Michigan State University

Michigan State University (Michigan State, MSU) is a public land-grant research university in East Lansing, Michigan, founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, the first of its kind in the United States, predating the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania.[8][9] After the introduction of the Morrill Act in 1862, the state designated the college a land-grant institution in 1863, making it one of the first land-grant colleges in the United States. The college became coeducational in 1870. In 1955, the state officially made the college a university, and the current name, Michigan State University, was adopted in 1964. Today, Michigan State is one of the largest universities in the United States (in terms of enrollment) and has approximately 634,300 living alumni worldwide.[5] It affiliated with Oakland University (then known as the Oakland campus of Michigan State University), in Rochester Hills, until the university gained institutional independence in 1970.

Michigan State University
Former names
Agricultural College of the State of Michigan (1855-1861)
State Agricultural College (1861-1909)
Michigan Agricultural College (1909-1925)
Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (1925-1955)
Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science (1955-1964)
Motto
  • "Spartans Will." (2010)[1][2]
  • "Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives." (2002)[3]
TypePublic land-grant research university
EstablishedFebruary 12, 1855; 167 years ago (1855-02-12)
AccreditationHLC
Academic affiliations
Endowment$4.4 billion (2021)[4]
PresidentSamuel L. Stanley
Academic staff
5,703 (2020)[5]
Administrative staff
7,365 (2020)[5]
Students49,809 (Fall 2019)[5]
Undergraduates39,176 (Fall 2019)[5]
Postgraduates10,633 (Fall 2019)[5]
Location, ,
United States

42°43′30″N 84°28′48″W
CampusSmall City,[6] 5,300 acres (21 km2)[5]
NewspaperThe State News
Colors  Green
  White[7]
NicknameSpartans
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSBig Ten
MascotSparty
Websitewww.msu.edu

The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[10][11] The university's campus houses the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Abrams Planetarium, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and the country's largest residence hall system.[12]

The university's six professional schools include the College of Law (founded in Detroit in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law and moved to East Lansing in 1995), Eli Broad College of Business; the College of Nursing, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (the world's first state-funded osteopathic college), the College of Human Medicine, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The university also pioneered the studies of music therapy,[13] packaging, hospitality business, supply chain management, and communication sciences.

The Michigan State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Michigan State Spartans football won the Rose Bowl Game in 1954, 1956, 1988 and 2014, and the university claims a total of six national football championships. Spartans men's basketball won the NCAA National Championship in 1979 and 2000 and has attained the Final Four eight times since the 1998–1999 season. Spartans ice hockey won NCAA national titles in 1966, 1986 and 2007. The women's cross country team was named Big Ten champions in 2019.[14] In the fall of 2019, MSU student-athletes posted all-time highs for graduation success rates and federal graduation rates, according to NCAA statistics.[15]


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