Michigan State University in East Lansing

East Lansing, MI

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Michigan State University offers 1115-degree programs and 47 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 66%. The most popular test is SAT - 13% of students submitted it in comparison to 83% of students who submitted ACT. 48.4% are women, and 51.6% are men. 15% percents of international students. Michigan State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Michigan State University is 16382$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $16146 and $25350 per year. 78% of full-time Michigan State University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $49,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Michigan State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Michigan State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,434
$30,001 - $48,000$11,999
$48,001 - $75,000$17,744
$75,001 - $110,000$21,775

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 3912

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


19703 of Michigan State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 51 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Michigan State University number 3 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Michigan State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Michigan State University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Michigan State University graduation rate is above the national average.

78% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Michigan State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Michigan State University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 4% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Michigan State University acceptance rate value is at the level of state net price average for 0% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Michigan State University full-time retention rate is 92% and part-time retention rate is 64%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Michigan State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1440 - 1840

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 450 - 580
Math: 530 - 680
Writing: 460 - 580

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Michigan State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
23 - 28

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 23 - 29
Math: 23 - 28
Writing: 8 - 9

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Michigan State University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Michigan State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Michigan State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by Hannah Administration Bldg., 426 Auditorium Road, Room 450 address in East Lansing, Michigan.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Michigan State University with 0.36% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Michigan State University offers 1115 programs in total: 376 are for Master's degree, 368 - for Bachelor's degree, 285 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 37 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 31 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 6 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs offered. Michigan State University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers a 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 47 distance learning programs that are offered in the Michigan State University: 42 are for Master's degree, 3 - for Bachelor's degree, 1 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs and 1 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Michigan State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 37217 students with 1116516 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 5582 with 133970 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 2554 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Michigan State University

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MSU is now deploying random 5-star reviews to compensate for the 1-star reviews that alumni are justifiably leaving in the wake of the Nassar scandal.Update: Now featuring Richard Spencer.Update: Resumed offering bribes to silence victims, courtesy of John Engler.Do what you will.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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I guess the university earned quite a lot of fundings by squeezing from the students every single penny of their money? Also, the only reason the university take in so many international students is probably they need them to boost their rankings, and of course, the money from their pockets are desirable as well. But then why on earth do they treat these students they rely on with no intentions of getting them really on a good track of education , instead of simply discriminating against them, pushing them around ? Such a myth.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Don’t forget the world is at war on the west coast and you can’t remember due to stun and inject and erase memory. Last year in Miami a federal prosecutor was found dead in Hollywood beach 2017. The fed called it suicide. If you own a gun the syndicates stun you and blow your brains out and call it suicide. On 11 13 1999 I was stunned injected overdosed throat slit and robbers at fdic roseville California duct taped doors and wanted me to ignite paperwork and building. I escapedSee Loomis Robbery Sacramento 1999. It is the only proof. I was recruited from a south east university to sit in the ceo chair as a proxy for the federal government banking regulator the Federal Deposit insurance corporation the fdic in 1999 and I remembered details in 2018. Stunned and injected repeatedly I now have headaches but memories are back.In 1983 in us navy my Michigan shipmate saw me stunned topside on vessel in terminal island California. He told me not to forget my brother. Kurt Cobain of nirvana was a kid then. Later my father was likely murdered in 1986. The assassin was likely going to kill me or it wa dad trying to get me to join kurt I am the older brother not mentioned kurt brown.California’s brittany Murphy and her husband were killed per my opinion in 2009 and 2010. Michael Jackson of montecito was likely killed also. I suspect bodies held partially alive while impostors clean out accounts and arrange payments.I am considering buying a home in Lansing for student usage. I like music and video and I also like invention whether in physics or chemistry. I survived the fdic because I am almost suicidal. I was born maimed and overcame maiming but not depression. I also like to throw things off when in a fight for survival. I only fight if paid and only if ethical. I brought a cane with a large stopper rubber to ceo table fdic 11 12 1999 deregulation day banking. A commando unit entered and I put hands and feet on cane and watched others passing out and a guard yelling. The guard was killed A man next to me lifted hands and feet. My feet slipped from cane and I went unconscious.I want to have a child perhaps so a young roommate if ethical virtue is invited to apply. No smokers drinkers or drug users. Race not important. I may be an illegal space alien from Allah bama.Stun and inject and erase memory is common. From California to Alabama. In addition they can inject you and ask you questions and tell you what to say. My girlfriend and I were attacked on 11,13 1999. Stunned with a laser cannon. I can only hope she was not killed and replaced. I had driven from Roseville to San Francisco to Santa Rosa and attacked along the way and caused numerous wrecks and likely ran over a man roadside in Sacramento. I was passing out unknowingly. Stun inject overdosed throat slit and likely lobotomy. Her father was a Holocaust survivor who came from the north usa in water purification business. I can only hope her daughter was not raped. The robbers were raping women at the fdic San Francisco and Roseville. I suspect the seidman traiNing center in Arlington as well.Google plus kurt brown saintrambone mobile audit club.Father said no military and no finance. I did both. My little brother Kurt Cobain did as father said. They killed him and robbed him and called him suicide. If you have a gun keep it in a locked safe. California persecuted me for gun ownership. But I had forgotten the criminals in the state stun you and blow your brains out. Father wants me to be an attorney. Perhaps I should apply and finish’ development of the invisibility cloak Thus far it is a myth. But I should not be alive or am I.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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A university is supposed to be a safe environment for learning and speaking your mind but clearly MSU fails in all these departments. We all know that the staff are corrupt, only interested in money and they don't have the student's best interest at heart. This is only proved by Larry Nassar sexual abuse allegations, which I'm sure we've all heard about. Instead of apologizing like decent human beings, they're just trying to save their own arses so that they don't lose money or their reputation (even though their reputation is tarnished now anyway). The only reason why someone would want to go to this university now is because they think they'll easily get accepted in because the university clearly has low standards. *BECAUSE THEY KNOWINGLY PROTECTED ONE OF THE WORST PEDOPHILES IN AMERICAN HISTORY FOR DECADES*. MSU, you should apologize. Apologize to all the women (edit: and apparently, now men) whose lives were ruined by the monster you protected for so long. And those of you who KNEW and covered the truth should be sat in a jail cell next to Nassar.Edit: And now they have the AUDACITY to allow a white supremacist into their campus to promote their hateful philosophy. The truth of this school is becoming clearer and clearer as each day passes. I'm so offended and disgusted by MSU's actions, I hope all their lies and prejudices crumble down on top of them soon.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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I have been n FFA and 4H since I can remember, in that time I have visited MSU millions of times. This school has a big campus but it is amazing like no other! The staff and the students are helpful and nice. Even though the class sizes are huge you can make a connection with your professor by actually going to see them and talk to them. I would recommend going to this school.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5173551855

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: msu.edu

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