Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 50,340
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 17:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 18,824 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Michigan State University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 37,480 applications and 24,641 students were granted admission. Michigan State University is at the #64 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 82% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 13% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT990 to 1260
ACT24 to 29

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Michigan State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $37,890 and in-state students paid $14,062.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 68% of Michigan State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 23% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,595 (which is 3.7% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Michigan State University in 2016-2017, was 3,428, which is 43% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,294 (which is 0.2% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Michigan State University has enrolled a total of 50,340 students (43,695 students full-time and 6,645 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 50,340 students, 1,640 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 39,090 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 11,250 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 2,339 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 66%

Non-resident alien: 14%

Black/African American: 7%

Asian: 5%

Hispanic: 4%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Michigan State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 14% 5,209 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 11% 4,291 448
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 7% 2,454
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 6% 2,284 0
Social Sciences 6% 2,266
Education 6% 2,242 415
Engineering 5% 1,775
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 4% 1,523 0
Psychology 2% 850
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 2% 779

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Michigan State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Michigan State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $39,800. Last year, out of the total 7,489 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 7,115 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 8,871 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 8,250 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $39,800 $51,500
Employment Rate 95% 93%
Total Graduates 7,489 8,871

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Michigan State University.

Jackson College
39.3 mile away
Schoolcraft College
57.4 mile away
Oakland University
64 mile away
Henry Ford College
69 mile away