Help Me Find a College: Michigan

Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Michigan

Michigan Highway SignThe Michigan CAP (College Access Portal) allows registered students to enter high school information, upload documents, and invited other users. You can search for Michigan colleges and view their profiles. It has a section on paying for college which includes a EFC Estimator, a long cost calculator, scholarship search function.?  There is a planning area where you can complete a Get to Know Yourself series of quizzes but none of the timelines you find on other sites.

The CAP links to the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers. This site has a list of all Michigan colleges with online applications. It also has a calendar listing College Day/Nights and Transfer Student Fairs. The organization also sponsors the Michigan Transfer Network which allows students to see which courses from which colleges will transfer to which colleges. The system includes both private and public institutions.

Michigan Find a College Summary
Websites
Colleges
Public Private
Number 15 33
Students 76% 24%
50-50 3 4
5/4 Yr
Grad Rate
44.5% 23.4%
Test Scores
ACT Avg 75%
Composite 20.1 24
English 19.3 24
Math 20.1 24
Top Ten Colleges Applied To
  • Michigan State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University

The Paying for College Student Financial Aid website is worth a visit. It contains the Michigan Postsecondary Handbook in PDF format, produced by the state, which contains information on admission requirements, campus characteristics, program offerings, and application procedures for each college and university in Michigan. You can download a spreadsheet that has basic contact information, costs, and various deadlines for colleges in the state.

You can also find information on the Student Scholarships and Grants program which includes the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship. Paying for College is an overview of financial aid programs that is available in PDF format.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 48 four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates in Michigan according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. A little over 24 percent of students attend one of the 33 private colleges while approximately 76 percent of students attend one of the 15 state institutions.

The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 24 percent (if you remove Baker Colleges it increases to 33 percent)?  while the four-year state schools have a five-year rate of 44.5 percent. Only eight colleges meet the 50-50 DIY College Rankings Profile requirements.

In Michigan, the average Composite ACT score in 2011 was 20.1. The English scores was 19.3 and the Math score was 20.1. The 75th% Composite score was 24, English was 24, and Math was 24. A total of 3

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Michigan applied to:

  • Michigan State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Oakland Community College
  • Macomb Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Henry Ford Community College

List of Colleges in Michigan

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in the fall of 2012 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

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