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Michigan State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 3,263 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 157 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $696,090)
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 -


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%
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
  • 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
  • Evan from East Lansing, MI
  • 4
  • Crowded, and they are admitting more and more freshman into the dorms so there is transitional housing. But aside from that the dorms are amazing I lived there the…

  • Sep-14-2012 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Azya from Ypsilanti, MI
  • Nov-10-2017 I am a current student here

    The food is awesome, and there are many places on campus to try. I recommend trying all the cafeterias. If you eat at one too much you will get tired of the food.

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  • 4
  • Alice Cullen from Marvel, MI
  • Sep-14-2017 I am a current student here

    Because I lived on campus in the dorms, I had access to the food courts. As a Freshman, I had to leave my building and walk to Holmes to eat. As a Sophomore, I had the food court in my building which was very convenient. The food in both places is very good. I only gave it 4 stars because it's not my Mom's food!

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  • 3
  • Shane from Chicago, IL
  • Aug-14-2017 I am a current student here

    Plenty of variety with a number of dining halls with different menus. They serve people with almost every diet that people have, so anyone can eat on campus. They also have Sparty's, which kind of like a convenience store that's pretty much in every dorm hall. If you feel like eating off campus, there are different restaurants that are very close to the campus.

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  • 4
  • Lauren
  • Jul-26-2017 I am a current student here

    The culinary services at MSU are fantastic. Some foods are consistent daily, but many vary from day to day with menus posted online to view ahead of time. A meal plan gives you unlimited access to any dining hall on campus, so you are not limited to just eating at one. The dining halls have food available throughout the day, and the latest dining hours in certain locations end at midnight. The food is fantastic, and depending on the dining hall you visit, there is a wide selection of food that you can choose from.

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  • 4
  • Rachael from Howell, MI
  • Jul-02-2017 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food varies by dining hall, but every dining hall has a variety to offer. My personal favorite is the french fries (whenever they are available, and preferably at Case Hall)!

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  • 5
  • Monai from Inkster, MI
  • Jun-30-2017 I am a current student here

    One of the biggest perks of attending MSU is the dining options. First, we have unlimited swipes to the dining halls. Second, we have what seems like unlimited dining halls placed around the campus. We also have the luxury of using combos everyday that scores us items at our school stores like pop-tarts, chips, and water (included in tuition).

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  • 4
  • Jessica from La Salle, MI
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    Many of the cafeterias on campus have been recently updated, so the facilities are great. The food is pretty good when compared to other universities. In the end it is a school cafeteria so you will find foods that you like and foods that you hate and you will probably get really tired of it by the time you are done living in the dorms. What is great is that all meal plans come with a daily combo exchange that you can use in the Sparty stores or the food truck to get meals, snacks, and drinks. Some meal plans also come with Spartan Cash that you can use off campus at different restaurants, coffee shops, pizza places, and stores.

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  • 5
  • Sarah
  • Dec-09-2016 I am a current student here

    You are never more than a 10 minuet walk away from a dinning hall on campus. The meal plan is unlimited and there are many different foods to choose from in each dinning hall. The food is typically pretty good and there is enough variety that you won't get sick of it.

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  • 5
  • emily from farmington hills, mi
  • Jun-15-2016 I am a current student here

    the cafeteria food is known to be some of the best for a reason! the caf food tastes great and its fresh. i love how there are always vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

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  • 5
  • jaliyah from detroit, mi
  • Apr-12-2016 I am a current student here

    the food is amazing!!!! you have to watch out from freshman 15 because the food can be that addicting.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Monai from Inkster, MI
  • Jun-30-2017 I am a current student here

    Im not too knowledgeable on greek life simply because it never personally interested me, but MSU has many greek associations to pick and choose from. Plus the parties are fun!

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  • 0
  • Jessica from La Salle, MI
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    I am not personally in Greek Life, so I don't know a ton about it. What I do know is that MSU has a ton of different options for both official and unofficial Greek groups.

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  • 0
  • Sarah
  • Dec-09-2016 I am a current student here

    If greek life interests you it is easy to get involved and there are many options but if you don't want anything to do with greek life it is easy to ignore.

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  • 0
  • Megan from Muskegon, MI
  • Jan-18-2015 I am a current student here

    It's about 8-9% of the student population so it's present but there are plenty of non-Greek's too.

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