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Michigan State University, East Lansing - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Michigan State University Spartan

Michigan State University Spartan

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Michigan State University Description:

Michigan State University (MSU) sits on the banks of the Red Cedar River in East Lansing, Michigan. With about 47,000 students, a 5,200 acre campus, and close to 700 buildings, MSU is a small city unto itself. The school also has the largest study abroad program in the country. MSU was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strong liberal arts and sciences programs, and its high level of research earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. The MSU Spartans compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Be sure to compare the Big Ten.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 48,783 (37,354 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Scholarships for Michigan State (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,622 (in-state); $32,580 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,026 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,526
  • Other Expenses: $1,854
  • Total Cost: $24,028 (in-state); $43,986 (out-of-state)

Michigan State University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 66%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 46%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,427
    • Loans: $6,555

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, Finance, Marketing, Psychology, Social Sciences

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Michigan State University Mission Statement:

Michigan State University, a member of the Association of American Universities and one of the top 100 research universities in the world, was founded in 1855. We are an inclusive, academic community known for our traditionally strong academic disciplines and professional programs, and our liberal arts foundation. Our cross- and interdisciplinary enterprises connect the sciences , humanities, and professions in practical, sustainable, and innovative ways to address society’s rapidly changing needs.

As a public, research-intensive, land-grant university funded in part by the state of Michigan, our mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives by:

  • providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to promising, qualified students in order to prepare them to contribute fully to society as globally engaged citizen leaders
  • conducting research of the highest caliber that seeks to answer questions and create solutions in order to expand human understanding and make a positive difference, both locally and globally
  • advancing outreach, engagement, and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities, at home and around the world
mission statement from http://president.msu.edu/mission/

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