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2015 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Michigan

There is a wide breadth of options for students seeking online colleges and universities in Michigan at the private, public, and community college level. Michigan has more than 159 post-secondary institutions, of which 44 offer online programs. A total of 11 are public four-year colleges or universities and seven are public community or technical colleges and 25 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 946 online certificate programs, 5,973 online associates programs, 7,275 online bachelor's programs, 2,957 online masters programs, 3,666 online professional programs, and 709 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from health information to real estate to public health. Read More


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Of the online colleges in Michigan, the one with the greatest number of programs online is Davenport University, which is a 4-year research university. The school offers 89 online programs.

Job Outlook

The job market is more competitive in Michigan than in other parts of the nation. As of April 2013, the unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent. Though this rate has continued to drop since late 2012, it is still higher than the national unemployment average of 7.5 percent. The industry with the most employees is trade, transportation, and utilities with approximately 734,000 jobs filled as of April 2013.  Other major industries in Michigan include education and hospitality. Over the last year, employment growth has occurred within the manufacturing industry as well.

The average wage in Michigan is approximately equal to the national average. Employees in Michigan earn an average annual income of $43,280 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $78,750 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $17,500 annually. The median annual income for employees is approximately $33,830.

Tuition

Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. On average, public four-year colleges and universities in Michigan charge students approximately $8,833 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $3,747 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $7,380 to $30,660 per year.

To offset tuition costs, Michigan college students received an estimated $38,018,486,878 worth of financial aid each year. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, nearly 35 percent of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Additionally, an estimated 89.12% of the scholarships and grants consisted of institutional grants.

Accreditation

Baker College Online and the campuses within the University of Michigan system are each accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC’s school accreditation certifies any online program at an accredited school will count toward a degree or as experience with the necessary exactitude to work in the respective field.

Distance Learning Resources

  • Michigan Labor Market Information is a state-sponsored website that provides a wide variety of information on employment trends, wages, and industry statistics throughout Michigan.
  • Michigan’s Hot 50 Jobs  proffers up 50 growing jobs and industries in Michigan, as well as their relevant education requirements. Predictions in job growth are projected all the way up to the year 2018.
  • Michigan eLibrary  is Michigan Library’s digital database. Read full text articles; find reference sources, and order books. Digital literacy resources are also provided.
  • Educational Technology Organization of Michigan  is a non-profit organization is committed to expanding distance-learning options in higher education. Use it to find the latest news and trends in online schools in Michigan.
  • Michigan Career and College Ready is most commonly used by teachers and other educators in helping students prepare for 21st century careers. Follow their lead and use it to prepare for your own academic career.
  • Economy at a Glance tracks employment trends in Michigan by reviewing industry growth and employment numbers. Search employment information on a city-by-city basis or for greater metropolitan areas in which you’re interested in working or attending school.

More Information

Michigan, which is located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States, is named from the Ojibwe word “misshikama ” meaning “great or large lake”. With an area of 96,714 square miles, it is the 11th largest state in the US. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 49°F.

The population of Michigan is the 8th largest in the US. The state has 83 counties and 9,883,640 residents living in these counties. About 40 percent of Michigan’s population is under the age of 30. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 23 percentof the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

Although Michigan’s capital city is Lansing, the largest city in the state is Detroit, with a population of 713,777 residents. Of the state’s residents, about 14 percent reside in the greater Detroit area. Michigan’s other big cities include Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, and Lansing.

Michigan residents typically have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, about 21 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 5 percent have at least an associate degree, 4 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.