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Cleary University

About Us

There is a lot to learn about Cleary University. Founded in 1883 by an Irish immigrant who wanted to provide a vital business education, Cleary grew to become a world-class, four-year university bestowing undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of business fields, driven by faculty who are thought leaders with deep, practical experience in their industries.


World-Class Education With Personal Attention

Offering on-campus and online education models, Cleary provides a rich residence life, vibrant athletics, and a family feeling where everyone truly knows your name. More than 200 students live on the rolling, 50-acre campus in the historic town of Howell, Michigan, with robust involvement in athletics. Cleary’s intimate student-to-faculty ratio leads to highly attentive learning and working relationships. Students have direct access to professors; they never have to wait for answers or attention. Administrators and faculty make it a top priority to know every student by name and focus.

Creating Hard-Working Graduates

The unique Business Arts curriculum, which fuels The Cleary Mind, creates graduates who are hard-working, who understand how to think, and who employers say are more prepared than their peers. Our graduates land jobs in their chosen fields faster, and have higher earnings, than their peers from comparable universities.

Cleary students experience camaraderie, support, and real-world learning which builds strong ethical, creative thinking and astute problem-solving – skills highly sought by the corporate world. Graduates are humane, relationship-focused individuals who are not only effective from day one in the workplace, but convey the true caring that comes from a Cleary education.

Cleary University is a place for serious students who want opportunities that will change them, and change the world. Rooted in a deep history and guided by the ambitions of its founding family, Cleary graduates learn how to face a changing world, embrace the journey with grit and determination, and find their individual paths to success.