Colleges in Michigan

Colleges in Michigan

As the only state made up of two peninsulas, Michigan is nicknamed “The Great Lakes State” since it’s bordered by Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior. The southern portion of the state experiences hot summers and cold winters, but the northern half has short, warm summers and can have very cold winters. Colleges in Michigan are mostly in the lower peninsula, all 93 of them minus 2, and include 8 research universities, 17 baccalaureate colleges, and 19 master’s universities. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is the oldest, as well as the most selective, institution. The Wolverine State’s top industries are automotives, advanced manufacturing, freshwater technology, and Christmas trees. The most popular places to visit are Mackinac Island, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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,...

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Michigan State University

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a large public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan, and a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries. MSU is home to more than 200 areas of study through 17 degree...

“…” – Paulina from zeeland, MI

Central Michigan University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Central Michigan University has grown to become a 4-year public research institution. CMU encompasses eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs. In addition, CMU is home to...

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Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

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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...

“…” – Audrey from Ferndale, MI

Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a 4-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Additionally, Western Michigan hosts the...

“…” – Tim from Kalamazoo, MI

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts institution with three regional campuses in western Michigan. GVSU offers undergraduate degrees in 91 academic fields of study. For students who wish to experience another culture during their...

“…” – Alie from Michigan

Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

“…” – Britany from Montague, MI

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI
Oakland University

Oakland University is a 4-year public school in the Detroit metro area that was originally established as a satellite campus of Michigan State. Oakland is now home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 143 academic programs. In...

“…” – Krystal from Farmington Hills, MI

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College is a private liberal arts institution based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo offers students an immersive first-year experience that includes an 18-day wilderness adventure and a Summer Common Reading conversation. All students are...

“…” – Hannah from Portage, MI

Northern Michigan University

With campus overlooking Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University is a public school and the largest university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. NMU confers undergrad and graduate degrees in 177 academic programs and all students receive either a...

“…” – Jennifer from Marquette, MI

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is a nondenominational liberal arts college in southern Michigan and the country’s first college to officially ban discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and religion. Hillsdale confers undergraduate degrees in 46 fields of...

“…” – Nicholas from Ottawa Lake, MI

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts,...

“…” – Nickolas from Barrington, IL

University of Michigan-Dearborn

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...

“…” – Crystal from Livonia, MI

Kettering University

Originally founded as The School of Automobile Trades, Kettering University is a 4-year private school in eastern Michigan. Kettering awards bachelor’s degrees in 13 academic programs with a STEM-centered focus. In addition to classroom facilities,...

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Albion College

Albion College is a private liberal arts college associated with the United Methodist Church, though the institution is committed to religious diversity and non-discrimination. It is included in the 2019 Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges in the US...

“…” – Katlyn from Livonia, MI

Macomb Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses in Warren and Clinton Township, Michigan. The college features a wide variety of unique academic programs, with subjects ranging from Court Reporting to Fire Science. Students...

“…” – Nathan from Ira Twp, 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...

“…” – Cynthia from Troy, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution based in University Center, Michigan. SVSU has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study elementary education, nursing, or kinesiology and exercise science. The school also...

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Delta College
University Center, MI
Delta College

Delta College is a community college with a main campus in Bay City, Michigan, and learning centers in three neighboring counties, which include a state-of-the-art, NASA-funded Planetarium with a Digital 360 theatre. Courses can be taken at any...

“…” – Kathleen from Saginaw, MI

Davenport University

Davenport University is a private institution based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The school operates multiple satellite campuses throughout the state and online. Davenport offers small class sizes and some of the most affordable tuition in the state...

“…” – Lauren from Hastings, MI

University of Detroit Mercy

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...

“…” – Allison from Shelby Township, MI

Madonna University

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...

“…” – Alejandra from Lincoln Park, MI

Lawrence Technological University

Originally founded in a building leased from Henry Ford, Lawrence Technological University is a private institution focused on STEM education. Lawrence Tech is home to colleges of Business & IT, Arts & Sciences, Architecture, and Engineering...

