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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
  • 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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  • 5
  • Stephanie from Northville, MI
  • Dec-30-2015 I am a current student here

    The food on campus deserves an A+. There are plenty of healthy options too. Unlimited swipes into the cafeteria is an added bonus for a hungry college student.

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  • 5
  • student from detroit, mi
  • Nov-19-2015 I am a current student here

    amazing options, unlimited entrance into dining halls, on-the-go comboxchange meals, and late night dining are all awesome!

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  • 3
  • Sierra
  • Oct-15-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    On campus and surrounding the campus, there are several different places to go for a quick snack or a hearty meal.

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  • 4
  • Taya from Sterling Heights, MI
  • Sep-04-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I'm still learning about the food and dining situation there, but I know that they have a wide array of meal plans.

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  • 5
  • Sarah
  • Jun-14-2015 I am a current student here

    MSU definitely has the best food I've ever experienced at a university! Snyder-Phillips and Landon have the best cafeterias, in my opinion.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Ann from Carol Stream, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a past student here

    Definitely big at MSU, lots of sororities and fraternities to join if you're looking to get involved with that!

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