Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, USA
4.20 Average Rating

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a large public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan, and a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries. MSU is home to more than 200 areas of study through 17 degree-granting colleges, as well as beneficial research opportunities working alongside faculty. The 5,200-acre campus is home to the Spartans sports teams and upwards of 900 clubs and societies designed to enhance career prospects and socialize with peers. Outside of academia, students can enjoy the Abrams Planetarium, Horticulture Gardens, Broad Art Museum, and numerous events at the Breslin Student Center. 

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
0
100
72%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
Transcript
No

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2019 January 15, 2020
Fall Regular Decision February 1, 2020 March 31, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
77%
Out-Of-State Students
14%
57%
Submitting ACT
60%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 26
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1220
0
1600

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
50,019
Total Number of Undergrads
38,996
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
23%
20-39 Students
43%
40-99 Students
20%
100+ Students
12%
0
100
51%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
77%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
16:1
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$18,576
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$15,555
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$40,384
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,322
Books and Supplies
$1108

Aid & Grants

0
100
62%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Aid Per Year
$10,911
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,129
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$9,817

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
41%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,993
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$21,829
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$268

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
49%
51%
Student Organizations
700
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
39%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Spartans
School Colors
green and white
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Big Ten Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Detroit
East Lansing
Chicago
Grand Rapids
New York
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
93%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$63,200

What Students Are Saying

4.20 Average Rating
michigan state had everything i was looking for in a university-challenging classes, all types of students, and a beautiful location to call home. as an undecided freshman, i appreciated the wide variety of available classes and majors. the 500+ student organizations offer opportunities for everyone to make friends and get involved in campus life.
Rachel from Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan State University has a program for just about everyone. It is one of the largest schools in the country. The student population is very diverse.
Nicholas from White Pigeon, MI
The sectioned off campus is amazing since you don't have to interact with any non-students or faculty. There are plenty of activities on campus through our University Activities Board, which is a great experience for all incoming students. And It is a well renowned school throughout the country that lives up to its name.
Evan from East Lansing, MI
I don't need three sentences, I just need three words. Study, Party, Succeed. Those are the three things you will accomplish at this school. By far the most well rounded school in the Big 10.
Nick from Troy, MI
The campus, food, organizations, people, academics, and nightlife of Michigan State University are unlike any other. MSU is full of down-to-earth, nice people who want to have fun but also focus on their academics. Though it is a big campus, it is not hard to find where you are going and you get used to it.
Lauren from Westland, MI