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Tuition

$14,290

$36,070

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

Moderately Selective

68%

acceptance rate

Accepted 21,610
Declined + 9,869
Total Received 31,479
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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1  :  17

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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School Facts

Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is a comprehensive, land-grant, public university. Its 5,315-acre campus is located in East Lansing, 80 miles northwest of Detroit.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 49,343
Established in 1855
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AABI (Aviation Accreditation Board International)
•  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)
•  AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
•  AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists)
•  AARTS (Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education)
•  ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs)
•  ACCE (American Council for Construction Education)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  ACF (American Culinary Federation)
•  ACICS (Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  ALA (American Library Association)
•  AOA (American Optometric Association)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)
•  ATS (Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada)
•  AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CFA (CFA)
•  CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
•  CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education)
•  CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  DETC (Distance Education & Training Council)
•  JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology)
•  JRCNMT (Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology)
•  NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
•  NAIT (National Association of Industrial Technology)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association)
•  PAB (Planning Accreditation Board)
•  SAF (Society of American Foresters)
•  TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)

Codes

SAT 1465
ACT 2032

Social Networks

Public

37,988

undergraduate students

11,355

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
5%
600-699
15%
500-599
30%
400-499
35%
300-399
14%
200-299
1%
700-800
24%
600-699
39%
500-599
27%
400-499
9%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
4%
600-699
15%
500-599
44%
400-499
29%
300-399
7%
200-299
1%
30-36
20%
24-29
48%
18-23
29%
12-17
3%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
15%
24-29
57%
18-23
22%
12-17
6%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
14%
24-29
59%
18-23
25%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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East Lansing, MI

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East Lansing, MI

5,200-acre, suburban campus in East Lansing (population: 48,518), 80 miles from Detroit. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Detroit; smaller airport serves Lansing (10 miles). School operates transportation around campus. Public transportation serves campus.

Michigan State University
Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
40%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
96%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
31 fraternities 8% of male students
 
19 sororities 7% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
28%
Top 1/4
66%
Top 1/2
94%
Bottom 1/2
6%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
5%
600-699
15%
500-599
30%
400-499
35%
300-399
14%
200-299
1%
700-800
24%
600-699
39%
500-599
27%
400-499
9%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
4%
600-699
15%
500-599
44%
400-499
29%
300-399
7%
200-299
1%
30-36
20%
24-29
48%
18-23
29%
12-17
3%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
15%
24-29
57%
18-23
22%
12-17
6%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
14%
24-29
59%
18-23
25%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline November 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline October 16
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Important

Essay
Extracurricular activities
Secondary school record

Considered

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Geographical residence
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Moderately Selective

68%

acceptance rate

Accepted 21,610
Declined + 9,869
Total Received 31,479

Admissions Contact

James Cotter
Director of Admissions
P: 517 355-8332
F: 517 353-1647
admis@msu.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $13,246
Room & board $9,204
Books & supplies $1,044
Total $23,494
Average Financial Aid - $12,041
Total with Avg. Aid $11,453

Financial Aid

61%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$12,041

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $39,857,997
State $2,869,128
Institutional $72,857,644
Other external $0
Total $115,584,769

Non-need-based

Federal $2,069,280
State $461,918
Institutional $27,397,336
Other external $20,126,027
Total $50,054,561

