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Michigan State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Michigan State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Michigan State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Michigan State University was awarded 223 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is wildlife management.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Michigan State as #107 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Michigan State is also ranked #2 out of 42 schools in Michigan.

See all of the rankings for Michigan State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Michigan State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Michigan State University is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Michigan State is a good fit for you.

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

ACT Composite Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 28 )
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Michigan State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Michigan State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Michigan State University is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Michigan State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Michigan State University has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Michigan State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 51%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Michigan State University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Michigan State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 39,423 undergraduates at Michigan State with 35,744 being full-time and 3,679 being part-time.

Michigan State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 89.38 out of 100, Michigan State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.38 out of 100
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How Much Does Michigan State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Michigan State is $18,984. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Michigan State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,446 $14,743 $20,481 $25,162 $27,210

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Michigan State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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.

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How Much Money Do Michigan State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Michigan State make about $53,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Michigan State graduates since it is 35% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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See which majors at Michigan State University make the most money.

Location of Michigan State University

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.

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Location of Michigan State University

Contact details for Michigan State are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 517-355-1855
Website: https://www.msu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spartans.msu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michiganstateu

Michigan State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 130 majors graduated from Michigan State University. Of these students, 8,997 received undergraduate degrees and 3,353 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 496 $39,000
Business Administration & Management 489 $59,200
General Biology 471 $25,800
Communication & Media Studies 464 $36,200
Health & Physical Education 373 $28,200
Finance & Financial Management 362 $55,300
Economics 332 $45,300
General Psychology 316 $29,400
Mechanical Engineering 255 $72,600
Accounting 238 $58,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Michigan State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Michigan State

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 11,469 students took at least one online class at Michigan State University. This is a decrease from the 12,002 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 11,469 2,196
2016-2017 12,002 2,243
2015-2016 11,616 2,339
2014-2015 9,901 2,217
2013-2014 9,219 2,055

Learn more about online learning at Michigan State University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

References

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