Michigan State University (MSU) Spartans work to advance the common good in uncommon ways. 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 — on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation — and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.
- Founded in 1855
- Prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862
- First institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture
- Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing
- 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development
- 532 buildings, including 103 academic buildings
- 17,500 acres throughout Michigan used for agricultural, animal, and forestry research
Students (fall 2012)
- 48,906 total: from all 83 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the United States, and more than 130 other countries
- 36,747 undergraduate, 10,247 graduate and professional, 1,912 nondegree
- 52 percent women, 48 percent men
- 16.1 percent students of color, 13.5 percent international
Faculty and academic staff
- Approximately 5,000
Support staff employees
- Approximately 6,400
- Approximately 529,000 worldwide
Exemplary Ongoing Research Projects at Michigan State University
Every day at MSU, dedicated scientists, scholars, and students create and apply knowledge as they work to provide sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Here are examples of some outstanding current research projects. More…
- Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)
- BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
- Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
- International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research
- Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM)
- Specialty Crop Research Initiative
Annual Funding Highlights
Funding for externally sponsored programs comes primarily from federal agencies, state agencies, industry, associations and foundations. (Because funds for conducting research are generally awarded in multi-year contracts or grants, the amount recorded as received each year may not reflect the expenditures in that year. Charts for 2012 – 13.
- $477 million in external funding in 2012 – 13.
- 49 percent of MSU’s external funding was federal.
- The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health were the largest federal funders of MSU research.
Research and Business
- MSU Innovation Center brings together three key functions through three carefully integrated entities (MSU Technologies, MSU Business-CONNECT, and Spartan Innovations) along with vital student entrepreneurial activities.
- Product Center for Agriculture & Natural Resources helps Michigan entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture, natural resources, and bioeconomy sectors.
- MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Mich., provides chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. The institute received one of six i6 Green “Proof of Concept“ from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, for 2011 – 2013.
- MBI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation that focuses on developing and commercializing sustainable bio-based technologies. MBI collaborates with MSU researchers through the BioEconomy Network.