Best Research Universities in Michigan 2022

Best Research Universities in Michigan 2022

Interested in attending a STEM school in Michigan? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

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.

To find your degree program, explore some of the top schools in Michigan.


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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. We’ve identified 12 research universities in Michigan. To be included in our ranking, schools must be a fully accredited universities and must must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

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Best Research Universities in Michigan 2022

  1. #1

    University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor , MI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    26%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    45K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/32

  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Wayne State University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Mortuary Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Western Michigan University’s Online Degrees

    BA in Comparative Religion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Criminal Justice Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Criminal Justice
    • Justice Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #5

    Oakland University

    Rochester Hills , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Oakland University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Environmental Health and Safety
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Integrative Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Business Communication
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Human Resource Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing (RN to BSN)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/22

    Eastern Michigan University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Technology Management
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing: RN to BSN
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 79-81
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #10

    Andrews University

    Berrien Springs , MI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Andrews University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in General Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #11

    Ferris State University

    Big Rapids , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Ferris State University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Allied Health Science
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Automotive Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Dental Hygiene
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Digital Media Software Engineering
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Information Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Information Security and Intelligence
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Integrative Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Respiratory Therapy
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Risk Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/23

    University of Michigan–Flint’s Online Degrees

    BAS in Applied Science
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BBA in Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resouces Management (OBHRM)
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Studies
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Care Administration
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Philosophy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Respiratory Therapy
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of Detroit Mercy
  3. Michigan State University
  4. Michigan Technological University
  5. Andrews University
  6. Western Michigan University
  7. Oakland University
  8. Central Michigan University
  9. Eastern Michigan University
  10. Ferris State University

Check out our directory of research universities throughout the U.S. for a look at the top research institutions in every state.