“…” – Kid from Westland, MI

University of Michigan-Flint

With a campus along the shores of the Flint River, the University of Michigan-Flint is a regional campus of the University of Michigan system. UM Flint is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Health Sciences, Management, and Education...

“…” – Alisha from Millington, MI

Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life on campus is rooted in the college’s Cornerstone Virtue Project, which guides students in the exploration of virtue throughout chapel...

“…” – Nicole from Rockford, MI

Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Michigan. The campus features a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including two fitness centers, a library with rentable technology, and two gaming stations. Along...

“…” – Kristen from Morrice, MI

Adrian College

Founded by an antislavery advocate in 1859, Adrian College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Michigan. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Adrian awards bachelor’s degrees in 50 academic majors. In addition to classroom space,...

“…” – Kelly from Wellington, OH

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Andrews University

With campus along the shore of the St. Joseph River, Andrews University is a Christian school in southwest Michigan and the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Andrews hosts six colleges and schools featuring over 130 degrees...

“…” – Zachary from Fall City, WA

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...

“…” – Ashley from Detroit, MI

Alma College

Alma College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It is a residential college based in Alma, Michigan, in the state’s Lower Peninsula. Alma also operates an ecological research area in Vestaburg, which houses...

“…” – Kristin from Charlotte, MI

Northwood University is a private, 4-year institution established in Midland, Michigan. The college maintains a number of regional education facilities in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, California, and online in order for students to complete...

“…” – Christian from Zeeland, 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...

“…” – Benjamin from Stockbridge, MI

Michigan Technological University

With a campus overlooking the Keweenaw Waterway, Michigan Technological University is a public school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. MTU is home to seven colleges and schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 120 academic programs...

“…” – Charles from Midland, MI

Baker College

Formed by the consolidation of Baker Business University and Muskegon College, Baker College is a career and vocational school with several campus locations throughout Michigan. Baker confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and students...

“…” – Jamie from Grand Blanc, MI

Mott Community College

Mott Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Flint, Michigan, with satellite locations throughout the state in Clio, Howell, Fenton, and Owosso. The college offers over 100 certificates, occupational degrees, and degrees for...

“…” – Jessica from Flushing, MI

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in the state of Michigan. The college offers a number of unique programs of study, such as Camping Ministry, Actuarial Science, and Speech. Students enrolled at SAU are...

“…” – Marcia from Dorr, MI

Lake Superior State University

With a campus overlooking the St. Mary’s River, Lake Superior State University is a 4-year institution in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the smallest public university in the state. Featuring a mix of liberal and technical studies, LSSU confers...

“…” – Jane from Grand Rapids, MI

Jackson College is a public, 2-year institution established in Jackson County, Michigan. The campus features The George E. Potter Center, which houses entertainment events in its three theaters all throughout the year. While the college offers many...

“…” – Sara from Ypsilanti, MI

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Michigan. GRCC values experiential learning, offering students the ability to learn in environments beyond the traditional classroom in Service Learning...

“…” – Isabelle from Grand Rapids, MI

Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Adrian, Michigan. Along with the main campus, the college also hosts a number of degree completion centers throughout the state. Students attending SHU have the...

“…” – Mackenzie from Monroe, MI

With a main campus off the coast of Lake Michigan, Muskegon Community College is a 2-year institution and the fourth oldest community college in Michigan. MCC is home to 40 associate degrees and 35 certificate-granting programs. The Astronomy program...

“…” – Logan from Whitehall, MI

College for Creative Studies

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...

“…” – Rachel from Troy, MI

Finlandia University

Finlandia University is a private, 4-year institution established in Hancock, Michigan. Academics at FinnU are primarily geared toward the arts, though there are many degree options available in scientific fields as well. The college is home to the...

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Henry Ford College

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...

“…” – Kayla from Allen Park, MI

Established in 1944, Olivet College is a private, 4-year institution local in Michigan. The college offers over 50 major and minor undergraduate programs, as well as an MBA program, a Criminal Justice professional program, and an RN-BSN program....

“…” – Megan from Trenton, MI

Lake Michigan College is a 2-year community college with three campuses in western Michigan. LMC is home to 10 academic divisions including a Wine and Viticulture Technology program featuring the only teaching winery in the midwest. LMC also has a...

