Colleges in Detroit

Colleges in Detroit

The largest city on United States-Canada border, Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the state of Michigan. With more than 4.3 million residents, Detroit is the second largest metropolitan area in the Midwest, beaten only by the Chicagoland area. Located on the Detroit River and home to the Detroit Metropolitan Airway, Motor City has the second-largest economy in the Midwest behind only, once again, Chicago. Also known as the Automobile Capital of the World, three major auto manufacturers are headquartered in the city, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Detroit also houses several higher education institutions, ranging from 2-year institutions to graduate schools.

The primary district offering 2-year education is the Wayne County Community College which has five campuses throughout the Detroit area. Wayne State University, also named for the county Detroit is situated in, is a 4-year year public research institution with both medical and law schools that serve more than 27,000 students. Wayne State was founded in 1868 and has since become the third-largest institution in the state, after the other two research institutions that make up the state-recognized University Research Corridor: the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

There are three institutions affiliated with the Catholic church in Detroit, the Sacred Heart Major Seminary, the University of Detroit Mercy Marygrove College. Detroit is also home to the College for Creative Studies which offers more than a dozen fine arts degrees, both at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. There’s also a satellite campus for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Less than 20 minutes outside of the Detroit area in Dearborn is one of the University of Michigan campuses, which offers more than 90 undergraduate degree options.

The city of Detroit offers a number of mass transit options, including by bus and an elevated rail system known as the People Mover. The city is serviced by Amtrak and two airports, and also offers a number of border crossing points into Canada. A higher percentage of homes in Detroit are without vehicles although the city does have an extensive toll-free highway system.

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Founded in 1817, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the state’s oldest university. U of M has very high research activity and is a often referred to as a Public Ivy. The university at Ann Arbor offers upwards of 260 degrees for undergraduates,...

“…The classes here are pretty intense. I'm a student in the college of Engineering, where group work is an important part of most classes. Most of the core classes like calculus, physics, and chemistry are very large classes, but they all have smaller...” – Elizabeth from Rochester Hills, MI

Michigan’s third largest institution of higher learning, Wayne State University is a public university in Detroit. Wayne State is home to 13 colleges offering over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, Wayne...

“…Most of my instructors are really good, and the ESP (Emerging Scholars Program) for math is phenomenal. It's a lot of work, but the extra hands on help and feedback really help you understand the math” – Audrey from Ferndale, MI

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a public university and a regional campus of the U of M system in the Detroit metro area. UM-Dearborn is home to four colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences offering 75 bachelor’s...

“…My biology class had many interactive lab projects and we gathered information form outdoors and around the lab itself. That class gives you more information to learn and helps you understand plants, animals and all other living creatures better. My...” – Rachel from Redford, MI

Oakland Community College is a public 2-year institution with headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with an open admissions policy. OCC operates five campuses and is the largest community college in the state. Nearly half of all OCC students...

“…Almost all of my teachers have been great! They were helpful when I was having trouble, and most of their teaching methods were successful. ” – Cynthia from Troy, MI

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution based in Detroit, Michigan. The school is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. The school operates three campuses, McNichols, Riverfront, and Corktown, making...

“…The classes that I have been enrolled in have been challenging, yet reasonable. I feel as though I am learning a lot of material very thoroughly, but I am able to keep up with it. The small class size helps students learn more especially in...” – Allison from Shelby Township, MI

Founded by a nun from a Felician convent, Madonna University is a Franciscan Catholic institution in the Detroit area. Madonna confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in over 100 career-focused academic majors and is the first university in the...

“…Wow, a lot can be said about the learning that goes on at Madonna. The classes, for the most part, are small and you really can get that one-on-one attention with the professor in the middle of class. The only exception to that rule would probably be...” – Alejandra from Lincoln Park, MI

Schoolcraft College is a public 2-year community college in Livonia, Michigan. The school offers traditional courses for credit as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development classes. They use an open admissions policy and students can...

“…All of the professors I have had are each different from the next. I have had new instructors and less experienced ones. A lot of my professors teach at another institution, have travelled a great deal, are from other countries or have worked in a...” – Sarah from Livonia, MI

Washtenaw Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a wooded, 291-acre campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with satellite facilities located in Brighton and Hartland. WCC offers over 100 academic programs through a catalog of...

“…I’ve been taking art classes to build up my portfolio for when I transfer and the art teachers here are phenomenal. Many of them are also employed at more expensive, “brand name” colleges like Eastern or U of M, so it’s like getting the same teaching...” – E.

Originally founded as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, the College for Creative Studies is a private college in Detroit specializing in artistic and creative education. CCS confers bachelor’s degrees in 12 arts-related fields of study and all...

