4 year Public Institutions

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Central Michigan University located in Mt. Pleasant , Michigan is one of the nation's 100 largest universities, offering more than 200 excellent academic programs in locations across the globe and online.  Central was founded in 1892 as Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute.

Eastern Michigan University located in Ypsilanti , Michigan is committed to excellence in teaching, the extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression. Building on a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, we maximize educational opportunities and personal and professional growth for students from diverse backgrounds through an array of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. We provide a student-focused learning environment that positively affects the lives of students and the community. We extend our commitment beyond the campus boundaries to the wider community through service initiatives and partnerships of mutual interest addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities and challenges. 

Ferris State University located in Big Rapids , Michigan prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.

Grand Valley State University located in Allendale , MIchigan is a four-year public university in West Michigan providing a fully accredited liberal arts undergraduate and graduate education to more than 24,000 students. Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, providing a wide selection of majors and minors. The emphasis on academic excellence is evident in small class sizes taught by high-caliber faculty and unique faculty-undergraduate student research opportunities that are more typical of graduate programs.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy , located in Traverse City , Michigan on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College is more than just a college experience.  The Academy prepares future Merchant Marine Officers/business professionals for the challenge of operating ships of all types.  Curricula range from seamanship, navigation and piloting to steam and diesel engineering together with three semesters at sea aboard commercial vessels.  Along with a USCG unlimited tonnage license, cadets earn a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University .

Kendall College of Art and Design located in Grand Rapids , Michigan has faculty members that are regionally and nationally known artists in their own right who share their experience freely in the studio and beyond. Our professors know their students by name and are invested in their success. Our facilities provide well-resourced studios, classrooms, labs, workshops, and exhibition spaces. And our technology is directly aligned with the systems and software used in the professional world. With 1,352 students and 163 faculty (as of fall 2008), we offer a culture that's intimate, supportive, and collaborative.

Lake Superior State University located in Sault Ste. Marie , Michigan is a personal, small-town school that provides a superior blend of liberal and technical studies in the natural setting on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. LSSU offers undergraduate degrees in 45 areas of study that attract students from every county in Michigan, more than a dozen states and provinces, and nine nations. LSSU is Michigan's most personal public university emphasizing an undergraduate experience provided by a fully-qualified faculty and a dedicated staff.

Michigan State University located in East Lansing , Michigan is known internationally as a major U.S. public university with global reach, Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research, and outreach for over 150 years. MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Big Ten athletic conference.

Michigan Technological University located in Houghton , Michigan is a school where students create the future in more than 120 degree programs in arts, humanities, and social sciences; business and economics; computing; engineering; forestry and environmental science; natural and physical sciences; and technology.

Northern Michigan University located in Marquette , Michigan is is a dynamic four-year, public, coeducational university which offers 180 degree programs to nearly 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for providing outstanding personal attention, more than 80 percent of NMU's 300-plus faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields, and a hallmark of the NMU experience is that full-time faculty members teach at all levels - freshmen through graduate courses. Northern is also one of three universities in the state of Michigan to serve a community college role for its region.

Oakland University located in Rochester , Michigan provides rigorous educational programs. A strong core of liberal arts is the basis on which undergraduates develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential for successful living and active, concerned citizenship. A variety of majors and specialized curricula prepare students for post-baccalaureate education, professional schools, or careers directly after graduation. Each program provides a variety of courses and curricular experiences to ensure an enriched life along with superior career preparation or enhancement. 

Saginaw Valley State University located in University Center ( Bay City ), Michigan is a place where students experience opportunities of self discovery, leadership, growth and international experiences. Our faculty are here to teach and mentor students to become all they can be. Soon, you too will say, "It's a great day to be a Cardinal." 

University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor , Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

University of Michigan-Dearborn located in Dearborn , Michigan offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan-Flint located in Flint , Michigan is a community of diverse learners and scholars, where students from this region and beyond prepare for leadership, achievement, and service through interactive instruction in the arts, sciences, humanities, and professions.  Our mission rests on three pillars: excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; student-centeredness; and engaged citizenship.  Our students become leaders in their fields, in their professions, and in their communities. 

Wayne State University located in Detroit , Michigan is an urban research university, our mission is to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well-being of individuals, organizations and society.  Wayne State University is a national research institution dedicated to preparing students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society.

Western Michigan University located in Kalamazoo , Michigan is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.