Michigan State University is a major U.S. public doctoral degree–granting university with very high research activity, global reach, and reputation. MSU is a world leader in basic and applied research in the areas of nuclear physics, global agrifood, plant sciences, supply chain management, and teacher education.
Founded in 1855, MSU is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university upon whose philosophy the Morrill Act was shaped. It is one of only 18 land-grant universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities, among the top 100 research universities in the world, a member of the Big Ten athletic conference, and a member of The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). The University is located in East Lansing, Michigan, three miles from the state capitol in Lansing.
At MSU, instruction, research, and outreach are integrated to make the institution an innovative, responsive public resource for the 21st century. The University is known for its high-quality undergraduate experience, which emphasizes participation in research, study abroad, and service-learning.
MSU is noted for its outreach and partnerships both in Michigan and around the world. In Michigan, MSU is active in outreach activities in every county through MSU Extension, and other programs. Internationally, MSU has more than 250 active linkage partnerships in some 60 countries with international higher education institutions, government agencies, institutes, and research organizations.
The University’s extraordinary international engagement also is reflected by its position as one of the leading public university in the nation for study abroad participation. MSU ranks in the top 10 among public universities for both study abroad participation and international student enrollment.
Today, MSU leverages the land-grant notion that extraordinary potential lies in ordinary individuals to create circumstances in which that potential may be achieved. In communities from Michigan to Malawi, our faculty and students deliver education, research and outreach capabilities that focus on solving the world’s most pressing problems—from ensuring safe food and water supplies and developing lifesaving vaccines to exploring alternative energy and preparing a new generation of urban educators.
A diverse and inclusive academic community, in fall 2013 MSU enrolled just over 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries and engaged nearly 2,000 tenure system faculty members. The University offers 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges comprised of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, James Madison College, College of Law, Lyman Briggs College, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. A number of MSU programs are nationally recognized or ranked, with 14 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 21 programs in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2017). For an extensive list of MSU’s rankings and recognitions, please visit www.msu.edu/about/rankings-and-recognitions.php .
A recent indication of MSU’s excellence and impact is its selection in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams—a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes to fuel breakthrough applications as it provides research opportunities for scientists and students from around the globe.
Campus Maps: www.maps.msu.edu
University Overview and Facts: www.msu.edu/about/thisismsu/facts.html
University Data Book (Data Digest 2018): https://opb.msu.edu/functions/institution/datadigest/documents/datadigest1.pdf
Michigan State University is governed by an elected Board of Trustees composed of eight members serving eight-year terms. Additional information about the MSU Board of Trustees can be found at: trustees.msu.edu.
John Engler is the Interim President of Michigan State University. Interim President Engler served as the 46th governor of the state of Michigan, serving three terms from 1991 to 2003. Previous to Engler’s tenure as governor he served 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. He is a graduate of MSU with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and earned a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
University Organizational Chart: www.msu.edu/about/thisismsu/board-admin/org-chart.html
Faculty and Staff
MSU employs more than 5,600 faculty and academic staff. The University’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the top 100 research-intensive universities in the world, notable faculty such as Dr. Robert Grubbs, who won the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2005, began his career at MSU. In 2007, Albert Fert, an Adjunct Professor in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, won the Nobel Prize in Physics with other colleagues.
MSU also employs approximately 7,100 non-academic staff, a majority of whom are represented by collective bargaining agreements. MSU has been very innovative in working with the Coalition of Labor Organizations which includes representatives from their respective bargaining units who are active participants in the development and communication of policies and programs affecting faculty and staff.
To focus its energy and resources, Michigan State University, operates under Bolder by Design. The initiative is comprised of six strategic imperatives:
- Enhance the student experience—by continually improving the quality of academic programs and the value of an MSU degree for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Enrich community, economic, and family life—through research, outreach, engagement, entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity.
- Expand international reach—through academic, research, and economic development initiatives and global, national, and local strategic alliances.
- Increase research opportunities—by significantly expanding research funding and involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in research and scholarship.
- Strengthen stewardship—by appreciating and nurturing the University’s financial assets, campus infrastructure, and people for optimal effectiveness today and tomorrow.
- Advancing our culture of high performance – acting individually and collectively in units and across units, to seize the opportunity to elevate expectations and work performance.
For additional information on Michigan State University please visit: www.msu.edu and www.bolderbydesign.msu.edu.