“…CCS is a challenging, fun, and rewarding school to attend. It demands a lot of hard work and effort due to the rigorous curriculum and high expectations. However, it is one of the best schools in the United States for the visual arts and hard work...” – Sarah

Henry Ford College is a public, 2-year institution established in Dearborn, Michigan. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains a smaller, secondary location to the east. The main campus features a variety of facilities to enhance the...

“…Henry Ford CC has done alot lately to make it more student friendly. The new Welcome Center now houses most student services in one building. The teachers are dedicated professionals, who are focused on the well being of their students. ” – Amanda from Sterling Heights, MI

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Marygrove College is a Catholic graduate school in Detroit. Marygrove specializes in training future educators, granting a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching with six...

“…marygrove college is an amazing institution it has a lot to offer right in the heart of detroit, mi. the staff is helpful and friendly. marygrove offers a lot of support to its students to make sure they have a successful educational experience.” – LaTanya from Detroit, MI

Concordia University in Ann Arbor is a Christian, liberal arts institution in the state of Michigan. CU-Ann Arbor encourages students to live uncommon lives for the betterment of themselves and their community, advocating for both student service and...

“…In the small classes at Concordia every student receives the specialized attention they require. The professors truly care about each of their students. I am in the education program and each of the professors I have for these courses is personally...” – Kassandra from Flint, MI

Monroe County Community College is a 2-year college in southeast Michigan. MCCC is home to five academic divisions offering degrees and certificates in over 35 fields of study. For students who wish to earn paid on-the-job experience while studying,...

“…As is to be expected with college, I have learned more here in under a year than I did in four years of high school. Over all, I'm thrilled with the school! These classes have been challenging, but nothing too far out of my league and I feel that I...” – Kara

Rochester College is a private, 4-year institution established in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In order to develop their faith, full-time students at RC are required to earn chapel credits each semester, which result in a letter grade on a 30-point...

“…I am truly excited to start taking courses and see all of what Rochester College has to offer.” – Lauren from Oxford, MI

The Wayne County Community College District is a public, 2-year institution established in Michigan, with six campuses in Detroit, Taylor, and Belleville. The district offers over 80 degree and certificate programs, including a Nursing program and 10...

“…Wayne County Community College is phenomenal. They offer a variety of programs with shorter programs to a 2 yr. degree. They also have a great healthcare program certification. The Professors that are employed at the school are very informal, helpful...” – Tempest from Detroit, MI

The Cranbrook Academy of Art is a private, graduate institution established on the 319-acre campus of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Academy provides graduate study opportunities in eleven departments including...

Baker College of Allen Park is a campus of Baker College located in the western Detroit metro area. The Allen Park campus hosts classes from five academic departments such as Social Science, Information Technology, Health Science, Engineering, and...

“…The teachers are great. Everyone will help you get where you want to be in life. The students are ready to learn and fun to be around. You get to school and you can feel the energy of everyone learning and anxious to learn.” – Cindy from Westland, MI

Baker College of Clinton Township is a regional campus of Baker college located in the northeast area of metro Detroit. The Clinton Township campus offers courses in five of Baker’s academic colleges: Business, Social Science, Engineering, Health...

“…When first attending Baker College I was worried and frantic with starting a huge step in my life. Baker made me feel comfortable and gave me the the courage that I thought I'll never have. My teachers were awesome and they gave me the knowledge that...” – Joi from Michigan

Baker College of Auburn Hills is a regional campus in the Baker College system located in the northern metro Detroit area. The college’s Auburn Hills location offers courses in Baker’s five schools of Business, Health Science, Social Science,...

“…For the most part I learn a lot from my professors. I am challenged but at the same time the classes are not that difficult.” – Lynn from Clarkston, MI

Originally founded as a training school for operators of comptometer machines, the Dorsey Schools are technical and vocational academies with 13 locations throughout Michigan. The Dorsey Schools consist of academies in Medical Training, Cosmetology,...

Established in 1980, the Michigan School of Professional Psychology is a private, graduate education institution located on a wooded, 4-acre campus in Farmington Hills. MSP offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree, a Doctor of Clinical...

The Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration is a business school in the Detroit metro area and the third largest graduate business school in Michigan. Walsh offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 16 fields of study....

“…Walsh college is fantastic for working students. I was able to complete my Master's degree online in one year and eleven weeks while working full time. The total cost was the same as a state college. ” – Timothy from Harrison Twp., MI

Located in the heart of Detroit, Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Roman Catholic institution dedicated to priestly formation and a center of the New Evangelization movement. The seminary offers bachelor’s degrees in Ministry, Arts, and Philosophy as...

The Ecumenical Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school dedicated to collaboration among multiple faiths and the only protestant seminary in Detroit. ETS confers masters degrees in Divinity, Arts, and Pastoral Ministry as well as a...

Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit is an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva in the Detroit metro area. The yeshiva offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates in Rabbinical and Talmudic Studies. The Talmudic Studies curriculum includes lessons...