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Michigan State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
36,675
Total Undergrads
Including 3,263 Part-time
7,824
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 157 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

10
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $696,090)
11
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $126,689)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 125 180 Yes Yes
Baseball 34 - Yes -
Basketball 17 25 - Yes
Field Hockey - 24 Yes Yes
Football 113 - - -
Golf 12 14 - Yes
Gymnastics - 16 - -
Ice Hockey 26 - Yes Yes
Rowing - 86 Yes -
Soccer 26 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 25 35 Yes -
Tennis 12 14 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 18 Yes Yes
Wrestling 33 - Yes -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Synchronized Swimming - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.1%
Hispanic 3.4%
Non-resident alien 9.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.4%
Two or more races 1.9%
White/non-Hispanic 71.7%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 10
Drug Law Violation 101
Liquor Law Violation 736
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 14
Property Crime 125

Notable Alumni

  • Clare Fischer (Class of '51), Recorded more than 45 albums, and won Grammy awards for Salsa Picante plus 2 + 2 and Free Fall.
  • Donna Hrinak (Class of '72), U.S. ambassador to Brazil. She is the first female career civil servant to be named to the post.
  • Eli Broad (Class of '54), Chairman of SunAmerica Inc. and founder of the Broad Foundation.
  • James Caan (Class of '59), Actor.
  • Jim Harrison (Class of '60), Authored Legends of the Fall.
  • John Engler (Class of '71), Served three terms as Governor of Michigan (1991,2003).
  • Richard Ford (Class of '66), Novelist who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel Independence Day.
  • Debbie Stabenow (Class of '72), First woman elected to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.
  • Walter Hill (Class of '62), Directed 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend, and many other action movies.
  • Spencer Abraham (Class of '74), U.S. secretary of energy
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Lauren from Westland, MI
  • 5
  • Dorm life depends on which neighborhood you live in, but I highly recommend living in the dorms. There are different styles of dorms, where two people live and share a…

  • Jul-05-2012 Read More
  • Rachel from Ann Arbor, MI
  • 4
  • many different types of dorms are available. some house only 300 students, while others house nearly 1000. about half have community bathrooms for the entire floor, while the other half…

  • Jan-20-2012 Read More
  • Brittani from Plainwell, MI
  • 4
  • Great support staff, R.A's are amazing along with hall directors. The dorms are rather large and accommodate to all the needs of a student and able to easily reflect a…

  • Mar-27-2012 Read More
  • Nick from Troy, MI
  • 5
  • I had to live in the dorms for two years, and although I was ready to get the heck out of their I still had a great time. The dorms…

  • Jun-22-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Charles Murphy
  • Oct-19-2014 I am a current student here

    MSU has some of the best food available. I can say that I have tried most of the food on-campus and I can say that Brody Café and The Gallery has the best food. If you don't feel like having the dining halls food, you could always order something along the Grand River Ave. strip to have it delivered to your dorm as well to get it quick and easy.

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  • 5
  • Jannessa from Oxnard, CA
  • Aug-06-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    MSU has some great cafeterias it is definitely worth every penny I pay for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

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  • 5
  • Madison from Bad Axe, MI
  • Jul-15-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food in the dining halls is known for high quality. Everything from pepperoni pizza to California rolls is offered. Also, there are many restaurants that deliver nearby.

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  • 4
  • Proud Spartan
  • Jun-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining at State is very nice. The dining halls in the dorms had pretty decent food, you learn very quickly which dining halls are good and which are just okay. The food truck stops around campus is very good, and the late night dining options are all good.

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  • 3
  • Benjamin from Grand Rapids, MI
  • May-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I haven't experienced all that E. Lansing has to offer yet, but there are definitely plenty of options around town and on campus. The meals are reasonable and work at a selection of off-campus restaurants. I'm from Grand Rapids and used to a ton of awesome choices for dining out, and I'm sure I'll find plenty to explore around Lansing.

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  • 5
  • Ashley from Lansing, MI
  • Apr-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Michigan State dining is pretty good. They have something for everyone. There are different stations in each hall for example In East Neighborhood there is Holmes. Holmes has what is called late night. The dining hall stays open until 12 am for those students who are night owls and need to grab a late night dinner or snack. There is a station called Levels where you can get made to order sandwiches and there are also specialty pizzas, then there is Origins that caters to vegan students, Mosaic has specialty dishes everyday and each day it caters to s different culture. There is fresh fruit and a salad bar filled with a variety of toppings and different types of veggies. I could go on and on about the dining halls.

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  • 5
  • Lansing, MI
  • Mar-23-2014 I am a current student here

    MSU has put a lot in the variety of the food and the special diary restrictions of some students. The meal plans make for quick tasty meals.

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  • 5
  • Bryce from DimondaleDimondale, MI
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Excellent food, and dining. The meal plans are plenty, and abundant. Just be sure to keep the freshman 15 off because several of my friends have gained weight.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Charles Murphy
  • Oct-19-2014 I am a current student here

    A lot of fraternities and sororities to choose from. If you aren't able to join one it is most definitely possible to fine one that you will be able to join without a doubt.

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  • 0
  • Bryce from DimondaleDimondale, MI
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Many Fraternity's and sorority's everywhere. I have a couple friends in the greek life and they say they love it! There are even major specific frats and sorority's.

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  • 0
  • Daniel from Saline, MI
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Plenty of fraternities and sororities on campus to help develop your social and professional resume. With all these options it's hard to find an environment that won't fit who you are.

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  • 0
  • Marcus from Leslie, MI
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Campus is surrounded by Greek housing, and it's common to see your friends rushing during your first semester here. Greek life is present, but not obnoxious.

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  • 0
  • CT
  • Dec-20-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not really apart of the Greek life, but they seem pretty cool I guess if your into that type of stuff.

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  • 0
  • Ah-Janai from Detroit, MI
  • Nov-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty awesome! We have tons of greeks from the Pan Hellenic council, and the National Pan Hellenic Council for those of you who have heard of the divine nine.

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