Detroit Colleges and Schools

Students attending any of the more than two dozen colleges in Detroit have access to a vibrant city with five professional sports teams, dozens of museums, and abundant state parks and inland lakes. The cost of living in Detroit is also more affordable than other major metro areas in the U.S.

Students enrolled in Wayne County's dual enrollment program can take college courses and earn college credit while working toward their high school diploma. Students may also enroll in Detroit's career and technical training programs that can prepare them for advanced education and skilled careers. Through CTE programs they can earn industry-recognized credentials, college credit or early college access.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Detroit

Several Detroit colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs that can help students start their careers at a faster pace.

At Dorsey Business Schools, students can train for careers in dental and medical assisting, nursing, medical insurance billing, and as an electrical technician.

Other colleges in Detroit are designed to serve aspiring cosmetologists and barbers. Beauty professionals can learn their trade at Michigan Barber School or P&A Scholars Beauty School.

Wayne County Community College District's five campuses are located in rural, industrial and metropolitan areas. Its most popular technical programs are business administration and nursing.

Fun Facts about Detroit Colleges and Universities

Wayne State University is the largest of the three major universities in Detroit. Students from every state and 70 countries study here; they can choose from among 350 academic programs and join any of the school's more than 400 student organizations.

The University of Detroit, Mercy is Michigan's largest Catholic university. It has three residence halls and 60 student clubs and organizations. Students can root for the school's 19 NCAA Division I teams.

College for Creative Studies offers a full array of art and design programs for undergrads. The most popular majors are animation/video graphics, industrial and product design, and illustration.

Graduate Schools in Detroit

Wayne State University and the University of Detroit offer graduate studies in liberal arts, science, engineering, education, business, medicine/nursing and law.

The College for Creative Studies has graduate degree programs in Color & Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design.

Two Catholic universities in Detroit, Marygrove and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, plus the Ecumenical Theological Seminary also offer graduate degree programs.

Michigan offers many more postsecondary education opportunities. View our list of Michigan colleges to see what else might be available.


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  • Detroit Regional Chamber, Accessed January 2019,
  • Dorsey Business Schools, Accessed January 2019,
  • Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Accessed April 2019,
  • Marygrove College, Accessed January 2019,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed January 2019,
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary,
  • University of Detroit, Mercy, Accessed January 2019,
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  • Wayne County Community College District, Accessed January 2019,
  • Wayne State University, Accessed January 2019,
Education Institutes in Detroit
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Detroit
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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