Michigan State University

Michigan State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Michigan State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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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2022 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 1,690 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general human development and family studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Michigan State as #157 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Michigan State also holds the #4 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 76%, 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 80% 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 640. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Michigan State University  ( 550 to 660 )
Michigan State received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Michigan State University  ( 23 to 29 )

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

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 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

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

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 53%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Michigan State University.

Michigan State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 38,491 undergraduates at Michigan State with 34,588 being full-time and 3,903 being part-time.

How Much Does Michigan State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Michigan State is $19,173. 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 +
$6,686 $15,197 $20,696 $25,389 $27,543

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Michigan State, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,718 a year. That adds up to $34,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is 3.6%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Michigan State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $53,600 in their early years. 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.


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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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 131 majors graduated from Michigan State University. Of these students, 9,493 received undergraduate degrees and 3,382 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 517 $42,295
Business Administration & Management 505 $63,005
Communication & Media Studies 455 $39,108
General Biology 412 $26,519
General Psychology 385 $29,570
Finance & Financial Management 376 $60,861
Health & Physical Education 339 $29,940
Economics 316 $49,410
Mechanical Engineering 289 $72,327
Marketing 277 $55,234

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 45,588 students took at least one online class at Michigan State University. This is an increase from the 13,163 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 45,588 40,974
2018-2019 13,163 2,223
2017-2018 11,469 2,196
2016-2017 12,002 2,243
2015-2016 11,616 2,339

Learn more about online learning at Michigan State University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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