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Michigan State University

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Introduction

Michigan State University, often shortened to Michigan State or MSU, is a public university located in the city of East Lansing. Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant institution (an agricultural college), the school received university status in 1955. It was was also the first university in the United States to offer studies in agricultural science. The school maintains that emphasis today, offering thousands of acres on which to study agriculture and resource management. The university now awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees and is home to more than 47,000 students.

The university defines its mission as “to discover practical uses for theoretical knowledge, and to speed the diffusion of information to residents of the State, the nation, and the world.” It has agricultural extension programs and various other outreach networks throughout Michigan.

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, MSU features several museums and specialized collections, a planetarium, several performing arts facilities, a herbarium, an arboretum, an entomology museum, and several other gardens.

Academics

Students can pursue over 200 programs of study at MSU, which is home to fourteen different degree-granting schools and colleges, including the Eli Broad College of Business, James Madison College, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Human Ecology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including agriculture, American studies, child development, education, liberal arts, fisheries and wildlife, food processing and technology, hospitality business, interdisciplinary programs, journalism, materials science, music, nursing, packaging, soil science, and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, osteopathic, podiatry, theology, and veterinary medicine.

Graduate degrees are offered in all colleges except the James Madison College. There are also interdisciplinary programs. Graduate programs are offered at the master’s level, the MFA level and the Ph.D. There are professional programs for DO, DVM, JD, MBA, and MD degrees. Medical programs utilizing graduate students from MSU operate clinics throughout the state.

Library Resources

The MSU library has an astounding collection of nearly 5 million volumes and over 28,000 periodicals, 200,000 maps, and 40,000 sound recordings. The library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. It has rare books and manuscripts, and its special collections covers areas such as popular culture, radicalism, the men’s movement, ethnic studies, and LGBTQ materials.

Research Opportunities

Sponsored research is a significant part of the academic experience at MSU, which has led the way in academic and agricultural research since 1870 when they first cross-fertilized corn. The university is home to the one-of-a-kind National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, which is the premier facility for research regarding rare isotopes.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The university also offers an extensive study abroad program, with over 270 locations. The program offers study abroad experiences in countries on every continent in the world.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Admission is competitive, with accepted students averaging a GPA of 3.34 or higher and an SAT combined score in the range of 1030 to 1250. In addition to the application form and modest fee, students must provide transcripts and tests scores. Applications can be submitted on-line.

Graduate students should consult their department for specific admission information. MBA students, law school students, medical school students, and veterinary school students will be admitted through their specific college and not through the graduate office.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students as a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Some institutional scholarships and grants are awarded solely on admissions criteria; there are no other necessary forms or requirements for students to meet. The unviersity will notify applicants directly if they receive such aid. MSU also offers some unique aid opportunities, including the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Campus is home to over 500 registered student organizations, 53 Greek letter organizations, student newspaper The State News, and an FM radio station. The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Breslin Student Events Center host countless entertainment events throughout the year, including concerts, graduation ceremonies, ice shows, conventions, banquets, and even circuses. The MSU Museum and the Kresge Art Museum together house thousands of works of arts spanning millennia, and are both accessible to students and visitors alike.

Residential Life

Michigan State has the largest student residence system of any university in the country, offering dozens of residence halls and apartment communities, including living/learning communities, graduate residences, and many other options.

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Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at MSU is known as the Spartans. The Spartans compete on the intervarsity level in the NCAA Division I-A and the Big 10 Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, diving, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. There is a cheerleading team and a dance team as the university as well.

Traditions

The Spartan Fight Song is perhaps one of the best-known fight songs in the Big Ten Conference, if not the country. The same can be said of the green-clad mascot, Sparty. One of the more unusual traditions at MSU is the annual BroomBall Tournament, held in Munn Ice Arena. The game usually follows a Spartan hockey game.

