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Each year, U.S. News & World Report comes out with its rankings for the best colleges in the United States. Michigan, of course, is known for having great colleges and universities, so it’s no surprise that the Mitten is a often a favorite on the list.

Now, U.S. News & World Report has released its 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, and a whopping 46 colleges and universities in Michigan were ranked among the best. So which schools were on top?

U.S. News has been publishing this guide of the best colleges across the U.S. for almost 40 years. According to a release, methodology has evolved over the years to reflect changes in higher education, says Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. U.S. News prides itself on offering a ranking for millions of parents with “useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions,” Castro said.

In this year’s study, U.S. News ranked a massive 1,500 colleges and universities in 17 academic measures. When going about ranking, U.S. News first put each school into a category based on its mission and, sometimes, its geographic location. There are also different lists for different kinds of universities. National universities are research-heavy and have several doctoral programs, while liberal arts colleges are ranked separately.

Regarding Michigan’s schools, U.S. News states, “Top colleges and universities are located throughout Michigan and in cities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor. Lansing, the state capital, is home to one of the largest colleges in the U.S., Michigan State University, which enrolls more than 37,000 undergraduate students annually. Higher education options in Michigan include large research universities, private midsize colleges and several small, notable liberal arts colleges.” Read on for 10 Michigan colleges and universities that made the cut. I’m happy to see my alma matter, Michigan State University, on the tally.

  • 10 Best Colleges In Michigan

    This list is via US News & World Report.

  • 10. Hillsdale College (unranked)

    Developing Minds. Improving Hearts. Hillsdale College

    Hillsdale College is a selective, top-ranked college in Michigan, known for the classical liberal arts and for its independence from government funding.

  • 9. Andrews University (#299)

    How Does Andrews University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Find everything you need to know about Andrews University, including tuition & financial aid, student life, application info, academics & more.

  • 8. Western Michigan University (#285)

    Western Michigan University

    Pursue your purpose

  • 7. Grand Valley State University (#263)

    Grand Valley State University

    At Grand Valley State University, we empower learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. The university enriches society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, advancement of equity, and public service.

  • 6. Wayne State University (#250)

    Wayne State University

    A premier research university serving a diverse body of motivated students in vibrant Midtown, the cultural center of Detroit.

  • 5. Central Michigan University (#250)

    CMU Chippewas | Mount Pleasant, MI

    CMU is a public research university in Michigan that offers degree programs in Mount Pleasant, online and locations across North America. Est. 1892.

  • 4. University of Detroit Mercy (#202)

    University of Detroit Mercy | Detroit, Michigan | University of Detroit Mercy

    Earn your degree at a school that offers true value and hands-on learning opportunities. Prepare to excel in a rewarding career. Apply today!

  • 3. Michigan Technical University (#151)

    Michigan Technological University

    Michigan Technological University is a flagship public research university founded in 1885. Our campus in Michigan's Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • 2. Michigan State University (#77)

    Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all.

    Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all.

  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (#25)

    University of Michigan

    University of Michigan is one of the top universities of the world, a diverse public institution of higher learning, fostering excellence in research. U-M provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education, serving the local, regional, national and international communities.

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