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Detroit Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Detroit Colleges and Schools

Known around the world as the "Motor City," Detroit, has long been home to America's once booming automotive industry. With the headquarters of General Motors located within the city, and the headquarters for Ford and Chrysler located within Detroit's metro area, the automotive industry and manufacturing play a huge role in Detroit's economy. Other major employers include Quicken Loans, the Detroit Medical Center, and DTE Energy.

The City of Detroit is buzzing with all of the activities and attractions afforded by most other major U.S. cities. As the largest city in Michigan, Detroit is also the cultural hub of the region. With museums, theaters, professional sports, and great architecture, there is something for every persuasion in Detroit.

Colleges in Detroit, Michigan

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 12 institutions of higher learning with enrollment totaling 53,779 students within the city of Detroit. These institutions include large 4-year public schools, 4-year private colleges, community colleges, seminaries and institutions offering less than two year degrees or certificates.

Wayne State University

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $11,449
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 34%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: more than 380 programs through 13 schools and colleges

As the largest institute of higher learning in Detroit, Wayne State University is a major public 4-year university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wealth of different fields. Enrollment at Wayne State totaled 27,578 in 2014, with over 18,000 of those students enrolled in undergraduate coursework.

University of Detroit Mercy

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $37,320
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 54%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: more than 100 academic programs awarding undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit college offering bachelor's, master's, professional, and doctoral degrees in a variety of different fields. In 2014, the school reported its enrollment as 4,945 students (2,762 undergraduate). Students enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.

Wayne County Community College District

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $3,052 ($2,808 "in-district")
  • Graduation rate (started 2011): 10%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 88 academic and career programs

Wayne County Community College serves Detroit area students at 5 different locations, offering both associate's degrees and career training certifications. Total enrollment for 2014 was 16,310 students. Popular areas of study include business, accounting, computer programming, automotive repair, HVAC, and healthcare related fields.

Marygrove College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $20,336
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 18%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 52 undergraduate departments, 13 graduate departments

Marygrove College is a private Catholic liberal arts school offering degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of fields. In 2014, the total number of students attending the school was reported as 1,774. Marygrove College boasted a low student-to-faculty ration of 9:1.

College for Creative Studies

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $37,092
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 62%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 14 bachelor's, 4 master's

Detroit's College for Creative Studies is a private, not-for-profit specialty school which trains students for careers in many different areas of art and design. Total enrollment for 2014 numbered 1,459 and popular areas of study included animation, graphic design, illustration, and industrial and product design.

Michigan Barber School

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $10,900
  • Graduation rate (started in 2011): 35%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 1

The Michigan Barber School provides career training for students who wish to become licensed barber stylists in the state of Michigan. The school awards a 2-year certificate to graduates. Enrollment in 2014 numbered 92 students.

Facts for Students of Detroit Colleges and Schools

Economics

Detroit is known as the capital of America's automotive industry. In addition to automotive and manufacturing jobs, Detroit is the second leading city for architectural and engineering jobs and is becoming a major player in the emerging technologies market. The 2013 median household income for Detroit registered at $26,325, which is well below the national and state average. Median housing values also stood much lower than average at $50,400, with 51.9% of residents owning their homes.

Demographics

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan with a 2014 population of 680,250 as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. That is down 4.7% from 2010. Just 12.7% of residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher, although 77.6% have at least a high school diploma. Only 5.1% of Detroit residents were foreign born, with 9.6% speaking a language other than English at home.

Fun Facts

In 1909, the first mile of concrete highway ever built in the United States was constructed by the Wayne County Road Commission in Detroit.

Sources:

  1. City of Detroit, http://www.detroitmi.gov/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. State & County Quickfacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26/2622000.html
  4. "Major Employers," Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, http://www.degc.org/site-selectors/major-employers
  5. "Automation Alley's Technology Industry Report: 2011 Edition," Anderson Economic Group, http://www.andersoneconomicgroup.com/Publications/Detail/tabid/125/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/7994/Automation-Alleys-Technology-Industry-Report-2011-Edition.aspx
  6. "National Firsts," Michigan Department of Transportation, http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9623_11154-129682 -- ,00.html

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Colleges in Detroit with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

College for Creative Studies
201 E Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: industrial design, animation and special effects, illustration, graphic communications, fine arts studies, crafts and folk art, commercial art, design and applied arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,307 students, 1,143 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 385 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
2930 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

  • Programs: ministry, theological and ministerial studies, theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 134 students, 66 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Marygrove College
8425 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221-2599

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: education, teacher ed, social work, educational admin and supervision, social studies, business management, English, child development
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,756 students, 2,086 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 145 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Michigan Barber School
8988-90 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48204-2244

  • Programs: cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 277 students, 289 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.

P&A Scholars Beauty School
12001 Grandriver Ave.
Detroit, MI 48204

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, cosmetoloty instructor, aesthetician and skin care
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 212 students, 246 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 Chicago Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206-1799

  • Programs: theology, philosophy, liberal arts and sciences, religious music
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 448 students, 219 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 115 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, registered nursing, business management, dentistry, dental hygienist, computer and info science, architecture, mechanical engineering
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 5,723 students, 5,315 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 966 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 450-580. Math: 470-580.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, social work, psychology, elementary school teaching, medicine, law, library science, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 32,380 students, 21,697 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,663 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Detroit Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Focus HOPE
1200 Oakman Blvd
Detroit, MI 48238

  • Programs: information technology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 28 students, 34 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Wayne County Community College District
801 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48226

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, general studies, registered nursing, business management, corrections, criminal justice and police, surgical tech, elementary school teaching
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 20,504 students, 11,328 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Dearborn Colleges 5 97,775 22,319  
Ferndale Colleges 1 22,105 129  
Madison Heights Colleges 2 31,101 337  
Oak Park Colleges 2 29,793 159 75
Southgate Colleges 1 30,136 186  
Warren Colleges 2 138,247 22,203  

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