#3 Best Colleges in Michigan

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

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Michigan State University overview
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Online msu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Michigan State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Michigan State University (MSU), located in East Lansing, Michigan, is a public research university that emphasizes a strong blend of academic rigor and research opportunities. Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, it stands as a pioneer land-grant institution with a storied history of advancements in agriculture and engineering. The expansive campus is situated in a suburban setting, characterized by the iconic Beaumont Tower and Spartan Stadium, and is just a few miles east of the state capital, Lansing. MSU offers a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in business, education, and engineering. The university maintains a selective admissions process. On-campus housing is available and designed to accommodate a significant portion of the student body. MSU Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, with its athletic programs enjoying particular distinction in basketball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 53,341 prospective students applied, and 46,914 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 9,829 enrolled in the school.  44,292 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,731 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $15,192 plus fees of $180. Michigan State is ranked 240 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Michigan State is rated within the top 33% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Michigan State University overview
SAT 1160/1360
ACT 25/31
GPA 3.72

Applications Accepted

Michigan State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Michigan Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Michigan State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,254
Other Fees$180
Room and Board $10,990
Budget for Other Expenses$3,374
Total One Year Cost$30,990

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Michigan State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,254
Other Fees$180
Room and Board $10,990
Budget for Other Expenses$3,374
Total One Year Cost$57,576

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$60,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Michigan State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Social Sciences 11%
Communication 11%
Biology 9%
Health Professions 6%

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