Students Say

The size of Michigan State University “scares some people,” students tell us, but for those comfortable in crowds it’s “one of the strongest advantages. Where else do you cut through the Cereal Wing of the Human Nutrition Building to get to a Navigating the Universe class (a class on the parallels between art, philosophy, and physics)?” One student sees it this way: “The size of MSU makes it like training wheels for the real world. Every type of person, value, and belief is here, so you learn just as many street smarts as academic smarts, which is what sets it apart from so many other schools.”

Overview

Applicants
33,211
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
430 - 580
SAT Math
540 - 690
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The size of Michigan State University “scares some people,” students tell us, but for those comfortable in crowds it’s “one of the strongest advantages. Where else do you cut through the Cereal Wing of the Human Nutrition Building to get to a Navigating the Universe class (a class on the parallels between art, philosophy, and physics)?” One student sees it this way: “The size of MSU makes it like training wheels for the real world. Every type of person, value, and belief is here, so you learn just as many street smarts as academic smarts, which is what sets it apart from so many other schools.” There are more than “200 majors to choose from” here, including “good engineering and science programs,” an “amazing communications program,” “the best political science program in Michigan,” “the only agriculture school in the state,” and “an absolutely amazing school of Hospitality Business.” Economies of scale also allow MSU to offer “great study abroad programs,” “a lot of helpful free tutoring in math and other subjects,” and “great Web programs that make it very easy to download class materials and view assignments. You can also e-mail the whole class questions or just your professor, through our Angel system.” As far as possible downsides to the school’s size, MSU students find you have to “fend for yourself.” That means potential peril for students who aren’t self-motivated. One undergrad explains, “There are two roads you can follow when at MSU. You can study hard and earn a degree in a reputable, challenging setting; or you can soak your brain cells with alcohol instead of academia.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16.8:1
Total Faculty
2,793
with Terminal Degree
2,359

1,611
Men
1,182
Women
575
Minority
121
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

Accounting
Advertising
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
American Literature
Animal Science
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Art Education
Art History
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Computer Engineering
Counseling
Creative Writing
Economics
Education
Educational Psychology
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Mechanics
English
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Finance
Food Science
Forestry
French
Genetics
Geography
Geology
German
History
Home Economics
Horticulture
Hospitality
Human Development
Human Resources Management
Interior Architecture
Interior Design
International Relations
Journalism
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Linguistics
Logistics Management
Marketing
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology
Music History
Music Therapy
Natural Resources Conservation
Neuroscience
Nursing
Nutrition
Operations Management
Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physics
Plant Pathology
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Radio and Television
Recreation Management
Religious Studies
Russian
Social Work
Sociology
Soil Science
Spanish
Special Education
Statistics
Teaching English as a Second Language
Technology Education
Theatre
Toxicology
Urban Planning
Wildlife Management
Women's Studies
Zoology

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Eli Broad
CEO of SunAmerica

Earvin Magic Johnson
NBA all-time great

James Hoffa, Jr
Teamsters President

Lloyd Ward
CEO of US Olympic Committee

Bill Mechanic
CEO Fox Studios (Titanic, Independence Day, Speed...)

Anthony Heald
actor

Rick Inatome
chairman of Inacom, founder of Computer City

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
95
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,268

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,587

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,166

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,122

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,348

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$14,708
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$36,068
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,060

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$5,374
Transportation for Commuters
$360

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

MSU’s size ensures that “this is a fairly diverse campus, especially considering that it is located in the northern Midwest.” One student observes, “You can completely immerse yourself among different people in different situations knowing that you have the comfort of your own dorm, and somewhere there is a group just like you.” Because “study abroad is emphasized at MSU,” there are “a lot of foreign students, and they seem to fit right into the general population.” If anything unites students—besides their love of MSU sports—it is that most “are extremely friendly. Random people in classes ask you if you need a ride home, and, even better, random people offer you a seat on the bus.“

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
38,786
Out of State

International
16%
Foreign Countries Represented
105

Demographics

5.02%
Asian
7.75%
African-American
4.41%
Hispanic
78.31%
Caucasian
1.10%
Unknown
15.85%
International

