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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Michigan

18 Colleges
2,643 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,942 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in MichiganIn 2018-2019, education students earned 2,643 bachelor's degrees from a Michigan school, making the subject the 9th in the state. This means that 3.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Michigan ranking looked at 18 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Michigan

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

Grand Valley State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. GVSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan list.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is about $105,245. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Western Michigan University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, WMU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan ranking.

The average student at WMU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,387. This means that the average student pays around $100,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant. Central Michigan also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan rankings.

At Central Michigan, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,977. This means that the average student pays around $116,393 to get a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Michigan University. Eastern Michigan is a large public school located in the large suburb of Ypsilanti.

At Eastern Michigan, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,456. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan is $98,393. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Hope College

Holland, MI

Our rankings recognize Hope College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Hope is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Holland. Hope did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan list.

It takes the average student at Hope about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,418. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Hope is $137,682. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Calvin, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan ranking.

The average student at Calvin graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $32,672 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Calvin is $137,876. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

The average student at Ferris graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $15,909 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $73,022 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ferris. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Northern Michigan University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Marquette, Northern Michigan University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At Northern Michigan University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $22,054 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University is $101,228. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of University Center, Saginaw Valley State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Saginaw Valley State University also made our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan list, coming in at #7.

It takes about 4.9 years for the average student at Saginaw Valley State University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,189. This means that the average student pays around $129,112 to get a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Michigan State, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Michigan ranking.

The average student at Michigan State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,866. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State is $161,473. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 4,316
Illinois 3,364
Indiana 2,895
Wisconsin 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Subject Specific 998
Teacher Education Grade Specific 960
General Education 407
Special Education 274
Instructional Media Design 2

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 3,642
Communication & Journalism 3,290
Psychology 3,227
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 706
History 492

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 18 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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