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
diving
field hockey
football
golf
gymnastics
ice hockey
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Big Ten Conference (NCAA Division I-FBS)
Mascot
Spartans
School colors
green and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Adult/Continuing Education
Advertising
African American/Black Studies
African-American Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Agribusiness
Agricultural Business/Management
Agricultural Communications/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanics/Equipment/Machine
Agricultural Operations
Agricultural Operations/Related Science
Agricultural/Biological Engineering
Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering
American Indian Studies
American Studies
Animal Science
Anthropology
Apparel/Textiles
Apparel/Textiles/Design
Applied Economics
Applied Mathematics
Art
Art Education
Art History/Criticism
Art Therapy
Arts/Humanities
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Audiology/Speech Language Pathology
Audiology/Speech/Language Pathology
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Physics/Molecular Biology
Biological/Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biosystems Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Botany/Plant Pathology
Business Administration/Management
Business/Commerce
Cell/Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Child Development
City/Urban/Community/Regional Planning
Civil Engineering
Classical Languages
Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology
Clinical Psychology
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Communication Disorders
Communication Studies/Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Communication/Speech Communication/Rhetorical
Comparative Cultures/Politics
Computational Chemistry
Computational Mathematics
Computer Engineering
Computer/Information Science
Conducting
Construction Management
Counselor Education
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Curriculum/Instruction
Design/Visual Communications
Diagnostic Molecular Sciences
Dietetics
Drama/Theatre Arts
Early Childhood Education
East Asian Language/Literature
Ecology/Evolution/Systematics/Population Biology
Economics
Education
Education/Instructional Media Design
Educational Evaluation/Research
Educational Leadership/Administration
Educational Psychology
Electronics/Communication Engineering
Electronics/Communications Engineer
Electronics/Communications Engineering
Elementary Education
Elementary/Middle School Education
Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
English Language/Literature
English/Language Arts Education
Entomology
Environmental Biology
Environmental Design/Architecture
Environmental Design/Facilities Management
Environmental Health Engineering
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental Toxicology
Epidemiology
European Studies
Experimental Pathology
Family Studies
Family/Community Studies
Fashion Merchandising
Finance
Fisheries/Wildlife/Wetlands
Fisheries/Wildlife/Wildlands Science/Management
Fishing/Fisheries Science
Food Safety
Food Science
Forensic Science
Forestry
French Language/Literature
General Science
Genetics
Genomics/Molecular Genetics
Geographic Information Science
Geography
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics/Seismology
German Language/Literature
German Languages/Literature
Global/Area Studies
Health Communication
Higher Education
Hispanic American/Puerto Rican/Chicano Studies
History
History Teacher Education
Horticultural Science
Hospitality Administration/Management
Human Development/Family Studies
Human Nutrition
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Relations
Information Resources Management
Information Studies/Media
Interior Design
International Relations/Affairs
International/Global Studies
Jazz
Jazz Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Labor Studies
Labor/Industrial Relations
Landscape Architecture
Large Animal/Food Animal/Equine Surgery
Law
Legal Studies
Linguistics
Logistics/Materials Management
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Innovations
Marketing Management
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mass Communications/Media Studies
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts/Technology
Media Communications
Media/Communications Technology
Medicine
Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Music
Music Education
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory/Composition
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource Management
Natural Resources Management/Policy
Neuroscience
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing
Nursing Science
Nursing/R.N.
Nutrition/Science
Operations Management/Supervision
Organizational Behavior
Osteopathic Medicine
Packaging
Park/Recreation/Leisure Studies
Parks/Recreation/Leisure Facilities Management
Pathology
Pedagogy
Pharmacology/Toxicology
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Science
Physical Sciences
Physics
Physiology
Plant Breeding/Genetics
Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics
Plant Genetics
Plant Pathology
Plant Protection/Pest Management
Political Science/Government
Political Theory/Constitutional Democracy
Pre-Law
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Professional Writing
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Policy
Public Policy Analysis
Public Relations/Image Management
Quantitative Biology
Radio/Television
Reading Teacher Education
Religion/Religious Studies
Restaurant/Food Service Management
Russian Language/Literature
Russian Studies
School Counseling
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education
Science Technology/Society
Secondary Education
Secondary School Administration
Small Animal Surgery/Medicine
Social Sciences
Social Work
Sociology
Soil Science/Agronomy
Spanish Language/Literature
Special Education
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Special Education/Visual Impairment
Speech/Rhetorical Studies
Statistics
Supply Chain Management
TESOL
Technical/Business Writing
Technology Systems Management
Telecommunication
Theatre
Theatre/Theatre Arts
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Technician/Assistant
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Wildlife/Wildlands Science/Management
Women's Studies
Youth Development
Zoology/Animal Biology
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Undergraduate

77%

37,988
students

Female
50%
19,064

Male
50%
18,924

Graduate

23%

11,355
students

Female
56%
6,389

Male
44%
4,966

undergraduateFull-time

91%

34,840
students

Female
51%
17,602

Male
49%
17,238

undergraduatePart-time

9%

3,148
students

Female
47%
1,462

Male
53%
1,686

Student Break-down

12%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
69%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

41%

Transfer applicants accepted

72%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 92
Countries most often represented China
India
Malaysia
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Patricia Croom
Associate Director, International Admissions
517 884-6062
croom@msu.edu

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