Best Colleges in Detroit

The Fast Lane to Success

The Motor City offers more than just car manufacturing

Innovation fuels Detroit. It fuels the automobile industry and the arts scene, and it's definitely part of the 5 community colleges and 14 four-year universities. With degrees available in nearly any area of study, you'll be sure to advance your own interests within the city's rich legacy. and don't worry, job opportunities are aplenty, but so are the paychecks — average weekly wages of $1,071 are higher than the U.S. average. Businesses within this metro area are expanding into the emerging fields of life sciences, fuel cell technology, information technology, and advanced manufacturing, just to name a few.

The automobile capital of the world has diverse college options, but an even more diverse culture. From Corktown to Greektown to Mexicantown, you can chow down on authentic cuisine. and if you're in need for some inspiration, Detroit has one of the largest theater districts, a variety of museums, four major sports leagues, and many famous, world-changing individuals that have called this city home, such as Henry Ford, Madonna, and Robin Williams. Follow in their footsteps. Make the Motor City your ride to your future.

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Best Four Year Universities in Detroit

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI

University of Detroit Mercy offers 176 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,711 students graduated with students earning 852 Bachelor's degrees, 486 Master's degrees, 247 Doctoral degrees, and 126 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
2 Madonna University Livonia, MI

Madonna University offers 437 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,705 students graduated with students earning 781 Bachelor's degrees, 459 Certificates degrees, 311 Master's degrees, 149 Associate's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI

Lawrence Technological University offers 119 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 682 students graduated with students earning 311 Bachelor's degrees, 295 Master's degrees, 55 Certificates degrees, 15 Associate's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Wayne State University Detroit, MI

Wayne State University offers 469 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 6,603 students graduated with students earning 3,280 Bachelor's degrees, 2,252 Master's degrees, 864 Doctoral degrees, and 207 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
5 College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI

College for Creative Studies offers 12 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 264 students graduated with students earning 247 Bachelor's degrees, 13 Master's degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

6 Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI

Rochester College offers 33 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 235 students graduated with students earning 219 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Associate's degrees, and 8 Master's degrees.

7 Marygrove College Detroit, MI

Marygrove College offers 87 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 564 students graduated with students earning 346 Master's degrees, 161 Bachelor's degrees, 47 Certificates degrees, and 10 Associate's degrees.

8 Michigan Jewish Institute W Bloomfield, MI

Michigan Jewish Institute offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 61 students graduated with students earning 61 Bachelor's degrees.

9 ITT Technical Institute-Troy Troy, MI

ITT Technical Institute-Troy offers 18 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 182 students graduated with students earning 131 Associate's degrees, and 51 Bachelor's degrees.

10 ITT Technical Institute-Canton Canton, MI

ITT Technical Institute-Canton offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 138 students graduated with students earning 104 Associate's degrees, and 34 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Detroit

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI

Henry Ford College offers 143 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,950 students graduated with students earning 1,557 Associate's degrees, and 393 Certificates degrees.

2 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI

Wayne County Community College District offers 133 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 3,021 students graduated with students earning 2,398 Associate's degrees, and 623 Certificates degrees.

3 St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI

St Clair County Community College offers 64 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 836 students graduated with students earning 756 Associate's degrees, and 80 Certificates degrees.

4 Macomb Community College Warren, MI

Macomb Community College offers 176 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,352 students graduated with students earning 2,768 Associate's degrees, and 584 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI

Schoolcraft College offers 93 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 2,020 students graduated with students earning 1,426 Associate's degrees, and 594 Certificates degrees.

6 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI

Oakland Community College offers 238 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,214 students graduated with students earning 2,601 Associate's degrees, and 613 Certificates degrees.

7 MIAT College of Technology Canton, MI

MIAT College of Technology offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 734 students graduated with students earning 603 Certificates degrees, and 131 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Detroit Mercy University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
5/5
12 : 1 4,920
Madonna University Madonna University Livonia, MI
4/5
19 : 1 3,704
Lawrence Technological University Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
5/5
17 : 1 3,516
Wayne State University Wayne State University Detroit, MI
3/5
14 : 1 27,140
College for Creative Studies College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
5/5
11 : 1 1,487
Rochester College Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI
4/5
16 : 1 1,173
Henry Ford College Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
2/5
35 : 1 12,755
Marygrove College Marygrove College Detroit, MI
4/5
15 : 1 1,380
University Logo Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
2/5
57 : 1 16,654
St Clair County Community College St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI
2/5
31 : 1 3,730
Macomb Community College Macomb Community College Warren, MI
2/5
48 : 1 22,182
Schoolcraft College Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
2/5
49 : 1 11,687
Oakland Community College Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
2/5
36 : 1 21,061
Ross Medical Education Center-New Baltimore Ross Medical Education Center-New Baltimore New Baltimore, MI 15 : 1 134
Ross Medical Education Center-Brighton Ross Medical Education Center-Brighton Brighton, MI 14 : 1 97
Michigan Jewish Institute Michigan Jewish Institute W Bloomfield, MI
2/5
249 : 1 996
University Logo Brighton Institute of Cosmetology Brighton, MI 11 : 1 54
Carnegie Institute Carnegie Institute Troy, MI
3/5
13 : 1 190
MIAT College of Technology MIAT College of Technology Canton, MI
3/5
10 : 1 541
Dorsey Business Schools-Farmington Hills Dorsey Business Schools-Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, MI
4/5
22 : 1 86
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Great Lakes Port Huron, MI 23 : 1 91
Ross Medical Education Center-Madison Heights Ross Medical Education Center-Madison Heights Madison Heights, MI 25 : 1 195
Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center Detroit, MI 32 : 1 63
University Logo David Pressley School of Cosmetology Royal Oak, MI 17 : 1 197
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan Sterling Heights, MI 23 : 1 204

