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Michigan State Universities Have it All

Beach resorts, ski lodges, acres of farmland, and the Great Lakes... Michigan state universities have it all. No matter which of the Michigan universities you choose to attend, this state is rich in natural splendor and career opportunities. Take, for instance, Michigan's largest industrial city, Detroit, which is the birthplace of the motorcar and famous automobile companies like Ford and Chevrolet. With over 105 Michigan colleges and universities to choose from, the state that raised the likes of MADONNA and STEVIE WONDER is definitely worth considering for your continuing education.

Check out the cool activities, events, and programs at universities in Michigan to get a taste of the student and campus life at Michigan state universities.

Central Michigan University (CMU)
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI

With the help of their Volunteer Center, CMU offers one of the largest Alternative Break programs in the country. More than 70 percent of students at the university devote their vacation time and weekends to serving the less fortunate, and take part in regular volunteer work such as working at the local animal shelter, women's shelter, soup kitchen, or hospital. Alternative Break programs can include anything from hurricane relief efforts and helping endangered sea turtles in Florida, to working in inner-city schools and traveling to New York City to partake in "God's Love We Deliver," a non-profit organization that brings meals to homebound HIV/AIDS sufferers. And aside from the several volunteer projects students participate in right here in the U.S., there are also plenty of international public service opportunities at CMU.

Michigan Technological University
Location: Houghton, MI

As if setting the world record for the largest snowball (six feet across) and the most people involved in a snowball fight (over 4,400) weren't enough, this techie school has plenty of outdoor activities to keep students loving the season of snow. Home of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), this campus puts the over 200 inches of snow it accumulates each year to good use. Teams of students from all over the country come to the university with their custom machines, and the goal is for them to build snowmobiles that are quiet and clean-running, but still a blast to ride. In addition to hosting the SAE snowmobile event, Michigan Tech also has a Winter Baja competition, and the coolest Winter Carnival around. And students don't have to travel to enjoy great skiing -- the school has its very own ski hill, as well as a cross-country ski trail system where students ski for free all winter long.

Northern Michigan University
Location: Marquette, MI

Studying, socializing, and... training for the Olympics? That's right. Northern Michigan University is home to the one and only U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC). The USOEC gives Olympic hopefuls the chance to get a college education while receiving world-class training in sports like boxing, short-track speed skating, weightlifting, men's Greco-Roman wrestling, and women's freestyle wrestling, just to name a few. Current students Kimberly Derrick and Anthony Lobello were members of the Torino 2006 U.S. Winter Olympic Team for speed skating. Some Olympic champions that have risen out of Northern Michigan University's program are Cathy Turner (two-time gold medalist in short-track speed skating), Shani Davis (first African American to make the U.S. Olympic speed skating team and world record holder for the men's 1500 meter), and Amy Peterson (five-time short-track speed skating Olympian).

Michigan universities have a lot to offer, much more than the few things we've mentioned. So whether you choose to refer to it as the "Great Lake State," the "Wolverine State," or the "Water Winter Wonderland," you'll fit right in at any and all Michigan state universities.


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