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Rank: 59

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MIhttps://www.msu.edu
Michigan State is a Big Ten school with more than 50,000 students, close to 39,000 of them undergraduates. Its students represent all 50 states and more than 130 countries. Recognized internationally as a major research university, MSU ranks high among U.S. universities in both international student enrollment and participation in study abroad programs, with more than 275 such programs available in some 60 countries. There are more than 900 organizations for students to join, which can help undergraduates find a place for themselves on such a vast campus. Offerings include a gospel choir, recipe-sharing club, and an e-sports student association. Friendships are often made in the dorms, where students are required to live as first-year students. The University Activities Board provides plenty of alcohol-free alternatives to the usual drinking and partying, including free bowling and open mic nights. Many students are content just hanging out by the Grand River before they head off to cheer the Spartans at the big game. MSU's graduation rate of about 80% is 7% higher, by MONEY's calculations, than would be expected for students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds. Michigan State alumni are financially successful as well: Recent graduates tell PayScale their early career earnings shake out to $53,900.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,700
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,800
Average price for low-income students
$7,060
admissions
Acceptance rate
72%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
38,770
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
71%
% of need met
59%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$10,493
student success
Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$25,200
Average salary within 3 years
$53,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
34%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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