50% female
50% male
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“It requires a lot of studying to keep up with classes” in most disciplines at MSU, but that doesn’t mean students bury their heads in the books 24/7. On the contrary, “Michigan State is great because everyone is there to learn but also to have a good time, which is important for any college to flow smoothly.” When the weekend arrives, “everyone likes to go out, usually to frats, and have a good time. We do our share of partying, but we know when and how hard to hit the books. We keep our heads very level,” except, perhaps, when attending sporting events. Life on campus “generally revolves around the weekend and the basketball or football game. You get through the week looking forward to one of the two.” Indeed, “sports are huge, and nothing beats football Saturdays or basketball nights. Tailgating is a religion.” And if neither sports appeal to you, don’t sweat it. “If there’s something you want to do, someone else does too. You’ll be hard pressed to find an activity that doesn’t have its own organization and social network.” Hometown East Lansing has its own allures; a student explains, “Walking downtown on Grand River is awesome when it gets warmer out,” and there are “decent stores and restaurants. Also, in the warm weather you are bound to see people sitting out on their porches. Many of them are having parties or just hanging out, and a lot of times they’ll invite you to come on up!” Or you can just enjoy the “breathtaking beauty of the campus,” with its “old buildings and beautiful trees and plants that make every walk to class a great one.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
39%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
66
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Michael Hudson

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Verification Form for Documentation of ADHD found on our website to be completed by a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
600
Number of Honor Societies
47

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
50

8% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Spartans)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Spartans)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.msu.edu/user/glfsa

Minority Support Groups: www.vps.msu.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green might be the color of Spartan pride, but it also stands for something else at Michigan State University: dedication and dollars. MSU puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to its commitment to sustainability. Recently, MSU joined the Better Buildings Challenge, a national energy-efficiency initiative, where they committed to helping U.S. buildings become 20 percent more efficient by 2020. As if that weren’t impressive enough, MSU’s Recycling Center and Surplus Store, a $13.3 million LEED Gold building, has expanded recycling efforts to 553 buildings on campus. This has helped the university achieve 57 percent reduction in waste. MSU earned a STARS Silver rating in 2012. Further, the Secchia Center of MSU’s College of Human Medicine, with its photovoltaic electricity-generating glass, has achieved LEED Gold. To reduce the impact of transportation on the 5,200-acre campus, the Capital Area Transit Authority currently operates seven 40-foot hybrid buses and three 60-foot articulating hybrid buses on MSU’s campus, while MSU’s own fleet has increased hybrids to sixty-nine vehicles. The university maintains a bike fleet and service center that was recently named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Students interested in learning about sustainability issues inside the classroom can take advantage of the many sustainability-related majors, programs, and specializations available on campus.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
MSU Computer Store for students, faculty, and staff

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
James Cotter
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
250 Admin Bldg
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone
517-355-8332

Email
admis@msu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
MSU Student Union
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
MSU Main Library and Cyber Cafe
The International Center
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown East Lansing Shops and Restaura
Downtown Lansing Shops and Restaurants
The Meridian Mall/Eastwod Towne Center
State of Michigan Capitol Building

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - Sat

517-355-8332

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 1:00, Sat 10:30
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not on weekend/Academic Year only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Capitol City Airport serves the Greater Lansing Area and is a 15-minute taxi ride to the MSU campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses operate in East Lansing with a station directly next to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traverse City or Points North via I-75 Proceed south on I-75 to US 27 near Grayling. Proceed south on US 27 past St. Johns; then follow US 127 towards Lansing. Proceed south on US 127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Detroit or Points East via I-96 Proceed west on I-96 to northbound US-127; proceed north on US-127 to the Flint/Clare exit (exit #8); take this exit, then take the Kalamazoo Street/Michigan Avenue exit. At the stoplight, turn right onto Kalamazoo Street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Grand Rapids or Points West via I-96 Proceed east on I-96 to eastbound I-69; proceed east on I-69 to southbound US-127; proceed south on US-127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Flint or Points East via I-69 Proceed southwest on I-69 to southbound US-127; proceed south on US-127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Jackson or Points South via US-127 Proceed north on US-127 to the Flint/Clare exit (exit #8); take this exit, then take the Kalamazoo Street/Michigan Avenue exit. At the stoplight, turn right onto Kalamazoo Street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated.

Local Accommodations
List of hotels in East Lansing: Kellogg Center (on campus)(S. Harrison Road, 1-800-875-5090); East Lansing Marriott (300 M.A.C. Ave., 1-800-646-4MSU); Residence Inn (1600 E. Grand River, 1-517-332-7711); Towneplace Suites By Marriott (Hannah Boulevard, 1-800-257-3000); Ramada Inn (1100 Trowbridge Road, 517-351-5500); Hampton Inn Hotel (2500 Coolidge Road, 517-324-2072).
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Key Stats

33,211
Applicants
38,786
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists