08, 2021

Michigan - The Great Lakes State

Michigan is situated in the popular Great Lakes Region in America. Lansing is the capital city while Detroit is the largest city. The estimated population of Michigan was 10 million in the year 2017. The winters here are severe and the period between December and February sees snowfall. Autumn is a nice warm time while mid-spring, early springtime, or even late fall season are perfect for enjoying indoor activities.

There are more than a hundred universities/colleges in this state to take a pick from, for aspiring students who wish to study here as per the NCES or the National Center for Education Statistics. Higher education here, in the state of Michigan, comprises about sixty private and nearly forty-five public higher learning institutions. The Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are two of the top Universities in the state. No matter, if you want to opt for a private or a public University, you can rest assured of picking an institution, which will offer you the best of education and facilities. A lot of Michigan Universities offer programs that let you have a dual degree, thus letting you have more than 1 advanced education degree at a given time.

Major Cities in Michigan


The largest, one of the oldest, and the most densely populated city in the state of Michigan is Detroit. It is widely acclaimed for its flourishing automobile industry, with the headquarters of the nation's three biggest automobile manufacturers, namely, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis North America placed here. It is also popular for its music, art, architecture, and religious sites. Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, are a few renowned universities and colleges in this city.

Grand Rapids

Nicknamed 'Furniture City', 'River City', and even 'Beer City', Grand Rapids is Michigan's second-largest city. It is rightly called the 'Furniture City' because it has a well-established furniture industry and is also the abode to the major furniture establishments in the world, such as Steelcase, Knoll, American Seating, and so on. Calvin College, Aquinas College, Kuyper College, are a few good colleges in this city.

Sterling Heights

One of the most flourishing cities in Macomb County, Sterling Heights is Michigan's fourth-largest city. Previously named 'Jefferson Township', Sterling Heights was later included as a city in the year 1968. Sterling Heights is a safe haven with the lowest crimes rates in the state of Michigan and is also acknowledged for its ethnic diversity.


Often known as the 'City of Progress', Warren is a vibrant city surrounded by various businesses such as General Motors Technical Center, United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, and so on. It is also the third-largest city in the state of Michigan. The city was named after Rev. Abel Warren, a war veteran of 1812.


Best known for its prestigious research university, 'University of Michigan', Lansing is Michigan's capital city. It is the chief industrial, commercial and educational hub with a flourishing economy. It is the birthplace of the renowned basketball player, Magic Johnson. It is also the home to one of the best research facilities in the U.S., that is, the Library of Michigan.

Economy/Job Market

According to Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index, the state of Michigan has seen a major improvement in the economic sector. There is a 0.7% increase in the job market, with the average income being around $27,000 annually, in the state of Michigan. Three of the leading industries in Michigan include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The manufacturing sector thrives because of the automobile industry and also leads in transportation technology. Michigan's economy gains a lot through the agricultural sector with an estimated amount of $104.7 billion every year. It is known for the production of apples, grapes, asparagus, cucumbers, and substantially more. The state also shows major progress in dairy production and is thereby the number one producer of milk in the U.S. It also holds the 3rd position in the production of Christmas trees. The major job sectors here are Agriculture and production, Healthcare and Tech industry, Architecture, and Engineering.

Tuition Fee and Living Costs in Michigan

The tuition fee can always vary depending upon the type of institution (public/private) and the chosen academic program. The fees structure for in-state students is different as compared to that for out-state students. The fees for in states student is comparatively lower. To be more specific the tuition fees for out states candidate is almost double the amount paid by in-state candidates. The tuition fee for undergraduates may range from $50,000 to $11,000, and for graduates, it can vary between $53,000 to $11,000 annually. The overall living cost in Michigan is mostly lower and cheaper than the U.S. average, but transportation costs are exceptionally expensive here.

