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As the University of Michigan commemorates its 200th anniversary this year, we’re celebrating all of the world-class academic institutions in Michigan. Did you know there are technically 93 colleges in the Mitten? These schools listed below have the highest academic population in their towns, making them the largest college towns in the state.

  1. East Lansing, Home of Michigan State University:
    • Founded: 1855
    • Enrollment: 50,344 students
    • Colors: Green and white
    • Mascot: Sparty
    • Campus size: 5,200 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: The Riv
  2. Ann Arbor, Home of University of Michigan:
    • Founded: 1817 (Happy 200th Anniversary!)
    • Enrollment: 44,718 students
    • Colors: Maize and blue
    • Mascot: The wolverines
    • Campus size: 3,177 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: The Big House
  3. Mt. Pleasant, Home of Central Michigan University:
    • Founded: 1892
    • Enrollment: 26,968 students
    • Colors: Maroon and gold
    • Mascot: Chippewas
    • Campus size: 480 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: The Bird Bar
  4. Allendale, Home of Grand Valley State University:
    • Founded: 1960
    • Enrollment: 25,460 students
    • Colors: Blue, black, and white
    • Mascot: Louie the Laker
    • Campus size: 1,322 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: Mully’s
  5. Kalamazoo, Home of Western Michigan University:
    • Founded: 1903
    • Enrollment: 23,556 students
    • Colors: Brown and gold
    • Mascot: Buster Bronco
    • Campus size: 1,289 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: The Grotto

But bigger isn’t always better. Have you visited any of these smaller college towns?

  1. Big Rapids, Home of Ferris State University:
    • Founded: 1884
    • Enrollment: 14,000 students
    • Colors: Crimson and gold
    • Mascot: Brutus the Bulldog
    • Campus size: 880 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: Star Shooters
  2. Sault St. Marie, Home of Lake Superior State:
    • Founded: 1946
    • Enrollment: 2,100 students
    • Colors: Blue and white
    • Mascot: Seamore the Sea Duck
    • Campus size: 115 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: The Savoy
  3. Hillsdale, Home of Hillsdale College:
    • Founded: 1844
    • Enrollment: 1,450 students
    • Colors: Blue and white
    • Mascot: Chargers
    • Campus size: 400 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: Checker Records
  4. Albion, Home of Albion College:
    • Founded: 1835
    • Enrollment: 1,382 students
    • Colors: Purple and gold
    • Mascot: Brit the Briton
    • Campus size: 90 acres
    • Students’ favorite hangout: La Casa

While these are just a few of Michigan’s most popular and brainy towns, there are plenty more to explore across the state. Check out the U.S. News and World Report on Michigan colleges to learn more!