Location: East Lansing, MI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 38,786
Graduate Enrollment: 11,299
In-State Tuition: $22,450
Out-of-State Tuition: 44,230
Percent involved in Greek Life: 16%
Percent women: 51%
Acceptance rate: 70.6% (2012)
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing, Biology, Communications/Journalism, Social Sciences, Engineering, Psychology
Why Choose MSU?
"Michigan State is all about rewarding prospective students, especially if you're out-of-state. I received three scholarships upon my admittance that I didn't even have to apply for!"
"MSU's alumni base is incredible. From art museum owners, to Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue and Former President of The Discovery Channel, who wouldn't want to be a part of a college that delivers such awesome alumni?!"
"I come from a family of Spartans, so it was an easy decision for me. I was born a Spartan."
"My sister went to MSU and she never came home! I figured that was a good sign. I toured campus when she went here and I knew this is where I wanted to spend my undergrad."
"I transferred to MSU from a different school. My heart has always been set on State, but it just took me a little longer to get here!"
"I went to a Catholic college-prep high school. I took honors and AP classes, was in the top 10% of my class and had an ACT score of 30. I applied to five schools and MSU was the only one I was admitted to, but I'm graduating in May and I now know that MSU was the absolute best choice for my college career."
"I grew up in the heart of Chicago so, a small school wasn't an option for me. I love crowds, I need variety, but I also like to feel like I belong—Michigan State certainly offers all of these things! The population is huge, but campus still feels very cozy. Once you find your niche here, you'll feel right at home. I love that I see regular faces and new ones every single day. MSU has the best of both worlds."
"There’s always something going on. Whether it’s a sporting event, art exhibition, concert or social event, you can never be bored."
"I love the diversity of cultures here! I never would have dreamed that I'd have friends from Egypt, China and Morocco!"
"Game day at MSU is the best thing ever! The entire campus turns into a party whether you have football tickets or not. Families and fans come up to visit and it's so awesome to have camaraderie with thousands of strangers."
"Even though it's a Big Ten University, I love that there's so much more going on than sports. I'm more artistic and there's never a lack of concerts and theatre programs."
"The spirit of MSU is unparalleled. Visiting other schools is so different compared to being at State. The school spirit we have is amazing and I’d never trade it."
"You're not just getting an education when you come to MSU. You're gaining a family of Spartans. We stand together through everything."
"I lived in Brody neighborhood my freshman year. It's home to the largest non-military cafeteria in America so I was never hungry. I'm a senior now and I still hang out with my friends from freshman year. We had so much some fun together! Sometimes, I even miss the dorms."
"You're randomly assigned roommates your freshman year, but after that you can choose your roommate and your dorm. Most people who live on the dorms are underclassmen, but junior and seniors live on too!"
"I lived in Snyder-Phillips during my first two years at MSU and loved every moment of it! It is a smaller dorm complex and has a great cafeteria! The location is a perfect walk to almost everything on campus, and it is home to the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. It's cool that MSU has so many options for living with other students in your major."
"I'm a senior and I've lived on all four years. It's easiest for me because I'm an international student. I live in a single, which means I don't have a roommate so it basically feels like I have an apartment. My room is bigger than some apartments!
"West Circle dorms are really central to campus. Everyone always says they feel like they are in a Harry Potter movie living there because the architecture is very old and it is just really pretty at all times of the year!"
"Most juniors and seniors live off campus. It's popular to own a house at MSU, but there's also plenty of options for apartments or co-ops."
"South Complex is where it's at! It is home of all the MSU athletes and the students that are in James Madison residential college. The dorms are prime location during football season and basketball season!"
"The dorms are definitely small but everyone makes it work! You only have to live there for a year so it's not too bad. I made almost all my friends from the dorms and we've lived in houses together the past three years!"
What Needs Improvement
"Some of the dining halls have a terrible selection. I lived in West Circle and hated the food. It’s hard to eat healthy when the options are limited."
"Parking is the worst. If you hate walking distances, MSU is not the campus for you. It’s a large campus and you will walk or bike everywhere because parking is way too expensive. If you have a car, it's common to get at least one ticket every two weeks."
"Sidewalk clearing needs to be fixed! When it snows, it's so hard to get to class, this past winter especially—I broke my ankle!"
"The buses here suck. When the weather's bad they fill up so quickly. I've been passed before because a bus was at capacity. What's up with that?"
