West Michigan’s Postsecondary Options

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There are more than a dozen Colleges & Universities available in West Michigan that include certification, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and other advanced degree opportunities. Postsecondary opportunities also exist at various Adult Education and Trade Schools.

West Michigan offers an array of postsecondary options from students fresh out of high school to those ready to transition into a new pathway.

In West Michigan, we are well-positioned to help prepare students to pursue a variety of career options, whether through one of the many respected colleges and universities in the area or the region’s world-class certification and trade programs or adult and continuing education centers. West Michigan is home to more than a dozen colleges and universities, over 10 trade schools geared toward specific occupations, more than 200 accredited certificate programs and much, much more.


Aquinas College
Baker College
Calvin College
Calvin Theological Seminary
Central Michigan University – Grand Rapids
Cornerstone University
Davenport University – Western Region
Ferris State University
Ferris State University – Kendall College of Art and Design
Grace Christian University
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Kuyper College
Michigan State University
Montcalm Community College
Muskegon Community College
Spring Arbor University – Grand Rapids
Western Michigan University – Grand Rapids


Empire Beauty School
Ross College – Grand Rapids North
Paul Mitchell the School
Ross Medical Education Center
Nuvo College of Cosmetology
Ross Medical Education Center – Roosevelt Park
French Academy of Cosmetology

There are many other trade-specific programs in West Michigan. Visit the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website.


Allegan Area ESC Adult Education
Linked Muskegon
Thompson M-TEC Career and Corporate Training