Wallethub has released their rankings of the best colleges and universities for 2021. With that, separate lists for each state including Michigan. They narrowed it to the top ten which, surprisingly, excluded Western Michigan University.

You can see the full report here, but let's break this down.

First of all, according to a quick google search, there are 5,300 higher education institutions in America. That's colleges and universities combined. Wallethub only compared 1,000 of them. That hardly seems fair.

Secondly, let's look at how they determined which university was "best". According to Wallethub, analysists based on their decisions on "30 key measures grouped into seven categories". This includes things like how selective institutes are with their students, the careers graduates would go on to have, the cost of educations and financing options, and so on.

But, looking at those key measurements, laid out by Wallethub, WMU isn't looking terrible. For starters, the starting median income for those who graduated is over $49,000, according to U.S. News. In state tuition fees average at $13,000 with out of state averages above $16,000. They're listed as selective with their students too. However, that doesn't seem to be enough to land them in the top ten. That doesn't sound too shabby? But what do I know. I went to college, yes, but....barely.

Here are the schools that did make the top ten:

  1. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  2. Michigan Technological University
  3. University of Michigan-Dearborn
  4. Albion College
  5. Calvin University
  6. University of Detroit Mercy
  7. Michigan State University
  8. Aquinas College
  9. Hope College
  10. Kettering University

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