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?
- 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
|Best Colleges for International Students||31|
|Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||62|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||278|
|Best Colleges for Diversity||374|
|Best Colleges for the Money||581|
Where Is Michigan State University?
Contact details for Michigan State are given below.
|Address:||East Lansing, MI 48824-1046|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Michigan State?
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.
Can I Afford Michigan State University?
Net Price by Income Group for Michigan State
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
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
There are also 11,023 graduate students at the school.
Of the 35,404 full-time undergraduates at Michigan State, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Michigan State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||2,659|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,566|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Michigan State has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|Food Science Technology||10%|
|Pharmacology & Toxicology||12%|
|Radio, Television & Digital Communication||59%|
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.
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.
*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.