Top Michigan Colleges and Universities

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Michigan lies in the northern United States, in the Great Lakes Region. The state has several world class colleges and universities for higher learning, five of which are further described below.
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Top Five Schools in Michigan

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan is a public school located in Ann Arbor, west of Detroit in central Michigan. Founded in 1817, UM is the oldest institution for higher learning in the state and is highly recognized for its commitment to research, particularly in the areas of science and medicine. It is ranked #25 on U.S. News and World Report's list of top American schools. There are currently 25,555 undergraduate students at UM who have the chance to study in a wide variety of disciplines. Other than excellent academics, many students and faculty enjoy watching some of the quality athletics-particularly football and basketball-that are available on campus.

Michigan State University

Located in East Lansing, Michigan, MSU was a pioneer land-grant institution; in fact, the university has stood as a model for other public institutions since its founding in 1855 under the Morrill Act. The university has a very large undergraduate population of 36,072 and is committed to excellence in instruction as well as research. Michigan State University is listed as a 'Public Ivy' for its superb research activities; however, many students still find the time to support the many dynamic athletic teams that represent the university. It is #71 on U.S. News and World Report's list of top American schools.

Michigan Technological University

Since its founding in 1885, Michigan Technological University, a public institution, has been recognized for its premier engineering education-in fact, 55% of the student body is enrolled in an engineering field. The campus is located in Houghton, Michigan, in the state's upper peninsula, and is a truly beautiful place for students to learn and socialize. The undergraduate enrollment of MTU is 6,378, which means that the institution can provide small class settings for optimum learning. U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly recognized MTU's students as having some of the nation's lowest student debt upon graduation and ranks it at #124 on its list of top schools in the nation.

Wayne State University

Wayne State University was founded in 1868 in the downtown Detroit area; and unlike many other universities that changed locations to outlying suburban areas, Wayne State continues to be found at its original midtown site. Further, it continues to reach out to the professional Detroit community by operating six different satellite campuses around the metro area. There are 20, 737 undergraduate students enrolled at Wayne State and studying in one of many different subject areas. WSU serves as a cultural center for Detroit, and even hosts the annual Detroit Festival of the Arts.

Central Michigan University

Located in the central Michigan city of Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University serves 19,834 undergraduate students. CMU was founded in 1892 as a place to train world-class teachers; it has since grown to offer more than 150 academic programs to students around the world. The university has also enjoyed national attention, receiving the ranking as the 10th most productive small research university. CMU also has the distinction of being the only university in the nation with an available degree in microscopy.

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