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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
  • 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 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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  • 5
  • Megan from Muskegon, MI
  • Jan-18-2015 I am a current student here

    MSU has just about everything you can imagine when it comes to food! There are so many cafeterias and options that you won't get sick of it, even as a picky eater!

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  • 4
  • Angela
  • Jan-07-2015 I am a past student here

    MSU is known for its #1 nationwide cafeteria called Brody Cafeteria, but all the food at MSU tastes like home cooked meals and is very nutritious.

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  • 5
  • Current Student
  • Jan-03-2015 I am a current student here

    Unlimited meal plans are outstanding, takes the worry away of only getting a few meals a week. The food choices are also great.

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  • 5
  • Nicholas from Traverse City, MI
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    The caf's at MSU are the best in the state and provide a variety of options for students to enjoy. They are open practically all day which means students can make their own meal times to work with their schedules, something that not all colleges allow. There are nine caf's spread over campus, each with its own specialty and each deserving a visit.

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  • 5
  • Ann from Carol Stream, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a past student here

    Well, the meal plans are all unlimited, meaning you'll never go hungry at MSU! There are certainly dining halls which are better than others and have more options, but none of them are bad; there's always something good to eat wherever you go. If you visit campus, make sure you grab lunch at Brody Square; it's to die for, and you can take a sample of some delicious dairy store ice cream (my favorite part of MSU).

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  • 3
  • Daniel from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Food isn't great and you get sick of it after a while but I have visited friends in other universities and none of them had food that was anywhere near as good.

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  • 5
  • Sarah from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at Michigan State is unparalleled. I lived in Case Hall, and South Pointe always had some great selections (and personally, the best desserts). I would frequent Wilson a lot for late night (between 9pm and midnight), and Holden whenever I was feeling healthy (their Veg Out station is divine). Outside of South neighborhood, there are tons of other great selections. SnyPhi always has good food (they had a mac and cheese bar one day!), Landon has an amazing atmosphere (feels like a fancy restaurant), and my personal favorite is Shaw. There's a rumor that Shaw is where all the culinary students train, and it shows. You can't really go wrong with Shaw food--or any food at State, for that matter.

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  • 4
  • Katie
  • Nov-15-2014 I am a current student here

    MSU has a lot of dining halls on campus. Some are better than others but they are currently working on renovating the older ones. Most are open from 7am - 8pm and then there is one hall in every neighborhood that is open for late night so they stay open until 12pm. I would suggest branching out and trying new things-both food in the caf and make sure to try out every caf. Also, MSU has an Eat at State website where you can find the menus to all the cafs for each day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. Keep in mind that you can go to the caf as many times a day as you want! They also have this great thing called a combo. MSU has a Sparty's (like a mini gas station) in most buildings (every dorm) in which you can get your combo every weekday. It is quite confusing at first but you'll get the hang of it. Basically, you pick an A, B, and C item and this counts as a meal for you (like at the caf) so it is free. These are really nice if it's cold and you don't want to leave or just need something quick to eat.

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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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  • 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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