The Cleary Story

Cleary University was founded in 1883 by an Irish immigrant who wanted to create opportunities for immigrants to build businesses and find work at a time when they were not welcome in all workplaces. 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.

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 a rolling, 50-acre campus in an historic Michigan town, 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.

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A world-class education with personal attention

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. Cleary 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. Cleary 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.

Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Learn about the unique value propositions that drive Cleary University and defines who we are as educators.
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History

History

For nearly 150 years, Cleary University has welcomed any and all students eager to build skills that will be competitive in the marketplace. Cleary was the first independent college in Washtenaw County and the first college in Michigan to place a graduate in the public school system as a teacher of commercial subjects.
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Business Arts Curriculum

Business Arts Curriculum

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

Cleary Brand Assets

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Consumer Right to Know

Consumer Right to Know

Links to general institutional information related to Cleary University, including accreditation, policies, health & safety, student outcomes and more.
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Employment

Employment

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