Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is a comprehensive, land-grant, public university. It has earned national recognition for cancer research and the development of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI). Michigan State has the largest residence hall system of any university in the nation, and it also houses the world's most powerful superconducting cyclotron. It is the only university in the nation with three medical schools on one campus: human, osteopathic and veterinary. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine; Eli Broad College of Business; and the James Madison College. Its 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, 80 miles northwest of Detroit.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
38,491
Undergraduates
18,746
Men - 48.7%
19,746
Women - 51.3%
11,204
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
76% of 45,426 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
May 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.74
SAT Math
603 average
550-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
593 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,638
Out-of-state: $55,450
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,914
Out-of-state: $40,726
Room and Board
$10,522
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Freshman Award
$16,433
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,393
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
2,551
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
7%
10-19
21%
20-29
31%
30-39
11%
40-49
7%
50-99
11%
Over 100
12%
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East Lansing Population
48,554
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Detroit
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
6% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Sparty
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
12% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
7.2%
Black/African-American
8.2%
Hispanic/Latino
6%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
73.1%
Unknown
1.3%
International Students
6.9% from 125 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
58.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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