Lansing offers a number of quality educational opportunities for its residents. Lansing Public School District offers a K-12 district consisting of three high schools, six middle schools and twenty-nine elementary schools. Several charter and private institutions are also available throughout the city.
For higher education, Lansing is home to Big Ten Conference School Michigan State University. Lansing Community College, and the nations's third largest law school, and Cooley Law. Many of the Michigan's 17 public universities including University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and Central Michigan University have branch campuses in the Lansing area that offer graduate level programs. Other higher education opportunities include Davenport University and Great Lakes Christian College.
The Lansing School District is one of the largest in the state of Michigan, encompassing high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Lansing Schools serves more than 10,500 students with approximately 850 qualified teachers and 1,350 other employees. The Lansing School District strives to educate students to become knowledgeable, responsible, healthy and productive citizens.
Lansing has several top quality charter and private institutions for families that seek an alternative to public schooling.
Big Ten Conference School Michigan State University (MSU) is located in neighboring East Lansing, nestled along the banks of Michigan's longest River, the Red Cedar. Founded in 1855, MSU offers several nationally and internationally recognized academic and research-oriented programs and more than 200 areas of study. MSU boasts the nation's largest land campus consisting of 14 different degree-granting schools and colleges, including three medical schools, a law school, and numerous reputable PhD programs. The school has a top-ranking study abroad program and is the oldest agricultural college in the country.
Davenport University is the only West Michigan-based private university specializing in innovative and affordable education in the areas of business, technology and health professions. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Davenport University offers graduate and undergraduate programs at campuses in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Lansing.
Located in downtown Lansing, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is an independent, graduate college of law fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Since 1972, Thomas Cooley has grown from a regional law school to become the largest law school in the nation. Cooley's comprehensive legal education curriculum and program prepares students for entry into the legal profession law through experienced-based teaching of legal skills.
Great Lakes Christian College (GLCC) is an institution of higher education affiliated with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ located just west of Lansing in Delta Township. Since 1949, GLCC has equipped students to serve in preaching ministries in both local and international congregations. In addition to pastor training, the school has several programs designed to help students transition to careers and occupations outside of the church while preparing to be a witness to Christ in the workplace.
With more than 32,000 students, 3,100 employees, and 500 areas of study, Lansing Community College (LCC) is the third largest community college in the state. LCC's extensive educational opportunities in workforce development, general education, developmental education, and personal enrichment prepare students to enter a global marketplace. LCC's programs also help to train students for positions with local employers.
The newly erected University Center allows students to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree from six four-year Michigan universities from the convenience of LCC's campus.