Michigan State University and the Community

The Campus

Michigan State University was founded in 1855, the first agricultural college in the nation and the prototype for the 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Currently MSU is one of the largest single-campus public universities, with over 42,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate and 75 graduate programs. The MSU campus is among the most beautiful in the nation, with over 5,300 acres highlighted by the Red Cedar River and numerous woodlots and natural areas.

Research Opportunities

Research and scholarship are integral parts of the academic climate in all disciplines at Michigan State.  More than 3,000 major research projects are currently in progress.

Michigan State University is well equipped with modern laboratories and facilities for the broad range of ecological and evolutionary research. Technical expertise and equipment are available for virtually any research projects students may wish to initiate. The EEBB program fosters interactions between all participating faculty members and departments, giving students access to research opportunities that range from recombinant DNA technology to experimental ecology. One of the strengths of our program is the ease with which students can work in several laboratories.

Numerous special facilities at MSU provide important research resources. Laboratories are well equipped with micro computers, and more specialized computing facilities are available in several departments and at the University's Computer Laboratory. Museum collections are extensive at MSU, particularly for vertebrates, insects, and plants. Separate collections are housed in the MSU Museum, the Beal-Darlington Herbarium, and the Center for Arthropod Diversity Study.

Perhaps the most remarkable resource at Michigan State, though, is the extensive acreage available for field studies, both on campus and at satellite sites. The campus itself comprises many acres of old fields, woodlots, and farmland that have been extensively used for research by our students. The University has access to field sites close to campus as well. The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), 65 miles southwest of campus near Kalamazoo, provides some of the best-equipped facilities for field research in the country. The combination of excellent laboratories, experimental ponds, experimental forest, and other aquatic and terrestrial sites has placed KBS at the forefront of ecological research. This facility is available to students in the EEBB program, either as a field research site or for summer courses.

The Community

The University and the surrounding community offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. Programs at the University's Wharton Center for the Performing Arts include performances by world renowned musicians and dancers as well as Broadway Shows. The community of East Lansing is host to a new "national folk festival" and features nationally known and local musicians of all musical styles from folk to funk and jazz to rock. Painting, drawing and photography exhibits can be viewed at the Kresge Art Center on campus or at various smaller galleries in the area. East Lansing and MSU celebrate spring with the annual Spring Art Fair featuring arts, crafts and live entertainment. Exhibits on Michigan culture and natural history are found at the MSU Museum.

A bicycle trail runs between East Lansing and Lansing. In Lansing the trail passes the Lansing museum complex including Impression Five Science Museum, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Michigan Museum of Surveying and the Riverwalk Theater. Also in Lansing are the Michigan Historical Museum and the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. For outdoor enthusiasts there are many local parks for picnics, sports and hiking. Two local parks maintain cross-country ski trails in the winter. Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks are located on campus and in the community. Michigan State Parks and Forests are located throughout the state providing for camping, hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities.


Michigan State University provides convenient and economical housing for both married and single graduate students. Owen Graduate Center is located near the center of campus and houses approximately 1,000 single graduate students. The university operates 2,284 one-and two-bedroom apartments in Spartan Village, Cherry Lane and University Village housing areas.

Most graduate students live in private apartments and rented houses located in the residential communities surrounding the campus. These units provide a range of accommodations.

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