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


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.


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.


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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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Detroit
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
College for Creative Studies1,453Four or more years$42,46014
University of Detroit Mercy5,113Four or more years$41,158133
Michigan Barber School Inc207At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
Sacred Heart Major Seminary496Four or more years$19,3259
Wayne County Community College District14,806At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,107131
Wayne State University27,064Four or more years$12,729367
Ecumenical Theological Seminary54Four or more yearsN/A5
P&A Scholars Beauty School348Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center33Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Marygrove College712Four or more years$22,75083
Dorsey Business Schools-Dearborn314Less than 2 years (below associate)$20,4726
Metro Detroit Barber CollegeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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