The Michigan AGEP Alliance member institutions offer graduate learning environments rich in resources, from world-renown professors to pioneering labs to outstanding research libraries. We have dozens of exciting degree programs and abundant interdisciplinary opportunities, with faculty and staff who welcome students seeking the very best in graduate education. The graduate programs in our alliance are exceptional for the quality of the education they provide as well as for the supportive climate they ensure for the development of future researchers, scholars and teachers. We develop and implement innovative models for mentoring and learning communities to increase the success of underrepresented minority students in doctoral programs. At the same time, we are developing effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities as they pursue academic careers.

Our member institutions operate both individually and collectively to provide a wide-ranging spectrum of programs. At each of our universities we offer a series of workshops, lectures, mentoring programs and other opportunities that encourage the persistence of minority students. We also make certain that these students are aware of the wealth of support services on each campus. As an alliance we work together on recruiting strategies and host regular conferences for AGEP students at all four universities that focus on each stage of their development in the graduate experience.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We’re good at it, and we’ve been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, Michigan State University is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University

Somewhere in Honduras, in a little village, on a white wall, there is this graffiti: “Ingenieros Sin Fronteras.”

That’s Spanish for “Engineers Without Borders.”

And the graffiti is signed, in a bold, black stroke, Michigan Tech, USA.

Among all the universities in the state, Michigan Tech stands out for our commitment to STEM. We are dedicated to the principle that in STEM lie solutions to the world’s most intractable problems, from energy and environmental degradation to homeland security and global poverty. And we build those solutions every day, everywhere, in places as disparate as Wayne County and Central America.

Our nationally ranked graduate programs and exceptional faculty attract some of the best minds in the world while serving some of the very best students from our state. Many of those students are female: in 2009, Michigan Tech awarded the highest percentage of PhDs in engineering to women of any university that graduates twenty-five or more engineering PhDs.

We have more Peace Corps Master’s International students serving abroad than any other university in America, in part because host countries covet their STEM skills. At home, we cherish our small-town quality of life near Lake Superior, enriched by cultural offerings, unparalleled recreational opportunities, and the University’s own diverse community of scholars.

Our mission is to prepare students to create the future. Together, we are changing the world.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is a global leader in health, law and public policy, the arts and humanities, science and technology, and many other academic disciplines.

The essence of the University is the academic diversity of our schools and colleges, many of which are among the best in the country, and the degree of interdisciplinary cooperation among them. Our schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Information, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work are ranked among the best in the country.

Students live and study in an atmosphere steeped in languages, ideas, politics, and cultures. Their peers are among the brightest in the nation—and the world—and bring an unrivalled richness to the University. They work alongside the most advanced minds, faculty whose excellence has been rewarded with Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, and coveted memberships in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Students who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian are eligible to register to be a part of the U-M AGEP community.  To be recognized as a member of the AGEP community, registration is required. Members of the community are eligible to receive all the benefits of the AGEP program including, mini-grants, Frequent Flyer miles, conference travel and other stipends. To maintain membership in the community, you must participate in at least 3 AGEP sponsored activities per semester.

Register to become a part of the U-M AGEP community

Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Wayne State University (WSU) is Michigan’s only urban public research university. Located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural center, Wayne State offers a distinctive educational experience to students from around the world.

The Graduate and Professional programs at Wayne State University are among the highest quality and most dynamic academic programs in the nation. With over 14,000 post baccalaureate students, Wayne State is also one of the largest graduate schools in the country. Our Carnegie status as a Research University (very high research activity) is evidence of our commitment to continually advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and in fact, WSU recently spent $225 million on research, making it one of the top 50 public universities for expenditures on research. These decisions validate WSU being dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders, scholars, and teachers in a dynamic metropolitan environment.

Western Michigan University


Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation’s top-100 public universities.

Undergraduate students at WMU may choose from 140 program offerings while graduate students may select from 67 master’s, one specialist and 29 doctoral programs. A number of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have attained national recognition. Also enriching the quality of campus life are nearly 300 registered student organizations and a full array of NCAA Division IA intercollegiate athletic teams.

The University’s commitment to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and insight has resulted in initiatives that reward faculty and student research, scholarship and creative activity. In a typical year, WMU faculty and staff conduct $30 million to $40 million in externally funded research on topics ranging from nuclear physics and specialized education to flight safety and clean energy. Instructional programs are designed to increase students’ capacity for learning and service to society, as well as meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

WMU is Michigan’s fourth largest higher education institution, attracting a diverse and culturally rich student body from across the United States and some 90 other countries. Its nearly 900 full-time faculty members have been trained at some of the world’s finest institutions and they bring to the University a global perspective that enhances the learning environment.

WMU’s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 151 buildings, and feature some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. The main campus, located close to downtown Kalamazoo, is able to house nearly 5,500 students. It includes a large, well-equipped student recreation center and state-of-the-art facilities for business, chemistry, science research, health and human services, and the visual and performing arts.

The University’s highly rated engineering college and thriving Business Technology and Research Park are based three miles away at the Parkview Campus, while its nationally recognized aviation college is based at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich. Both the aviation campus and BTR Park are components of Michigan economic development SmartZones.

Extended University Programs offers WMU’s quality academic programs close to home through its online and lifelong education units, as well as six sites around the state. Regional sites focus primarily on graduate and professional education, and are located in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon and Traverse City.

Founded in 1903, WMU rapidly grew from a regional teachers college to an internationally regarded institution of higher education. What was once Western Michigan College became Western Michigan University in 1957, when the state designated it as the fourth public university in Michigan.