Michigan State University
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.
Michigan State offers 200 academic programs across 17 degree-granting colleges. It is a leader in international enrollment and in international study opportunities, with 275 programs in more than 60 countries. The university comprises a diverse community known for strong academic disciplines and professional programs with a commitment to community engagement throughout the state and across the world. Michigan State’s crossand interdisciplinary programs connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical and innovative ways.
Every day, Spartan researchers push the boundaries of discovery to find solutions for a smarter, safer and healthier tomorrow. Among the top 100 research universities in the world, MSU boasts number 1-ranked graduate programs, innovative research centers and an international community of scientists and scholars. At MSU, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to the assets and opportunities available at a Big Ten university with an international reputation for life-changing research.
The university registers more than 900 student clubs, sports, and organizations and offers a wide variety of community engagement and collegebased activities. MSU’s Greek-letter community counts more than 50 recognized and nationally affiliated organizations. Students are served by a variety of student-run media, including independent student newspaper The State News and on-campus Impact 89 FM radio.
The home of nationally competitive Spartan basketball and football, MSU supports 25 varsity squads, including 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 13 intercollegiate sports for women. Consistent with the pioneer land-grant traditions of the university, Spartan Athletics is a pioneer among peer institutions. Michigan State played a leading role in the integration of college football in the 1960s, including becoming the first team to win a national championship with an African-American starting quarterback from the South. Spartan Stadium seats 75,000 for football games, and the Breslin Student Events Center, home of Spartan basketball, seats nearly 15,000 and hosts more than 260 campus and community events a year.
The Wharton Center for Performing Arts claims the nation’s largest programming schedule of any independent performing arts center affiliated with a university, with more than 200 stage events and some 200,000 guests attending Wharton presentations annually. The MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts and Creativity presents educational programs to more than 30,000 K-12 students there each year.
Michigan State is one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation, home to a diverse and inclusive academic community. It is located in East Lansing, a globally minded community at the center of the state with a population of nearly 50,000. The city’s business district and residential sections lie north of Grand River Avenue, a commercial thoroughfare which, with Michigan Avenue, forms the northern campus boundary. The city is well connected with local transportation assets, including Amtrak rail service and intercity bus services, both operating from a depot near the campus’s western side, and community and campus bus service operated by the Capital Area Transit Authority.
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