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MSU Facts

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.

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Public university






Top-ranked programs, high-quality opportunities and a diverse, inclusive and collaborative community enable Spartan students to create personalized paths that prepare them to succeed and lead.


Academic programs


Education abroad programs


Programs and concentrations in the top 25 nationally


Student-faculty ratio

  • Outstanding record of students earning Rhodes, Goldwater and other prestigious national and international scholarships
  • Average high school GPA for entering class: 3.79
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for learning communities, study abroad and service-learning offerings

  • Member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of 71 universities widely regarded as among the top research-intensive institutions in North America
  • No. 28 among public universities and No. 60 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2024
  • Among the top 100 patent-granting universities in the world, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Named a gold-status veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency eight years in a row
  • Gold rating for sustainability achievements in 2022 through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Six No. 1-ranked programs and concentrations and 35 ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 in the nation for 29 straight years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education and No. 1 supply chain graduate program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 2 in the world in education for three straight years, according to the 2022 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, a widely used international ranking of universities
  • No. 3 in the world for two straight years in communication, according to a 2022 ranking by Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
  • Three MSU programs are ranked in the top 25 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
    Communication and media: No. 9 globally, No. 6 in the U.S.
    Agriculture and forestry: No. 14 globally, No. 7 in the U.S.
    Education: No. 16 globally, No. 7 in the U.S.
  • MSU has earned global accolades in the Times Higher Education 2023 Impact Rankings, which measure how more than 1,400 universities are making progress in working toward the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
    Tied for No. 26 in the world and No. 2 in the country overall
    No. 9 globally and No. 2 in the U.S. for SDG 15, “Life on Land”
    No. 14 globally and No. 2 in the U.S. for SDG 11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”
    No. 19 globally and No. 5 in the U.S. for SDG 2, “Zero Hunger” 
    No. 34 globally and No. 1 in the U.S. for SDG 17, “Partnerships for the Goals”

MSU has 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, including six No. 1-ranked programs.


  • Supply chain management/logistics No. 1
  • Production/operations management No. 3
  • Management No. 10
  • Accounting No. 17
  • Best undergraduate business programs No. 21


  • Elementary education No. 1 for 29 straight years
  • Secondary education No. 1 for 29 straight years
  • Curriculum/instruction No. 1
  • Supply chain/logistics No. 1 for seven straight years
  • Educational administration No. 2
  • Higher education administration No. 2
  • Industrial/organizational psychology No. 2
  • Nuclear physics No. 2
  • Rehabilitation counseling (education) No. 2
  • African history No. 3
  • Educational psychology No. 5
  • Production/operations management No. 8
  • Criminal justice No. 9
  • Education policy No. 10
  • Special education No. 11
  • Biosystems/agricultural engineering No. 14
  • Veterinary medicine No. 15
  • Econometrics No. 16
  • African American history No. 17
  • Management No. 20
  • Accounting No. 22


Best Online Graduate Programs

  • Curriculum and instruction No. 1
  • Educational administration and supervision No. 2
  • Business No.6
  • Criminal justice No. 6
  • Educational and instructional media design No. 6
  • Special education No. 7
  • Education programs No. 10
  • Mechanical engineering No. 11

Online Graduate Programs for Veterans

  • Master's programs in business No. 3



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 nearly half a million strong.




Undergraduates, 10,822 graduate and professional


Faculty & academic staff


Students of color, 8.7% international students


MSU’s rising research funding, nationally recognized faculty and programs, and innovative research facilities push the boundaries of discovery and yield solutions that make daily life better.


2022 research expenditures


Institutes and centers


Faculty inventions

Top 50

Research university, Washington Monthly 2023 rankings

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will advance understanding of rare isotopes, develop applications for society and provide research opportunities for scientists and students from around the world.

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Making a Stronger Michigan

MSU applies its vast knowledge and resources to create solutions in partnership with communities across the state and helps make Michigan a place of opportunity, economic growth and innovation.


Total economic impact statewide


Undergraduates from Michigan


Recent graduates employed in Michigan


Alums living in Michigan

Global Impact

Spartans work together as part of a vibrant global campus community, creating partnerships around the world and making a lasting impact from East Lansing to East Africa.


Average annual funding for international work

No. 1

Public university for education abroad, U.S. News & World Report


Faculty and staff engaged in international research, teaching and outreach


Internationally focused centers


Every day, Spartans of all abilities demonstrate athleticism, leadership, commitment and teamwork in varsity, adaptive, and club and intramural sports.

  • 23 varsity squads: 11 intercollegiate sports for men and 12 intercollegiate sports for women
  • 25 straight NCAA appearances by men’s basketball team, including 10 Final Fours
  • 2022 women's soccer Big Ten champions
  • 2022 women's cross country Big Ten champions
  • 92% 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