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Top 10 Things to Do at MSU

There are many things to do at MSU. Here is a list of some of the most popular places and activities around campus! 

1. Take a tour of the MSU Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian-affiliate museum.

2. Explore the W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens, the oldest continuously-operated garden of its type in the U.S.

3. Travel the universe in the breathtaking Abrams Planetarium.

4. Capture a moment at Beaumont Tower, MSU's iconic bell tower.

5. Visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

6. Check out the MSU Farms.

7. Watch a Broadway show at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

8. Get some ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store.

9. Visit the Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center.

10. Cheer on the Spartans at a Big Ten Sporting Event.

View this PDF for the full list of activities.
Courtesy of Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Getting Around Campus

There are many ways to get around MSU's campus including walking, biking, e-scooter, bus, and car (charging stations for electric cars are available.) Learn more about transportation options on campus and travelling to East Lansing.

Campus Bus System

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) bus system is free for all students during fall and spring semesters along all on-campus routes. These routes serve all university apartments, residence halls, commuter lots and main campus facilities. Most on-campus routes run until 2:30 a.m. after which the Night Owl service provides late night transportation at a discounted student rate. In addition to the free on-campus routes, there are also routes that extend to the surrounding off-campus areas of East Lansing, Lansing, Okemos and Haslett. For off-campus routes, students can pay per ride or purchase passes.

Explore Our Campus

To see more of MSU's beautiful campus, check out this virtual tour, featuring many short video clips and stories. Use the MSU interactive map to find various locations on campus, and read about campus safety.

Dining Options

There are many amazing places to eat in East Lansing and on campus. From quick meals, to fresh farmer's market fare, there are options to please every palate. Learn more about the wide variety of campus dining options at MSU!

To explore off-campus dining around the East Lansing area check out the East Lansing Dining Guide and Lansing Restaurant Guide.

MSU Libraries

MSU libraries house the 29th largest academic library system in North America with over 4.9 million volumes and the MSU Main Library is home to the world's largest comic book collection.

Learn more about the various libraries on campus, as well as the services and resources available: lib.msu.edu.

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Sports and Fitness

Do you enjoy sports? Athletics are a huge part of MSU: 25 varsity squads, 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 13 intercollegiate sports for women. The men’s basketball team has made 23 straight NCAA tournament appearances, including ten Final Four appearances. In 2014, the Spartan football team finished the season as the #3 ranked team in the nation and won the 100th anniversary Rose Bowl game over Stanford. In 2017, the Spartan football team recorded their sixth 10-win season in eight years, a remarkable achievement.

If you're interested in cheering on the Spartans visit msuspartans.com for information, schedules, and purchasing tickets. 

Exercise and Fitness

If you want to participate in sports, MSU also boasts one of the largest intramural sports programs in the nation. Recreational Sports and Fitness Services offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate in many Intramural Sports and activities on a competitive and recreational level. MSU also has a variety of sports and fitness facilities for student use, including gyms, swimming pools, and sports courts, as well as classes and lessons.

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Some of the sports and amenities offered at MSU include ice skating, hockey, indoor volleyball, sailing, spartyball, softball, golf, basketball, innertube waterpolo, soccer, walleyball, swimming, weightlifting, and a variety of group exercise classes.

For building hours, events, schedules, and locations visit www.recsports.msu.edu for more information.

Arts and Culture

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At MSU, there is entertainment for everyone! Below is a list of some cultural activities to do while you're here at MSU.

  • Broad Art Museum: expressly dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of international artists, the Broad Art Museum at MSU is a place where artists’ ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the world.
  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts: The Wharton Center presents a diverse array of performances including Broadway musicals, comedy, music, dance, plays, opera, and family shows. It is also the home of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, which performs 17 concerts annually. 
  • Breslin Student Events Center: state-of-the-art arena hosts special events such as concerts, commencements, ice shows, sporting events, banquets, conventions, and trade shows.
  • MSU Museum: offers anthropological, biological, folklife, geological, and historical exhibits and programs. 
  • Abrams Planetarium: houses a Digistar 5 computer graphics planetarium projector and a 150-seat Sky Theater.
  • Horticulture Gardens: six distinct gardens over 7.5 acres provide a living laboratory where plants and people grow together. 

For more events coming soon make sure to visit events.msu.edu for more information. Here, you can find upcoming performances, speaker series, or art exhibits happening at MSU.

Student Organizations

Michigan State University is home to over 900 Registered Student Organizations (RSO); there is something for everyone! RSOs cover a wide range of topics and interests, including but not limited to: academic, business, environmental, international, political, cultural, racial/ethnic, religious, women’s interests, and sports and leisure.

Spending time with people who share the same interests is a great way to make friends and become part of the community.

To view the full list of Student Organizations visit msu.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations

Useful MSU Links

Below are some links that might be helpful to you during your time on campus.

Experience MSU - Information about MSU and the best sights to see on campus.

MSU Libraries - Learn about how to access library materials and services at the various campus libraries.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities - Learn about available resources at MSU for persons with disabilities.

MSU Athletics - Buy tickets to Big Ten sporting events and see event schedules.

OISS Homepage - Website for the Office of International Studies and Scholars.

MSU Interactive Map - This map lets you search for buildings, see construction on campus, and map your route.

Cata Transportation Website - Find bus routes and learn how to get around campus and the surrounding areas.

MSU Police - Information about the Campus Police and how to stay safe during your stay.

Parking Information - Find information about parking on campus and buying parking passes online.

Asian Studies Center - This is a National Undergraduate Resource Center for students in and from Asia.

MSU Today - A newsletter about things going on at MSU

MSU WorkLife - A Guide of resources on MSU's Campus