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Detroit Colleges & Universities



A number of world-class educational institutions are located in and around Detroit.  From the large and high-profile state funded universities of Michigan and Michigan State to the smaller and more focused Detroit Mercy and College for Creative Studies, the Detroit area has wide array of educational opportunities and experiences.  In addition to great educations, these schools offer rich histories, nationally competitive athletics programs, campus environments ranging from urban to rural, and plenty of culture and entertainment.


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201 East Kirby, Detroit



CCS has established a reputation as one of the nation's leading arts education institutions by providing a dynamic learning environment where students explore issues of art and design, and the culture in which they exist, while preparing for careers in the professional world. In fact, the College has one of the world’s most recognized programs in transportation design and places more graduates in the automotive industry than any other school.  The CCS campus is located in Detroit's Cultural Center, known for its abundance of museums, theatres, and galleries.




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8425 W. McNichols, Detroit



In 1845, a group of Catholic nuns formed what is now known as the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  From this group emerged a school for women named St. Mary's Academy, marking the beginning of the educational institution that would eventually become Marygrove College.  Today, Marygrove is open to women and men and maintains the same mission established by its founders -- to foster Christian values, educate people from diverse backgrounds, and serve metropolitan Detroit.  Students of Marygrove enjoy a variety of liberal arts concentrations aimed at the establishment of competence, compassion, and commitment.  Its location on 52 beautifully wooded acres and the elaborate Gothic architecture in its two main halls make Marygrove Detroit's "most elegant place to learn."


Paul Davis Jams -- Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University

Grand River Avenue, East Lansing



You may be familiar with Michigan State from its highly successful men's and women's athletics programs.  The Spartans have to their credit a number of NCAA titles and have produced legendary stars such as Magic Johnson and Kirk Gibson.  But Michigan State is known for more than just athletics.  Founded in 1855, MSU was the model for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morill Act of 1862.  With 14 degree-granting colleges and a private, affiliated law college, Michigan State University offers more than 200 academic programs and many interdisciplinary and international study opportunities to over 45,000 graduate and undergraduate students.  MSU is located 90 minutes northwest of Detroit and a few miles east of downtown Lansing, the State Capitol.  And what a place to visit!  Start with a stroll through MSU's beautiful 5200-acre campus situated on the banks of the Red Cedar River.  Follow it up with a variety of culture and entertainment options available, including the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, four theatres and auditoriums, two museums, a planetarium, and horticulture gardens.  Of course, a visit to Michigan State is not complete without a stop in downtown East Lansing for some excellent food, drink, and live music at the many restaurants and bars.


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Oakland University

2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester



Oakland University is a well-rounded institution offering its 17,000 students a high-quality academic experience along with a variety of arts, cultural, and sports-related activities.  And OU students are luckier than most when you consider that the campus was built on the grounds of Meadow Brook, the former estate of wealthy lumber broker Alfred Wilson and his wife Matilda.  The OU campus encompasses 1,500 scenic acres and includes the spectacular Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens, Art Gallery, Theatre, and Music Festival.


UofD Law School -- The Univerisity of DetroitUniversity of Detroit Mercy

4001 West McNichols Road, Detroit



Founded in 1877, this Catholic university has maintained a special niche in Detroit for generations.  The quality of education is evident -- UDM was recently the only Michigan school ranked in the top 25 among 145 Midwestern master’s universities by U.S. News & World Report.  Although much smaller than Michigan State University or the University of Michigan, UDM maintains excellent athletics programs, the most prominent of which is its men's basketball program, at one time coached by famous television analyst Dick Vitale.


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University of Michigan

Ann Arbor



Not only does it set the benchmark for higher learning in the State of Michigan, the University of Michigan has been rated one of the top academic institutions in the world.  Over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students take advantage of the hundreds of degree programs offered by the university.  In addition to a premier academic track record, the "Maize and Blue" have a phenomenal sports legacy that includes numerous NCAA championships in many sports.  The University of Michigan was founded in Detroit in 1817 and moved to its present Ann Arbor location 45 miles to the west in 1837.  In large part due to U of M, Ann Arbor has been named one of the best places to live in America.  A safe urban environment infused with a variety of cultural and entertainment activities make the Ann Arbor / U of M combination exceptional.  U of M also has two major satellite campuses, UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint, allowing the university to extend its excellence to a broader range of students throughout the State of Michigan.


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Wayne State University

Vicinity of Cass Avenue and Putnam Street, Detroit



Wayne State University is Michigan's only urban research university, with 11 schools and colleges offering more than 350 major subject areas to 33,000 graduate and undergraduate students.  The Wayne State campus encompasses 203 acres of beautifully landscaped walkways and gathering spots, linking 100 education and research buildings.  Of particular note is the university's Department of Theatre which stakes claim to Detroit's oldest noncommercial theatre and operates three performance venues in the Cultural Center area.  Each year the Bonstelle, Hillberry, and Studio Theatres play to the second largest audience in Michigan, behind only that of the Fisher Theatre.


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