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As of January 2011, Michigan’s higher education system consisted of 15 public four-year institutions, 29 public two-year institutions, 78 independent colleges and universities, and two tribally controlled community colleges. The state’s best-known research universities are Michigan State University in East Lansing, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University in Detroit. The University of Michigan is ranked among the top 30 universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Michigan State University, also nationally ranked, is one of the largest U.S. universities by enrollment with nearly 48,000 students in the fall of 2011 from all 50 states and 130 countries. Michigan’s public and private institutions of higher education play a significant role in preparing high school graduates and adult learners for the workforce through campus-based and online programs.

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