Local Community

MSU is located in south central Michigan in Lansing, the state’s capital. Located almost exactly in the center of the state, Lansing is 100 miles from Toledo, Ohio and 223 miles from Chicago, Illinois. Lansing is a traditional Midwestern college town, with a pleasing variety of eating establishments, cultural opportunities, and recreational activities for students.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 395th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 15 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 16 0.03
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson 3 0.01
Burglary 79 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 10 0.02
Arrest 292 0.61

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 57 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 17 0.04
Robbery 7 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 292 0.60
Larceny 699 1.44
Vehicle theft 52 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population12,650 (12,649 urban / 1 rural)
Households37 (1.16 people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
FamiliesN/A (N/A people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2608

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 405th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,579 $13,579 $34,283
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $453 $453 $1,143
FT Graduate Tuition $14,910 $14,910 $29,286
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $621 $621 $1,220
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,648 $24,648 $45,536
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,648 $24,648 $45,536
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,792 $15,792 $36,680

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $26,746 $54,716
Medical Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $26,746 $54,716
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $27,016 $53,212
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,202 $12,622 $12,202 $12,622 $31,148 $32,580
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $996 $1,026
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,204 $8,526
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,854
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,204 $8,526
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,854
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,800 $1,854

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 31,479 (15,352 male / 16,127 female)
Admitted 21,610 (9,992 male / 11,618 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 8,061 (3,918 male / 4,143 female)
FT Enrollment 7,924 (3,848 male / 4,076 female)
PT Enrollment 137 (70 male / 67 female)
Total Enrollment49,317

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Ten Conference

ACT Test Admission

233rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

252nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 15%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 690
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity15,620
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,636
Board Fee$5,170

