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Baker College is a mid-sized, private non-profit institution with campuses throughout Michigan including those in Owosso, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Jackson, Royal Oak, and Muskegon. They boast a total of over 70 programs including 24 business degrees, 18 health science programs, and 10 IT and engineering degrees. Baker also offers two online programs for students who need more flexibility in their educational experience.

Baker's online programs are unique in that students can choose between the BakerOnline model or the OnlineLive version. BakerOnline is a highly flexible, asynchronous program where they can access course materials at any time of the day. OnlineLive is more structured and features live streaming class sessions.

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Overview of Baker College

When they're not pursuing their dreams, Baker students have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of clubs. Depending on the campus, students can meet with fellow students in clubs that focus on topics such as business, information technology, occupational therapy, and human services. Even online students have the opportunity to join student run clubs and organizations.

Baker students who choose to live on campus not only have the convenience of living close to school but they can have loads of fun, too. On-campus students have an enriches social life because it's easier to make lifelong friends in the dorms, playing intramural sports, or embarking on road trips to explore the great state of Michigan. Students may even participate in the statewide cornhole tournament where their peak athleticism can shine for all to see.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 7:1
Graduation Rate 19%
Year Founded 1911

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,606


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,100
Female 5,140

Graduate Student

Male 106
Female 260

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Baker College Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 406
Female 1,125


Male 211
Female 608

Acceptance Rate54%

Male 52%
Female 54%

Enrollment 612

Male 164
Female 448
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations N/A
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Baker College Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of tuition at Baker is fixed due to the fact that it's a private, not-for-profit institution. This fact also tends to indicate a higher cost per credit hour. However, Baker manages to keep costs in check and students only pay around $11,000 for a year of courses, books, fees, etc. On top of that, students need to cover their living costs, which can run anywhere from around $10,000 for all costs associated with on-campus living, to nearly $13,000 for off-campus living.

However, these gross costs tell only part of the story. Baker's financial aid office is of great help when it comes to lowering the net price tag. In fact, the average net cost of a year at Baker is a mere $12,000, including all living expenses. This means the lowest income households see an average net cost of $11,000 and families with annual incomes in excess of $110,000 pay just north of $16,000. These figures are competitive with any public or private college or university in Michigan.

Average net price 2019-2020
Net Price $12,112
Average Total Aid $8,059
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $5,900

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,920
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $9,920
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $5,900
  • Other - $4,800


Academics at Baker College are why Michigan students return year after year. Whether they seek a business degree, health science training, or a STEM diploma, they are all prepared for the working world. To measure the academic prowess of Baker College, researchers have assessed their educational statistics. One of the more important statistics is the school's retention rate, which they report at 61%. This metric measures the number of first-time, full-time students who return for a second year, and 61% is a strong showing.

Researchers also evaluate the graduation rate, which Baker reports at 19% with a 25% transfer rate. Since most transfer students leave to complete a degree at a school that offers more challenge or a specific degree they desire, it can be said that Baker's educational foundation supports nearly 50% of its students in their pursuit of graduation.

Baker's academic reputation is boosted by its outstanding student-to-teacher ratio. They post a jaw-dropping ratio of eight students to every one faculty member. This means that students can easily approach their instructors for assistance and guidance on assignments.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,606

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 371 Total Graduates / 33%
Business Administration and Management, General 233 Graduates
Accounting 53 Graduates
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 42 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 17 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 336 Total Graduates / 30%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 197 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 110 Graduates
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 23 Graduates
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 6 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 142 Total Graduates / 13%
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance 87 Graduates
Computer Science 40 Graduates
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 11 Graduates
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administrationl 3 Graduates
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 102 Total Graduates / 9%
Family and Community Services 74 Graduates
Child Development 28 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanitie 39 Total Graduates / 3%
General Studies 39 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 13%

Outcome & Salary

Baker students all want to know how their degrees will pay off in the long run. The return on investment is very important for most students. While it's impossible to guarantee any sort of salary outcomes, researchers look at how Baker College alumni report their entry-level earnings.

Topping the list of highest earning Baker graduates are registered nursing students who earn a bachelor's degree. This high-demand field rewards Baker graduates with a median reported income of over $73,000. Registered nursing students who work with an associate degree report median earnings of $58,000 or so.

Rounding out the top five highest earning degrees are Baker graduates who studied in allied health professions, who start their careers earning over $50,000. In the middle of the pack are the computer science students, who report a median income that hovers around $55,000. It's important to note that these figures don't typically account for compensation such as bonuses, benefits, or other forms of payment.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $51,600
College Grads Average Salary $71,202
College Grads Mid Career Salary $87,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $712,020
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,590,020
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $57,948
10 Year Projected ROI $654,072
20 Year Projected ROI $1,532,072
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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