Michigan State University Ranking and Financial Aid

Michigan State University Ranking and Financial Aid

Michigan State University (MSU) was founded in 1855, is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. Michigan State frequently ranks among the top 30 public universities in the United States and the top 100 research universities in the world.

The university was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States (in terms of enrollment) and has approximately 552,000 living alumni worldwide.


As a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU’s mission is to advance the global common good.

University Profile

  • Established: February 12, 1855
  • University Motto: Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.
  • University Type: Public, Land grant, Sea Grant
  • Students: 50,543 (Undergraduate- 39,143, graduate- 11,400)
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan, United States
  • Sporting affiliations: NCAA Division I – Big Ten
  • Freshmen Receive Aid: 70%


  • MSU is one of the top 80 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
  • In its 2016-17 rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked MSU 21st in public schools, 41st overall in the United States, and 101st in the world.
  • Michigan State University is ranked #81 in National Universities.
  • The 2018 QS World University Rankings placed it at 149th internationally.
  • In its 2017 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as tied for the 33rd-best public university in the United States, tied for 82nd nationally and 78th globally.
  • Michigan State ranks 101-150 in the world in 2016, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • The Eli Broad College of Business was ranked No. 42nd among undergraduate institutions nationally by Business Week.
  • Ninety-four percent of the school’s graduates received job offers in 2014.
  • The 2016 U.S. News ranked Michigan State’s undergraduate supply chain management/logistics program in the Eli Broad College of Business 1st in the nation.
  • In addition, the Eli Broad College of Business undergraduate accounting program is ranked 13th, the master’s accounting program is ranked 15th, and the doctoral program is ranked 11th, according to the 2013 Public Accounting Report’s Annual Survey of Accounting Professors.
  • The MBA program is ranked 19th in the U.S. by Forbes magazine.
  • S. News & World Report ranks many of its graduate programs among the best in the nation, including African history, criminology, industrial and organizational psychology, educational psychology, elementary and secondary education, osteopathic medicine, human medicine, nuclear physics, rehabilitation counseling, supply chain/logistics, and veterinary medicine.

Acceptances Rate

65.7% (2016)

University Academic

  • Michigan State is a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading research universities in North America.
  • MSU has about 4,500 faculty and 6,000 staff members, and a student/faculty ratio of 19:1.
  • MSU has over 200 academic programs offered by 17- degree-granting.
  • Michigan State’s NCAA Division I-A program offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women.
  • The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) is the all-university undergraduate student government of Michigan State University.
  • Miss America 1961, Nancy Fleming, is a graduate of Michigan State.
  • Michigan State offers a rolling admissions system, with an early admission deadline in October. MSU is considered “more selective” by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • MSU has the seventh largest student body in the U.S. For the fiscal year of 2015-16, the Office of the Registrar conferred 12,322 degrees.
  • The student body is 55% female and 45% male. While 89% of students come from all 83 counties in the State of Michigan, also represented are all 50 states in the U.S. and about 130 other countries.

Academic Programs & Offerings

  • The most popular majors at Michigan State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Engineering.
  • Degrees offered: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Post-bachelor’s certificate, Master’s, Post-master’s certificate, Doctorate – professional practice, Doctorate – research/scholarship

Financial Aid

At Michigan State University, 46 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,183. Undergraduate Tuition and Fees:

  • In-state freshman (Tuition and fees: $14,516, Room and board: $10,026, and Total for two semesters: $24,542)
  • Non-Michigan freshman (Tuition and fees: $39,461, Room and board: $10,026, and Total for two semesters: $49,487). International students may have additional fees and expenses.


Among the world’s top research universities:

  • MSU is committed to providing opportunities for undergraduate research and creative activities
  • MSU is home to top-ranked graduate programs and world-leading research centers that attract an international community of scientists and graduate students.


When applying to Michigan State University, it’s important to note that:

  • The application deadline is rolling.
  • The application fee at Michigan State University is $65.
  • Minimum required college GPA (transfer students) – 2
  • Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15.
  • International application deadlines: Fall – May 1, spring – Oct. 1, and summer – April 1.

Contact Information

  • Office of Admissions: Phone: (517) 355-8332, Web: admissions.msu.edu
  • Financial Aid- Phone: (517) 353-5940, Online Form: finaid.msu.edu/contact.asp, Web: finaid.msu.edu
  • International student contact: Patricia Croom, Associate Director, International Admissions, (517) 884-6062, croom-at-msu.edu

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