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Questions About Going to College in Detroit

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Detroit?

Detroit used to be synonymous with the car industry. Come along for the ride as it reinvents itself. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are still the big guys, but the city is focused on becoming the region’s employment and economic center. Good news for you – local businesses are superseding employment goals. The potential employers headquartered in the city are diverse—Compuware, Little Caesars, Quicken Loans and law firms Dickinson Wright and Miller Canfield. Good news if you majored in finance. Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank recently announced plans to move its Michigan operation center to Detroit. Put it all together and you can find jobs in fields like finance, HR, sales, and software. Make the search even easier with Pure Michigan Talent Connect. The website posts thousands of opportunities in the city and its environs. Prefer the out-of-doors? The mining and logging sectors have contributed more than 1,700 jobs to the economy in the last year.

Growing industries? What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Detroit?

Detroit’s Woodward Avenue isn’t called Webward Avenue because someone couldn’t spell. The Motor City is home to five of the Inc.’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. Automotive consultant Urban Science has clients in more than 70 countries (did somebody say Mexico or Australia?). The company added more than 300 jobs in the last four years. Global law firm Dickinson Wright has seen a 53-percent revenue growth in the same time frame. DMC Consultants demolishes blighted and dangerous areas as fast as it expands. FutureNet is also in the tearing-down and building-up business. It’s grown 90 percent since 2010. Newcomer Walker-Miller Energy Services distributes energy efficient equipment to the city’s major utilities. Detroit has also caught the eye of Venture for America founder Andrew Yang. Young entrepreneurs from the nation’s top colleges and universities are following him to launch their companies in Motown.

Is Detroit more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

If you attended a school such as Marygrove College, University of Detroit Marcy, or Wayne State University, Detroit has a neighborhood for post-dorm life. Like to be in the middle of everything? The downtown area mixes historic architecture and new businesses, eateries and entertainment. Midtown is one of the fastest-developing areas. Healthcare professionals love the fact it is so close to Henry Ford Hospital. Want to top off a gyro or spanakopita with some baklava? Head to Greektown for the best Mediterranean around. Detroit may be reinventing itself to appeal to left brain people, but right brain types aren’t left out. The city has become somewhat of a mecca for 20-something creatives. The “New York Times” calls it the New Brooklyn, where artists can afford to live and be entrepreneurial. Detroit has some of the cheapest rents in the country – a typical one-bedroom apartment goes for $550 per month. There are also plenty of industrial spaces for everything from start-ups to experimental art projects.

What do the locals in Detroit like to do for fun?

There’s so much to do in Detroit you won’t even need a car. If you love the Motown Sound, go to Hitsville U.S.A. Experience Hendrix at the Fox Theatre. Into classical? Be sure to catch the Detroit Symphony at the city’s opera house. The Detroit Museum of Art showcases oils, prints, drawings and photographs from around the world. African American history comes alive at the Charles H. Wright Museum. Three million people can’t be wrong – that’s the number who visit Belle Island Conservatory each year. Certain buildings in Greektown resemble the Parthenon and Pegasus and the restaurants, stores and coffeehouses are just as authentic. More than 250 vendors sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams, and maple syrup every Tuesday and Saturday at the Detroit Eastern Market. Want to root for the home team? Cheer for the Lions at Ford Field or Tigers at Comerica Park (The Bears, oh my, are in Chicago).

What's the dating scene like in Detroit? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Speed dating, parties, pub crawls. You can definitely meet singles in Detroit. Singles events abound for whatever interests you – skiing, sailing, hiking, golfing. Not the outdoorsy type? Table for Eight hosts a relaxed dinner for four men and four women with similar interests. Perfect date restaurants are everywhere – Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (great jazz), Coat Insignia (great views), La Dolce Vita (great al fresco dining), Spa 1924 Grille (great bistro). The dating scene is skewed a bit toward the guys – the ratio of unmarried men to women is .9:1 – but that just makes the hunt for the perfect mate a little more interesting.

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