A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Michigan State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
College Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Website

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

Acceptance Rate
66%
SAT Scores Range
970-1270
ACT Scores Range
23-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Michigan State University

Cost

Net Price
$14,791/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,434/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,999/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,744/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,775/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,569/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
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.306 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.305 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
35,341Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 185 responses
Report
  • Always a spartan
    39%
  • Spartans Stand Together
    22%
  • Spartans Will
    15%
  • Dedicated
    8%
  • Working
    6%
  • Open
    5%
  • Capable
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.379 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.500 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 212 responses
Report
  • Spartans Will
    54%
  • Go Green, Go White
    13%
  • Go Green
    11%
  • Who will? Spartans will! Reach higher!
    8%
  • Spirited
    5%
  • Spartans Will; 27-23
    4%
  • Stand and Fight
    2%

After Michigan State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.217 responses

Michigan State University Reviews

4,876 reviews
All Categories
Michigan State is actually everything it's cracked up to be. Amazing school, outstanding faculty and so many opportunities to do what you love. There is never a time where you are not offered chanced to occupy your time, whether it be joining a club, or campus group, taking classes, or meeting new faces at campus events. The cafeterias are gourmet and filled with many options including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. The off campus life is also always filled with fun activities from going to see a concert, or broadway show at the Wharton Theater, to going to a local bar and getting drinks with friends. You will have an excellent experience here, no matter what your interests may be!
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MSU had been my dream school for many years, so when I finally moved in on August 28 I immediately felt at home.
The courses I've taken thus far as well as the professors I've spoken with have been excellent.
The diversity is awesome. I've made friends with people from all over the world just on my floor alone.
Campus is large enough to feel like its own city, yet once you've adapted, it's not difficult to call it home. I learned my way around after walking to classes and dining halls for the first two weeks.
The only true cons at MSU are the service from the Financial Aid and Registar's offices and the safety. I've heard many rape cases are not properly handled, and this is clearly illustrated by Googling "MSU sexual assault." They're making an effort by adding workshops and web seminars for students to participate in, so hopefully the campus is safer for both men and women in the future.
Overall, Michigan State is an exemplary school and I'm glad I decided to attend. Go Green!
I love this school! I am a vocal performance here and everyone is super nice and inclusive. The professors are very respected but are laid back enough that if you have a problem you can feel comfortable speaking to them about it. The food at first is great, but after a while you kind of get tired of it. I'm personally nearest to one of the smallest cafs, so there aren't as many options. If you live near Landon, you will have an experience much like mine. If you live nearer to the larger cafs like Broady or Case, you will many more options.