List of major Universities/Colleges

The major fields of study in Michigan are law, dentistry, business, education, and medicine just to write a few. Michigan Universities have not only been ranked as having one of the best programs in the Midwest in a review by Princeton but also the Carnegie Foundation has classified them as "High Research Universities". Higher education here in the state of Michigan lays firm stress on research. The research program quality across Michigan Universities is so high, that it receives millions and more dollars as research funds all through the year. In Michigan, graduate education is known for being diverse with an inviting and comfortable environment for all students from across the world. Following are the top five universities in the state of Michigan:
  1. University of Michigan- Established in the year 1817, the University of Michigan is one of the oldest and the most prestigious public universities in the nation. It is located in the city of Ann Arbor and is renowned for its excellent faculty, a wide range of courses (above 275 programs), the teaching of more than 65 foreign languages, and extremely high research activity.
  2. Michigan State University- Situated in East Lansing, the capital city, the Michigan State University is a renowned institution and comes under the top 80 best universities nationally, according to U.S. News, 2021. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduates majors and minors in areas related to science, economics, education, agriculture, accounting, finance, horticulture, medicine, music therapy, and many more. The Association of American Universities includes Michigan State University as one of the 60 members, of a research institute.
  3. Wayne State University- Founded in the year 1868, Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest public university. It offers more than 300 academic majors and minors for undergraduates and graduates on the campus and is especially known for its courses on healthcare and medicine. The University Research Corridor of Michigan consists of Wayne State University, together with Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. Wayne State University was declared to be a doctoral university, extremely high in research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  4. Michigan Technological University- One of the best institutes in the state, Michigan Technological University, also known as Michigan Tech or just Tech, is located in Houghton. It was established in the year 1885. It is known for its excellent courses on science, technology, Computer and Information Sciences, Forestry, Business and marketing and so on. It is a highly esteemed public university and holds the rank 153 nationally, in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges, according to U.S. News.
  5. Central Michigan University- Established in the year 1892, Central Michigan University is located in the city of Mount Pleasant and is well known for its welcoming and student-friendly atmosphere. This public university has got a vast selection of programs for undergraduates and graduates, including Fine Arts, Journalism and Communication, Fitness Studies, Business, Management, Health care, Psychology, and many more.

Scholarships/Financial aids

Based on several categorical aspects such as academic merit and monetary needs, various scholarship programs and grants are made available to assist students with respect to their requirements. Most grants are provided by the State government considering specific requirements. Most of the international pupils won't get any financial aid assistance from the US government. There are, however, a lot of options for international pupils wanting to pursue their graduation from Michigan. The 'Free Application For Federal Student Aid' (FAFSA) is to be filled by the residents of Michigan prior to the application for any kind of financial aid. Students at the University of Michigan can borrow money for studies on a long-term basis, with loans that are low-interest federal through the Office of Financial Aid of this University. Industries like auto manufacturing, travel, other manufacturing, farming, and energy extraction are some of the major industries in the state of Michigan. Nearly 60,000 students from across the country and internationally attend the Michigan University every year.


Summer is a popular time to enjoy and engage in a plethora of fun the outdoor activities in Michigan, and this is when most people choose to come and holiday. One should definitely spend some time to discover and explore the scenic views and diverse landscapes of this culturally and industrially booming state of Michigan. The Henry Ford and Hitsville USA is a major attraction here. Other popular attractions include Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Historical Museum, and so on.

