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Michigan State University Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that helped democratize higher education. Today, the university is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders and offers nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU leads the nation in study abroad participation among public universities and provides students with opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty on research and creative projects that help provide solutions to the big problems of our time, from Michigan to Malawi.
At MSU, the vast number of opportunities—from 200 programs of study and more than 600 student organizations to big-name events and Big Ten athletics—is matched only by the immensity of the chance to make a difference. Students study abroad, participate in internships, conduct research, and lead and volunteer locally and globally, with the support of close-knit campus communities—from Greek-letter to living-learning environments. Graduates, who have earned a reputation as top employee prospects, continue a proud and powerful Spartan tradition that provides a lifelong network of friends and opportunities.
|Total Undergraduate Students||37,454|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||100||<1%|
|African American / Black||2,514||7%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||26||<1%|
|Two or More Races||777||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||476||1%|
|Where do MSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||8%|
|How old are MSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||5%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||23 - 28|
|Math||23 - 28||540 - 680|
|English||22 - 29|
|Critical Reading||430 - 590|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||64%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||94%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||53%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.61|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||83%|
The cost to attend Michigan State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||16 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||58%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||79%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||2,384|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||40%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||20%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||88%|
96% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
42% of all undergraduates live on campus
Creating and maintaining a safe and secure campus environment is paramount at MSU. The MSU Police provide emergency management, community team policing, and education on crime prevention, safety, and reporting to the campus community.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. MSU offers a wide variety of ways for students to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences--both in and out of the classroom. MSU measures in a number of ways the effectiveness of these opportunities in order to track what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful and to fine-tune offerings.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Michigan State University in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.||18%|
|BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.||10%|
|COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.||10%|
|HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.||6%|
|Links to degree programs at Michigan State University|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 91%