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 2021, more than 317,600 students enrolled into a postsecondary program in the Detroit region. For more data on college enrollment please visit, Detroit Data Center.

Public Universities

College/UniversityCity2021 Total Fall Enrollment
Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant15,424
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti15,340
Michigan State UniversityLansing49,659
Oakland UniversityRochester17,170
The University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor50,278
The University of Michigan-DearbornDearborn8,331
The University of Michigan-FlintFlint6,418
Wayne State UniversityDetroit24,919
Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids10,361
Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale22,406
Lake Superior State UniversitySault Sainte Marie1,812
Michigan Technological UniversityHoughton7,008
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquette7,214
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center7,523
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo18,266
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Private Colleges and Universities

College/UniversityCity2021 Total Fall Enrollment
Adrian CollegeAdrian1,871
College for Creative StudiesDetroit1,620
Cleary UniversityHowell751
Concordia UniversityAnn Arbor1,135
Davenport UniversityGrand Rapids5,384
Kettering UniversityFlint1,858
Lawrence Technological UniversitySouthfield2,955
Madonna UniversityLivonia2,444
Northwood UniversityMidland2,422
Olivet CollegeOlivet885
Rochester UniversityRochester Hills1,114
Siena Heights UniversityAdrian1,966
Spring Arbor UniversitySpring Arbor2,685
Thomas M. Cooley Law (WSU) SchoolLansing691
University of Detroit MercyDetroit5,227
Walsh CollegeTroy1,492
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Community Colleges

College/UniversityCity2021 Total Fall Enrollment
Henry Ford CollegeDearborn11,379
Macomb Community CollegeWarren16,762
Monroe County Community CollegeMonroe2,475
Mott Community CollegeFlint6,245
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills13,963
St. Clair County Community CollegePort Huron3,231
Schoolcraft CollegeLivonia8,330
Washtenaw Community CollegeAnn Arbor10,884
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroit12,749
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Graduates Overview

In 2021, a total of 60,985 students graduated from a postsecondary program in the Detroit region. Certificates accounted for (4,989), associate (11,513), bachelor’s (28,477), master’s (12,045), and professional or PhD (3,079) of the total.

College Graduates by Race

In 2021, the Detroit region had roughly 51,210 graduates of whom 72% were white, 13% Black, 8% Asian and 6% Hispanic. Since 2017, however, growth in college graduates has declined significantly for Black and white students in the Detroit region. From 2017 to 2020, white graduates declined 15.2% and Black graduates declined 28.0%. While the region experienced growth in Asian (+21.8%) and Hispanic (+24.3%) 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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