The number of degrees conferred by higher education institutions in Michigan decreased from 2015 to 2016, and remains below the “Top Ten” average. Michigan was near the middle of its peers in terms of the number of degrees conferred per 10,000 of population.   

What It Is: Total associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees conferred per 10,000 residents by public and private institutions.

Why It Matters: Educational attainment is a factor in assessing the quality of a state's talent pool.

Note: Degrees include associate, bachelor's, and graduate/professional degrees. Higher education institutions include all public and private degree-granting institutions. All years are consistent in their inclusion of degrees, whether first or second majors.

Degrees Conferred Trends

Degrees Conferred Standings

Regional Degrees Conferred


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Source: National Center for Education Statistics (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Census Bureau (Population Estimates)