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Living in East Lansing, Michigan, USA

inline_beaumont_tulips.jpgPure Michigan

Nicknamed the “Great Lakes State,” Michigan borders four Great Lakes, including Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is the largest body of fresh water in the United States and the world’s fifth largest lake. Michigan also has more than 11,000 inland lakes which spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. Michigan’s lakes provide not only clean and fresh water to its residents but also lots of recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, sailing and many other water sports. Michigan’s combined natural wonders of lakes, beaches, forests, waterfalls, and sand dunes attract over one hundred million visitors annually. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Tahquamenon Falls are all top vacation destinations in Michigan.

Affordable Quality Living

Living on campus, or living near MSU in the East Lansing, Okemos, or Haslett areas will offer you and your family an affordable quality living. Housing and living costs are moderate compared to big cities in the U.S. and there are lots of grocery and retail stores, restaurants, banks, libraries, museums, and parks and recreation facilities. Our neighboring K-12 systems (elementary, middle, and high schools) are among the top in Michigan and the U.S.

Excellent Location

MSU's campus is only three miles away from Lansing, Michigan’s capital city, home to the state government. Capital Regional International Airport (LAN) is located in Lansing and provides daily flights to the nation's busiest travel hubs (like Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis). Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) less than two hours driving distance, and the Michigan Flyer bus provides easy access to DTW from East Lansing. Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., is only four hours driving distance. Close to the East coast, you can easily visit New York City, Washington D.C. and Florida by car or plane.


Go Green Go White! Michigan State University

Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good with the uncommon will. The nation's pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. MSU has one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the U.S.  

MSU Facts

  • Founded in 1855, MSU was the first-ever land-grant university in the world. 
  • Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan's capital in Lansing.
  • MSU has a 5,200-acre campus with 545 buildings and another 2,100 acres in existing or planned development. Approximately 19,600 acres throughout Michigan used for agricultural and natural resources research and education.
  • Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities.
  • The largest single-campus housing systems in the country, with 27 residence halls and three apartment communities. 

Community

  • The Spartan Community consists of over 50,000 students; from all 82 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the U.S., and 133 other countries.
  • Currently there are 39,090 undergraduate and 11,254 graduate and professional students studying here, 51.7 percent are women and 48.3 percent are men. MSU is a proud supporter of diversity with 18.7 percent students of color and 14.4 percent international students.
  • MSU employs approximately 5,542 faculty and academic staff and 6,974 support staff employees.
  • There are over 550,000 living alumni worldwide.

Academics and Recognition 

  • More than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study.
  • 25 undergraduate and graduate programs ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, including six no. 1-ranked programs in undergraduate supply chain management/logistics and graduate programs in nuclear physics, elementary and secondary education, organizational psychology, and rehabilitation counseling. 
  • Ranks 75th among the world's top 100 universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Ranks 40th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger's 2016 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges.
  • More than 275 study abroad programs in more than 60 countries on all continents.
  • Ranks No. 7 in the nation for study abroad participation and No. 11 for international student enrollment.
  • Ranked among the top 100 global universities in the 2015-16 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education.
  • Ranked among the top 100 global universities according to the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities from the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • MSU libraries comprise the 29th largest academic library system in North America with over 4.9 million volumes.
  • The MSU Library houses the world's largest comic book collection.

Global Outreach  

  • Approximately 1,400 faculty and staff members engaged in international research and teaching.
  • More than 300 international institutional partnership agreements in 80 countries.
  • 25 internationally focused centers, institutes, and offices. 
  • Average annual funding of $75 million for international work.

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