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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan

7 Colleges
597 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,177 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MichiganLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #22 most popular major in Michigan with 597 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 1.3% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan ranking analyzed 7 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University has taken the #1 spot in this year's liberal arts / sciences and humanities ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Oakland has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan ranking.

About 4.4% of Oakland students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,058 students take at least one class online at Oakland. 4,704 of Oakland students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population. U-M not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan list.

The student loan default rate at U-M is lower than is typical, just 1.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. There are roughly 2,376 part time students in attendance at U-M. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Flint, Baker College is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Baker College not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan list.

2,958 of Baker College students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 5,480 part time students in attendance at Baker College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids. Ferris also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.0%. Approximately 2,430 students take at least one class online at Ferris. There are roughly 4,334 part time students in attendance at Ferris. Ferris does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. GVSU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. Approximately 2,115 students take at least one class online at GVSU. 4,024 of GVSU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan list.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,488 part time students in attendance at Michigan State.

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University of Michigan - Dearborn landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public school with a medium-sized student population. UM Dearborn also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Michigan list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at UM Dearborn is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,904 students at UM Dearborn that take at least one class online. 3,720 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 1,048
Illinois 1,333
Indiana 1,507
Wisconsin 325

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 11,331

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 3,530
English Language & Literature 1,388
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,053
Theology & Religious Vocations 645
Philosophy & Religious Studies 358

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 7 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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