Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to more than a dozen different colleges and universities. Most of these schools have their roots in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area, while a few of them offer satellite campuses to other state universities and colleges throughout the Midwest. There are several reasons why students of higher education are drawn to West Michigan to earn their degrees, these include great hiring opportunities, affordable housing, diversity, and much more.
If one of these area schools has you visiting Grand Rapids for a speaking engagement, a conference, or any other reason, consider Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast as your lodging choice during your visit. Prairieside Suites is located less than 10 minutes from the downtown Grand Rapids area and no more than 20 minutes from any of these campuses. Our professionally designed rooms have each been beautifully decorated to reflect a different style from various parts of the world. We provide a clean, warm & inviting atmosphere while making sure your every need is met. After a long day in the halls of higher learning our luxury spa rooms are the perfect mix of coziness and pampering to make you feel like you're on vacation. Imagine finishing your day by unwinding in one of our quiet, private rooms with oversized Jacuzzi tub, heated towels, king size bed and a 42" flat screen TV. Whether you're traveling for business [check out our single person corporate rates online www.prairieside.com] or visiting the children at college, you'll find that our bed & breakfast is the perfect place to stay during your visit in Grand Rapids, MI. Book your stay today!
Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.
Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world.
Cornerstone University is a Christ-centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. Cornerstone is interdenominational and located in Grand Rapids, Mich. We offer traditional undergraduate programs as well as adult undergraduate and graduate programs through our Professional & Graduate Studies Division, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary.
Central Michigan University
CMU started offering courses in Grand Rapids in 1983. Since that time, the center has awarded valuable, career-enhancing undergraduate and master’s level degrees to hundreds of area students. In addition to full degree programs, we also offer certificate programs that can update your skills and credentials in just five or six courses. Conveniently located on the E. Beltline between Leonard and Knapp, the center offers beautiful facilities for studying and learning. Our friendly staff is dedicated to the individual needs of our students.
Davenport University focuses on business, health and technology while preparing students for the most in-demand, fastest-growing careers . The main campus is in Grand Rapids with other campuses throughout Michigan where the academic programs focus on getting students a career.
Ferris State University – GR
A mix of traditional and non-traditional campus features and dozens of programs to choose from makes Ferris in Grand Rapids the place to start on the path to your new career. Current and anticipated programs are at your fingertips to enable you to discover your potential.
Grace Bible College
Grace Bible College seeks to develop passionate servants of Jesus Christ by personally educating students in an educational program which emphasizes the integration of biblical truth, ministry experience, and character transformation. This emphasis pervades the entire campus as the College strives to cultivate a caring learning community where Jesus Christ is exalted and students are equipped for serving the needs of church and society. Each degree program at Grace Bible College consists of three major components: general education courses, biblical and theological studies, and a vocational major.
Grand Rapids Community College
GRCC's varied program levels, flexible scheduling, and student support services enable people of all ages and backgrounds to have access to the higher education they need to achieve their goals. There are dozens of associate degrees, certificate programs, and transfer options available through GRCC.
Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, including 77 undergraduate majors and 28 graduate programs. Teaching in the liberal tradition, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, has always been at the heart of Grand Valley's educational mission.
Kendall College of Art & Design
Our undergraduate programs are designed around traditional and emerging opportunities in the professional world. We emphasize the work patterns, technologies, tools, and techniques that will prepare graduates for a seamless transition to their lives as working artists and designers. Graduate students at Kendall develop through a process of guided exploration. Examining the traditional and progressive, the intuitive and intellectual, the individual and collaborative, the expressive and technical, the theoretical and the practical, students find a vision that's truly their own.
At Kuyper College, students find one of the most outstanding values in Christian higher education today. The best of academic and spiritual education is combined with a passion for awakening students to the need of possessing a solid biblical worldview. Within a welcoming community, Kuyper students develop professional skills and acquire experience that equips them for service to God and His kingdom.
Michigan State – College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.
Known as the school-of-choice for business-minded students of all ages and backgrounds, Northwood University's management and entrepreneurship focus prepares students to become the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. With residential campuses in Florida, Michigan, and Texas; Northwood University offers you the business degree options you need and the college experience you want.
The Everest Institute
At Everest, we're all about diversity. With programs as wide ranging as Healthcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, and Trade Skills, Everest has a career training path for you. We think it's important to practice what you're learning. That's why we incorporate hands-on training into all our programs. You'll learn better and quicker by doing the work than you will just sitting in a lecture room.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus maintains strong ties with the local community, creating diverse volunteer and legal service opportunities with the courts, law firms, prosecutor and public-defender offices, other government agencies, and many nonprofit organizations. Many students, including first-year students, serve in the courthouse-based Legal Assistance Center, learning important inter-cultural and professional skills. Students and faculty members maintain pro-bono and community service projects near the campus at soup kitchens, missions, cultural centers, chambers of commerce, courts, nonprofits, and schools.
Western Michigan University – GR
With over 1,500 students, WMU-Grand Rapids comprises the largest regional location for Western Michigan University. In 2009, WMU-Grand Rapids marked 100 years of service to this metropolitan community. Two WMU-Grand Rapids' locations, the Beltline location and the Downtown location, serve the needs of area residents who are seeking quality education and professional development. WMU-Grand Rapids offers 20+ graduate degree programs in the following areas: business, engineering, teaching, counseling, administration, and health and human services.