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Academics

Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is a “research intensive school, meaning there are a lot of opportunities to pursue undergraduate research.” As a “top-tier research university, many students involved in undergraduate research can participate in meaningful studies that yield publications, “ and students say that “through [their] professors, [they] have been able to secure paid international internships and research positions.” One student says that during their first year, “I participated on a panel for entrepreneurship with the dean of the business school, the director of entrepreneurship, two other students and an alum.” Professors in schools such as James Madison and Lyman Briggs, and the Honors College, “which prides itself on offering course flexibility and customization,” have “some of the best professors in the country.” A transfer student says that professors largely “understand that teaching a class not only means spewing out information, but also means teaching students how to learn and be successful in and beyond class.” They can “teach flexibly, meaning they can adjust their techniques to cater to the students and they can also explain the subject matter in multiple ways so that it gets across to all of the different learners.” The college offers generous scholarships and “professor assistantships to incoming freshmen,” which provide “the opportunity to do paid research.” Top programs include the “Veterinary Medicine, teaching, and business schools that attract people from all over the world,” and the nationally renowned nuclear physics and agriculture programs.”

Student Body

MSU “fosters an environment of laid-back, yet urgent creativity,” says one student. “You won’t find an air of pompous prestige anywhere on campus (maybe some frats) but you will find extremely driven people.” Another says “We’re Spartan strong and we’re here to support and encourage one another: It’s a big family here.” The student body at Michigan State is “diverse and massive.” The student body certainly shares a sense of camaraderie “epitomized by the popular slogan ‘Spartans Will.’” While the student body is “academically oriented” and “can provide their peers an intellectual challenge,” the student body at MSU is “not overly competitive, and generally seems to work towards intellectual cooperation rather than cut-throat competition.” “It is hard to paint one picture of a student body that hosts more than 50,000 people,” says one student, “especially one as diverse as the one we have at Michigan State.” Yet everyone at MSU “never misses a beat to yell Go White! in response to Go Green!”

Campus Life

“The greatest strength of this school, for me, is the beauty of the campus,” says one student. The large campus and its surroundings offer “a lot of options, from museums, gardens, fountains, the famous Rock, where people paint to promote events and clubs, and a river in the middle of campus.” Boasts another student, “Some schools have terrible cafeteria food, but MSU has some of the best in the country,” with “a variety of choices as well as healthy options and meals for those with special dietary needs.” The dining plans have unlimited access to the dozen or so dining halls across campus, so it is “always easy to get good food when living on campus.” Sports are popular too, with “huge campus-wide spirit on football game days.” Broadcast “in almost every residence hall on the TVs and certainly in every recreational facility, the sports here are what make MSU, MSU!” Most students “enjoy tailgating, as well as basketball and hockey games.” The campus bus route “takes students to MSU/East Lansing and surrounding town locations, including shopping malls.” The Wharton Center “gives student discounts for most shows,” and “people go out to eat on Grand River, which has a lot of great restaurants.” Students also “chill” at large parties “with loud music and alcohol.” Many students are concerned that Michigan State hasn’t dealt with high-profile and troubling sexual assault cases in a pro-active way, and strongly urge administration to establish better policies.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
John Ambrose
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
250 Admin Bldg
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone
517-355-8332

Email
admis@msu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
MSU Student Union
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
MSU Main Library and Cyber Cafe
International Center
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown East Lansing Shops and Restaurants
Downtown Lansing Shops and Restaurants
Meridian Mall/Eastwod Towne Center
State of Michigan Capitol Building

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - Sat

517-355-8332

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 1:00, Sat 10:30
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not on weekend/Academic Year only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Capitol City Airport serves the Greater Lansing Area and is a 15-minute taxi ride to the MSU campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses operate in East Lansing with a station directly next to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traverse City or Points North via I-75 Proceed south on I-75 to US 27 near Grayling. Proceed south on US 27 past St. Johns; then follow US 127 towards Lansing. Proceed south on US 127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Detroit or Points East via I-96 Proceed west on I-96 to northbound US-127; proceed north on US-127 to the Flint/Clare exit (exit #8); take this exit, then take the Kalamazoo Street/Michigan Avenue exit. At the stoplight, turn right onto Kalamazoo Street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Grand Rapids or Points West via I-96 Proceed east on I-96 to eastbound I-69; proceed east on I-69 to southbound US-127; proceed south on US-127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Flint or Points East via I-69 Proceed southwest on I-69 to southbound US-127; proceed south on US-127 to the Saginaw Street (M-43)/Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue exit; continue straight through the intersection at Saginaw Street; continue straight through the intersection at Michigan Avenue; continue straight to the Kalamazoo Street intersection, and turn left onto Kalamazoo street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated. Jackson or Points South via US-127 Proceed north on US-127 to the Flint/Clare exit (exit #8); take this exit, then take the Kalamazoo Street/Michigan Avenue exit. At the stoplight, turn right onto Kalamazoo Street; continue traveling east on Kalamazoo Street, going straight through the stoplight at the Harrison Road intersection onto the MSU Campus. Follow the curve to the left; at the statue of Sparty, turn right (east) onto Red Cedar Road; immediately on your right will be Lot 62W, the visitor's parking lot north of Spartan Stadium. Enter the lot (take a lot ticket) and park. Bring your lot ticket with you to have it validated.

Local Accommodations
List of hotels in East Lansing: Kellogg Center (on campus)(S. Harrison Road, 1-800-875-5090); East Lansing Marriott (300 M.A.C. Ave., 1-800-646-4MSU); Residence Inn (1600 E. Grand River, 1-517-332-7711); Towneplace Suites By Marriott (Hannah Boulevard, 1-800-257-3000); Ramada Inn (1100 Trowbridge Road, 517-351-5500); Hampton Inn Hotel (2500 Coolidge Road, 517-324-2072).

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Applicants: 44,322
Acceptance Rate: 71%
Average HS GPA: 3.75







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