Michigan State University (MSU)

East Lansing, MI

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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 11 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Michigan State University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Michigan State University is an amazing school and has so much to offer for each and every students. The campus is beautiful and everyone is very friendly. I can't imagine going to any other school! My tip for prospective students is to just be yourself and find a fun organization or club to get involved with. I'm part of Camp Kesem, which is a free summer camp for kids whose parents have/have had cancer. It's an amazing experience!!

Academics

The professors at Michigan State are very helpful and are willing to work with their students. The class sizes vary and can be 20 students to around 600 students, depending on the class. The workload also depends on the class/major, but I would say it is difficult, but manageable.

College Life

Student life is a blast. There are clubs and organizations for every interest and hobby you can imagine. Athletics are amazing and are sure to be a good time. There is always something fun to do on weekends. The campus is very safe and there are emergency telephones placed throughout campus.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoyed my graduate study in Michigan State University. The academic programs are diversified and catered to students needs. Professors are amicable and happy to provide any academic and career planning guidance. Grand River runs through the campus, it was wonderful to sit on the river bank in front of the Admin Building, feed ducks and sparrows. Spring is short but beautiful in East Lansing, there are so many sponsored and non-sponsored activities in the spring break. Living is inexpensive: housing is very affordable with options to live on or off campus. MSU has a very dynamic culture, with students coming from all parts of the world.

Academics

There are hundreds of graduate programs during my stay. Agriculture and Education graduate programs are in the top rankings amongst all universities. Engineering and Mass Communications are also very well known. Class size are usually between 15 - 25. All the professors are very reachable and ready to help students.

College Life

MSU students take tremendous pride in Spartans! I used to save my lunch money to buy basketball tickets, and they worth every penny I spent! I still keep my picture with Izod, it refreshes the sweet memories every time I look at it. Weekends are usually busy with activities and arrangements: social gathering, watching movies on campus, outing, tailgate parties...there is never a time I cant fill up my weekend calendar.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Loved: My classes, late-night-loving friends, walks through campus, bike rides through campus, nerdy dorm room friends, old Morrill Hall, MSU in the springtime, deserted MSU in the summertime, game days (even though I didn't ever want to attend the games), the MSU Union and every on-campus bookstore that ever existed (there are tons), the cozy Holden dorm rooms, the huuuuuge and often crowded MSU library (my favorite for people watching and late study nights), the sushi served at the dorm on the opposite end of campus that I would walk 25 minutes to get to on any given day, the MSU student stores in the dorm rooms, having lots of guy friends who totally "got me," the surrounding malls in Lansing and East Lansing, the Landshark Bar and Grill, walking along Grand River and shopping the morning after a late night, rooming off-campus and spending time on friends' couches in their rented 5-bedroom houses, reading and being forced to read all the time for class, the small class sizes, how exciting the huge lectures were in comparison, the ski team, my soccer and ice-skating kinesiology classes, my roommates, my 1,000 crushes on MSU students, my MSU study abroad experience, my language classes. Tips for prospective students: Branching out is the way I had the most fun at MSU. Do that. There are a lot of like-minded people at MSU (especially ones in non-arts and humanities fields) ... find the oddballs in less popular majors. Do study abroad (the variety of their study abroad programs is astounding). Play intramural sports--so many friendly and awesome athletes attend MSU. Enjoy MSU tailgating (even if you don't drink--in fact, it was more fun when I didn't). Avoid the Rock. Enjoy how gorgeous the campus is and spend as much time strolling along campus as you can. Go to the MSU plays--they're actually enjoyable. Go to at least one MSU basketball game and one MSU football game, even if you think you'd rather sit home and eat chips. Get the best meal plan you can afford when you're in the dorms--it won't make dorm food any better, but it'll save you from rationing and starvation. For any of you with allergies, they will allow you to have an A/C unit in the dorms if you have chronic allergies--don't be afraid or feel like it's a hassle to ask. If you like fun and friends, don't be a resident's assistant. (It's a party school. Imagine how many girls and guys you might have to drag back to their dorms, or how many students you might have to call the authorities on.) Oh, and don't believe anybody when they tell you it's a bad school. It's a pretty amazing place to be.

Academics

I was an English Literature major at MSU, and the workload was heavy (but enjoyable nonetheless). One semester I remember breaking down in the MSU bookstore at the beginning of a semester after putting 24 novels in my shopping basket. However, I'm thankful for it. The program introduced me to so many different styles of writing and, despite being told by other majors that "tests are hard, papers are easy--you can just BS your way through all of them", the lengthy essays had to be well written, well researched, and well understood. I felt that MSU's English Literature program was thorough and rounded with an amazing faculty to back it. And of course the more effort I put into my major, the more happy returns I received. The more styles of writing I read, the more essays I had to write, the more my own writing improved--which of course has led to many successes in post-college jobs. The professors I had were extremely knowledgable, friendly, helpful, sometimes even flexible with deadlines (sometimes very, very inflexible ... and I guess I can't blame them for it). Even the older, more by-the-books professors were always willing to spend time with you after hours brainstorming paper topics. It was all very hands-on in the MSU College of Arts and Letters. I fondly remember my contemporary literature class (well, one of many), my British and English poetry class, my Holocaust history class, and my Shakespeare class. I remember these in particular because of how kind, well-read, intelligent, and invested my professors were. Most MSU students had much bigger classes than I did (especially because the business, communications, and pre-med departments are so huge there). My classes were all very small. Usually 20-some students per class. My required classes were the only lectures I had (math, psych, etc.) While I can't say I found many lifelong friends in the English department (in fact, I found none--I wasn't very attentive to cultivating friendships within classes at that time, for I had many high school friends outside of class), the attention we received from teachers was lovely. It was as if I wasn't at a school with 45,000 other students.

