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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
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
About Michigan State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
426 Auditorium Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Website
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.

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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
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
72%
SAT Range
1100-1320
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,684/ 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
$10,911/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
67%

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.353 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.352 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
35,404Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,592
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 117 responses
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  • Spartans Stand Together
    43%
  • Dedicated
    17%
  • Open, working, and capable
    10%
  • Most students just want to graduate.
    9%
  • Open
    9%
  • Capable
    4%
  • Diverse
    3%

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.426 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.547 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 259 responses
Report
  • Spartans Will
    52%
  • Go Green, Go White
    14%
  • Go Green
    10%
  • Who will? Spartans will! Reach higher!
    8%
  • Spirited
    5%
  • It is what you make it
    4%
  • Spartans Will; 27-23
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $53,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    79%
    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
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    I love MSU! I feel challenged my my classes but I still have enough time to partake in one of many clubs and organizations offered by the university. I have made so many friends because the dorms are super social. The food is really good, and the facilities are nice too. I’m a business major so I’ve been enjoying the new Minskoff Pavilion quite often. The campus is beautiful with the Red Cedar River running right through it, and gamedays in East Lansing are an awesome experience. Overall, I’ve never been happier than I am here at Michigan State!
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    So far, Michigan State has been an amazing experience! It's a brand new environment for me. The people there are very nice and friendly, and the staff there are all very friendly. The professors also care very deeply about your academics and how you're doing as not only a student, but as a person. The college also takes the safety and medical aspect very seriously. With the "Me Too" movement starting, sexual assault and other things associated with it are taken into a serious manner on campus. There is always help from many different representatives, and always some type of phone on the walking paths. You feel very safe and protected from harmful people. The student life has a wide variety as to what you can do, ranging from poetry groups, gaming groups, talk groups, and so much more. It also has a wide variety of student jobs inside campus, so you don't really have to go far at all! MSU is a wonderful school, and I'm glad to be called a Spartan.
    Michigan State was a great university that offered a lot for many different types of students. If you like the big college feel and are outgoing, MSU has room for you. If you like smaller classrooms and a more tight knit feel, the residential colleges provide that environment. The only issue has been the recent allegations about Larry Nasser as well as the treatment of rape allegations. Changes obviously need to be made, and they are working on it, but more needs to be done - especially in a more transparent method. We shall see what the outcome is, but I still really love MSU!