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 2015 Entering Class

The entering class consists of 7,967 students.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of first time undergraduate students returning for their first fall semester after their original enrollment has increased.

Graph showing increase in returning students from 2009 to 2014.

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 2008 cohort beat the US News and World Report predicted graduation rate by 11 percentage points.

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

MSU ranks 50th among the nation’s public universities for in-state students, according to Kiplinger’s 2015 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges.

Providing Opportunities

Financial Aid

MSU has more than 8,623 Pell Grant recipients in 2013-14. The Carnegie Peers (public and private) avarage is 5,052.

45% of MSU students graduated with debt in 2014, compared to 62% in Michigan and 69% nationally.

Among the Big Ten Universities in 2013-14, MSU ranks below the median ($26,750) for amount of debt per student.

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 over 2,000 students in 62 countries in 2014-15. Hover over the map below to see how many students were in each country.


92% of 2014 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 2014 graduates with employment, 63% were employed in Michigan and 78% were employed in the Midwest.
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