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2021 Best Colleges in Michigan by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list of the 25 best schools in Michigan highlights how well each university prepares students for high-paying careers across majors. We ranked schools based on Salary Score, which acts as an indicator of whether bachelor's degrees from a given college tend to lead to higher salaries compared to the same degrees at other universities. We compared the median alumni salary in the year after graduation for each program to data for graduates from the same program across other universities. These program scores were then combined to provide an overall Salary Score for each school. A high score indicates alumni across programs tend to earn higher salaries in their field of study. Michigan is ranked #11 for most affordable states to live in, which means alumni who stay in the state may have lower salaries in line with lower living expenses. Even with a lower cost of living, 14 Michigan universities had higher Salary Scores than the median for colleges in the United States

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Ann Arbor Ann Arbor $15,262 81.14
#2 #2 East Lansing East Lansing $14,460 70.95
#3 #3 Houghton Houghton $15,646 69.78
#4 #4 Dearborn Dearborn $12,930 68.37
#5 #5 Midland Midland $27,060 65.91
#6 #6 Adrian (and 1 other) Adrian (and 1 other) $27,124 64.73
#7 #7 Big Rapids Big Rapids $11,788 59.75
#8 #8 Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant $12,960 58.98
#9 #9 Rochester Hills Rochester Hills $12,606 56.99
#10 #10 Detroit Detroit $13,097 56.40
#11 #11 Spring Arbor Spring Arbor Not Provided 55.72
#12 #12 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $12,483 52.67
#13 #13 Ypsilanti Ypsilanti $12,508 51.99
#14 #14 University Center University Center $10,308 51.08
#15 #15 Allendale (and 1 other) Allendale (and 1 other) $12,484 49.68
#16 #16 Flint Flint $9,800 46.41
#17 #17 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $24,500 46.14
#18 #18 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $18,414 45.94
#19 #19 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $32,574 43.64
#20 #20 Holland Holland $34,010 42.27
#21 #21 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $34,600 40.21
#22 #22 Olivet Olivet $27,680 40.05
#23 #23 Alma Alma $40,258 39.82
#24 #24 Flint Flint $11,304 38.40
#25 #25 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $48,666 36.88