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Michigan State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 3,263 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 157 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $696,090)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $126,689)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 125 180 Yes Yes
Baseball 34 - Yes -
Basketball 17 25 - Yes
Field Hockey - 24 Yes Yes
Football 113 - - -
Golf 12 14 - Yes
Gymnastics - 16 - -
Ice Hockey 26 - Yes Yes
Rowing - 86 Yes -
Soccer 26 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 25 35 Yes -
Tennis 12 14 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 18 Yes Yes
Wrestling 33 - Yes -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Synchronized Swimming - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.1%
Hispanic 3.4%
Non-resident alien 9.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.4%
Two or more races 1.9%
White/non-Hispanic 71.7%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 10
Drug Law Violation 101
Liquor Law Violation 736
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 14
Property Crime 125

Notable Alumni

  • Clare Fischer (Class of '51), Recorded more than 45 albums, and won Grammy awards for Salsa Picante plus 2 + 2 and Free Fall.
  • Donna Hrinak (Class of '72), U.S. ambassador to Brazil. She is the first female career civil servant to be named to the post.
  • Eli Broad (Class of '54), Chairman of SunAmerica Inc. and founder of the Broad Foundation.
  • James Caan (Class of '59), Actor.
  • Jim Harrison (Class of '60), Authored Legends of the Fall.
  • John Engler (Class of '71), Served three terms as Governor of Michigan (1991,2003).
  • Richard Ford (Class of '66), Novelist who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel Independence Day.
  • Debbie Stabenow (Class of '72), First woman elected to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.
  • Walter Hill (Class of '62), Directed 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend, and many other action movies.
  • Spencer Abraham (Class of '74), U.S. secretary of energy
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Lauren from Westland, MI
  • 5
  • Dorm life depends on which neighborhood you live in, but I highly recommend living in the dorms. There are different styles of dorms, where two people live and share a…

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  • Rachel from Ann Arbor, MI
  • 4
  • many different types of dorms are available. some house only 300 students, while others house nearly 1000. about half have community bathrooms for the entire floor, while the other half…

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  • Brittani from Plainwell, MI
  • 4
  • Great support staff, R.A's are amazing along with hall directors. The dorms are rather large and accommodate to all the needs of a student and able to easily reflect a…

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  • Nick from Troy, MI
  • 5
  • I had to live in the dorms for two years, and although I was ready to get the heck out of their I still had a great time. The dorms…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Isabella from Lansing, MI
  • I am a current student here

    Again I am a transfer student so I never went on a meal plan but there's a lot of restaurants either on campus or near campus I go to all the time.

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  • 4
  • Cassie from Michigan
  • I am a past student here

    I found large dining halls to be hard to go to by myself as a freshman, there was alot going on all the time. But the food is good, there are a lot of options, and there is always something even for the pickiest eater.

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  • 5
  • Kate from Westland, MI
  • I am a current student here

    Brody is the biggest dining hall so there are lots of options. But most dining halls have a lot of good food too.

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  • 3
  • Brendan Micheal
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    A lot of people say the food is crappy but I don't know yet so i'm being optimistic!

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  • 3
  • Imogen Dunham
  • I am a current student here

    The cafeterias are effectively placed so that you don't have to go across campus back to your dorm if you have a class coming up. All cafeterias are lacking in vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc options. Depending on how much you eat and your food needs, the food and dining may or may not be worth your money.

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  • 5
  • Sabrina
  • I am a current student here

    Dining hall food is amazing; freshman 15 is real here. Take advantage of the themed meals such as "Stranger Things" dinner, Valentine's Day, southeastern Asian food, etc...

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  • 4
  • Michigan
  • I am a current student here

    All-in-all, the food is average. When making such large quantities of anything, the quality suffers, it’s simply the nature of mass production. That isn’t to say the food is never good, because there are certainly a large amount of good days, but the lack of choice leads many people to tire of dorm food really quickly. But the unlimited ice cream is a huge draw, definitely.

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  • 4
  • Sarah
  • I am a current student here

    Excellent dining, especially at Landon and Snyder/Phillips.

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  • 5
  • Azya from Ypsilanti, MI
  • I am a current student here

    The food is awesome, and there are many places on campus to try. I recommend trying all the cafeterias. If you eat at one too much you will get tired of the food.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Monai from Inkster, MI
  • I am a current student here

    Im not too knowledgeable on greek life simply because it never personally interested me, but MSU has many greek associations to pick and choose from. Plus the parties are fun!

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  • 0
  • Jessica from La Salle, MI
  • I am a current student here

    I am not personally in Greek Life, so I don't know a ton about it. What I do know is that MSU has a ton of different options for both official and unofficial Greek groups.

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  • 0
  • Sarah
  • I am a current student here

    If greek life interests you it is easy to get involved and there are many options but if you don't want anything to do with greek life it is easy to ignore.

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