Michigan’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Michigan offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Michigan’s Best Community Colleges 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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How do we determine Michigan's best community colleges?

Methodology

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.


There are 23 community colleges in Michigan. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Michigan

  1. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Kalamazoo Valley Community College known for?

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Nursing

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  2. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    1K

    What is North Central Michigan College known for?

    North Central Michigan College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
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  3. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Gogebic Community College known for?

    Gogebic Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Law
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Muskegon Community College known for?

    Muskegon Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    17%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Grand Rapids Community College known for?

    Grand Rapids Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice

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  6. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    14%

    Student body

    7K

    What is Wayne County Community College District known for?

    Wayne County Community College District’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  7. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    14%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Bay Mills Community College known for?

    Bay Mills Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
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  8. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Monroe County Community College known for?

    Monroe County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  9. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Bay de Noc Community College known for?

    Bay de Noc Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
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  10. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Mott Community College known for?

    Mott Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  11. #11

    Glen Oaks Community College

    Centreville , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Glen Oaks Community College known for?

    Glen Oaks Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    13K

    What is Macomb Community College known for?

    Macomb Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Social Work
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  13. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Kirtland Community College known for?

    Kirtland Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Nursing
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  14. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Montcalm Community College known for?

    Montcalm Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
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  15. #15

    Kellogg Community College

    Battle Creek , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Kellogg Community College known for?

    Kellogg Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
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  16. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Southwestern Michigan College known for?

    Southwestern Michigan College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  17. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Washtenaw Community College known for?

    Washtenaw Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

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  18. #18

    Delta College

    University Center , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Delta College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  19. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    17%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Lansing Community College known for?

    Lansing Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Philosophy
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  20. #20

    Oakland Community College

    Bloomfield Hills , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Oakland Community College known for?

    Oakland Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
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  21. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is West Shore Community College known for?

    West Shore Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
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  22. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    2K

    What is St. Clair County Community College known for?

    St. Clair County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
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  23. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Mid Michigan Community College known for?

    Mid Michigan Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
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