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Michigan State University Overview

Located in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State University is a public institution. East Lansing is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Michigan State University Known For?

9,093 Undergraduate Awards
$42,301 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Michigan State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Michigan State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Michigan State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $53,600 a year. That's about 31% more than their peers at other schools.

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Michigan State University Rankings

Michigan State is ranked #178 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Michigan State also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Michigan State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#106 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Michigan State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering-Related Fields Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Geography & Cartography Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Michigan State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#46 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#52 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Michigan State University?

Location of Michigan State University

Contact details for Michigan State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Phone: 517-355-1855
Website: https://www.msu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spartans.msu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michiganstateu

How Do I Get Into Michigan State?

You can apply to Michigan State online at: https://admissions.msu.edu/apply/default.aspx

Admission Requirements for Michigan State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Michigan State?

72% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
Michigan State has an acceptance rate of 72%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Michigan State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 550 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 670 )
200
800
Michigan State received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Michigan State University  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 28 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Michigan State University?

$42,301 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Michigan State is $42,301. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Michigan State, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,129 a year. That adds up to $32,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Michigan State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

35,744 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 39,423 undergraduate students at Michigan State, with 35,744 being full-time and 3,679 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Michigan State

There are also 10,928 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 35,744 full-time undergraduates at Michigan State, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Michigan State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Michigan State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Michigan State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,031
Black or African American 2,732
Hispanic or Latino 1,728
White 24,168
International Students 3,623
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,462

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Michigan State University. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 128 countries are represented at Michigan State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at Michigan State University

2,196 Took All Classes Online
11,469 Took At Least One Class Online
1.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 11,469 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Michigan State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Michigan State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Michigan State University was 1.8%. This is the #1,919 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Michigan State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Michigan State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 14%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Electrical Engineering 10%
Engineering 2%
Food Science Technology 10%
Mechanical Engineering 5%
Nursing 11%
Other Psychology 11%
Pharmacology & Toxicology 12%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 59%
Special Education 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Michigan State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Michigan State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Pharmacology & Toxicology #2
Food Science Technology #3
Other Psychology #11
Other Homeland Security #18
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #33
Engineering-Related Fields #45
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #47
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #49
General Education #98
Instructional Media Design #114
Curriculum & Instruction #121
Human Development & Family Studies #126
Communication & Journalism #141
Engineering Technologies #150
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #152
Special Education #175
Teacher Education Subject Specific #179
Psychology #186
Educational Administration #227
Criminal Justice & Corrections #367
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #418
Nursing #427

