Modern education with a history of excellence. Putting students first for over a century.

The beginnings of Baker College trace back to the turn of the 20th century, with the founding of Muskegon College by Woodbridge Ferris—who later became Governor of Michigan and then a U.S. Senator.

Just two decades later, Eldon E. Baker—an educator who built a highly successful business college in Winfield, Kansas—moved to Flint and founded Baker Business University, which stood at the corner of Court Street and South Saginaw.

In 1965, these two institutions came together under a single academic group headed by Robert Jewell of Muskegon. Throughout the years that followed, the schools continued to thrive and the group began to expand its outreach through the acquisition of other schools and locations.

Today, we are known as Baker College, the largest not-for-profit, independent college in Michigan. We have over 23,000 students in more than 100 programs, taught at nine on-ground campuses, multiple extensions campuses, and online.

Most importantly, we remain dedicated to our original mission: to provide quality higher education and training that enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers.

1888

Woodbridge Ferris founded Muskegon College.

1911

Eldon E. Baker founded Baker Business University.

1965

Robert Jewell purchased Flint’s Baker Business University and brought both schools under a single management group.

1969

Muskegon College became a non-profit corporation.

1974

The two colleges received authorization to grant an Associate of Business degree. Baker Business University became Baker Junior College.

1977

Baker Junior College became a non-profit corporation.

 

1983

The Owosso extension of Baker Junior College was established on the property of the former John Wesley College.

1985

After each college received regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the three campuses merged to form the Baker College System. Muskegon College began offering extension classes in Cadillac.

1986

The Baker College System was authorized to grant a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Baker Junior College became Baker College of Flint.

1988

The renovated Mandeville School property became Baker College of Flint, its current site.

1990

Baker College acquired locations in Pontiac, Mount Clemens, and Port Huron, forming Baker College of Eastern Michigan. Muskegon College changed its name to Baker College of Muskegon.

1991

The Cadillac extension of Baker College of Muskegon opened a new 40-acre campus site.

1992

The Pontiac campus relocated and became Baker College of Auburn Hills.

 

1994

The Center for Graduate Studies opened in Flint, launching the System’s first graduate degree program. Jackson Business Institute was acquired to create Baker College of Jackson.

1995

Baker College of Flint added its Cass City extension.

 

1996

Baker College began offering online classes to students throughout the United States and foreign countries.

1997

Baker College of Muskegon moved to a new, 40-acre site.

 

2000

Baker College of Mount Clemens became Baker College of Clinton Township and began offering an Associate of Nursing degree.

2001

Record enrollment was achieved with more than 21,000 students across the System. Baker College Online enrollment topped 4,000, reinforcing its position as a leader in distance education. The Center for Graduate Studies was granted full accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

2002

Baker College gained preliminary approval to offer the Elementary and Secondary Teacher Preparation programs. The Nursing program was expanded to Flint and Owosso. Baker College enrolled over 25,000 students, making it the largest private college in Michigan.

2003

Baker College of Allen Park became the newest addition to the Baker College System.

2005

Baker College reached record-high enrollment of nearly 34,000.

 

2006

Baker College was accepted by the Higher Learning Commission as a participant in the highly innovative (AQIP) Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation process.

 

2007

The Baker College Center for Graduate Studies received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, becoming the fourth graduate program at Baker College. Baker College of Owosso opened the state-of-the-art Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan.

2008

Baker College of Muskegon broke ground on the 40,000 square foot Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM). System enrollment grew to over 38,000. Baker College of Flint students dethroned Texas A&M to win first place in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense competition. Baker College of Flint opened the Center for Transportation Technologies in a former auto dealership.

2009

Fall enrollment surpassed 43,000 students. Baker College of Flint successfully defended its Cyber Defense team Championship title.

2010

Baker College of Cadillac opened the Center for Transportation Technology in Lake City.

2011

The Baker College Center for Graduate Studies awarded the first Doctor of Business Administration degree at its June ceremony.

2012

Baker College was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to grant a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Ground was broken for the construction of a new Culinary Institute of Michigan facility along the St. Clair River in Port Huron.

2013

The Baker College Center for Graduate Studies received permission from the Higher Learning Commission to grant a Master Degree in Educational Effectiveness. The Baker College Center for Graduate Studies acquired St. Francis School of Law, which is a start-up, online law college.

2015

The Baker College Teacher Preparation Program was awarded accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Higher Learning Commission granted accreditation to Baker College to offer a Master Degree in Nursing. The Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) accredited the Human Services Associate and Bachelor Degrees at Baker College. Baker College of Port Huron opened a residence hall for culinary students.

2016

The Online Learning Consortium, the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide, announced Baker College has earned the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, recognizing the outstanding quality of their online learning programs.

2017

Our Engineering program was ABET accredited.

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