College Life

This is obviously a huge party school. Cool if that's your thing, and also cool if it isn't. I did, in fact, party a lot. And it was tons of fun. Where MSU was lacking, from my perspective, was in its more culturally hip student body. I would have loved to party with more students that were into books and music and films like I was, and I wish there were more bars and restaurants and coffee shops where students like me could've hung out with other students like me. It would've helped me make many more lifelong friends. There definitely isn't a huge art culture at MSU, as far as I could tell. This isn't to say their actual art department isn't top-notch, but that the student body lacks these types of culturally privy individuals en masse. (Or if they were there, where were you hiding all that time? I missed you.) There is an endless amount of school clubs at MSU. I would often spend what felt like hours perusing the clubs online to see which ones I wanted to join (there were many.) In the end, I joined the Film Club, the Ski Team (which was technically a club but was very competitive, lots of talented alpine racers), the Green Magazine (a student-run magazine), the volunteer services of the campus veterinary hospital (you could walk dogs for the vet--amazing), and probably some more that I'm forgetting. The athletics are, of course, outstanding. The size of the student body alone provided enough team spirit to make every sporting event the most awesome thing ever. In particular, watching the women's soccer team, the MSU basketball team, and the football team was always so exciting. I even followed their golf team, among others. Team spirit to last you a lifetime. The atmosphere is amazing there. There are so many sororities and fraternities that I lost count. Mostly I liked them for the parties. The Greek system wasn't really my thing, and there were a lot of jerks in the system. However, some of my good friends at the time were in them, and I could always count on them for providing guys I could have crushes on. The State police are second to none. One of the safest campuses, especially for its size. While you still should never be a woman walking alone late at night there (or in most places), I felt very safe with those types of people running the show.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really liked how Michigan State had a good mix between academics and campus life. Some colleges tend to be too academic focused and I feel that part of the overall college experience is to be able to participate in clubs and interact with a diverse group of students. In addition to obtaining a degree from the fabulous Eli Broad College of Business, I was able to participate in some really great organizations on campus: Spartan Ski Club (I was an officer), Marketing Associate, a business fraternity, the varsity tennis team, etc. I loved how the campus is separate from the town but there are many surrounding bars, restaurants, and shopping places surrounding it. I didn't join a sorority but my friends that were involved in the Greek life really enjoyed it. The football and basketball games were a blast - everyone has so much school spirit and it was really fun to tailgate. The campus is just beautiful and the faculty really goes above and beyond to make college a pleasant experience for all. My senior year, I was invited to a student dinner at the president's house and was given a chance to network with many students and prospective employers. The business center was great for interviewing for jobs my senior year. We had a variety of career fairs and countless companies coming onto campus to interview prospective students for jobs. By March of my senior year, I had already secured a job for after I graduated. Michigan State, for me, was the perfect mix of school, social, and career prep.

Academics

There were many wonderful classes that I took. I had some really fun electives like intro to music, communication/speech delivery, and the history of jazz. Most classes met twice a week and were a mix of lectures with many students and then smaller groups. My favorite class that I took was an invention class where half the class was marketing majors and the other was engineers. We paired up and came up with new ideas. We had to research to make sure that our invention did not exist on the market, make a full marketing proposal, and design a working prototype. At the end of the semester, we had to present it in front of the classroom and everyone voted on the best ideas.

College Life

The campus has a lot of great activities - clubs, organizations, sports events, etc... I felt very safe the entire time on campus. There was a lot of campus police and and phones all over campus that you could pick up if you had an issue. Weekends were filled with sporting events, football games, tailgates, and parties.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Get involved with campus activities and campus life!

Academics

Professors are great and you will learn a ton. MSU opened my mind to a much bigger world.

College Life

Lots of parties, athletic events and more. The dorms will get you to meet a lot of people your freshmen year, and then you'll have lots more to go on after that... Don't drink too much. Looking back, I wish I would have gotten more involved with campus-activities and organizations to feel more of a part of the beautiful campus and to meet more people when I was there.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2000

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 1979

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

MSU is a great place to be an undergrad or grad student. A big campus, with a small campus feel with "mini campuses" of dorms and specialty centric buildings. To get the most out of the experience, be a joiner and participate in social and academic pursuits.

Academics

Class sizes can be a bit daunting a first with many held in large lecture halls for generally required courses. MSU is flexible with workload allowing students to take a smaller class load during times when taking more than one challenging class.

College Life

Every day, Spartans are changing lives in ways that are both practical and profound—creating opportunities for study and research and finding solutions for some of the world’s most challenging problems. Michigan State University’s more than 442,000 alumni are an integral part of that force for good, providing innumerable contributions to making the world a better place in ways both big and small. One of the most important things they do is provide scholarships and opportunities to help make it possible for the next generation of Spartans to contribute to the world as well.


Parent of Student

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Great school that keeps their student, and the parents of the students, informed of all possible opportunities.

Academics

I love that the Professors and Teaching Assistants are readily available to the students.

College Life

My daughter found a club to join the first week on campus and loves the camaraderie. She also enjoys the on-campus fitness center available at a low cost for the students.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I loved MSU! I definitely fell in love the moment I stepped onto campus. I especially loved the whole Brody complex and also the atmosphere and especially the sports! The whole campus is beautiful! The best part when I visited was getting to hear the quarterback speak about his Christian faith.

Academics

I'm a prospective student so I haven't done any of these yet. But I'm willing to bet that the academics are amazing and the professors are good. The workload might be a lot but it's college. My cousin liked it and said she was able to get really good classes and find out what she really wanted to do with her life.

College Life

It appears that MSU has a lot of opportunities on campus and I plan on joining a choir once I get there and maybe even playing an intramural sport. The campus safety seems to be good even though it is a very large campus.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars

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