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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?

35,404 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,984 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 degree 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.

Michigan State University Rankings

Michigan State is ranked #107 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Michigan State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Michigan State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Michigan State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 31
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 62
Best Colleges 107
Best Colleges for Veterans 278
Best Colleges for Diversity 374
Best Colleges for the Money 581

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 )
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36

Can I Afford Michigan State University?

$18,984 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Michigan State is $18,984. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Michigan State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,446 $14,743 $20,481 $25,162 $27,210

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

35,404 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 38,996 undergraduate students at Michigan State, with 35,404 being full-time and 3,592 being part-time.

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

There are also 11,023 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 35,404 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 1,843
Black or African American 2,659
Hispanic or Latino 1,566
White 23,713
International Students 4,209
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,414

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Michigan State University awarded 17,994 undergraduate degrees and 6,706 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 238 130 1
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 59 9 12
Agricultural Engineering 0 46 4 7
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 20 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 24 0 0
Animal Science 0 113 3 5
Anthropology 0 30 1 8
Applied Mathematics 0 15 5 5
Arts & Media Management 0 0 9 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 14 1 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 79 1 7
Biological & Physical Science 0 2 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 6 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 7 7 14
Business Administration & Management 0 489 303 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 10
Chemical Engineering 0 132 6 9
Chemistry 0 62 5 43
Civil Engineering 0 76 18 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 14 7
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 74 7 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 464 3 19
Communication Sciences 0 0 31 0
Computational Science 0 0 1 1
Computer Engineering 0 59 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 235 22 11
Construction Engineering Technology 0 55 6 6
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 146 26 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 121 22
Design & Applied Arts 0 53 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 38 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 9 0
East Asian Languages 0 20 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 28 6 2
Economics 0 332 17 16
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 11
Educational Administration 0 0 17 20
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 1
Electrical Engineering 0 111 18 25
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 1 1
Engineering-Related Fields 0 163 22 1
Environmental Design 0 0 4 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 4 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 9 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 362 36 2
Fine & Studio Arts 0 28 5 0
Food Science Technology 0 32 65 1
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 4 4
Forestry 0 22 6 1
General Biology 0 471 5 10
General Business/Commerce 0 0 107 0
General Education 0 147 42 0
General Engineering 0 104 0 0
General English Literature 0 94 3 7
General Physical Sciences 0 3 0 0
General Psychology 0 316 25 11
General Social Sciences 0 127 0 0
Genetics 0 54 1 10
Geography & Cartography 0 20 7 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 33 3 2
Germanic Languages 0 8 1 2
Health & Physical Education 0 373 27 6
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 0
History 0 37 3 6
Hospitality Management 0 196 10 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 117 11 8
Human Resource Management 0 78 43 3
Information Technology 0 23 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 60 7
International Relations & National Security 0 104 0 0
International Studies 0 52 0 0
Journalism 0 123 9 0
Landscape Architecture 0 11 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 15 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 14 0 12
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 28 29 0
Marketing 0 200 76 0
Materials Engineering 0 21 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 2 9
Mathematics 0 102 4 6
Mechanical Engineering 0 255 10 12
Medical Science 0 0 1 0
Medicine 0 0 0 188
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 221 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 52 2 8
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 0 0
Music 0 64 65 39
Natural Resource Management 0 19 7 5
Natural Resources Conservation 0 52 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 200 1 4
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 88 0 0
Nursing 0 212 65 4
Nutrition Science 0 48 2 0
Osteopathic Medicine 0 0 0 280
Other Engineering 0 34 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 34 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 54 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 4 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 51 7
Philosophy 0 11 0 8
Physics 0 55 13 20
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 97 2 8
Plant Sciences 0 32 4 2
Political Science & Government 0 96 6 3
Public Health 0 0 36 0
Public Policy 0 26 18 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 496 17 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 52 0
Recreation Administration 0 13 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 9 1
Religious Studies 0 4 0 0
Romance Languages 0 29 2 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 9 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 3 0 0
Social Work 0 50 18 3
Sociology 0 106 2 5
Soil Sciences 0 31 5 3
Special Education 0 39 48 4
Statistics 0 33 26 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 29 19 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 15 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 12 6 0
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 116
Wildlife Management 0 54 10 9
Writing Studies 0 44 3 3
Zoology 0 113 8 11
Total 0 17,994 4,408 2,298

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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