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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is a comprehensive, land-grant, public university. It has earned national recognition for cancer research and the development of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI). Michigan State has the largest residence hall system of any university in the nation, and it also houses the world's most powerful superconducting cyclotron. It is the only university in the nation with three medical schools on one campus: human, osteopathic and veterinary. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine; Eli Broad College of Business; and the James Madison College. Its 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, 80 miles northwest of Detroit.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 39,090
   Women 19,778 (50.6%)
   Men 19,312 (49.4%)
Graduate Students 11,254
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 66% of 37,480 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.70
SAT Math 603 average
540-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 525 average
450-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance In-state: $27,241
Out-of-state: $51,068
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $14,063
Out-of-state: $37,890
  Room and Board $9,734
Average Percent of Need Met 60%
Average Freshman Award $13,208
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 2,433
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 18% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 13% of classes
East Lansing Population 48,554
Nearest Metropolitan Area Detroit
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 39% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Sparty
Sororities 11% of women participate
Fraternities 12% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.7% Asian
8.0% Black/African-American
4.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.8% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students 12.4% from 105 countries
First-Year Students Returning 92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 51.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 28.0%