Undergrad Profile


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

AT A GLANCE

MSU At A Glance

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

Size of Campus: 5,200 acres in a parklike setting

Number of Students: 50,344 (39,090 undergraduates)

2016 Entering Freshman Class: 7,911 

Faculty and Academic Staff: Approximately 5,300

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, James Madison College, College of Law (affiliated), Lyman Briggs College, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine

Study Abroad: Study abroad program features 275 programs in more than 60 countries and on all seven continents

Together we 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, 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 Veterinary Medicine. In fact, MSU 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 Michigan State join one of the oldest and most prestigious honors colleges in the nation. The Honors College at MSU 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 globe. It is a hub for international programs, centers, and events and worldwide partnerships.

At MSU, students are encouraged to learn from and have an impact on the world around them. Michigan State is a top public university in the United States for study abroad, with 275 programs in 60 countries and on all seven continents.

MSU offers more than 65 programs focused on international topics, including language study, specializations in world regions or global themes, and international relations.

Student life
Once you experience MSU with your own two feet, you’ll understand why Spartans continue to think of the University 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. 

Among the top 10 best college cities in the nation, according to Forbes, East Lansing is a safe and secure complement to campus that features a vibrant downtown area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and lots of entertainment options.