Cleary University

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Cleary University
The Cleary University Crest
Former names
Cleary Business College (1891)
The Cleary School of Penmanship (1883)
Type Private
Established 1883
Endowment US $813,882[1]
President Jayson Boyers
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 852 (Spring 2009)[2]
Undergraduates 697
Postgraduates 116
Other students
Location Genoa Twp, MI, U.S.
Campus Multiple Campuses
Alt. Campus Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.
Colors Red & Blue:         
Affiliations Higher Learning Commission, NCA
Mascot Clancy The Cougar
Cleary University logo.png

Cleary University is a Michigan-based business university with two campuses; the Washtenaw Campus is located in Ann Arbor and the Livingston Campus is located in Genoa Charter Township, near Howell. Both campus offer certificate, BBA, and MBA programs.


Cleary Business College, circa 1905
Cleary University, Ann Arbor Campus

Founded in 1883, by Patrick Roger Cleary as the "Cleary School of Penmanship",[3] it was incorporated in 1891 as "Cleary Business College".[3] In 1933, the Cleary family turned the physical assets of the college over to a Board of Trustees, establishing Cleary College as an independent non-profit institution. In 1938 Patrick Roger Cleary retired and his son, Owen Cleary, became president. The college moved to the 2170 Washtenaw Avenue site in 1960. A branch college was opened in Livingston County in 1979. By 1982, the combined campuses served over one thousand students. "[4] In 2002, Cleary introduced a graduate program and changed its name to Cleary University.[3]

The Cleary College building at 2170 Washtenaw Ave, designed by Ypsilanti architect R. S. Gerganoff was awarded a Michigan Historical Marker (site S0553) in 1983.[4] It was torn down in 2000.

In 2015 Bridge magazine named Cleary #2 out of all michigan colleges for "Best Bang for Your Buck" [5][6]

in 2015 The Street ranked Cleary 11th in the country for small schools that "cost the least but reap the most earnings" [7]

Livingston Campus[edit]

The Livingston Campus of Cleary University is in Genoa Charter Township, Michigan, in Howell.[8][9]

Johnson Center[edit]

The LLoyd & Mabel Johnson Center for Business & Community Excellence is the focus of the Livingston Campus. The Johnson Center is equipped to serve as the University's conference center. It is divided into 8 classrooms, an internet café, commercial kitchen, and a few offices.

Chrysler Building[edit]

The Chrysler Building was Cleary's first building on the Livingston Campus. It is home to a majority of classes on the Livingston campus, on campus recording studio, the student run campus store, student cafeteria "Clancy's cafe" and the home of the Arthur Secunda art museum which houses the largest collection of works by American artist Arthur Secunda

Lyons Building[edit]

The newly renovated Lyons building is home to Cleary university administrative staff, financial aid department and president office. The Lyons building offers students a "one-stop-shop" for students to handle everything from financial aid to scheduling classes.

Wellness Center[edit]

Previously the administration building the Wellness Center now houses Cleary's athletic offices. The building offers students 2 basketball courts, weight room, locker rooms, athletic training, student lounge and demonstration kitchen.

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE)[edit]

Previously the administration building The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cleary University serves a community of students, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, managers, corporations and small business owners. CIE is staffed with individuals who are ready to help individuals nurture idea, fuel growth, turn around companies, innovate IP and develop employees.

Washtenaw Campus[edit]

The Washtenaw Campus is home to Cleary's only current building in Ann Arbor, the Lyons' building. In late 2013, Cleary was reported to be considering a sale of the Washtenaw Campus because of low usage.[10]

Graduate programs[edit]

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in the following degrees:

Cleary also offers a graduate certificate in Financial Planning.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Associate in Business Administration (A.B.A.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in the following degrees:

Johnson Center, Cleary Livingston Campus


Cleary University has a growing athletics program. Currently the university has men's and women's cross country, soccer, lacrosse and golf, women's softball, men's baseball.The teams currently compete in the USCAA. In 2014 and again in 2015 the woman's cross country team placed 2nd at the national championships. In 2016, the woman's cross country team placed 1st at the National Championships. The men's cross country team was able to compete for its first time at the National Championships and ended up placing 3rd. 2015 marked the universities first National Champion team in Men's Golf. The university also had the individual national champion in woman's cross country in 2013 and 2014 as well as the individual national champion in men's golf in 2015. Further more a wrestling will be added in 2017 with Scott Lucas being named the head Coach.



  1. ^ "US News and World Report - Best Colleges 2010". Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Affiliated institutions". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cleary History". Cleary University web site. Cleary University. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b "S0553". Michigan Markers web site. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
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  8. ^ "Official Zoning Map of Genoa Charter Township." (Archive) Genoa Charter Township, Michigan. As of September 2008. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Contact Us." Cleary University. Retrieved on November 8, 2013. "Livingston Campus 3750 Cleary Drive Howell, MI 48843"
  10. ^ Cleary may sell Ann Arbor site, Livingston Daily, December 21, 2013
  11. ^ "BUCHANAN, Vernon G. - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  12. ^ "Northwood University". Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  13. ^ "Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2016-12-02. 

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