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Michigan State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 489 12 303 0 804
Public Relations & Advertising 0 496 0 17 0 513
General Biology 0 471 0 5 10 486
Communication & Media Studies 0 464 0 3 19 486
Health & Physical Education 0 373 0 27 6 406
Finance & Financial Management 0 362 0 36 2 400
Accounting 0 238 0 130 1 369
Economics 0 332 0 17 16 365
General Psychology 0 316 0 25 11 352
Nursing 0 212 0 65 4 281
Osteopathic Medicine 0 0 0 0 280 280
Mechanical Engineering 0 255 0 10 12 277
Marketing 0 200 0 76 0 276
Computer Information Systems 0 235 0 22 11 268
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 221 0 221
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 200 7 1 4 212
Hospitality Management 0 196 0 10 0 206
General Education 0 147 0 42 0 189
Medicine 0 0 0 0 188 188
Engineering-Related Fields 0 163 0 22 1 186
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 146 0 26 2 174
Music 0 64 0 65 39 168
Electrical Engineering 0 111 0 18 25 154
Chemical Engineering 0 132 0 6 9 147
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 121 22 143
Human Development & Family Studies 0 117 1 11 8 137
Animal Science 14 113 0 3 5 135
Zoology 0 113 0 8 11 132
Journalism 0 123 0 9 0 132
Instructional Media Design 0 0 65 60 7 132
Human Resource Management 0 78 5 43 3 129
General Social Sciences 0 127 0 0 0 127
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 116 116
Sociology 0 106 0 2 5 113
Mathematics 0 102 0 4 6 112
Chemistry 0 62 0 5 43 110
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 97 0 2 8 107
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 107 0 107
Political Science & Government 0 96 0 6 3 105
General Engineering 0 104 0 0 0 104
General English Literature 0 94 0 3 7 104
International Relations & National Security 0 104 0 0 0 104
Civil Engineering 0 76 0 18 5 99
Food Science Technology 0 32 0 65 1 98
Agricultural Economics & Business 13 59 0 9 12 93
Special Education 0 39 0 48 4 91
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 88 0 0 0 88
Physics 0 55 0 13 20 88
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 79 0 1 7 87
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 74 0 7 0 81
Wildlife Management 0 54 0 10 9 73
Social Work 0 50 0 18 3 71
Construction Engineering Technology 0 55 0 6 6 67
Genetics 0 54 0 1 10 65
Statistics 0 33 0 26 5 64
Design & Applied Arts 0 53 10 0 0 63
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 52 0 2 8 62
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 9 52 0 61
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 51 7 60
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 29 7 19 4 59
Computer Engineering 0 59 0 0 0 59
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 28 0 29 0 57
Agricultural Engineering 0 46 0 4 7 57
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 54 0 0 0 54
International Studies 0 52 0 0 0 52
Natural Resources Conservation 0 52 0 0 0 52
Writing Studies 0 44 0 3 3 50
Nutrition Science 0 48 0 2 0 50
Educational Administration 0 0 11 17 20 48
History 0 37 0 3 6 46
Public Policy 0 26 0 18 0 44
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 28 4 6 2 40
Public Health 0 0 4 36 0 40
Soil Sciences 0 31 0 5 3 39
Anthropology 0 30 0 1 8 39
Plant Sciences 0 32 0 4 2 38
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 38 0 0 0 38
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 33 0 3 2 38
Agricultural Production 35 0 0 0 0 35
Forestry 0 22 6 6 1 35
Other Engineering 0 34 0 0 0 34
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 34 0 34
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 13 14 7 34
Fine & Studio Arts 0 28 0 5 0 33
Romance Languages 0 29 0 2 0 31
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 31 0 31
Natural Resource Management 0 19 0 7 5 31
Geography & Cartography 0 20 0 7 4 31
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 9 0 29
Botany/Plant Biology 0 7 0 7 14 28
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 14 0 0 12 26
Applied Mathematics 0 15 0 5 5 25
Allied Health Professions 0 24 0 0 0 24
Information Technology 0 23 0 0 0 23
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 2 20 0 0 0 22
Materials Engineering 0 21 0 0 0 21
Computational Science 0 0 19 1 1 21
East Asian Languages 0 20 0 0 0 20
Horticulture 19 0 0 0 0 19
Philosophy 0 11 0 0 8 19
Urban & Regional Planning 0 12 0 6 0 18
Teaching English or French 0 0 2 15 0 17
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 15 2 0 0 17
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 14 0 1 0 15
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0 9 14
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 13 0 0 0 0 13
Recreation Administration 0 13 0 0 0 13
Landscape Architecture 0 11 0 0 0 11
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 10 11
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 11 11
Germanic Languages 0 8 0 1 2 11
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 2 9 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 9 1 10
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 4 5 9
Science, Technology & Society 0 9 0 0 0 9
Other Psychology 0 0 5 4 0 9
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 9 0 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 9 0 0 0 9
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 4 4 8
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 6 0 6
Educational Assessment 0 0 5 0 1 6
Environmental Design 0 0 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 0 0 0 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Physical Sciences 0 3 0 0 0 3
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 2 0 0 2
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 0 1 1 2
Biological & Physical Science 0 2 0 0 0 2
Other Social Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 2
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 1 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 0 0 1
Medical Science 0 0 0 1 0 1
Museum Studies 0 0 1 0 0 1
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 96 8,997 194 2,204 1,149 12,640

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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