Top Programs and Majors at Michigan Colleges

Whether it's a community college, public university or private college, discover top majors at Michigan colleges and programs to plot out a future career.

From nursing to business to information technology and more, Michigan’s community colleges, public universities and private colleges offer exceptional programs for any area of interest.

No matter what you’re looking for, these in-state colleges have plenty of advantages – and should have a place on the choosing a college checklist of any metro Detroit high schooler.

They’ll have you covered when it comes to the most popular bachelor’s degree majors – which, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, are business, health professions and related programs, and social sciences and history.

Ditto associate degrees, which, the center reports, includes liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities among recent top-ranking choices.

Here’s a sampling of some of the prominent programs at select schools in the state.

Baker College

  • Type: Private, 2-year, 4-year and certifications
  • Main Campus: Multiple

While business is one of the most popular focuses here, health sciences – including nursing, physical therapy assistant, vet technician, surgical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, information technology and a culinary program – round out the popular majors.

College for Creative Studies

  • Type: Private, 4-year
  • Main Campus: Detroit

This world-class institution offers visual arts and design programs, advertising design and interior design programs, an entertainment arts major and so much more.

Ferris State University

  • Type: Public, 4-year
  • Main Campus: Big Rapids

Offers 180-plus degree programs from health care to construction.

Grand Valley State University

  • Type: Public, 4-year
  • Main Campus: Allendale

Boasts exceptional health profession, business and engineering programs.

Lawrence Technological University

  • Type: Private, 4-year
  • Main Campus: Southfield

Engineering, architecture and natural sciences are among the top programs at Lawrence Technological University.

Michigan State University

  • Type: Public, 4-year
  • Main Campus: East Lansing

Known for its supply chain management, biological/agricultural engineering, education and hospitality management programs.

University of Michigan

  • Type: Public, 4-year
  • Main Campus: Ann Arbor

Top public university for research funding, which is known for the Stephen M. Ross Business School. Also boasts being the No. 1 dental school in the nation and world.

Walsh College

  • Type: Private, 4-year
  • Main Campuses: Novi, Troy and Port Huron

Walsh offers nationally ranked degree programs in business and information technology, accounting, management, marketing, cyber security and more.

Washtenaw Community College

  • Type: Public, 2-year, certifications
  • Main Campus: Multiple

Programs meet the needs of a diverse student body and the business community. Partners with many four-year institutions, offering ability to transfer seamlessly; many non-credit community enrichment classes, too.

Wayne County Community College District

  • Type: Public, 2-year, certifications
  • Main Campus: Multiple

Curriculum boasts 123 programs for certificates and associate degrees in premier study areas like nursing, business administration, criminal justice, surgical technology, dental hygiene and computer information technology.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly.

Metro Parent Editorial Team
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