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
    C+
Michigan State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
426 Auditorium 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%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1260
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$14,970/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,665/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,416/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,143/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,871/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,846/ 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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.313 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.312 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
35,645Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 77 responses
Report
  • Spartans Stand Together
    55%
  • Dedicated
    19%
  • Open
    12%
  • Capable
    5%
  • Most students just want to graduate.
    5%
  • Open, working, and capable
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.386 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.507 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 219 responses
Report
  • Spartans Will
    53%
  • Go Green, Go White
    14%
  • Go Green
    11%
  • Who will? Spartans will! Reach higher!
    7%
  • Spirited
    5%
  • Spartans Will; 27-23
    4%
  • It is what you make it
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
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
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My senior year of high school I was very stressed out about committing to a school. I was so unsure of if I would end up regretting my decision and wasting thousands of dollars. I picked MSU because they have a highly acclaimed program in my major. I am currently in my sophomore year here and I couldn't be happier with my choice. My classes are interesting yet challenging and my passion for my major has only grown through opportunities to get experience in my major during my freshman and sophomore years! I've chosen to live on campus the first two years and while the dorms are meh, the RAs have always been very helpful and I've made so many friends who live on my floor. Getting a job was very important to me and I got hired before I even started. I am always shocked with the number of clubs on campus - this is totally cliche but there really is something for everyone here! I would honestly recommend Michigan State University to anyone looking for a bigger (but not too big) school!
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Michigan State is a great school for independent, fun-seeking, out of the box thinkers. MSU isn't the generic 4 year, huge university. It's a place where people grow into their own. You can do that at any school but MSU is unique because of the people who go to MSU. MSU students are the craziest, but smartest students you'll ever meet. We know how to party but we also know how to get down to business and we do big things when we graduate! MSU is the place for you if you are determined, self-motivated, and love to have a good time!
Growing up in Michigan you could say that my whole family was Michigan State fans, we watched all the basketball and football games, and attended the women's basketball games throughout my childhood. So when it came to picking colleges in my heart I knew it was right for me, and I'm glad that I made that choice. I am currently going to be entering my last year in college, and I think what stands out to me the most about MSU is the sense of community, and diversity; we have one of the best study aboard programs in the nation and knowing that I could go anywhere in the country or the world and find alumni from MSU is unbelievable. I have and will always reccomend Michigan State not just because of the environment, the professors, and academic opportunites, but because of the spartan experience, I love it here and I hope you do too. Go Green!