By Jon Corrigan

By: Jon Corrigan

Like most states, Michigan has an abundance of esteemed colleges and universities.

Though people will go to the grave defending their alma mater, the fact is some schools are just better than others.

To help quell the debate, Niche released a 2016 ranking of the best schools in the America – providing lists at the national and state level.

“The 2016 Best Colleges ranking calculates millions of statistics and student reviews into one overall college ranking. The top ranked colleges are elite academic institutions that provide a good value, attract a diverse student body, and offer an exceptional college experience.”

The rankings analyzed 1,164 schools using 10 factors: academics, value, professors, student surveys on overall experience, diversity, student life, athletics, campus quality, local area and safety.

Best Colleges in Michigan 2016: 

1. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Nationally ranked #21 – Ann Arbor, MI

2. Michigan State University
Nationally ranked #66 – East Lansing, MI

3. Calvin College
Nationally ranked #132 – Grand Rapids, MI

4. Kalamazoo College
Nationally ranked #183 – Kalamazoo, MI

5. Michigan Technological University
Nationally ranked #186 – Houghton, MI

6. Hope College
Nationally ranked #216 – Holland, MI

7. University of Michigan – Dearborn
Nationally ranked #316 – Dearborn, MI

8. Alma College
Nationally ranked #367 – Alma, MI

9. Lawrence Technological University
Nationally ranked #376 – Southfield, MI

10. Central Michigan University
Nationally ranked #387 – Mount Pleasant, MI

11. University of Detroit Mercy
Nationally ranked #397 – Detroit, MI

12. Western Michigan University
Nationally ranked #423 – Kalamazoo, MI

13. Albion College
Nationally ranked #540 – Albion, MI

14. Davenport University
Nationally ranked #613 – Grand Rapids, MI

15. Wayne State University
Nationally ranked #613 – Detroit, MI

16. Grand Valley State University
Nationally ranked #622 – Allendale, MI

17. Rochester College
Nationally ranked #646 – Rochester Hills, MI

18. Spring Arbor University
Nationally ranked #674 – Spring Arbor, MI

19. Aquinas College
Nationally ranked #718 – Grand Rapids, MI

20. Adrian College
Nationally ranked #723 – Adrian, MI

21. Oakland University
Nationally ranked #769 – Rochester, MI

22. Madonna University
Nationally ranked #772 – Livonia, MI

23. Saginaw Valley State University
Nationally ranked #781 – Kochville Township, MI

24. Eastern Michigan University
Nationally ranked #800 – Ypsilanti, MI

25. Northwood University – Midland
Nationally ranked #819 – Midland, MI

26. Northern Michigan University
Nationally ranked #841 – Marquette, MI

27. Ferris State University
Nationally ranked #888 – Big Rapids, MI

28. Lake Superior State University
Nationally ranked #890 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI

29. Cornerstone University
Nationally ranked #898 – Grand Rapids, MI

30. Siena Heights University
Nationally ranked #934 – Adrian, MI

31. Olivet College
Nationally ranked #1,098 – Olivet, MI

32. Marygrove College
Nationally ranked #1,132 – Detroit, MI

To view the 100 Best Colleges in America, click here.


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