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Rank: 41

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MIwww.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 other 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 325 such programs available in some 80 countries. There are more than 900 organizations for students to join, a breadth of choice that helps undergraduates find a place for themselves on such a vast campus. Many students find friends in the dorms, where they 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 79% is 10% higher, by MONEY's calculations, than would be expected for students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$29,200
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,100
Average price for low-income students
$6,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
42,252
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
74%
% of need met
60%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$9,960
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$25,500
Average salary within 3 years
$51,800
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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