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What Makes Us Unique

For more than 150 years, Michigan State has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through teaching, research, and outreach. MSU's history of academic distinction has led to the development of a diverse community of students representing all 50 states and more than 125 different countries. Just minutes away from the capital city of Lansing, MSU is in close proximity to Chicago, Detroit, and the beaches of Lake Michigan. Many of Michigan State's 160 undergraduate majors are nationally ranked, and students easily find their niche on MSU's 5,200-acre Big Ten campus, quickly discovering the benefits of living in academic residential communities, and receiving personal guidance through individual advising available for all students starting in their freshman year. Offering an extensive merit scholarship program in addition to and need-based grants, loans and part-time jobs that can be combined in financial aid packages, Michigan State works hard to help students finance their education.

Famous Alumni

  • Adnan Badran - Prime minister of Jordan
  • Donna Hrinak - U.S. ambassador to Brazil
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson - NBA guard for the LA Lakers; 3-Time NBA MVP
  • John Walters - Head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who is known as the "U.S. drug czar"
  • Kay Koplovitz - Founder of the USA Network
  • Richard Ford - Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Independence Day
  • Spencer Abraham - U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • Wallace Jefferson - First African American appointed chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court

Fun Facts

Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university, MSU was the prototype for the 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act.

MSU was the first institution of higher learning in the United States dedicated to the teaching of scientific agriculture. Historic discoveries at MSU include the research that led to the development of hybrid corn and the process still used for the homogenization of milk.

MSU has one of the top Study Abroad programs in the nation.

MSU is the only university in the country with three on-campus medical schools, graduating allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicians, and veterinarians.

MSU’s record of Rhodes scholars has led the Big Ten since the 1970s.

MSU researchers developed the platinum-based compounds Cisplatin and Carboplatin, which have saved tens of thousands of lives in the treatment of certain cancers.



Traditions / School Myths

Since 1945, Michigan State students have participated in the fall tradition of guarding the university's statue, "The Spartan," on the days leading up to home football games. MSU's lovable mascot Sparty is the heart of Michigan State and is known world-wide. Sparty is big and strong, garnering the honor of being voted "Buffest Mascot" by Muscle and Fitness Magazine and is the back-to-back national champion mascot from the Universal Cheer Association's National Competition in Orlando, Florida.

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