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MSU Facts at a Glance


Get a quick picture of Michigan State University with these fast facts. To learn more about what MSU stands for – its character, mission and accreditations – visit About Michigan State University.

History:
Founded 1855, prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862
Campus Profile:
5,200-acre campus located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing
President:
Lou Anna K. Simon
Accreditation:
Regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission
Academics:
More than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate and professional study
Students:
Approximately 50,500 total from more than 130 countries
Nickname:
Spartans
Athletics:
25 varsity squads: 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 13 intercollegiate sports for women
U.S. News & World Report Ranking:
29th among the nation’s public universities