Ensuring Access and Opportunity

As a land-grant institution that values access to high-quality education open to all, MSU continues to focus on expanding academic opportunities for students, improving student retention, maintaining a diverse student body, and increasing the value of an MSU degree.

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Fall 2017 Entering Class

The entering class consists of 8,098 students.

On average, it takes first-time undergraduates 4.2 calendar years to earn a degree at MSU.

MSU's actual 6-year graduation rate for the 2011 cohort beat the US News and World Report predicted graduation rate by 7.7 percentage points.

To learn more about students at MSU, explore the student dashboards.

MSU ranks 40th among the nation’s public universities for in-state students, according to Kiplinger’s 2018 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges.

Providing Opportunities

Financial Aid

MSU has more than 8,525 Pell Grant recipients in fall 2016. The Carnegie Peers (public and private) average is 5,052 .

Total support for student assistance increased 59.2% between FY07 and FY17, moving from $437.4 million to $696.2 million (not adjusted for inflation).

Raising the USA flag by men and women in military service in front of Administration Building

In fall semester 2009, MSU began offering the Disabled Veterans Assistance Program, which covers all education-related costs for disabled vets, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and incidentals.

Study Abroad

MSU continues to rank in the top 10 nationally for study abroad participation with 2,889 students in 57 countries in 2016-17. Hover over the map below to see how many students were in each country.


91% of 2016 graduates surveyed were employed or continuing their education. 64% were employed within 6 months of graduation and over a quarter were continuing their education.

Of 2016 graduates with employment, 64% were employed in Michigan and 79% were employed in the Midwest.


Providing financial aid, academic opportunities, and value

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Enhancing a culture of high performance, guiding future plans, expanding top programs and research

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Increasing efficient operations, sustainable decision-making, energy and healthcare savings

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Driving the knowledge economy, attracting talent, improving quality of life

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