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MSU Facts

Michigan State University is the nation’s premier land-grant university and one of the top research universities in the world.

Every day, Spartans work to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.

Campus Profile

Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing, MSU’s campus is one of the biggest and greenest in the nation.

Top 100

Global university

49,695

Students

5,300

Acres

Academics

Top-ranked programs, high-caliber opportunities and an inclusive, collaborative community enable Spartan students to create powerful, personalized paths and to compete with the best in the world.

200+

Academic programs

275

Education abroad programs

38

MSU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally

16:1

Student-faculty ratio

  • Outstanding record of students earning Rhodes, Goldwater and other prestigious national and international scholarships
  • Freshman class profile (middle 50% of fall 2020 entering class): high school GPA, 3.5-4.0; SAT combined score (math and critical reading), 1110-1280; ACT composite score, 23-29
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for learning communities, study abroad and service-learning offerings


  • Member of the prestigious Association of the American Universities, a group of 65 universities widely regarded as among the top research-intensive institutions in North America
  • Among 100 Best Global Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings
  • No. 32 among public universities and No. 80 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2021
  • No. 35 among all public institutions in the country, according to Money’s 2020 “Best Colleges” ranking
  • Named a gold-status veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
  • Gold rating for sustainability achievements in 2019 through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Nine No. 1-ranked programs and 38 ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 in the nation for 27 straight years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education and top nuclear physics graduate program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 in the world for education, according to the 2020 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, a widely used international ranking of universities
  • Communication program ranked No. 4 in the world, according to a 2020 ranking by Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
  • Full-time MBA program in the Broad College of Business ranked No. 17 among public U.S. universities in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of Best U.S. Business Schools of 2019-2020
  • Four MSU programs are ranked in the top 25 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
    Agriculture and forestry: No. 10 globally, No. 5 in the U.S.
    Veterinary science: No. 11 globally, No. 4 in the U.S.
    Communication and media: No. 14 globally, No. 9 in the U.S.
    Education: No. 19 globally, No. 9 in the U.S.

MSU has 38 undergraduate and graduate programs ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, including nine No. 1-ranked programs.

Undergraduate

  • Supply chain management/logistics No. 1
  • Biological/agricultural engineering No. 5
  • Production/operations management No. 9
  • Management No. 17
  • Accounting No. 19
  • Management information systems No. 21
  • International business No. 22
  • Best undergraduate business programs No. 24
  • Business analytics No. 24

Graduate

  • Educational administration No. 1
  • Elementary education No. 1 for 27 straight years
  • Secondary education No. 1 for 27 straight years
  • Curriculum/instruction No. 1
  • Industrial/organizational psychology No. 1
  • Nuclear physics No. 1
  • Rehabilitation counseling (education) No. 1
  • Supply chain/logistics No. 1
  • African history No. 3
  • Higher education administration No. 4
  • Educational psychology No. 5
  • Production/operations management No. 7
  • Education policy No. 8
  • Criminal justice No. 9
  • Biosystems/agricultural engineering No. 12
  • Econometrics No. 11
  • Special Education No. 12
  • African American history No. 17
  • Veterinary medicine No. 17
  • International business No. 20

Best Online Graduate Programs

  • Education programs No. 4
  • Educational administration and supervision No. 2
  • Curriculum and instruction No. 2
  • Educational and instructional media design No. 7
  • Criminal justice No. 5
  • Business No. 21

Online Graduate Programs for Veterans

  • Master's programs in education No. 2
  • Master's program in criminal justice No. 3
  • Master's programs in business No. 11

 

Community

Wherever you go, there are Spartans working to make a better world. The MSU community includes more than 12,000 faculty and academic and support staff and an alumni network nearly half a million strong.

49,695

Students

38,491

Undergraduates, 11,204 graduate and professional

5,703

Faculty & academic staff

25.3%

Students of color, 9.1% international students

Research

Dedicated scientists, scholars and students push the boundaries of discovery to tackle the world’s biggest problems and to provide solutions that make a better tomorrow for all.

$725M

2019 research expenditures

100+

Institutes and centers

2,700+

Faculty inventions

Top 50

Research university, Washington Monthly 2020 rankings

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will advance understanding of rare isotopes, develop applications for society and provide research opportunities for scientists and students from around the world.

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Making a Stronger Michigan

MSU and partners across the state work to create a stronger, healthier, more prosperous tomorrow — for Michigan and the world.

$5.8B

Total economic impact statewide

80%

Undergraduates from Michigan

65%

Recent graduates employed in Michigan

271,000

Alumni living in Michigan

Global Impact

Spartans work together as part of a vibrant global community and create partnerships around the world to make a lasting impact from East Lansing to East Africa.

$82M

Average annual funding for international work

No. 1

Top-ranked public university for education abroad, U.S. News & World Report

1,400

Faculty and staff members engaged in international research and teaching

30+

Internationally focused centers

Athletics

Every day, Spartans of all abilities demonstrate athleticism, leadership, commitment and collaboration in varsity sports, plus adaptive sports and intramural teams.

  • 23 varsity squads: 11 intercollegiate sports for men and 12 intercollegiate sports for women
  • 23 straight NCAA appearances by men’s basketball team, including 10 Final Fours
  • Women’s cross country named Big Ten Champions in 2019 and 2021
  • 91% all-time-high graduation success rate for student-athletes
  • One of the largest intramural sports programs in the nation
  • Nickname: Spartans
  • Colors: Green and white
  • Mascot: Sparty
  • Conference: Big Ten