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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 a higher Salary Score 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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Our Salary Score™ is based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Ann Arbor $16,178 81.14
#2 #2 Michigan State University East Lansing East Lansing $14,750 70.95
#3 #3 Michigan Technological University Houghton Houghton $16,966 69.78
#4 #4 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn Dearborn $13,816 68.37
#5 #5 Northwood University - Michigan Midland Midland $30,520 65.91
#6 #6 Siena Heights University Adrian (and 1 other) Adrian (and 1 other) $28,502 64.73
#7 #7 Ferris State University Big Rapids Big Rapids $12,740 59.75
#8 #8 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant $13,200 58.98
#9 #9 Oakland University Rochester Hills Rochester Hills $13,934 56.99
#10 #10 Wayne State University Detroit Detroit $14,043 56.40
#11 #11 Spring Arbor University Online Spring Arbor Spring Arbor $31,080 55.72
#12 #12 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $13,434 52.67
#13 #13 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti Ypsilanti $15,700 51.99
#14 #14 Saginaw Valley State University University Center University Center $11,130 51.08
#15 #15 Grand Valley State University Allendale (and 1 other) Allendale (and 1 other) $13,560 49.68
#16 #16 Baker College Online Cadillac (and 8 others) Cadillac (and 8 others) $12,420 46.41
#17 #17 Cornerstone University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $27,040 46.14
#18 #18 Davenport University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $20,964 45.94
#19 #19 Aquinas College - MI Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $36,134 43.64
#20 #20 Hope College Holland Holland $36,650 42.27
#21 #21 Calvin University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $38,240 40.21
#22 #22 University of Olivet Olivet Olivet $31,104 40.05
#23 #23 Alma College Alma Alma $43,872 39.82
#24 #24 University of Michigan - Flint Flint Flint $12,750 38.40
#25 #25 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $54,522 36.88