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...

“…” – LaTanya from Detroit, MI

Founded by the Battle Creek Board of Education, Kellogg Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and four regional centers in south-central Michigan. Kellogg features 35 associate degrees and 28 certificate programs from eight...

“…” – Demetria from Coldwater, 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...

“…” – Kassandra from Flint, MI

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in southern Michigan. Valley offers over 100 associate’s degree and certificate programs in nine guided pathways, with many courses available in fully-online and blended...

“…” – Jacob from Kalamazoo, MI

Originally founded as a school of aviation, MIAT College of Technology is a technical and vocational school with campuses in the Detroit and Houston metro areas. MIAT is home to certificate-granting programs in Aviation, Energy, HVACR, Electro...

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,...

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Aquinas College (MI)

Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College is a Catholic liberal arts college in western Michigan. Aquinas offers undergraduate degrees in over 100 fields of study including the first Sustainable Business program in the...

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Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College is a public, 2-year institution located in Traverse City. NMC maintains four satellite facilities in the region, including the Rogers Observatory, which is five miles of south of campus and frequently opens for public...

“…” – Catherine from Interlochen, MI

Rochester College
Rochester Hills, MI

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...

“…” – Lauren from Oxford, MI

Southwestern Michigan College is a 2-year community college featuring over 40 degrees and certificates, as well as an honors program. In addition, SMC partners with Ferris State University to provide an opportunity to earn six bachelor’s degrees on...

“…” – Sky from Sturgis, MI

Mid Michigan Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses. Mid offers over 600 courses each semester from six academic departments and over 100 of those classes are available online. Mid also has a diverse student body with over 100...

“…” – Ashlie from Mt.Pleasant, MI

Baker College of Muskegon is a private four-year technical and business college mere minutes away from Lake Michigan’s shores. Baker College maintains seven other campuses, is a designated military-friendly school, and claims the title of largest...

Grace Christian University is an Evangelical college in Grand Rapids whose courses are centered around The Bible and ministry experience. GCU is home to over 20 undergraduate degree programs encompassing both Biblical studies and general education...

“…” – Melody from Hamburg, NY

Originally founded as the first law school to serve the greater Detroit area, the Michigan State University College of Law is an independent private legal institute academically integrated into the MSU system. The Law College’s JD academic curriculum...

Cleary University is a private business school in southeastern Michigan and the only 4-year degree-granting institution in its county. Cleary awards bachelor’s degrees in 14 fields relating to business and management and also features an MBA program....

“…” – Vickie from Swartz Creek, 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...

“…” – Tempest from Detroit, MI

Alpena Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural, 700-acre campus in northern Michigan. ACC offers over 75 academic programs, awarding certificates, AA degrees, AAS degrees, and AS degrees, along with one BS degree...

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Kirtland Community College is a 2-year institution covering the largest geographic area of any Michigan community college. Kirtland is home to five academic departments offering 25 degree and certificate-granting programs. With a campus located in a...

“…” – Brittany from Roscommon, MI

Baker College of Owosso is one of 11 campuses in the Baker College system, which was established in Flint, Michigan. Owosso hosts five colleges, Social Science, Health Science, Engineering, Information Technology, and Business, on its 70-acre campus,...

North Central Michigan College is a 2-year community college in the northernmost part of the Michigan lower peninsula. North Central confers associate degrees in 24 fields of study and is also home to 39 certificate-granting programs. For students...

Montcalm Community College is a 2-year college with four locations in central Michigan. MCC confers degrees and certificates in 54 academic programs. For students who wish to enter the farming industry, MCC partners with the Michigan State University...

“…” – Amy from Belding, MI

Based out of Minneapolis, Walden University is an online for-profit college dedicated to adult learners. Walden confers undergrad and graduate degrees in over 80 academic programs. To accommodate working students’ schedules, Walden allows students to...

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...

Gogebic Community College is a 2-year community college with a main campus and extension center in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. GCC confers degrees and certificates in 55 academic fields of study. The college utilizes its northwoods location for...

