Michigan State University

Michigan State University Clinton County MI

Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is a worldwide, top 100 public research university, located in East Lansing, Michigan. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem-solving.

MSU pioneered the studies of packaging, hospitality business, and telecommunications. Today its study-abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in the country, offering more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents including Antarctica.

As of 2001, it is considered to be one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. Today, MSU is the ninth-largest university in the United States, with 47,131 students and 2,954 faculty members. The school’s nuclear physics, engineering, political science, business, journalism, education, and osteopathic medicine programs are among the nation’s best.

Michigan State joined the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to create the University Research Corridor. This effort was undertaken to highlight the capabilities of the state’s three leading research institutions and drive further collaboration.


The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is located on the campus of Michigan State University and is the leading rare isotope research facility in the United States. Established in 1963, the cyclotron laboratory is the nation’s largest nuclear science facility on a university campus. Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation and MSU, the NSCL operates two superconducting cyclotrons. The lab’s scientists investigate the properties of rare isotopes and nuclear reactions. In nature, these reactions would take place in stars and exploding stellar environments such as novae and supernovae. The K1200 cyclotron is the highest-energy continuous beam accelerator in the world.

Approximately 10 percent of U.S. nuclear science Ph.D.s are educated at NSCL at Michigan State. The nuclear physics graduate program at MSU is ranked best in America by the 2010 Best Grad Schools index published by U.S. News & World Report graduate ranking. The upgrade plans are in close alignment with a report issued December 2006 by the National Academies, “Scientific Opportunities with a Rare-Isotope Facility in the United States,” which defines a scientific agenda for a U.S.-based rare-isotope facility and addresses the need for such a facility in the context of international efforts in this area. Now, NSCL is planning for a significant capability upgrade that will keep the laboratory – and nuclear science – at the cutting edge well into the 21st century.

The proposed upgrade of NSCL – the $550 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) – will boost intensities and varieties of rare isotope beams produced at MSU by replacing the K500 and K1200 cyclotrons with a powerful linear accelerator to be built beneath the ground. Such beams will allow researchers and students to continue to address a host of questions at the intellectual frontier of nuclear science: How does the behavior of novel and short-lived nuclei differ from more stable nuclei? What is the nature of nuclear processes in explosive stellar environments? What is the structure of hot nuclear matter at abnormal densities?

Beyond basic research, FRIB may lead to cross-disciplinary benefits. Experiments there will help astronomers better interpret data from ground- and space-based observatories. Scientists at the Isotope Science Facility will contribute to research on self-organization and complexity arising from elementary interactions, a topic relevant to the life sciences and quantum computing. Additionally, the facility’s capabilities may lead to advances in fields as diverse as biomedicine, materials science, national and international security, and nuclear energy.


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the first land grant institution in America. MSU has pioneered advancements in agricultural and natural resource research, scholarship, and extension ranging from Malcolm Trout’s process for homogenizing milk, the hybridization of corn by William Beal, the pioneering horticultural work of Liberty Hyde Bailey, and early consumer advocate Robert C. Kedzie’s work organizing the forerunner of MSU Extension in 1876, to today’s research in animal and plant biotechnology, control of invasive species, control of pathogens, protection of biodiversity, management of urban sprawl, environmental remediation, and the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources encompasses a broad view of agriculture and natural resources, including sustainable agriculture and natural resource systems; food and nutrition; community, family and youth development; technology and process management; and international programs. Academic programs in 13 departments, schools, and programs include undergraduate and graduate programs in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Animal Science; Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; Crop and Soil Sciences; Entomology; Fisheries and Wildlife; Food Science & Human Nutrition; Forestry; Horticulture; Planning, Design and Construction; Plant Pathology; and Packaging; and two-year certificate courses in Agricultural Technology.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, together with the MSU Ag
BioResearch and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) offers an array of expertise that reflects the breadth and diversity of the agricultural and natural resource base of Michigan. We serve the people of Michigan through research, education, and outreach that engages citizens in exploring solutions to problems in agriculture, urban and rural land use, food systems, the environment, tourism, wildlife management, and human and community development.

Every Michigan resident has access to the knowledge generated by faculty members, researchers, and professional staff within the CANR, AgBioResearch, and MSUE. Faculty members cultivate a learning environment that educates and prepares students to become industry leaders with the skills necessary to meet the needs of food, agriculture, and natural resource systems while helping communities make informed decisions on issues that impact the sustainability of those systems.

AgBioResearch scientists on campus and at 15 experiment facilities throughout Michigan conduct research focused on the agricultural, natural resource, and rural and urban area needs of the community. MSU Extension agents, researchers, and specialists work with citizens in every county of the state to find solutions to problems, enhance productivity practices, and protect food from the farm to the fork while ensuring the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of agriculture and natural resources. MSU experts work in concert with community partners, organizations, policymakers, individuals, and families to identify and advance the needs of children, youth, and families in Michigan.

