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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan

83 Colleges
$42,033 Avg Salary*
35% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Which colleges in Michigan are succeeding at true diversity? Check out this ranking to find out.

Our analysis looked at 83 schools in Michigan to determine which ones were the most diverse. To come up with this ranking, we looked at overall diversity in four factors: racial/ethnic background, age, male to female ratio, and geographic location.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan

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#1

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Our 2021 rankings named Andrews University the most diverse school in Michigan. Andrews is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 313 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 38% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,200 during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The excellent diversity at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Michigan. U of Michigan is a large public school situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from U of Michigan make an average of $63,400 a year.

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#3

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Out of the 83 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Michigan State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

13.76% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from Michigan State make an average of $53,600 a year.

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#4

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

The excellent diversity at Kalamazoo College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Michigan. K College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It awarded 373 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from K College is $48,700 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The excellent diversity at Calvin University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Michigan. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 12.92% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Calvin go into careers with an average salary of $44,800.

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#6

Finlandia University

Hancock, Michigan

Finlandia University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Finlandia is located in Hancock, Michigan and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 61 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Finlandia is $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Western Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking, coming in at #7. Western Michigan University is a large public school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan that handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 59% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WMU is $45,000 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

Albion College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Albion is located in Albion, Michigan and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 371 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Albion make an average of $47,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Great Lakes Christian College

Lansing, Michigan

With a ranking of #9, Great Lakes Christian College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan list. Great Lakes Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lansing, Michigan. It awarded 16 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 52% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $29,400 during the early years of their career.

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#10

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, Michigan

College for Creative Studies ranked #10 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan list. Detroit, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 255 students in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CCS is $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan

Adrian College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Adrian, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 360 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Adrian make an average of $38,600 a year.

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#12

Grace Bible College

Wyoming, Michigan

Grace Bible College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Located in Wyoming, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 86 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 34% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Grace Bible College make an average of $28,600 a year.

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#13

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Washtenaw Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Washtenaw Community College is a fairly large public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Washtenaw Community College go into careers with an average salary of $29,200.

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#14

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

Hillsdale College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Hillsdale, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 403 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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#15

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Ferris State University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking, coming in at #15. Ferris is a fairly large public school situated in Big Rapids, Michigan. It awarded 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 57% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,500 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Concordia University - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Concordia University - Ann Arbor came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 164 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor make an average of $39,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#17

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the fairly large , public school handed out 3,635 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 53% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan is $39,300 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Marquette, Michigan is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,219 students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University make an average of $35,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#19

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Wayne State University is a large public school located in Detroit, Michigan that handed out 3,652 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 45% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State is $40,800 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

With a ranking of #20, Davenport University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan list. Davenport University is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,000 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 32% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Davenport University make an average of $30,700 a year.

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#21

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. This fairly large , public school is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 59% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $41,900 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Northwood University

Midland, Michigan

Northwood University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan ranking. Northwood is a private not-for-profit institution located in Midland, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 947 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 42% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Northwood make an average of $48,900 a year.

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#23

Siena Heights University

Adrian, Michigan

Coming in at #23 for 2021 overall diversity in Michigan is Siena Heights University. Located in Adrian, Michigan, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 756 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University is $42,000 during the early years of their career.

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#24

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan

Coming in at #24 for 2021 overall diversity in Michigan is UDM. UDM is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Detroit, Michigan. It awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 46% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UDM make an average of $47,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Dearborn, Michigan

University of Michigan - Dearborn ranked #25 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan list. UM Dearborn is a public institution located in Dearborn, Michigan. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,486 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 52% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $48,600 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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 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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