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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
From Michigan State University

Michigan State is one of the world's leading research universities. With highly ranked programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.

Minutes from Michigan's capital city of Lansing, East Lansing is a global community that hums with all of the diversity and culture you'd expect from a big college town.

Michigan State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
1110-1310
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,227/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$12,436/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.307 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.367 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.366 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    77%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
35,744Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,679
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 121 responses
  • Spartans Stand Together
    44%
  • Dedicated
    17%
  • Open, working, and capable
    14%
  • Most students just want to graduate.
    9%
  • Open
    8%
  • Capable
    5%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.440 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.561 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 273 responses
  • Spartans Will
    51%
  • Go Green, Go White
    15%
  • Go Green
    10%
  • Who will? Spartans will! Reach higher!
    8%
  • It is what you make it
    5%
  • Spirited
    5%
  • Spartans Will; 27-23
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $53,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    80%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    95%
    National
    83%
    82%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.217 responses

    Michigan State University Reviews

    5,595 reviews
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    As a first year student, I haven’t gotten the full “campus experience”, especially with Covid-19. But in my short first year, I have been able to experience a lot and learn even more at MSU. The campus and resources available are well worth the cost of attendance. There are many opportunities to receive complimentary resources that would be a separate fee at other universities. As a minority student, diversity and equity can be a bit of a problem, but in the grand scheme of things, this university provides more resources and a larger minority community that most other universities in the country. The balance between academic and social life is nearly perfect and maximizes this experience. Overall, I am extremely proud to be a Spartan!
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    To start off, this is one of the prettiest campuses in the country, especially during the fall. In addition to this, I feel like most of the professors are really there to help you learn and watch you succeed. This is something that isn't necessarily true in some other places. Spartan athletics are a big part of the experience too! Whether its basketball or football games, there's always an event taking place somewhere. There's always something to do. Michigan State allows for the perfect balance between academics and a social life. There's no college I'd rather attend.
    The most impactful part of MSU was the connections with professors that, five years later, I still communicate with on a regular basis. As an education major, I worked with the most talented professors in the country who have shaped me into the educator that I am today. I thoroughly enjoyed campus life; East Lansing is a fantastic city with plenty of food, art, and culture. The area has plenty of diversity, with urban Lansing to the west, rural Bath to the north, and suburban Okemos and Haslett to the east. I always felt comfortable traveling in the local area. The housing options were slightly expensive but created enjoyable environments for myself and my roommates. The people I met at MSU are still my closest friends, and we regularly meet at football tailgates in the fall. I am proud to be a Spartan!