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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
  • 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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  • 5
  • Cayla
  • Jun-04-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    MSU has many food options on campus and off! You can enjoy new cafeterias or my favorite Brody hall. You can use your Sparty cash to eat off campus or if you want a quick snak visit a Sparty Cafe for all your favorite treats!

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  • 5
  • Hailey from Cottonwood, AZ
  • Apr-28-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I've heard literally nothing bad about the food. Apparently there is a dairy store on campus that only uses fresh milk from the cows on campus!

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  • 5
  • Jasmyne from Detroit, MI
  • Mar-12-2015 I am a current student here

    There are a plethora of food options at the University. There are 13 cafeterias to choose from. Several of the cafeterias are open late night.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Sarah from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-18-2014 I am a current student here

    I personally didn't go Greek myself, but I have a lot of friends who did. I can't really speak much to Greek life, but I can say that there isn't a divide between Greeks and non-Greeks (something I know a lot of people are worried about). I've been to lots of frat parties and Greek events with my Greek friends, and there really isn't any tension between Greeks and non-Greeks.

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  • 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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