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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?

9,652 Undergraduate Awards
$42,307 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% 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, 89% 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 #162 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Michigan State also holds the #5 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
#24 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 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 Food Science Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Pharmacology & Toxicology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Agriculture Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 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
#6 Best Hospitality Management Schools College Factual
#24 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools College Factual
#28 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#34 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#72 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#102 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Michigan State University?

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Contact details for Michigan State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Phone: 517-355-1855
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?

76% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
80% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Michigan State University is 76%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 80% 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 640. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 660 )
200
800
Michigan State received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Michigan State University  ( 22 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Michigan State University?

$42,307 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Michigan State is $42,307. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Michigan State, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,718 a year. That adds up to $34,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is 3.6%. 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

34,588 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 38,491 undergraduate students at Michigan State, with 34,588 being full-time and 3,903 being part-time.

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There are also 11,204 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 34,588 full-time undergraduates at Michigan State, 48% are male and 52% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,324
Black or African American 2,724
Hispanic or Latino 1,950
White 23,377
International Students 2,482
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,731

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

40,974 Took All Classes Online
45,588 Took At Least One Class Online
434.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 45,588 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Michigan State

The following table shows how Michigan State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Psychology #1 #16
Pharmacology & Toxicology #1 #1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #4 #16
Food Science Technology #7 #10
Other Homeland Security #9 #18
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #10 #10
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #34 #37
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #40 #40
Human Development & Family Studies #49 #66

Online Affordability Rankings of Michigan State Rankings

The following table shows how Michigan State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Homeland Security #4 #7
Other Psychology #10 #13
Other Business, Management & Marketing #13 #16
Human Development & Family Studies #16 #16
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #25 #25
Psychology #50 #68
General Education #54 #65
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #65 #77
Teacher Education Subject Specific #66 #78
Public Health #70 #82

Online Growth Rankings of Michigan State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Michigan State University was 434.6%. This is the #187 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly 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
Business Administration & Management 9%
Business, Management & Marketing 8%
Communication & Journalism 2%
Educational Administration 42%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3%
General Education 4%
Human Development & Family Studies 2%
Human Resource Management 32%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 39%
Liberal Arts General Studies 39%
Natural Resources & Conservation 14%
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9%
Other Psychology 53%
Pharmacology & Toxicology 6%
Psychology 14%
Public Health 11%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 42%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Michigan State ranks compared to all other mostly 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
Neurobiology & Neurosciences #1
Pharmacology & Toxicology #1
Other Homeland Security #1
Forestry #1
Other Psychology #1
General Education #1
Human Development & Family Studies #2
Natural Resources & Conservation #4
Communication & Media Studies #6
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #7
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #8
Human Resource Management #10
Other Business, Management & Marketing #10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #11
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #16
Public Health #16
Educational Administration #17
Accounting #19
Communication & Journalism #22
Psychology #22
Liberal Arts General Studies #24
Teacher Education Subject Specific #24
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #24
Special Education #25
Business Administration & Management #67
Health Professions #70
Education #70
Business, Management & Marketing #103

