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Michigan State University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Michigan State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Michigan State University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Michigan State University was awarded 212 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Michigan State is ranked #120 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Michigan State held the #140 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Michigan State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

See all of the rankings for Michigan State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Michigan State?

Acceptance Rate

Michigan State University has an acceptance rate of 72%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

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

Learn more about Michigan State University admissions.

Michigan State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Michigan State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Michigan State University is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Michigan State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Michigan State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Michigan State for first-time, full-time students is 51%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

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 38,996 undergraduates at Michigan State with 35,404 being full-time and 3,592 being part-time.

Michigan State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 85.22 out of 100, Michigan State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.22 out of 100
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How Much Does Michigan State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Michigan State is $18,576. 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 +
$7,058 $13,116 $19,564 $24,075 $26,035

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Michigan State, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $6,993 a year. That adds up to $27,972 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is 2.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Michigan State make around $53,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Michigan State graduates since it is 31% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a public institution located in East Lansing, Michigan. The location of Michigan State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Michigan State University

Contact details for Michigan State are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 517-355-1855

Michigan State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 134 majors graduated from Michigan State University. Of these students, 9,120 received undergraduate degrees and 3,376 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
Business Administration & Management 545 $59,200
Public Relations & Advertising 515 $39,000
Communication & Media Studies 463 $36,200
Economics 378 $45,300
General Biology 363 $25,800
Finance & Financial Management 351 $55,300
General Psychology 335 $29,400
Health & Physical Education 310 $28,200
Hospitality Management 252 $40,700
Accounting 248 $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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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