Michigan State University

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East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 355-1855
2013-2014 Tuition
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#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. National Universities

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Michigan State University is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,454, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 5,192 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Michigan State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 73. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,863 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $33,750 (2013-14).

Michigan State University is a powerhouse institution located in the college town of East Lansing. Downtown, students can choose from dining and nightlife options, and the city is also home to the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Lake Michigan and its beaches are a short trip away, as is the state capital of Lansing. The Michigan State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, supported by award-winning mascot Sparty. There are more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including more than 55 fraternities and sororities. Members of the Greek community are active in the local community through events like Safe Halloween, an annual carnival for children in East Lansing. All students can get involved in service-learning and volunteer projects throughout East Lansing like Fill the Bus, an annual campaign to stuff a Spartan-green school bus full of food and school supplies for underprivileged children. The university is home to one of the largest single-campus residence hall systems in the country, and freshmen must live on campus unless they reside with a family member no more than 50 miles from school. To study farther afield, students can take advantage of more than 260 study abroad programs.

Among its graduate programs is the highly ranked College of Education and well-regarded Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. Michigan State was the first land-grant institution in the country, and became a model for other federally funded schools that devote energy to research projects for the surrounding communities. The school’s sustainability effort, Be Spartan Green, has earned national recognition. In a similar vein, Michigan State is also home to one of the nation's only environmental journalism organizations, a solar car racing team and a student-run organic farm. Notable alumni of Michigan State include philanthropist and entrepreneur Eli Broad, for whom the business school is named, and Debbie Stabenow, U.S. senator from Michigan. Earvin "Magic" Johnson, basketball star of the Los Angeles Lakers, attended Michigan State for two years before being drafted for the NBA.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research, and outreach for over 150 years, and is known worldwide as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. MSU's degree-granting colleges and affiliated law college offer top-ranked academic programs in a beautiful, park-like Big Ten campus and community setting. Undergraduate students can choose from more than 150 programs of study and have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty on research projects. MSU distinctions include one of the largest study abroad programs, one of the leading residence hall systems, one of the oldest and most prestigious honors colleges, and one of the largest and best career placement services in the nation.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $1,760,708,053


When applying to Michigan State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is October 16. The application fee at Michigan State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Michigan State University is 16:1, and the school has 24 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Michigan State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Social Sciences 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Michigan State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,454, with a gender distribution of 49.9 percent male students and 50.1 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. Michigan State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 48,906
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Michigan State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Michigan State University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Michigan State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Michigan State University, 49.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,949.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,863 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $33,750 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,806 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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