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Michigan State University
426 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI 48824 | (517) 355-1855
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2019 Quick Stats
- In-state Tuition & Fees $14,460 (2018-19)
- Out-of-state Tuition & Fees $39,750 (2018-19)
- Room and Board $10,272 (2018-19)
- Total Enrollment 50,019
- Application Deadline rolling
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Michigan State University is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 38,996, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 5,192 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Michigan State University’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 85. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,460 (2018-19); out-of-state tuition and fees are $39,750 (2018-19).
Michigan State University was the first land-grant institution in the country and became a model for similar schools. Michigan State is also home to one of the nation’s only environmental journalism organizations, a solar car racing team and a student-run organic farm. Its graduate programs include the highly ranked College of Education and the well-regarded Eli Broad College of Business.
Students can join more than 900 student clubs, including 60-plus fraternities and sororities. The university has one of the largest single-campus residence hall systems in the U.S., and freshmen must live on campus, with a few exceptions. Students can take advantage of more than 275 study abroad programs.
Questions & Answers
The Michigan State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Its football team has been a member of the conference since 1949 and competes against schools such as Purdue University, Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.
It won the 2015 Big Ten Championship, and seven of its players went to the NFL between 2016 and 2017. It also has an award-winning mascot, Sparty.
MSU and the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor are both public institutions and members of the Big Ten athletic sports conference. They also have comparable student bodies. Michigan State had a total enrollment of 50,344 students for fall 2016, while the University of Michigan had 44,718 students, according to U.S. News data.
The University of Michigan, however, has a more competitive admissions process, having accepted just 29 percent of applicants for fall 2016; Michigan State accepted 66 percent of applicants. The four-year graduation rate is 52 percent at Michigan State and 76 percent at the University of Michigan, according to U.S. News data.
It is harder to get accepted into MSU, since it is a more selective institution. About 66 percent of prospective students who applied for fall 2016 were accepted, according to U.S. News data. More than 37,000 students applied. The university uses rolling admissions, but the priority application deadline is Nov. 1.
The university suggests prospective students apply at least six months before the semester in which they would like to enroll. Because of space restrictions, not every semester will be open for students to submit transfer applications, according to the school’s website.
Competitive applicants have at least a 3.0 grade point average, 28 transferrable credits and completed certain math and writing courses. Transfer students with at least 42 credits must declare a major, and certain majors may require more or different prerequisites than others.