The number of degrees conferred by higher education institutions in Michigan decreased from 2013 to 2014, and remained below the “Top Ten” average by about 9% in 2015. Michigan was near the middle of its peers but above average 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: Number of students earning a degree each year. Educational attainment is a factor in accessing 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. Data in this year’s report has been revised to include first and 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)