A new college ranking system has yielded a surprise in its list of the top colleges in Michigan.

Calvin College ranks number one while University of Michigan is number two.

The College Consensus ranking takes a new approach. It considers the latest results from other college ranking systems and combines them with thousands of student reviews. View the full methodology.

Calvin College earned a final score of 79.

University of Michigan earned a score of 77.

Rounding out the top ten:

  • Michigan State University (69)
  • Kalamazoo College (69)
  • Hope College (67)
  • Grand Valley State University (65)
  • Aquinas College (65)
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn (65)
  • Northern Michigan University (64)
  • Adrian College (63)

Note that neither Western Michigan University or Central Michigan University cracked the top ten.

It's an interesting and maybe a controversial way to rank colleges.

Is it a fair way to rank colleges? The accuracy of the rankings is up for debate.