Google perks for college shopping

Being in college does have its perks. What do I mean? Well after using a guide to search for different data sets with Google’s advanced search method, I found out how to read and understand them. Using  this style of research for data makes things a lot easier when planning for your future.

A great example, the different tabs at the bottom shows the demographics, admission, and cost/comments for school in a given school year. In this case it was for the 2011-2012 year in the state of Michigan. After deleting schools that are not public and four-year I was left with 16 colleges, that was a bit shocking to me. I really was not aware that in this state of ours we had only 16 public colleges. I am not sure if that is a small number; I definitely will have to compare that to other states with a comparable populace.


The school that is the most expensive is Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I noticed there are extra charges, and this school as per the comment section will have cost relating to in state tuition/ out of state as well as general education requirement which is also not a standard cost. Some of the colleges do not have in-state/in-district transportation cost while others do. And Eastern Michigan is the only college without this expense in-state/in-district misc expenses.

The complete shocker to me was that the University of Michigan Dearborn is the least expensive four-year college. Now I feel better about my decision to continue my education at this college. My continuous debt if it was concrete would surely thank me.

Do not tell a lie, you must Verify?

University of Michigan -Dearborn gives wrong prices for student housing !

The truth shall always set you free, and truth should always be first. however, that was not the case for the listing of the University of Michigan-Dearborn housing statement. At the time I was trying to research some data for  a school project where I referenced the University of Michigan-Dearborn website to check on student housing pricing. The housing on campus is called the Union at Dearborn . It is a privately owned student housing complex managed by UCC management , to house those students that attend the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and those students of Henry Ford Community College.

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The University of Michigan-Dearborn has their housing listed at around $1,245 a year to stay on campus. With this being a commuter campus, it is understandable that a lot of students do not particularly take advantage of the student program. However, since it’s initial opening in 2014  the least expensive monthly rate was $500 a month for a 4×4 plan. that would equate to about $6,000 a year. In 2018 the amount has went to $725 for the same room plan. This equates to about $8,700 a year. That is nearly seven times as much that was listed on the website. I think that this is false information , and could lead into worst things because if I were not a resident here, I would not have known factual pricing.

Comparing school tuition data

There were many things that I found interesting in the comparative report while doing the school tuition data exercise. Before I started college in 2013 I haven’t looked into college’s tuition cost and ratings. I just wanted to go to a 4-year university that was close to home. Now five years later I now know how important it is to look into the college you want to go to and compare it to others.

Looking at the comparison chart, I noticed there were quite a bit differences between the 4-year colleges in Michigan that I personally did not know about. I noticed how there is a big tuition difference between Kendal College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and Saginaw Valley State University. Kendal College of Art and Design’s tuition and fees cost about $15,000 and Saginaw cost about $8,000 that’s about a 50% difference and I found that to be very surprising.  I never knew before looking at this data chart what a big difference the cost of college would be. I have always assumed four-year Universities would be near the same price.

Something else I noticed on the data chart was Northern Michigan University full-time students get a ThinkPad notebook. That is very reasonable for a student paying about $8,000 in tuitions. I personally think that is a good idea when paying so much for tuitions, some students might not have that extra money to buy any electronics for school because tuition rates are very high.

Comparing schools on a chart like this made me realize how important it is compared colleges before choosing the right one. From now on I would advise any highs school students that have questions about the college to look into something like this.

Surprising cost of colleges in Michigan

So, as many of you know we recently had to do data analysis of the cost of certain colleges in Michigan. It came as a great surprise to me that the most expensive public four year college is not The University of Michigan. Because my family is a Michigan family I alway heard stories of the cost of attendance for Michigan, so I blindly assumed that The University of Michigan was the most expensive. But its not!


Some off-shoot of Ferris State is actually the most expensive school to attend. Looking at the cost per credit hour and the ridiculous requirement of owning a MacBook Pro it is not that surprising that Kendal College passes The University of Michigan. Other than Kendal beating out Michigan the rest of the table has nothing up its sleves. Michigan beats Michigan Tech and Michigan State, and they beat other smaller schools like Western and Central.

Four-year university tuition rates in Michigan

A comparative report was released of in-state tuition rates of the 16 four-year universities in Michigan.

Tuition and fees remain in the $7,500 through $15,500 range rising from $15,400 to $26,800 for total costs.

In-district room and board at the University of Michigan – Dearborn is the lowest in the state at $1,600. However, the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor has the highest room and board, with an average of $9,468.

School that have transportation fees would include bus systems and others. Michigan state has the average amount spent towards transportation as $498 and the University of Michigan – Flint has the highest rate of $2,148.

Some benefits would help the cost of attending these schools. Scholarships and financial aid would assist tremendously at some universities. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and Northern Michigan University both lend their students computers to omit the cost outside of tuition fees.

Tuitions rates will continue to fluctuate throughout the various universities and each student’s payment will vary based on different qualifications.