Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a co-educational public research university, located in East Lansing, Michigan. It was founded in 1855. MSU has the eighth largest student body in the United States. It enrolls more than 45,000 students annually. It offers a variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Law
  • College of Music
  • College of Natural Science
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Social Science
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Honors College
  • James Madison College
  • Lyman Briggs College
  • Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
  • The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
  • Undergraduate University Division

MSU's sports teams are nicknamed the Spartans.

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Contacting Michigan State

Michigan State University
East Lansing , MI 48824-1046
General Phone: (517) 355-1855

Michigan State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,747business, business management, logistics, operations management, accounting, finance, human resources, labor relations, organizational behavior, ...
Liberal Arts1,538American studies, Hispanic-American studies, linguistics, East Asian language and literature, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, ...
Media1,071communication studies, mass communication, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, health communication
Science966biology, biochemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, botany, plant pathology, call and molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, entomology, ...
Education and Teaching730education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, educational research, social foundations of education, special ed, education of hearing impaired, education of learning disabled, ...
Engineering704engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science ...
Therapy and Counseling580psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, music therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy449nutrition sciences, parks and recreation management, exercise science, athletic trainer, vocational counseling, rehabilitation, dietitian
Medicine342neuroscience, pre-veterinary, medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, large animal medicine, veterinary biomedical sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine250registered nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science
Security and Law Enforcement234criminal justice and administration, forensic science
Family and Social Work224family and consumer science, merchandising and retailing, human nutrition, housing, family systems, child development, family and community services, public administration, social work ...
Hospitality206hospitality management, restaurant and food services management
Medical Support and Technology205audiology and speech pathology, veterinary assistant, clinical lab tech
Music153music, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, jazz, music pedagogy
Landscaping and Horticulture138landscaping, turf management, plant sciences, horticultural science, soil science
Mathematics136mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management129conservation, environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management, natural resource economics, forestry, wildlife management
Computer Science and Engineering122computer and info science, information science, computer engineering
Animal Science and Care121animal husbandry, equine science, animal science, dairy science
Engineering Technician113construction engineering tech
Agricultural Science and Management96agricultural management, agricultural economics, crop production, agricultural journalism, food science
Architecture and Planning92urban planning, environmental design, landscape architecture
Design90fashion design, interior design
Art Studies60art studies
Drama and Performing Arts29drama
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Fine Arts11art history and criticism
Construction Trades4electrician

Number of programs and degrees for Michigan State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years10110
Bachelor's degree7,941112
Master's degree1,817110
Doctor's degree44688
Post-master's certificate123
First-professional degree3243

Michigan State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Michigan State had a total enrollment of 46,045 students (40,200 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 21%
First Professional 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 7%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 31%
20-21 31%
22-24 17%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
New York1%

Michigan State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %
Part-Time 52 %

Michigan State Room and Board (2007)

Michigan State offers campus housing for 16,759 of its 40,200 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of East Lansing, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Michigan State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480620
SAT Math540660
SAT Writing480610
ACT Verbal2228
ACT Math2228
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT18%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Michigan State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,214
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,672
Room and board $ 7,076
Room charge $ 2,900
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,726
Books and supplies $ 944
Other expenses $ 1,696

Financial Aid:
Michigan State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 229000)

Michigan State Faculty

Michigan State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track250197
Non-tenured and not on tenure track390319

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year241$149,19557$138,247
Associate professorcalendar year79$102,27646$95,623
Assistant professorcalendar year99$74,66872$76,217
Instructorcalendar year40$37,50158$41,373
All faculty totalcalendar year459$115,312233$86,549

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year478$123,276139$120,438
Associate professoracademic year278$90,106174$82,212
Assistant professoracademic year268$71,589229$65,253
Instructoracademic year33$45,11449$48,777
All faculty totalacademic year1,057$99,007591$81,859

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Michigan State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Ten Conference
Basketball Big Ten Conference
Baseball Big Ten Conference
Track Big Ten Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports102174276

Michigan State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Crop Production
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
Dairy Science
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Labor Studies
Labor and Industrial Relations
Logistics and Materials Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Merchandising and Buying Operations
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Forestry, General
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family Systems
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Nutrition
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Restaurant/Food Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Horticultural Science
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Sciences, General
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing
Urban Studies/Affairs

Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Health Communication
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Large Animal/Food Animal & Equine Surgery/Medicine (Cert,MS,PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (DO)
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Other (Cert, MS PhD)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Molecular Genetics
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Plant Genetics
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Science, Technology and Society
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Educational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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Top 8%Michigan State % of degrees in media
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 12%Michigan State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 13%Michigan State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%Michigan State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in science
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Top 16%Michigan State % of degrees in science
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 18%Michigan State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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