Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
East Lansing, MI
Be a Spartan
At Michigan State University, Spartans are united by our purpose to make the world a better place. To us, an education is more than a frame on the wall, it’s about connecting with your purpose and being a catalyst for positive change. For more than 160 years, MSU has been the place to explore and experiment, with more than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges and a wealth of hands-on undergraduate research opportunities. Home to Big Ten athletics, art museums, performance venues, agricultural facilities and 900+ student clubs and organizations, MSU puts you at the center of all the action and helps you develop the skills and connections for a successful future. While no one can know what the future holds, you can be sure that Spartans will be there, working together to find meaningful solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems for a better tomorrow for everyone. Join us and be a part of Generation Will.
Find your path
You’re attending college to learn, but you’re learning about yourself, too. From the moment you arrive on the MSU campus, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue distinctive experiences that will shape you as a person and provide you with knowledge and skill sets that employers value. MSU is also a national leader in undergraduate research opportunities, where students can collaborate with world-renowned researchers. And if you’re interested in being your own boss, The Princeton Review ranked MSU in the top 15 on its list of top 50 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation in 2021. Finally, you can have unforgettable experiences exploring the world through MSU’s renowned education abroad program, which offers hundreds of programs in more than 70 countries and on all seven continents.
Life as a Spartan
We may be a Big Ten campus, but we make sure Spartans receive the high-quality, personal support you would expect at a smaller school. MSU operates one of the largest and most imitated residence hall systems in the country. Our residence halls are grouped into neighborhoods and designed to help you succeed as a Spartan with places to eat, academic support and health services built in. MSU also has more than 900 student clubs and organizations, so you can easily explore your passions, have fun and make friendships that will last a lifetime. As a Spartan, you’ll have plenty of options for balancing your academic life with your social life. The hard part is deciding what to choose!
An MSU degree sets Spartans up for success. It means you attended a Big Ten university with an international reputation for top academic programs and groundbreaking research that prepares students with deep and broad knowledge and skill sets that employers value. MSU has a 95% placement rate for work or graduate school within six months of graduation, nearly 12% above the national average. Through graduation and beyond, you’ll have a strong support network that is invested in your success. Our faculty and staff, along with an alumni network of more than half a million Spartans worldwide, are committed to helping you discover and explore what you’re passionate about and preparing you to compete and collaborate with the best in the world. These are only a few reasons why MSU offers a huge return on investment and is continually ranked as a top 100 global university (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings).
#31 among public universities and #77 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023
Gold Sustainability rating
#106 of Best Global Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report 2023 rankings
#49 among all public institutions in the country, according to Money’s 2023 “Best Colleges” ranking
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.
Campus: 5,300 acres in a parklike setting
• 49,695 students
• 38,574 undergraduates, 11,085 graduate and professional
• 5,670 faculty & academic staff
• 16:1 student-faculty ratio
• 25.9% students of color
• 8.3% international students
Programs: More than 200 areas of study, 39 MSU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally
Study Abroad: Study abroad program featuring 275 programs in more than 60 countries and on all seven continents
• 23 varsity squads: 11 intercollegiate sports for men and 12 intercollegiate sports for women
• 23 straight NCAA appearances by men’s basketball team, including 10 Final Fours
• Spartan Football Head Coach Mel Tucker named Big Ten Coach of the Year
• 2021 Big Ten Champions in women's golf; men's golfer James Piot named 2021 U.S. Amateur champion
• Women’s cross country team named Big Ten Champions in 2019 and 2021
• 92% all-time-high graduation success rate for student-athletes
• One of the largest intramural sports programs in the nation
• Nickname: Spartans
• Colors: Green and white
• Mascot: Sparty
• Conference: Big Ten