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Michigan State University is a public institution situated in East Lansing, Michigan. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

215 Undergraduate Degrees
483 Graduate Degrees
$42,301 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
72% Acceptance Rate

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Michigan State University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Michigan State is ranked #101 out of 545 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. Out of the 13 colleges in Michigan, it is ranked at #1.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Michigan State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#29 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Michigan State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Michigan State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for General Education College Factual
#3 Best General Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#5 Highest Paid General Education Graduates College Factual
#34 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#75 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#178 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Michigan State University?

Location of Michigan State University

Contact details for Michigan State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Phone: 517-355-1855

How Do I Get Into Michigan State?

You can apply to Michigan State online at:

Admission Requirements for Michigan State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Michigan State?

72% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 72%, Michigan State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Michigan State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 550 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 670 )
Michigan State received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Michigan State University  ( 22 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 28 )

Can I Afford Michigan State University?

$42,301 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Michigan State is $42,301. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Michigan State, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,129 a year. That adds up to $32,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Michigan State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

35,744 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 39,423 undergraduate students at Michigan State, with 35,744 being full-time and 3,679 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Michigan State

There are also 10,928 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 35,744 full-time undergraduates at Michigan State, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Michigan State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Michigan State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Michigan State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,031
Black or African American 2,732
Hispanic or Latino 1,728
White 24,168
International Students 3,623
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,462

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Michigan State University. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 128 countries are represented at Michigan State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at Michigan State University

2,196 Took All Classes Online
11,469 Took At Least One Class Online
1.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 11,469 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Michigan State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Michigan State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Michigan State University was 1.8%. This is the #1,414 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Michigan State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Michigan State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
General Special Education 44%
Modern Language Education 18%
Special Education 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Michigan State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Michigan State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Modern Language Education #2
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #30
General Education #98
General Education #98
Instructional Media Design #114
Educational/Instructional Technology #114
General Special Education #117
Curriculum & Instruction #121
Curriculum & Instruction #121
Special Education #175
Teacher Education Subject Specific #179
Educational Administration #227

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Michigan State University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Education 147 0 42 0 189
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 121 22 143
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 65 60 7 132
General Special Education 0 0 48 4 52
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 39 0 0 0 39
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 7 7 15 29
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 10 5 15
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 0 15 0 15
History Education 14 0 0 0 14
Agricultural Teacher Education 12 0 0 0 12
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education 0 0 0 11 11
Modern Language Education 0 0 11 0 11
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0 4 2 0 6
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, & Research 0 5 0 0 5
English & Language Arts Education 0 0 5 0 5
Mathematics Education 0 0 1 4 5
Urban Education & Leadership 0 4 0 0 4
Art Education 3 0 0 0 3
Science Education 0 3 0 0 3
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 2 0 0 2
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other 0 2 0 0 2
Educational Statistics & Research Methods 0 0 0 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 215 92 322 69 698


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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