Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities

The Detroit region is home to several ranked higher education institutions that provide world-class educations and feed the growing need for high-level, highly skilled talent that can adapt and thrive in the knowledge economy.

The region is home to 34 colleges and universities, including the only national academic and innovation research cluster, the University Research Corridor (URC).

The URC is an alliance of Michigan’s three leading research institutions — the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. Collectively.

The University Research Corridor (URC)

In 2022, the URC reported:

  • $20.6 billion net economic impact in 2021 with 139,624 enrolled students. The URC indirectly supported an additional 13,877 jobs in Michigan for a total of 80,230 jobs that were directly or indirectly attributable to a URC institution.
  • In 2021, the URC had almost 1.5 million alumni worldwide with 712,000 graduates residing in Michigan.

2-Year and 4-Year Enrollment

Enrollment increases are needed to sustain progress to reach 60% postsecondary educational attainment and cut the racial equity gap in half by 2030. In fall 2022, more than 314,750 students enrolled into a postsecondary program in the Detroit Region. For more data on college enrollment please visit, Detroit Data Center.

Public Universities

College/UniversityCity2022 Total Fall Enrollment
Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant14,557
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti14,018
Michigan State UniversityLansing50,023
Oakland UniversityRochester16,108
The University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor51,225
The University of Michigan-DearbornDearborn8,223
The University of Michigan-FlintFlint5,985
Wayne State UniversityDetroit23,630
Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids10,072
Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale21,648
Lake Superior State UniversitySault Sainte Marie1,655
Michigan Technological UniversityHoughton7,063
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquette6,970
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center7,147
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo17,000
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Private Colleges and Universities

College/UniversityCity2022 Total Fall Enrollment
Adrian CollegeAdrian1,821
College for Creative StudiesDetroit1,517
Cleary UniversityHowell891
Concordia UniversityAnn Arbor1,203
Davenport UniversityGrand Rapids5,074
Kettering UniversityFlint1,769
Lawrence Technological UniversitySouthfield2,966
Madonna UniversityLivonia2,109
Northwood UniversityMidland2,246
Olivet CollegeOlivet919
Rochester UniversityRochester Hills1,857
Siena Heights UniversityAdrian1,966
Spring Arbor UniversitySpring Arbor2,396
Thomas M. Cooley Law (WSU) SchoolLansing564
University of Detroit MercyDetroit6,360
Walsh CollegeTroy1,218
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Community Colleges

College/UniversityCity2022 Total Fall Enrollment
Henry Ford CollegeDearborn11,204
Macomb Community CollegeWarren15,946
Monroe County Community CollegeMonroe2,475
Mott Community CollegeFlint2,398
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills13,430
St. Clair County Community CollegePort Huron3,192
Schoolcraft CollegeLivonia7,650
Washtenaw Community CollegeAnn Arbor10,622
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroit12,219
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Graduates Overview

In 2022, a total of 60,104 students graduated from a postsecondary program in the Detroit Region, decreasing 11.7% since 2018. Certificates accounted for (5,391), associate’s (11,905), bachelor’s (27,442), master’s (11,197), and professional or PhD (3,317) of the total.

College Graduates by Race

In 2022, the Detroit Region had roughly over 50,000 graduates of whom 72% were white, 13% Black, 8% Asian and 6% Hispanic. Since 2018, however, growth in college graduates has declined significantly for Black and white students in the Detroit Region. From 2018 to 2022, white graduates declined 14.1% and Black graduates declined 23.6%. While the Region experienced growth in Asian (+22.6%) and Hispanic (+25.3%) college graduates.

Degree Completions

Michigan ranks 7th among all state for total degree completions from public institutions for every type of degree (e.g., bachelor’s) with more than 94,000 degrees awarded in 2021. In the Detroit region, almost 55,000 degrees were awarded from public and private institutions in 2021. The most awarded programs in the region included health profession, business, management, marketing, and engineering.

Degree FieldAssociate’sBachelor’sMaster’sDoctor’s
Health Professions & Related2,1964,3491,4241,347
Business, Management, Marketing & Related1,5364,6642,93018
Engineering & Engineering Technologies1172,9802,105305
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services4192,17661230
Biological & Biomedical Sciences911,813355167
Social Studies41,80620155
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 485911,0857
Visual and Performing Arts2891,20021622
Total, All Programs11,28728,47712,0453,079
Source: EMSI
Note: All Institution Sectors
Research & Data

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