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Rankings and Recognition

Academic excellence

One of 4 in the US and 14 institutions globally certified as a 2021-2022 Celonis Academic Center of Excellence.

18th in the nation for the number of Gilman Scholars produced in 2021-2022.

Recognized as one of Abound’s 2022 Top Adult Degree Programs, for our flexible classes and services, affordable courses, and range of quality programs and degrees.  

One of only two Adobe Creative Campus institutions in Michigan.

2020 Institute of International Education's Seal of Excellence for our commitment to increasing and diversifying the number of students in Study Abroad programs. 

Outcomes-focused

Highest ranked school in Michigan, and 6th in the Midwest for highest earning females under 40 by Steppingblocks. 

Committed to Service

8th in the nation Best for Vets by Military Times in 2021.

Gold Level ranking from Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in 2021.

Designated as one of the first Michigan Veteran Connectors by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Consistently ranked in the top 5 nationally for participation in Alternative Breaks.

Environmentally-minded

Gold STARS rated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) through 2024. 

2020 US EPA WasteWise College/Partner of the Year.

2021 US EPA WasteWise national narrative Sustainability Public Education Award winners.

Top-ranked colleges and programs

Best Public Relations School in Michigan by PLEXUSS in 2021.

2nd in Michigan, 19th nationally for best bachelor’s degree in Public Relations by Study.com in 2021.

College of Arts and Media

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency through 2026.

1st in Michigan and nationally for online Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship by Study.com in 2021.

2nd in Michigan, 12th nationally for our Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship by Study.com in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 16th nationally for Online MBA in Human Resources by Intelligent.com in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 23rd nationally for Online MBA in Project Management degree by Intelligent.com in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 25th nationally for Online MBA in Marketing degree by Intelligent.com, in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 13th nationally for online graduate cybersecurity certificate by College Consensus in 2021.

Recognized as a 2022 Top University for Professional Sales Education by the Sales Education Foundation.

Ranked 39th nationally for Best Affordable Legal Studies degree by University HQ in 2022.

College of Business Administration

2nd in Michigan, 19th nationally for MA in Education: Training and Development by Great Business Schools in 2021.

Top 10% of education programs for Best Early Childhood Education degrees and recognized as Best for Working Outside Schools by intelligent.com in in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 35th nationally for Interior Design School by PLEXUSS in 2021.

2nd in Michigan, 61st nationally for Recreation and Leisure Studies by PLEXUSS in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 9th nationally for online Child Development Degree programs by Intelligent.com in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 25th nationally for Online Doctorate in Education degree and recognized as “best for K-12 emphasis” by Intelligent.com in 2021.

11th nationally for Best Online Master’s Leadership degree for our MSA with a Leadership Concentration by College Consensus in 2021.

6th nationally for Best Masters in Project Management for the MSA with a Project Management specialization by Best Value Schools in 2021.

College of Education and Human Services

44th nationally for Bachelor degree in Public Health Education by Study.com in 2021.

2nd in Michigan, 26th nationally for the Sports Management degree by Intelligent.com in 2021.

College of Health Professions

2nd in Michigan, 98th nationally for Anthropology by PLEXUSS in 2021.

1st in Michigan, 8th nationally for Best Bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management by Study.com in 2021.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Science

75th nationally for Best Undergraduate Engineering Degrees by U.S. News and World Report 2022.

College of Science and Engineering