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Peers

For nearly 40 years, universities have been grouped into peer categories using the Carnegie Classification™ framework. This framework is based on objective, publicly available data, and is regularly updated. It is the general standard for higher education research.

 

Michigan’s public universities fall into one of six Carnegie Classes, as follows:

Very High Research Universities

These universities award at least 20 research doctorates each year and spend a very large amount of money on research in comparison to other research universities.

High Research Universities

These universities award at least 20 research doctorates each year and spend a large amount of money on research in comparison to other research universities.

Doctoral Research Universities

 These universities award at least 20 doctorates each year but spend less money on research in comparison to other research universities.

Master’s Colleges and Universities (Larger)

These universities are those that award less than 20 research doctorates, but also award at least 200 master’s degrees each year.

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • View a list of their U.S. Peers

Master’s Colleges and Universities (Medium)

These universities are those that award fewer than 20 research doctorates, but also award between 100 and 199 master’s degrees each year.

Baccalaureate Colleges (Diverse)

These universities award less than 50 master’s degrees each year. Less than half of their undergraduate degrees are bachelor’s degrees or are for majors outside of the arts and sciences.