All About Academics
"Academics are challenging in some classes but a breeze in others. It depends on your professor, your major and your study habits."
"Getting into a class outside of your major is next to impossible unless it's a gen ed, elective or part of your specialization. Some colleges allow overrides, but it's very difficult.
"I love my program. I transferred for more challenging academics and that’s what I was given. I’m learning so much in my major classes that I know I’ll use later in life."
"The workload definitely increases as you get older. I remember when junior year hit I was so bewildered at how busy I was. Now as a senior, I have to work extra hard at managing my time. It's good preparation for real life!"
"The worst class I’ve ever taken at MSU was an Interior Design class I took as an elective. My advisor told me to take it and I really struggled because I had no prior experience. I ended up getting a 4.0 with hard work, but I definitely cried a few times!"
"The best class I’ve ever taken was a Human Sexuality class. It wasn’t for my major, but I learned so much and it was really interesting. There are really great classes to take as electives!"
Food & Drink
"Brody is the biggest cafeteria on campus and it's similar to a food court. The food is good, but I prefer The Gallery at Snyder-Phillips. They have sushi every day during the week and a lot of specialty salads and international food."
"Campus dining is pretty good, but there are other places on campus to eat besides the cafeterias though. We have Sparty’s, Subway, the Union deli and a few others. You definitely won’t go hungry."
"My combo x-change is the best thing about having a meal plan! I get a free meal every day from certain restaurants on campus. Also, a lot of restaurants off campus take Spartan Cash."
"Plenty of student who live off campus eat in the dorms when they don't feel like cooking. No matter where you live you can buy a limited meal plan for about 75+ meals a semester."
"Some dorms have kitchens that you can rent out if you'd like. I did it with my friends once! We made homemade pizza and cupcakes."
"Starbucks on campus is so convenient! There's three locations so, I can stop by and grab a coffee real quick before my early classes."
The New Collegiette on Campus
"It’s a little overwhelming. I had a map and I walked around campus a few days before classes started so I could figure out where to go. After a few times walking around, it was a breeze!"
"Being new is rough at first, but it’s only because campus is so big. Everyone is really nice and willing to help if you get lost, so don’t hesitate to ask!"
"Exciting. There are so many new opportunities to explore and people to meet. I had no idea where to start!"
"I was freaking out about finding classes when I was a freshman but it ended up being fine! Campus is pretty much in a grid and the buildings aren’t that hard to navigate. You can always ask someone when you’re lost and they’ll help."
Learning From The Best
"The best thing about MSU is that there offer literally every type of class experience you could possibly want. I've had classes with 10 people and classes with 500. I've had project-based classes, online classes, discussion classes and classes that make you write thesis papers. Most of this variety comes from gen eds I believe. Some of them suck, but they definitely make you and your college experience more well-rounded."
"I’ve had my fair share of bad professors and good ones. Most of them have been really helpful and passionate about teaching."
"Most of the bad professors I’ve had have been the general education professors because they know nobody is interested. I’ve also had professors who have really impacted me and taught me valuable life lessons. I’ll forever be grateful for them.
"My favorite professor to date was for my 200 level ISS class (It's a general education course.) The class was called 'Time, Space and Change in Human Society,' but we ended up learning about the evolution of music genres from the start of America through the '70s. It was awesome! We spent half the class listening and analyzing different genres of music. Sometimes he'd even play the piano! It was a great class because it was enjoyable—it's easy to 4.0 a class that you're excited about."
"The professors in the J-School are absolutely amazing. They’re so humble and willing to help. They truly are mentors."
"MSU has great professors. If you make an effort to reach out to them for help, you’ll receive it. My favorite was Professor Ballard, hands down. He’s in the Economics department and he really loves what he does."
"Athletics are a major part of MSU. Fall is all about football and winter is about basketball. Even if you don’t like sports, you’ll learn to love them if you come to State."
"The athletes are like gods on campus—especially football and basketball players because many of them go pro. It's a bit of an eye-roller, but it's to be expected."
"Fall is the best season on campus because it’s football season. Even if you don’t have tickets, tailgating is so much fun. MSU is one of the most spirited schools out there."
"I'm on the intramural soccer team and it's so much fun! It's a great way to work out, make friends, and keep up a sport you loved in high school. The best part is that it's way more relaxed than being on one of the official teams."
