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2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology in Michigan

Anthropology is a popular major and Michigan is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 315 of the 12,008 Anthropology degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in Michigan ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Anthropology students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in Michigan Your choice of anthropology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Anthropology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent anthropology graduates from Michigan colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $22,625 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Anthropology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other anthropology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized anthropology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Anthropology students in Michigan.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in Michigan

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Anthropology degree.

Best Anthropology Colleges in Michigan

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
9.0% Growth in Graduates
$23,600 Median Starting Salary

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the best schools in the United States for anthropology. Located in the midsize city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $23,600.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$18,200 Median Starting Salary

Every student who is interested in anthropology needs to take a look at Michigan State University. Located in the small city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates of the anthropology program earn around $18,200 in their early career salary.

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type

It's hard to beat Wayne State University if you wish to study anthropology. Located in the large city Detroit, Wayne State is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wayne State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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It's difficult to beat University of Michigan - Dearborn if you wish to pursue anthropology as a major. UM Dearborn is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Dearborn.More…

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Master Highest Degree Type

Located in the small city Kalamazoo, WMU is a public college with a very large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, WMU offers a Master's Degree in anthropology.

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17.1% Growth in Graduates
$24,600 Median Starting Salary

GVSU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

For those interested in shorter degree, GVSU also offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in anthropology. Graduates of the anthropology program state that they receive average early career wages of $24,600.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
$24,100 Median Starting Salary

Central Michigan is a very large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

After getting their bachelor's degree, anthropology students generally make about $24,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills.More…

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Best Anthropology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 286
Illinois 306 302
Indiana 291 208
Wisconsin 290 172

Anthropology is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
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