Universities & Colleges in Michigan

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor) 48218$17772 / $55408$26136 / $51227
Michigan State University (East Lansing) 50538$15681 / $38681$17772 / $33454
Wayne State University (Detroit) 31759$15681 / $33454$19863 / $39727
Michigan Technological University (Houghton) 7657$18818 / $38681$21954 / $21954
Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) 24917$13590 / $25090$18818 / $18818
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) 25010$14636 / $17772$18818 / $33454
Grand Valley State University (Allendale) 25325$12545 / $17772$15681 / $20908
Oakland University (Rochester Hills) 20261$13590 / $26136$16727 / $26136
Northern Michigan University (Marquette) 9092$12545 / $18818$10454 / $14636
Kettering University (Flint) 2252$40772 / $40772$14636 / $14636
Hope College (Holland) 3392$32408 / $32408$N/A / $N/A
Calvin College (Grand Rapids) 3990$32408 / $32408$35545 / $35545
University of Michigan-Dearborn (Dearborn) 10906$14636 / $28227$14636 / $25090
Lawrence Technological University (Southfield) 3256$37636 / $37636$22999 / $22999
Andrews University (Berrien Springs) 4754$32408 / $32408$30318 / $30318
Alma College (Alma) 1385$37636 / $37636$N/A / $N/A
Aquinas College (Grand Rapids) 1903$35545 / $35545$11499 / $11499
Saginaw Valley State University (University Center) 9491$11499 / $27181$16727 / $30318
Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor) 4213$31363 / $31363$9409 / $9409
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) 22327$14636 / $14636$20908 / $35545
Adrian College (Adrian) 1947$39727 / $39727$20908 / $20908
Cleary University (Howell) 735$21954 / $21954$16727 / $16727
Northwood University-Michigan (Midland) 3337$26136 / $26136$36590 / $36590
University of Michigan-Flint (Flint) 8806$12545 / $25090$12545 / $18818
Ferris State University (Big Rapids) 14715$11499 / $18818$7318 / $10454
Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids) 2572$28227 / $28227$14636 / $14636
University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit) 4920$40772 / $40772$28227 / $28227
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste Marie) 2249$11499 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Albion College (Albion) 1376$41817 / $41817$N/A / $N/A
Rochester College (Rochester Hills) 1173$22999 / $22999$11499 / $11499
Kuyper College (Grand Rapids) 260$20908 / $20908$20908 / $20908
Finlandia University (Hancock) 536$24045 / $24045$N/A / $N/A
Olivet College (Olivet) 1014$26136 / $26136$7318 / $7318
Madonna University (Livonia) 3704$19863 / $19863$13590 / $13590
Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor) 1380$32408 / $32408$13590 / $13590
Marygrove College (Detroit) 1380$21954 / $21954$8363 / $8363
Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit) 580$21954 / $21954$31363 / $31363
Michigan School of Professional Psychology (Farmington Hills) 141$N/A / $N/A$31363 / $31363
Davenport University (Grand Rapids) 8579$20908 / $20908$16727 / $16727
Baker College of Allen Park (Allen Park) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Grace Bible College (Wyoming) 1418$15681 / $15681$10454 / $10454
Baker College of Muskegon (Muskegon) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo) 1443$44954 / $44954$N/A / $N/A
The Robert B Miller College (Battle Creek) 218$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration (Troy) 2861$12545 / $12545$13590 / $13590
Baker College of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing) 158$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Baker College of Clinton Township (Clinton Township) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit) 152$N/A / $N/A$16727 / $16727
Baker College of Owosso (Owosso) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids) 300$N/A / $N/A$16727 / $16727
Baker College (Flint) 11733$10454 / $10454$13590 / $13590
Michigan State University-College of Law (East Lansing) 890$N/A / $N/A$20908 / $20908
Western Theological Seminary (Holland) 279$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Baker College of Cadillac (Cadillac) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Baker College of Port Huron (Port Huron) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing) 1444$N/A / $N/A$10454 / $10454
Baker College of Jackson (Jackson) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills) 152$N/A / $N/A$37636 / $37636
The Art Institute of Michigan (Novi) 800$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
College for Creative Studies (Detroit) 1568$48090 / $48090$52272 / $52272
Siena Heights University (Adrian) 2985$29272 / $29272$13590 / $13590
Michigan Jewish Institute (W Bloomfield) 996$4181 / $4181$N/A / $N/A
Baker College Center for Graduate Studies (Flint) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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