"It’s always a game season at MSU. Everyone is so spirited and ready to cheer on Spartans. You’ll even hear the MSU fight song at the bar on a Friday night. It’s awesome."
"Campus transforms on football game days. It's hysterical because Saturdays will be loud, packed and busy and by Sunday at 1 p.m. you'd never be able to tell that people were literally partying on campus from end to end."
Interests & Involvement
"There are tons of extra-curriculars. I’m involved in FDSA and I work for the Office for International Students and Scholars. Even if you have a hectic schedule, you should really take the time to get involved."
"Greek life is huge on campus. I’m a Sigma Kappa and I absolutely love it. I’m so happy I rushed because I’ve met some of my best friends through SK. As much as I love Greek life, it's definitely not for everyone!"
"There's something for everyone at MSU. There are multiple acapella groups, magazines, and intramural teams you can join and that doesn't even touch the surface of all there is to offer!"
"A lot of people think you have to rush to be a part of something—not true. I didn’t rush and I’ve made so many friends through my program. When the classes get smaller, you start to see the same people every day. I’m also involved in Outdoors Club so I have friends from that as well!"
"MSU has a ton of clubs to choose from. We have a Quidditch team, a squirrel watching club and even a ballroom dancing club!"
"Starting your own club is easy! You just have to fill out a form to become a registered student organization and the rest is up to you!"
"The social scene at MSU is what you make it. Since there's so many people there's no pressure to do anything you don't want to. I know plenty of people who don't drink, even though they're 21!"
"There's plenty to do at State if you're not into partying. There are on-campus activities like bowling, open mic night and more. The University Activities Board puts out flyers every week about sober campus events. I go see the comedy shows every now and then for free!"
"Quite a few people tend to stick with their friends especially since it's a state school. When I was a freshman all my friends were out-of-state because we were all naturally more outgoing since we came to MSU alone."
"Everyone is nice around here when they're drunk and on game days."
"Alcohol is everywhere on game day at MSU. If you don't want to be around it, I suggest staying inside when we have home games.
"Greek life is huge for partying at MSU. That's part of the reason why I went Greek! It's so much fun to have so many activities every week!"
Exploring Greater Lansing
"East Lansing itself is all about MSU which makes sense because campus is so big. The neighboring town have plenty of restaurants, shopping and attractions to offer though too! The mall in Okemos just got an H&M and Lansing is full of bars and awesome food. Plus, Detroit is just an hour away if you ever want to go to concerts, but we get a lot of big names on campus too! Macklemore, Childish Gambino, Juicy J and a bunch of other artists have performed on campus."
"With East Lansing being so close to downtown Lansing, there are always exciting events going on! Every year, Lansing has a tree lighting ceremony, and there are really fun restaurants and pubs there too. Not to mention all the events that are going on at our very own campus every night."
"I spend a lot of time on Grand River Ave. because there is so much to do there. From studying in a coffee shop to meeting friends for dinner to hitting up the boutiques during the day and the bars at night, you name it and Grand River has it!"
"East Lansing has such a great community atmosphere. I love the small town feel that posses on such a large campus. There are always events going on in the area. The Wharton Center, a perfdorming arts center, always has great plays and concerts. There are always sporting events going on, and a student organization is always hosting some kind of event!"
"Doing things in Greater Lansing is better and easier if you have access to a car. That being said, you can take the bus, but it takes forever. Everything around Grand River is reasonable to walk to otherwise you need a vehicle. That's probably the worst part."
"I've had internships all over the place in Lansing. It was easy to get to because Lansing is a 10-minute drive away. Plus, it's nice to get away from campus every now and then. Lansing feels more adult."
"The Spartan girl is really school spirited and outgoing. She spends her days studying and her nights out on the town. She’s stylish in denim and riding boots."
"You see all types of fashion here. Once the weather changes, everyone wears a sweater, leggings and boots, but you can definitely see the individuality in each woman here. There is by no means a "type," but we're awesome!"
"I think the Spartan girl is confident, smart and fun. She takes her academics seriously but leaves time to hangout with friends. She has goals and is determined to achieve them."
"The Spartan girl is caring, kind and focused. She’s motivated to get a good education. We’ve also been told the Spartan girl is pretty attractive ;)"
"We're all hardworking, motivated and strong women. The Spartan community of women is so strong!"
"The girl to guy ratio is just fine. 50% to me means that I have so many options for friends and for dating."
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