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Cleary University welcomes its largest incoming class ever!

(HOWELL, MI) Cleary University is proud to announce that the Cleary Cougar incoming student enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is the largest since the business college’s inception in 1883. Total student count is 1,050 students, an increase of 17 percent from last year. Cleary’s student population continues to increase every year. Last year, student numbers reached 898 and in 2019 the student count was 658.

“We attribute our success to many factors, particularly the alignment of our curriculum with the labor market”reports Alan Drimmer, PhD, Cleary president. “Employers are seeking Cleary graduates because they are armed with The Cleary Mind attributes – critical and creative thinking, problem solving, effective communication, entrepreneurship, persuasion and ethical leadership. Our students are ready for the work world when they graduate from Cleary and it’s showing up in our numbers.”


In addition to The Cleary Mind, the university is proud of its robust faculty who bring their real-world experiences into the classroom. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and learning opportunities from business leaders are just a few more reasons Cleary’s enrollment continues to climb, Dr. Drimmer notes.

Cleary recently established an accelerated degree program for first responders including police, fire and EMS providers. “This has attracted hundreds of adult students who have found the program convenient, flexible, attainable and affordable,” Dr. Drimmer explains. “Our certification programs through Google, IBM, Meta and Six Sigma also are bringing in students who are looking for additional opportunities to advance their career. The certificate programs can be completed in six months.

“Cleary is becoming known as one of the best business schools in the state and country, and we plan to keep the momentum going!” Dr. Drimmer announces.

To learn more about Cleary University, its accelerated degree program for first responders and its nationally recognized certification programs, visit cleary.edu or call 800.686.1883.

About Cleary University Founded in 1883, Cleary University is a four-year, world-class accredited university, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees from a unique Business Arts curriculum, driven by a faculty of thought leaders with deep, practical experience in their industries. Providing on-campus and online education models, Cleary provides a robust athletic program and a rich residence life with nearly 200 students living on the quiet, rolling 50-acre campus. Cleary graduates tend to land jobs faster than their peers and with higher earning salaries at the start of their careers.

Cleary University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a proud member of the HLC Standard Pathway, and an approved institution by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A nonprofit university, Cleary’s campus is located at 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843, (800) 686-1883 with an education center within the Durfee Innovation Society at 2470 Collingwood St., Detroit, MI 48206.

Cleary University:

  • Ranked #5 in the nation for best online business degree (University HQ)
  • Ranked #3 in Michigan for best average starting salary two years post-graduation (US Department of Education)
  • Ranked #5 in the entire country for its student debt ratio to starting salaries (Wall Street Journal)
  • Named “Best for Vets College in 2022” by Military Times
  • Earned Gold Level Veteran-Friendly status from The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) two years in a row for continued excellence in serving military-connected students in Michigan

To learn more about Cleary University, visit its website: https://cleary.edu. ###

Brett Rogers
Author: Brett Rogers