“…” – Vivian from Ironwood, MI

Established in 1965, Glen Oaks Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Centreville Michigan. Glen Oaks offers 15 associate’s degree programs and 19 certificate programs, including agricultural programs in collaboration with MSU...

“…” – Brandye from Sturgis, MI

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...

With a main campus a short distance from Lake Michigan, West Shore Community College is a 2-year institution in northwest Michigan. WSCC is home to eight academic departments conferring degrees and certificates in 35 academic programs. Outside of...

“…” – Carly from Ludington, MI

Kuyper College
Grand Rapids, MI

Kuyper College is a Christian institution with an emphasis on training for a life in ministry. In addition to Kuyper’s religious degrees in programs like Biblical Greek and Youth Ministry, most  of the school’s other fields of study include a built...

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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...

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,...

Featuring a main campus a short walk from the US/Canada border, St. Clair County Community College is a 2-year institution in eastern Michigan. Known as “SC4,” the college features degree and certificate programs in five academic departments,...

“…” – Maria from Mt. Pleasant, MI

Bay de Noc Community College, more commonly known as Bay College, is a 2-year institution with two locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Bay is home to eight career pathways consisting of over 80 degree and certificate programs. Utilizing its...

“…” – Jessica from Cornell, 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,...

Baker College of Cadillac is a regional campus of the Baker College system in northwest Michigan and part of the state’s largest independent college. The Cadillac campus offers courses in five academic departments and houses an Academic Resource...

Baker College of Jackson is a campus in the Baker College system with an emphasis on training for careers in industry. Located in southern Michigan, the Jackson campus offers courses in Baker’s five academic colleges. Outside of the classroom, Baker...

Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private law school affiliated with Western Michigan University and its main branch is located in the capital city of Lansing. WMU-Cooley offers classes in Ethics, Service, and Professional programs in addition to...

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...

Originally founded in a log cabin schoolhouse, Great Lakes Christian College is a Christ-centered institution in central Michigan. Among the college’s 12 degree-granting programs, GLCC offers several Christian College Majors such as Advanced Biblical...

“…” – Michelle from St. Johns, MI

With campus a short distance from Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, The Culinary Institute of Michigan is an affiliate of Baker College in Eastern Michigan. All students at the institute study the culinary arts taught by a faculty made up of award...

With a campus along the shore of Lake Superior, Bay Mills Community College is the first 2-year tribal community college in the northeastern upper peninsula of Michigan. BMCC confers degrees and certificates in 24 academic programs. As a tribal...

Compass College of Cinematic Arts is a Christian-centered film school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic & Media Arts program is divided into concentrations in Story, Acting, Production, and Post-production,...

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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....

“…” – Timothy from Harrison Twp., MI

Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Calvin Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school in Grand Rapids dedicated to training ministry leaders. Calvin Seminary offers five theological master’s degree programs as well as a doctorate...

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...

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies, a branch of Baker College, is a private, graduate education institution located in Flint, Michigan. The college offers 18 fully-online programs throughout six schools of study, awarding master’s degrees,...

With campus a short drive from Lake Michigan, Western Theological Seminary is a western Michigan-based Christian graduate school in the Reformed tradition. WTS confers master’s degrees in Divinity, Theology, and Arts as well as a doctorate in...

Established by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a 2-year tribal community college in central Michigan. Dedicated to providing higher education opportunities for Native Americans, SCTC offers associate degrees in...

Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Michigan Barber School is a training salon dedicated to instructing students in the art of cutting and styling hair. Michigan Barber School offers several training curricula on different hairstyle...

The School of Missionary Aviation Technology is a Christian-centered school of aviation training in central Michigan. SMAT offers an Aviation Flight Training Program and a 1-year Aviation Maintenance Training Program specializing in Airframe and...

With campus on the shores of Keweenaw Bay, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is a 2-year tribal community college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. KBOCC confers associate degrees in five fields of study and hosts four certificate-granting programs....

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...

Hope College

Hope College is a 4-year liberal arts institute located in downtown Holland. Hope partners with the Reformed Church in America but welcomes students of all faiths, as well as those of no faith. The liberal arts curriculum at Hope is threaded through...

“…” – Dale from Grandville, MI

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