Michigan State University was founded more than 160 years ago on the ideals of the democratization of education and sharing knowledge — empowering ordinary people by making quality education more broadly accessible. Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, MSU helped revolutionize higher education, becoming a prototype for the U.S. system of land-grant colleges with the signing of the Morrill Act in 1862. Today, Michigan State is a member of the Association of American Universities and among the world’s leading research universities, with a true land-grant mission to push the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities.
Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol, MSU’s campus is one of the largest and greenest in the nation. With nearly 50,000 students and more than 200 academic programs, MSU is home to top-ranked programs, including graduate programs in nuclear physics, supply chain management and education, as well as education abroad, living-learning programs and service-learning offerings. Together they provide high-caliber opportunities within a collaborative community, enabling Spartan students to create powerful, personalized paths and to compete with the best in the world.
Every day, Spartans work to create a healthier, safer, more prosperous tomorrow for communities throughout Michigan, across the country and around the world. Dedicated scientists, scholars and students tackle big challenges and create meaningful and lasting solutions, including transforming health care in Michigan through a multi-specialty medical practice comprising MSU’s colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing. Providers are university researchers and faculty, spanning 25 adult and pediatric specialties. Fortified by the resources, facilities and expertise found only at a major research university, MSU is committed to removing barriers to health care and eliminating health disparities in diverse populations across Michigan, including urban and rural communities. MSU Health Care’s large, patient-centered clinical practice connects patients throughout the region to the latest medical advancements, including opportunities to participate in clinical trials. Collaborating to solve problems and transform lives, MSU Health Care encompasses nearly 300 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants whose mission is to improve the health of all in the communities they serve.
Spartans are committed to living their shared values around diversity, equity and inclusion, and to leading by example as they work to ensure a safe, welcoming and respectful campus. In its effort to become a national leader in this area, MSU has begun a strategic planning process to examine the composition and success of faculty, staff and students; research and scholarship; curriculum and educational programs; community engagement; and the culture MSU’s community members live and experience each day.
Ongoing conversation is important for improving campus climate and advancing diversity at MSU. While these discussions are sometimes difficult, they are part of the dialogue necessary to ensure a vibrant, intellectual community that includes and respects a broad range of ideas and perspectives. To promote an ongoing conversation, MSU leadership meets regularly with student groups and leaders around the issues of race, diversity and inclusion on campus. MSU is committed to building on these efforts and to creating solutions for a safer and more supportive community. Learn more about Michigan State University at msu.edu.