Michigan’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in Michigan.

Michigan’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Michigan

With over 80 public and private colleges to choose from, students hoping to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree can find a program that suits their educational needs and budget. Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are the two largest schools, both serving around 42,000 students and costing $16,000 in tuition. Most of the schools in The Wolverine State, however, serve smaller student populations, with tuition fees ranging from $3,000 to $49,000.

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Additionally, students pursuing their degree at a school with religious affiliations have more than 20 options to choose from, including Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Grand Rapid’s Calvin College, and Hope College in Holland. Students attending one of Michigan’s private schools, like Davenport University, can earn their degrees in fields like nursing, education, criminal justice, and history. Michigan, like many other states, also provides a special loan forgiveness program to those in medical, dental, and mental health professions who work in underserved communities. Recipients can receive up to $200,000 of tax-free funds over an eight-year period.

The great state of Michigan famously serves as the major hub of the United States auto industry — and also boasts the longest freshwater coastline in the nation. Students who love the outdoors but are also drawn to the metropolitan energy of big cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids will feel very much at home in Michigan.

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What are Michigan’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Michigan's best Christian colleges and universities?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.


There are 18 Christian colleges and universities in Michigan, 11 of which meet our criteria. The best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 50%.

Best Christian Colleges & Universities in Michigan

  1. #1

    University of Detroit Mercy

    #724 institution's historical influence
    #262 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Detroit, MI

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    What is University of Detroit Mercy known for?

    University of Detroit Mercy’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • History
    • Psychology
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  2. #2

    Andrews University

    #823 institution's historical influence
    #241 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Berrien Springs, MI

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    What is Andrews University known for?

    Andrews University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Political Science
  3. #3

    Hope College

    #1046 institution's historical influence
    #868 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Holland, MI

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    What is Hope College known for?

    Hope College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Economics
    • Political Science
  4. #4

    Albion College

    #931 institution's historical influence
    #376 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/24

    Albion, MI

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    What is Albion College known for?

    Albion College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Education
  5. #5

    Calvin University

    #588 institution's historical influence
    #1196 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/27

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    What is Calvin University known for?

    Calvin University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Physics
    • History
    • Communications
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  6. #6

    Aquinas College

    #4849 institution's historical influence
    #384 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    What is Aquinas College known for?

    Aquinas College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Madonna University

    #3467 institution's historical influence
    #1209 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/21

    Livonia, MI

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    What is Madonna University known for?

    Madonna University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

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  8. #8

    Alma College

    #1823 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Alma, MI

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    What is Alma College known for?

    Alma College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Adrian College

    #2886 institution's historical influence
    #426 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/21

    Adrian, MI

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    What is Adrian College known for?

    Adrian College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Cornerstone University

    #3654 institution's historical influence
    #373 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/22

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    What is Cornerstone University known for?

    Cornerstone University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Social Work
    • Business
    • Communications
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Spring Arbor University

    #4297 institution's historical influence
    #877 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1097/23

    Spring Arbor, MI

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    What is Spring Arbor University known for?

    Spring Arbor University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science

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