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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 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Ann Arbor $15,558 81.14
#2 #2 Michigan State University East Lansing East Lansing $14,460 70.95
#3 #3 Michigan Technological University Houghton Houghton $15,960 69.78
#4 #4 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn Dearborn $13,304 68.37
#5 #5 Northwood University-Michigan Midland Midland $28,080 65.91
#6 #6 Siena Heights University Adrian (and 1 other) Adrian (and 1 other) $27,152 64.73
#7 #7 Ferris State University Big Rapids Big Rapids $12,068 59.75
#8 #8 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant $12,960 58.98
#9 #9 Oakland University Rochester Hills Rochester Hills $13,346 56.99
#10 #10 Wayne State University Detroit Detroit $13,517 56.40
#11 #11 Spring Arbor University Online Spring Arbor Spring Arbor $29,630 55.72
#12 #12 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $13,017 52.67
#13 #13 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti Ypsilanti $13,758 51.99
#14 #14 Saginaw Valley State University University Center University Center $10,814 51.08
#15 #15 Grand Valley State University Allendale (and 1 other) Allendale (and 1 other) $12,860 49.68
#16 #16 Baker College of Flint Flint Flint $9,920 46.41
#17 #17 Cornerstone University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $25,360 46.14
#18 #18 Davenport University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $19,338 45.94
#19 #19 Aquinas College - MI Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $33,854 43.64
#20 #20 Hope College Holland Holland $35,330 42.27
#21 #21 Calvin University Grand Rapids Grand Rapids $36,300 40.21
#22 #22 Olivet College Olivet Olivet $28,692 40.05
#23 #23 Alma College Alma Alma $41,398 39.82
#24 #24 University of Michigan-Flint Flint Flint $12,202 38.40
#25 #25 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo Kalamazoo $50,562 36.88