Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

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Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good with uncommon will. 

At Michigan State University, Spartans work to advance thecommon good with uncommon will. Together, students and faculty tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better. Michigan State is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest,greenest campuses in the nation—and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists and leaders.

Academic excellence
Home to more than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges, MSU is the place to explore and experiment. Students can select from many top-ranked disciplines, including highly ranked programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Management, and VeterinaryMedicine. In fact, Michigan State University is home to three on-campus medical schools, graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians as well as veterinarians.

Students who are part of the Honors College at MSU join one of the oldest and most prestigious honors colleges in the nation. The Honors College allows students the flexibility to design their own programs of study and offers numerous other benefits such as priority enrollment and honors housing. 

MSU’s residential colleges offer the best of both worlds: a small-college environment at a Big Ten research university. Students can study topics such as public policy, natural science, and the arts and humanities while living and learning alongside students with similar interests. 

Global focus
MSU’s campus is home to a vibrant and diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students as well as renowned scholars and scientists from around the world. It’s also a hub for numerous international programs, centers, events, and worldwide partnerships.

At Michigan State, students are encouraged to learn from—and have an impact on—the world around them. MSU is a top public university in the US for study abroad, with 275 programs in 60 countries on all seven continents. The University also offers more than 65 programs focused on international topics, including Second Language Studies, specializations in World Regions or Global Themes, and International Relations.

Student life
Once you experience MSU for yourself, you’ll understand why Spartans continue to think of campus as home long after they leave. Home to botanical gardens, art museums, performance venues, Big Ten athletics, and recreational sports facilities, MSU puts you at the center of all the action. 

Ranked among the top 10 best college cities in the nation by Forbes, East Lansing is a safe and secure complementary environment to campus that features a vibrant downtown area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and a lot of entertainment options.


EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, is centrally located just minutes away from the capital city of Lansing. Known as one of the friendliest cities and best college towns in America, East Lansing features easy access to Lake Michigan beaches and the cities of Detroit and Chicago. A vibrant arts culture and myriad shops, boutiques, and dining options make East Lansing popular with students, residents, and tourists.

Michigan State At A Glance

Type of School: Founded in 1855 as the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, Michigan State University is a public, coeducational, residential university that’s also one of the top 100 research institutions in the world.

Size of Campus: 5,300 acres in a park-like setting

Number of Students: 49,809 total students (39,176 undergraduates); 9.1% international students

Number of Faculty: Approximately 5,700 faculty members

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 200 areas of study are available in 17 degree-granting colleges: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, College of Law, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Eli Broad College of Business, James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. MSU’s education abroad features 275 programs in 60 countries on all seven continents.

Geographic Diversity: Students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries

International Student Services: Michigan State features a vast array of services to aid international students, including the English Language Center, the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the International Studies and Programs office. Additionally, over 900 student clubs and organizations are available on campus.

International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
• Tuition and Fees: $41,330
• Room and Board: $11,508
• Medical: $1,944
• Books and Supplies: $1,154
• Personal/Miscellaneous: $3,894
• Total for Two Semesters: $59,830 

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for several scholarship awards, including the Global Neighbors Scholarship, the Global Spartan Scholarship, and scholarships awarded by the Honors College. Athletic scholarships are also available.

Test Score Requirements: International students whose first language is not English must satisfy the English-language proficiency requirements. For regular admission, the following tests and scores are accepted:
• TOEFL score of 79 with no subscore below 17 (TOEFL MyBest Superscore not accepted)
• IELTS score of at least 6.5
• SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 510 or higher on an exam in which the composite score is within or higher than MSU’s middle 50% of enrolled freshmen
• ACT subscore of 18 or higher on the English section on an exam in which the composite score is within or higher than MSU’s middle 50% of enrolled freshmen
• Other accepted equivalents

Application Deadlines and Fees: Students are encouraged to apply by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. The application fee for international students is $75. There will also be some flexibility for international applicants (up until December 1 for Early Action) due to international document submission and testing accessibility.

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