Michigan State University

, East Lansing, MI

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Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the US.


Governor Kingsley S. Bingham signed a Bill on February 12, 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first agriculture college in the USA. Students were welcome to the school in May 1857. At that time 63 male students attended. There were five faculty members and three buildings to accommodate the students. A curriculum was designed by school President Joseph R. Williams to balance liberal arts, practical training and science.

Women were first admitted to the college in 1870, even though no female residences existed. The faculty created a women's course in 1896. Home economics, liberal arts and science were melded into the women's course and old Abbot Hall was transformed into a women's dorm. The first African American student was admitted in 1899.

The early 20th century saw the curriculum expanded extensively. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1946, the largest expansion in the school's history took place, due to the 1945 G.I Bill. In its Centennial year, 1955, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words Agriculture and Applied Science were dropped and the institution became known as Michigan State University.


Michigan State University is comprised of the North and South Campuses. The North Campus is located on the banks for the Red Cedar River. It is the oldest campus and this is where the original buildings stood. None of them remain today. The South Campus is located south of the Red Cedar River and is home to the Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden.


Michigan State University ranks 80th in the world. It has more than 200 academic programs and is comprised of 17 degree granting colleges. The Nuclear Physics program is ranked second in the US. Other notable programs include:

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality Business
  • Dietetics
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Music Therapy


Michigan State University offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women. The teams are known as the Spartans. The school participates in all Big Ten Conference varsity sports with the exception of ice hockey.

Football started as a club sport in 1884 and gained varsity status in 1886. The Spartans football team competes in Spartan Stadium. Football has a long tradition at Michigan State University.

Student Life

Michigan State University has the largest resident hall system in the US. However, 58% of students live in apartments, co-ops, fraternities and sororities that are off-campus.

Michigan State University has one of the largest Greek populations in the US.


Michigan State University has a huge campus that offers a country like setting for biking, jogging, running and hanging out with friends. Nature lovers can enjoy a feast of the senses in all four seasons at Sanford Natural Area or Beal Botanical Gardens. During the hot summer months, enjoy an ice cream at Michigan State University Dairy Store.

Take in a football game at Spartan Stadium and watch the Spartans take on a competitive opponent. For sky-watchers, visit Abrahms Planetarium on Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for a public show.

Golf courses are plentiful in the area for those who love to hit the greens for a round of golf. History buffs will enjoy Kresge Art Museum with its collection of over 6500 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, among other exhibits, including medieval illuminations, paintings, prints and sculptures.

No matter what your interests, there is a variety of things to see and do in East Lansing, Michigan.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants Michigan State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Michigan State University is about 51,000, where graduate students make up roughly 16% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • In-State: $14,000-$17,000
    • Out-of-State: $37,000-$44,320
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $480-$570 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,200-$1,500 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid66%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships49%$11,111
Receiving Student Loans43%$7,075

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Michigan State University may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

Michigan State University has a very high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years50%
Graduating in 5 Years23%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Michigan State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Ten Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Big Ten Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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