MSU

Michigan State University

220 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, United States
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  • Total Documents
    8,587
  • Class Notes
    4,981
  • Textbook Notes
    616
  • Study Guides
    2,990
  • Currently Enrolled
    6,213
  • Previously Enrolled
    6,400

Overview of Michigan State University (MSU)

About this school

Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is a comprehensive, land-grant, public university. It has earned national recognition for cancer research and the development of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI). Michigan State has the largest residence hall system of any university in the nation, and it also houses the world's most powerful superconducting cyclotron. It is the only university in the nation with three medical schools on one campus: human, osteopathic and veterinary. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine; Eli Broad College of Business; and the James Madison College. Its 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, 80 miles northwest of Detroit.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:38,996
    • Men:19,292 (49.5%)
    • Women:19,704 (50.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (MSU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Michigan State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Not used if submitted
Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
East Lansing, MI  48824
Phone
(517) 355-8332
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
72% of 36,143 applicants were admitted
Women
73% of 18,345 applicants were admitted
Men
70% of 17,798 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
10,035 (39%) of 25,860 admitted students enrolled
Women
5,119 (38%) of 13,450 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,916 (40%) of 12,410 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.71
375 And Above
50%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
606 average |550-670 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
13%
• Score 600 - 700
40%
• Score 500 - 600
40%
• Score 400 - 500
6%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
598 average |550-650 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
9%
• Score 600 - 700
43%
• Score 500 - 600
41%
• Score 400 - 500
7%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
26 average |23-28 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
18%
• Score 24 - 29
56%
• Score 18 - 23
24%
• Score 12 - 17
2%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (MSU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $14,460|Out-of-state: $39,405
  • Room & Board: - $9,976 (71.42038946162657%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,084 (7.760595647193585%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,908 (20.81901489117984%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Michigan State University accepts deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002290
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
5,868 (72.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
3,957 (67.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,729 (94.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
628 (16.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$14,029
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,518 (67.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,792
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,987 (80.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,766
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,708 (45.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
762 (9.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,242

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
21,893 (62.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
16,984 (77.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
16,477 (97.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,333 (14.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
59%
Average Award
$13,466
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 12,130 (73.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,593
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 13,104 (79.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,386
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 5,545 (33.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
3,180 (9.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,493

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$32,310
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships, Rodeo
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Union Members/Company Employees, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Out-of-State Students, Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Public Servants, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,174

Academics & Instruction (MSU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


2,519

Part-Time Faculty


427

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


77%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 7% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 21% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 31% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 11% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 11% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 12% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 6% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 24% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 35% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Michigan State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


91.3%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


51.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


75.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


79.5%

Programs & Majors (MSU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (149)


  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textile Manufacture
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Child Development
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Finance, General
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Food Science
  • Forestry, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • Geography
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Horticultural Science
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Information Resources Management
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Linguistics
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Packaging Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Textile Science
  • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Social sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health, Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources, Master of International Planning Studies

Master's Programs of Study (134)


  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Communication
  • Higher Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Logistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Pathobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rhetoric
  • Romance Languages
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Therapies--Dance, Drama, and Music
  • Toxicology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Writing
  • Zoology

Campus Life (MSU)

Location & Geography

Population


48,554

Nearest Metropolitan Area


5,192 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Detroit

Weather


Temperature
13.3 average low in January, 78.2 average high in September
Rain
140 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
80 mile(s) from campus in Detroit
Nearest Bus Station
East Lansing
Nearest Train Station
East Lansing

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


40% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


60%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Sparty
School Colors
Green and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Table Tennis
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Table Tennis
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, ice hockey, racquetball, riflery, sand volleyball, softball, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Michigan State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


11% of women participate

Fraternities


12% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


35,404

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
38,996
Women
19,704
Men
19,292

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 5.9% Asian
  • 8.3% Black/African-American
  • 5.0% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 76.2% White
  • 0.8% Unknown

International Students


11.8% from 109 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


11,023

Student Resources (MSU)