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State Reporting—
Student and Academic Outcomes

Data reported in FY2024


Student Enrollment

MSU has more than 50,000 students from Michigan and beyond.

Student Retention Rate

MSU strives to ensure that all students are successful and persist in their educational pursuits. Over 90 percent of MSU undergraduate students return to continue their education after the first year.  Student retention rates reported provide the percentage of first-year undergraduate students who entered in the terms listed and returned the following fall.

Graduation Rate

MSU strives to ensure that all students are successful as they progress toward graduation. With a graduation rate over 80 percent, MSU ranks well ahead of the national median for its six-year graduation rate. Six-year graduation rates reflect the percentage of undergraduate students entering in the listed terms who graduate by the given dates.

FAFSA Completion

The data reflect the counts and proportion of MSU students who completed a FAFSA during the financial aid year.

Students Who Receive a Pell Grant

As the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU consistently works to assure that students have access to financial aid. About two-thirds of MSU students receive some sort of financial aid and about one-quarter of undergraduate students receive Pell. Students who receive a Pell Grant are the number of undergraduate students receiving Pell Grant funding for the given fiscal year.

Student Geographic Origination

MSU currently engages students from all Michigan counties, all 50 U.S. states and more than 130 countries. Additionally, MSU annually enrolls approximately 6% of Michigan’s high school graduates. Student geographic origination numbers are for the semesters listed for all level students enrolled in credit programs.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Student ratios reflect the number of undergraduate students per faculty member for the given terms.

Student-to-Employee Ratio

MSU is among the leaders in the Big Ten for focusing more of its resources on the mission-critical functions of instruction, research and public service. Ratios reflect the number of undergraduate students per each university employee for the given terms.

Teaching Load

Each MSU faculty member is asked to participate in instruction, research and public service, the core functions of a land-grant university. Faculty members are responsible for courses under their purview and dedicate a significant part of their effort toward this end. Teaching loads reflect the average number of sections for which a faculty member was responsible during the academic years listed.

Student Graduation Outcomes

MSU strives to assure that graduating students are provided opportunities going forward. MSU has more than 25 academic programs ranked in the top 20 nationally and recently was named by a list of global CEOs as a top recruiting partner. Student graduation outcomes are based on survey results of undergraduate degree recipients for the terms listed. Category percentages reflect a point in time approximately six months after graduation.