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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University


Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.

A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities.

Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Building Inclusive Communities

At MSU, we believe our differences are our strengths. Diversity is power. Building inclusive communities are at the core of our values.

Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants

Foremost among MSU’s values is inclusiveness. Inclusiveness provides opportunities for learners from all backgrounds to bring their passion and talent and join a vibrant, intellectual community built on mutual respect. The MSU community has the opportunity to create synergy within and across organizational systems in support of an inclusive educational and work environment through the “Creating Inclusive Excellence at Michigan State University” funding.

Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants (CIEG) presents an opportunity for Colleges and Academic Units to engage in efforts that will enhance academic quality, and through clearly articulated outcomes, demonstrably benefit students and create a more inclusive campus community for all.

Racial Equity Taskforce

MSU has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. President Stanley has identified three initial issues: campus climate and safety, policing, and the diversity of faculty and staff. A DEI steering committee has been working on these initiatives. Task Force recommendations and initial responses are available for review.

Diversity at MSU

Michigan State University is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Spartan students come from all 50 states and 130 countries. They conduct research, study abroad, participate in hundreds of student organizations and take advantage of the more than 200 academic programs MSU offers.

In fall 2019, 39,176 undergraduate students were enrolled at MSU. The number included 8,700 students of color. The number of male and female students was nearly equal.

  • 39,176 Undergraduate students
  • 8,700 Students of color
  • 50.6% Women
  • 24.5% Minority students

Our Commitment

We’re committed to doing more.

We have taken deliberate and meaningful action in the last year to be more aware and more accountable. We are committed to building on these efforts, acting more thoughtfully, and to creating solutions for a safer, more secure, and more supportive university.

Fostering a Safer Campus

The university is working with internal and external experts to address campus climate and culture by improving policies, procedures, programs, and operations.

MSU 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

The MSU Mission Statement was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 18, 2008.


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


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


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 of 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


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

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


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 golf team named Big Ten Champions in 2021
  • Women’s cross country team 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

    Alumni Statistics


    Rankings & Recognitions

    • 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 earned global accolades in the Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings, which measure how 1,154 universities are making progress in working toward the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
      • No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 4 globally for SDG 2, "Zero Hunger"
      • No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 66 globally for SDG 17, "Partnerships for the Goals"
      • Top 15 in the U.S. and in the 101-200 range globally for SDG 3, "Good Health and Well-Being"
      • Top 20 in the U.S. and in the 201-300 range globally for SDG 4, "Quality Education"

    U.S. News & World Report Rankings

    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.

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