From your home to families a world away, the CANR builds relationships to meet societal needs. The College reaches around the world with a host of international projects focused on collaborative research with host country scientists; food security for developing countries; exchanges of faculty, researchers, and students with foreign institutions; short courses and training programs through the Institute of International Agriculture; and the largest study abroad program of any college of agriculture and natural resources in the U.S. Our students are well educated and well prepared to enter the global agricultural and natural resources economy.

47,131 students, MSU has the ninth-largest student body in the U.S. For the fiscal year of 2009–10, the Office of the Registrar conferred 11,140 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.

In 2010-2011, 5,351 international students enrolled at MSU with the top five countries represented: China, Korea, India, Taiwan, and Canada. MSU has about 4,500 faculty and 6,000 staff members, and a student/faculty ratio of 19:1. Listed as a Public Ivy, Michigan State’s Albert Fert, an Adjunct Professor at MSU, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics.

MSU’s study abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in the United States with 2,461 students studying abroad in 2004–2005 in over 60 countries on all continents, including Antarctica. MSU has six faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Martin Bukovac (1983), James Dye (1989), Pamela Fraker (2007), Richard Lenski (2006), Michael Thomashow (2003), and James Tiedje (2003).

The university has over 200 academic programs. U.S. News has ranked MSU’s graduate-level elementary education, secondary education, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs No.1 for the last 14 years. The National Communication Association (NCA) ranks MSU’s Ph.D. programs as No. 1 in educating researchers in the rapidly growing fields of health communication and communication technology. MSU is also ranked number four in several other fields, including international/intercultural communication, mass communication, and interpersonal communication. Based on the November 2004 NCA report:

The Eli Broad College of Business was ranked No. 9 among public institutions and No. 20 nationally in 2010 by Business Week. In 2008, U.S. News World Report ranked Michigan State’s Supply Chain Management program in the Eli Broad College of Business No. 1 in the nation for the second year in a row. In addition, the accounting program in the Eli Broad College of Business ranked 8th in both Undergraduate and Graduate school nationally according to the Public Accounting Report.

MSU’s graduate program in nuclear physics is ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News. In primary medical care, U.S. News ranks MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at No. 5, College of Veterinary Medicine at No. 9, and the College of Human Medicine at No.18.

Other programs of note include criminal justice, music therapy, hospitality business, packaging, political science, dietetics, and communications.


Research and other grants to MSU from top federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaled $495 million in the 2009–10 school year.

The MSU College of Human Medicine is home to one of only four national Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers and is one of only a few medical colleges engaged in community-based participatory research in cancer prevention and control to address cancer disparities.

Having secured $75 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the College of Human Medicine leads Michigan’s research efforts for the National Children’s Study, the largest human health study ever undertaken. In addition, the college administers the nation’s only training grant in perinatal epidemiology and the nation’s largest ongoing epidemiological study of the bio-psycho-social origins of preterm delivery.

The college also hosts two NIH-funded epidemiology research training programs on the problems associated with drug dependence, one for US citizens and permanent residents, and one for fellows from overseas, and the college administers the nation’s only program project grant in neurohumoral control of veins in hypertension.

The MSU Computer Center once housed the early research computer MISTIC. The university spent nearly $405 million in 2008–09 on research, capping a long history of academic research. In 1877, botany professor William J. Beal performed the first documented genetic crosses to produce hybrid corn, which led to increased yields. MSU dairy professor G. Malcolm Trout invented the process for the homogenization of milk in the 1930s. In the 1960s, MSU scientists developed cisplatin, a leading cancer-fighting drug.

Today Michigan State continues its research with facilities such as the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the particle accelerator called the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science named Michigan State University as the site for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The $550 million facilities will attract top researchers from around the world to conduct experiments in basic nuclear science, astrophysics, and applications of isotopes to other fields.

In 2004, scientists at the Cyclotron produced and observed a new isotope of the element germanium, called Ge-60. In that same year, Michigan State, in consortium with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the government of Brazil, broke ground on the 4.1-meter Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope (SOAR) in the Andes Mountains of Chile. The consortium telescope will allow the Physics & Astronomy department to study galaxy formation and origins. Since 1999, MSU has been part of another consortium called the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, which aims to develop biotechnology research in the State of Michigan. Finally, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ Quello Center researches current issues of information and communication management.


Professional Schools


According to U.S. News & World Report, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO degree) ranked No.8 among medical schools in the country for primary care and the College of Human Medicine (MD degree) has regularly ranked among the top thirty medical schools in the country for primary care.

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) was the world’s first publicly funded college of osteopathic medicine. It has a long-standing tradition of retaining its alumni to practice in Michigan. More than two-thirds of MSUCOM’s 3,933 living alumni practice in Michigan and more than half of them are providing primary care medicine – family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics. They are active in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties, serving people in metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas. Of Michigan alumni, 48 percent are in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

More than 93 percent of the students in the 2009 entering class are Michigan residents. The class has 152 females and 163 mails; the youngest is 20 and the oldest 48 years old. Average MCAT is 8.8 and GPA is 3.57.

