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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1909, the first mile of concrete highway ever built in the United States was constructed by the Wayne County Road Commission in Detroit.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|College for Creative Studies||1,453||Four or more years||$42,460||14|
|University of Detroit Mercy||5,113||Four or more years||$41,158||133|
|Michigan Barber School Inc||207||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||1|
|Sacred Heart Major Seminary||496||Four or more years||$19,325||9|
|Wayne County Community College District||14,806||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,107||131|
|Wayne State University||27,064||Four or more years||$12,729||367|
|Ecumenical Theological Seminary||54||Four or more years||N/A||5|
|P&A Scholars Beauty School||348||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center||33||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Marygrove College||712||Four or more years||$22,750||83|
|Dorsey Business Schools-Dearborn||314||Less than 2 years (below associate)||$20,472||6|
|Metro Detroit Barber College||N/A||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||N/A|