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 0 505 26 346 2 879
Public Relations & Advertising 0 517 0 12 0 529
Medicine 0 0 0 0 516 516
Communication & Media Studies 0 455 6 8 14 483
General Biology 0 412 0 5 9 426
General Psychology 0 385 0 18 17 420
Finance & Financial Management 0 376 0 30 2 408
Health & Physical Education 0 339 0 20 18 377
Accounting 0 231 0 130 3 364
Marketing 0 277 0 70 2 349
Economics 0 316 0 9 7 332
Mechanical Engineering 0 289 0 13 25 327
Computer Information Systems 0 269 0 26 14 309
Nursing 0 200 0 51 9 260
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 217 13 0 2 232
Hospitality Management 0 228 0 0 0 228
Law 0 0 0 0 226 226
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 200 0 200
Engineering-Related Fields 0 177 0 17 4 198
General Education 0 157 0 39 0 196
Human Resource Management 0 124 5 56 4 189
Animal Science 30 128 0 8 6 172
Electrical Engineering 0 95 0 41 24 160
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 139 0 12 7 158
Political Science & Government 0 119 0 14 8 141
Human Development & Family Studies 0 119 0 10 11 140
Zoology 0 122 0 10 6 138
Chemical Engineering 0 123 0 2 9 134
General Social Sciences 0 129 0 1 0 130
Music 0 65 0 49 15 129
General Engineering 0 125 0 0 0 125
Civil Engineering 0 95 0 9 14 118
Instructional Media Design 0 0 69 36 11 116
International Relations & National Security 0 116 0 0 0 116
General English Literature 0 107 0 0 6 113
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 42 64 0 106
Agricultural Economics & Business 20 63 0 13 7 103
Journalism 0 96 0 5 0 101
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 90 0 0 10 100
Sociology 0 91 0 2 5 98
Design & Applied Arts 0 86 12 0 0 98
Chemistry 0 61 0 8 28 97
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 89 0 5 0 94
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 91 0 91
Mathematics 0 85 0 1 4 90
Statistics 0 71 0 10 8 89
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 80 0 2 6 88
Special Education 0 51 1 32 1 85
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 84 0 1 0 85
Food Science Technology 1 27 0 52 4 84
Physics 0 46 0 14 24 84
Educational Administration 0 0 18 31 34 83
Nutrition Science 0 66 0 15 0 81
Wildlife Management 0 66 0 8 6 80
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 61 15 76
Natural Resources Conservation 0 74 0 0 0 74
Social Work 0 43 0 27 4 74
Genetics 0 62 0 1 7 70
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 58 0 1 7 66
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 49 15 64
Computer Engineering 0 64 0 0 0 64
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 31 11 14 6 62
Agricultural Engineering 0 53 0 7 0 60
Construction Engineering Technology 0 51 0 6 2 59
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 30 0 27 0 57
Agricultural Production 55 0 0 0 0 55
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 54 0 0 0 54
International Studies 0 54 0 0 0 54
History 0 38 0 1 10 49
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 49 0 0 0 49
Anthropology 0 43 0 2 4 49
Horticulture 45 0 0 0 0 45
Writing Studies 0 35 0 2 8 45
Public Health 0 0 2 43 0 45
Drama & Theater Arts 0 42 0 2 0 44
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 30 3 1 6 40
Plant Sciences 0 35 0 2 2 39
Soil Sciences 0 27 0 4 8 39
Information Technology 0 39 0 0 0 39
Other Engineering 0 37 0 0 0 37
Romance Languages 0 30 0 7 0 37
Natural Resource Management 0 20 0 9 8 37
Public Policy 0 27 0 8 0 35
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 30 4 34
Fine & Studio Arts 0 30 0 4 0 34
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 17 0 3 12 32
Sustainability Science 0 27 0 5 0 32
Forestry 0 22 5 4 1 32
Geography & Cartography 0 17 0 6 9 32
Materials Engineering 0 30 0 0 0 30
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 30 0 30
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 25 3 0 0 28
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 21 0 3 3 27
Applied Mathematics 0 20 0 3 2 25
East Asian Languages 0 23 0 0 0 23
Computational Science 0 0 21 2 0 23
Student Counseling 0 0 0 21 0 21
Recreation Administration 0 19 0 0 0 19
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 16 0 2 1 19
Other Psychology 0 0 11 8 0 19
Allied Health Professions 0 18 0 0 0 18
Philosophy 0 13 0 1 4 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 3 7 8 18
Botany/Plant Biology 0 7 0 2 8 17
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 17 0 17
Ethnic Studies 0 3 6 0 7 16
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 12 0 0 0 12
Science, Technology & Society 0 11 0 0 0 11
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 2 9 11
Educational Assessment 0 0 2 0 8 10
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 5 4 9
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 8 0 0 0 0 8
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 8 0 8
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 1 1 8
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 6 1 7
Biological & Physical Science 0 7 0 0 0 7
Religious Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 4 1 5
Environmental Design 0 0 0 4 0 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 4 4
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 4 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 4 0 0 0 4
Legal Research 0 0 0 3 0 3
Museum Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 3 0 3
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 1 1 2
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 0 0 2 2
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Medical Science 0 0 0 2 0 2
General Physical Sciences 0 2 0 0 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 1 0 1
Construction Management 0 1 0 0 0 1
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 1 0 0 1
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 159 9,493 263 2,058 1,324 13,297

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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