To provide high-quality pre- and postdoctoral osteopathic medical education, MSUCOM collaborates with 30 community hospitals and more than 2,400 volunteers clinical faculty throughout the Statewide Campus System. This year 1,457 physicians-in-training are enrolled in SCS programs.

This year MSUCOM’s D.O.- Ph.D. program enrolled seven new students, the largest class ever. This brings the number of students in the program to 25. These are elite students who are enrolled in both programs simultaneously and conduct basic science research as part of their curriculum.

Among our alumni are medical school deans, nationally recognized researchers, top-ranking military leaders, doctors recognized for their work with the poor and medically underserved, sports physicians for collegiate and professional teams, and consultants involved in high-profile medical care.

MSUCOM faculty are the largest single provider of pediatric care to poor children in Lansing and provide services at the Ingham County Health Department and at clinics serving the homeless, persons with substance abuse problems, and the indigent.

The college provides medical services for the Michigan Special Olympics, has one of eight designated muscular dystrophy/ ALS clinics in the nation, facilitates an immigration clinic, and conducts numerous health screenings and immunization clinics each year.

MSUCOM has a highly distinguished cadre of researchers among its faculty – including three professors who hold endowed chairs and five MSU University Distinguished Professors.

MSUCOM receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other osteopathic college – a testament to the quality of the school’s research.

MSUCOM is involved in a wide variety of international health programs including malaria research and clinical care in Malawi including placing that country’s first MRI; neurology and epilepsy care in Zambia; research in Uganda, and the work of the Institute of International Health which develops collaborations, exchanges, medical missions, and research in numerous countries.

Recently, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved a resolution endorsing the expansion of the College of Osteopathic Medicine to two sites in southeast Michigan, a move board members and college officials say will not only improve medical education in the state but also address a projected physician shortage.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has a national reputation for its history of innovation and excellence in medical student education. The college is ranked among the nation’s top 25 medical schools in primary care by U.S. News & World Report.

The College of Human Medicine graduates students with medical doctor (MD) degrees and is split into seven distinct campuses located in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Flint, Saginaw, Marquette, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids. Each campus is affiliated with local hospitals and other medical facility professionals in the area. For example, the Lansing campus includes Sparrow Hospital and Ingham Regional Medical Center. The College of Human Medicine has recently gained attention for its expansion into the Grand Rapids area, with the new Secchia Center completed in the Fall of 2010 that is expected to fuel the growing medical industry in that region.

More than 3,700 MD graduates of the college have experienced a unique combination of basic science education on the campus of a large, land-grant university, and clinical education in one of seven campuses located throughout Michigan. More than 300 paid and nearly 4,000 volunteer faculty are committed to teaching core institutional values that mark College of Human Medicine graduates as unique and exemplary: respect of and care for patients; commitment to community; and the incorporation of psychological, social, and spiritual elements into care delivery.

MSU College of Human Medicine was founded in 1964 in response to Michigan’s need for primary care physicians. It was the first community-integrated medical school with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy and a biopsychosocial approach to caring for patients. Founding faculty held the philosophies of William Osler and Francis Peabody, 19th-century physicians who asserted, “the secret to the care for the patient is caring for the patient,” an attitude that continues to guide the school’s curriculum and policies to this day.

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary science courses have been taught at MSU since the institution’s founding in 1855. The College of Veterinary Medicine was formally established as a four-year, degree-granting program in 1910. Ranked ninth in the nation, the college has over 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2) of office, teaching and research space, as well as a veterinary teaching hospital.

Today, the college includes four biomedical science departments — microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology; two clinical departments — large-animal clinical sciences and small-animal clinical sciences; two service units — the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health; and several research centers.

In addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program, the college also offers certificate and bachelor’s degree programs in veterinary technology, as well as advanced degrees (master’s and doctor of philosophy) programs.

Michigan State University College of Nursing

The Michigan State University College of Nursing grants B.S.N., M.S.N., and Ph.D. degrees. Since its founding, the college has graduated more than 4,200 nurses. In 2006, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the rankings of schools and colleges who received NIH funding in 2005. The MSU College of Nursing ranked 23rd out of 102 nursing programs nationwide.


The Michigan State University College of Law is a private law school within a public institution. Founded in Detroit in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law, the law school moved to East Lansing in 1995 becoming an integral part of the university. Students attending MSU College of Law come from 42 states and 13 countries. The law school publishes the Michigan State Law Review, the Michigan State Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Medicine and Law. The College of Law is the home of the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, the first trial practice institute in the United States. The Intellectual Property and Communications Law program was ranked seventeenth nationally, in 2006.


The Eli Broad College of Business has programs in accounting, information systems, finance, management, marketing, supply chain management, and hospitality business. The school has 4,775 undergraduate students and 776 graduate students.

The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, which Business Week magazine ranks 11th among public institutions, offers three MBA programs, as well as joint degrees with the College of Law. The opening of the Eugene C. Eppley Center for Graduate Studies in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management brought the first program in the United States to offer a Master of Business Administration degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management to MSU.


Primary Communities Served


Grand Rapids




Grand Ledge