A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University and its sister universities make a big impact—in partnerships and individually—in their communities, across the nation, and around the world.
The 12 outstanding institutions of the Big Ten Conference, which was formed more than 115 years ago, share values and goals that focus on high academic standards while supporting athletic excellence and celebrating student-athlete accomplishments.
With a total of nearly five million alumni around the world and annual research and development expenditures of more than $7 billion, Big Ten universities are a force for good. Learn more about the impact of Big Ten universities.
- The Big Ten leads all conferences with 30 ranked graduate school programs among the nation’s top 25 in the fields of law, medicine, business, and engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012.
- All Big Ten universities were granted Tier One Status by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction awarded to about 100 universities in the nation.
- Big Ten universities were issued a total of more than 480 patents. (2009)
- The conference recognized a record 2,557 student-athletes who achieved cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better on Academic All-Conference teams in 2011–12.
- The conference launched the first national conference-owned television network in 2007—the Big Ten Network, which now is in 51 million homes nationally and available internationally in 20 countries.
- The Big Ten was the first conference to address the historical imbalance in male and female student-athlete participation in intercollegiate athletics and voluntarily adopt participation goals for female student-athletes.
- Big Ten teams claimed at least three national titles in each of the last 10 seasons, and the Big Ten leads all conferences with national titles in 12 different NCAA-sponsored championships from 2002–03 to 2011–12.
- The Big Ten has some of the nation’s most supportive fans, with more than 10 million patrons attending conference home contests during the 2011–12 seasons for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball alone.
For another look at how the Spartan community is making an impact on the world, be sure to tune into the Big Ten Network’s “BTN LiveBIG” series, which airs with stories from Michigan State at midnight, January 31st.
The program—which is a one-of-a-kind program that highlights Spartans who are making a difference all over the globe- from Detroit to Africa. The show explores Spartans Will 360, an eight-week journey that sent a team of Spartans to four continents to capture and share the stories of their fellow Michigan State alumni who are having a global impact.
The Association of American Universities is a prestigious group of 62 public and private research universities in the United States and Canada widely regarded as among the top research-intensive institutions in North America. Members of the AAU are leaders in innovation, scholarship, and solutions that help society’s overall well-being.
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation includes 13 world-class research universities—the 12 member universities of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. Together, CIC universities create unique experiences for students and faculty and support each other by sharing expertise, campus resources, and innovative program information.
Land-grant Universities (APLU)
The nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, Michigan State University is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. APLU’s 218 members include public and land-grant universities, state university systems, and higher education-related organizations. Together, the members work to advance learning, discovery, and engagement.