The first land-grant university in the country, Michigan State University is 'dedicated to advancing the common good'. Unique in many ways, the university also houses one of the nation's only environmental journalism organizations, a solar car racing team and a student-run organic farm.

Key Facts


  • #83 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022
  • #24 in Business Programs
  • #1 in Supply Chain Management
  • #9 in Production/ Operation Management
  • #48 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #5 in Biological/ Agriculture Engineering

Year founded

  • 1855

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 38,996

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 11,023

Student-faculty ratio

  • 16:1 

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 72% (US News); 66% (LQ)

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1204 / ACT 26

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.7 (US News); 3.6 (LQ)

International student population

  • 11.5%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.31 – 3.84

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $52,200

Popular majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $39,750 / $10,272


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts & Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Eli Broad College of Business, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, College of Human Medicine, James Madison College, College of Law, Lyman Briggs College, The College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, College of Social Science, College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Over 900 student organizations, from Quidditch to Photography Club there is always something new to explore
  • More than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate and professional study, providing many opportunities for students to explore their academic passions
  • Known as a research university, MSU totaled $695 million in research expenditures in 2017
  • With more than 566 buildings, from the Spartan Stadium to the Broad Art Museum, there are many spaces for students to learn inside and outside the classroom
  • Famous alumni include Sam Raimi, American filmmaker, actor and producer famous for directing the Spider-Man trilogy; Eli Broad, American entrepreneur and philanthropist, the only individual to have created two Fortune 500 companies in different industries — with an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion, Forbes ranked Broad the 65th wealthiest person in the world (October 2015)
Kings alumni at Michigan State University

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