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 1,021 559 279 397 50 7,429 200 10,075
Accounting 90 9 4 23 1 271 8 410
Actuarial Science 4 4
Advertising 42 18 7 16 209 3 298
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Agricultural Business and Management, General 2 1 73 76
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics 3 1 9 1 14
Agricultural Engineering 4 1 3 24 32
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Animal Sciences, General 4 3 1 114 4 128
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 7 7
Anthropology 1 5 2 49 3 60
Applied Mathematics, General 4 3 7
Arabic Language and Literature 5 1 7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 1 9
Art Teacher Education 1 12 13
Art/Art Studies, General 3 2 3 1 45 55
Astrophysics 1 1 1 6 1 10
Athletic Training/Trainer 21 22
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 69 71
Biochemistry 4 1 3 22 31
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 35 2 2 5 34 2 80
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 12 9 41 325 10 405
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 1 2 4
Botany/Plant Biology 1 11 12
Business Administration and Management, General 51 13 7 8 1 143 7 231
Business/Commerce, General 7 11 2 10 1 98 25 154
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering 2 3 3 48 2 59
Chemical Physics 2 2
Chemistry, General 5 2 1 5 44 1 59
Child Development 2 1 2 19 24
Chinese Language and Literature 1 6 1 9
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 19 7 3 25 54
Civil Engineering, General 14 1 2 2 1 69 1 91
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 5 11 2 59 2 84
Clinical/Medical Social Work 2 6 5 2 1 44 63
Communications Technology/Technician 9 8 2 4 32 2 58
Computational Mathematics 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 4 1 1 2 18 26
Computer and Information Sciences, General 11 1 3 5 68 2 92
Conducting 1 8 9
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 17 4 2 39 63
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 3 4 12 1 21
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 32 16 3 166 4 226
Curriculum and Instruction 19 3 2 4 107 137
Dairy Science 1 1 17 1 20
Dietetics/Dietitian 5 2 1 1 52 62
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 13 21 5 9 110 2 162
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2 37 41
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 1
Economics, General 58 11 5 9 1 99 4 189
Education, General 5 15 6 9 1 252 5 296
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 4 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 4 1 1 65 1 74
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 1 1 17 2 23
Educational/Instructional Technology 5 3 2 1 81 3 98
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 38 8 3 2 1 44 3 101
Electrician 1 7 8
Engineering Mechanics 3 3
Engineering, General 1 4 1 2 37 1 46
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 8 4 3 125 2 143
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 3 5
Entomology 1 7 9
Environmental Biology 23 23
Environmental Design/Architecture 2 3 5
Environmental Science 2 2
Environmental Studies 1 1 1 19 1 24
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 8 3 11
Epidemiology 3 2 1 6
Family Systems
Family and Community Services 1 31 5 1 2 63 105
Fashion/Apparel Design 1 2 1 15 1 21
Finance, General 104 5 3 11 1 175 6 308
Food Science 8 4 3 2 43 3 65
Forensic Science and Technology 9 1 10
Forestry, General 4 1 1 14 2 22
French Language and Literature 1 7 2 10
Genetics, General 1 1
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 6 8
Geography 1 14 15
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 1 17 20
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature 1 13 14
Health Communication 12 1 13
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 4 1 2 12 21
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 2
History Teacher Education
History, General 2 2 3 3 59 1 73
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 2 3 1 24 31
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 14 1 16
Horticultural Science 2 2 1 25 30
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 32 6 4 11 145 3 206
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 4 5
Human Nutrition 2 1 3
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 5 1 14 21
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 9 2 1 20 2 34
Information Science/Studies 1 1 2
Interior Design 2 17 19
International Relations and Affairs 1 4 3 89 4 103
International/Global Studies 2 5 3 1 1 36 2 51
Japanese Language and Literature 1 2 2 1 9 16
Jazz/Jazz Studies 4 1 5 10
Journalism 8 13 1 3 87 3 119
Keyboard Instruments 2 1 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 2 7 5 3 221 2 244
Labor and Industrial Relations 8 3 2 2 39 3 58
Landscape Architecture 1 14 1 16
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 10 1 11
Large Animal/Food Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine 2 1 3
Linguistics 1 1 1 14 18
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 67 9 3 21 183 5 289
Marketing Research 7 1 1 7 18
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 25 1 6 9 124 3 169
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mass Communication/Media Studies 3 2 1 2 21 1 31
Materials Engineering 2 18 20
Materials Science 1 1
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 14 1 1 2 43 2 64
Mechanical Engineering 21 2 1 2 118 1 145
Merchandising and Buying Operations 2 1 11 14
Microbiology, General 2 4 1 5 49 1 63
Molecular Genetics 1 2 1 8 27 40
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 1 38 2 49
Music Pedagogy 3 1 32 37
Music Performance, General 11 3 31 1 48
Music Theory and Composition 1 8 9
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 3 4
Music, General 1 2 3
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 2 2
Natural Resource Economics 9 9
Natural Resources Management and Policy 2 8 10
Neuroscience 1 1 2
Nutrition Sciences 2 1 4 4 51 62
Packaging Science 18 14 4 13 2 140 2 195
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1 1 16 19
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 1 1
Pharmacology and Toxicology 1 2 4 15 23
Philosophy 1 1 1 10 2 15
Physical Sciences 4 1 5
Physics, General 9 3 1 39 1 54
Physiology, General 2 2 5 4 76 2 92
Plant Genetics 2 1 3
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 1 1
Plant Sciences, General 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 6 2 2 97 2 111
Pre-Law Studies 1 6 1 3 57 1 70
Pre-Veterinary Studies 1 4 6
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 4 2 57 65
Psychology, General 14 49 12 18 1 303 7 411
Public Administration 1 11 12
Public Health, General 2 7 2 5 1 56 77
Public Policy Analysis, General 11 1 1 2 16 31
Public Relations/Image Management 11 2 5 18
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Radio and Television 1 1
Reading Teacher Education 1 6 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 2 4 6 2 227 2 248
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 2 5
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods 2 1 3
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1 2
Rhetoric and Composition 1 1 4 6
Russian Language and Literature 5 5
School Psychology 1 5 11 1 18
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General 6 60 12 8 5 196 4 293
Social Work 9 4 56 1 72
Sociology 1 11 4 1 3 43 2 67
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 4 29 33
Soil Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature 3 5 3 40 51
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 27 1 30
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 27 14 8 12 2 227 4 300
Statistics, General 25 1 9 35
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 8 11 19
Turf and Turfgrass Management 2 1 29 32
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 2 22 24
Viticulture and Enology 2 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 2 1 11 14
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 3 1 47 4 57
Women's Studies 5 6
Zoology/Animal Biology 4 1 4 2 1 123 136

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 176th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $103,909 ($113,947 male / $82,717 female)
Number of FT Faculty 2,230 (1,363 male / 867 female)
Number of PT Faculty 3,170
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $141,980,874
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