Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. Its alumni include at least five winners of the Pulitzer Prize. MSU’s record of Rhodes scholars has led the Big Ten since the 1970s. MSU pioneered the studies of packaging, hospitality business, telecommunication, and music therapy. Today its study-abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in the country, offering more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents including Antarctica. It is considered to be one of America's Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States.

Following the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. After World War II, the number of students tripled as the institution became a major university. Today, MSU is the eighth-largest university in the United States, with 46,045 students and 2,954 faculty members.

This is what is obtained from the University Website about the university's history:


Then & Now

Classes Began
May 14, 1857 Sixty-three students, five faculty, and three now nonexistent buildings (College Hall, 1856; Saint's Rest, 1856; and a brick horse barn)
Dedication Date
May 13, 1857
Founding Date
February 12, 1855 As the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan
Governing Body
1855 - State Board of Education
1861 - State Board of Agriculture
1959 - Board of Trustees

Morrill Act
1862 To grant lands to each loyal state to support a college "where the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts..in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions of life."

Name Changes
1855 - Agricultural College of the State of Michigan
1861 - State Agricultural College
1909 - Michigan Agricultural College
1925 - Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science
1955 - Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science
1964 - Michigan State University


Degree-granting colleges

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Residential College in Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Letters
Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Human Medicine
James Madison College
College of Law (affiliated)
Lyman Briggs College
College of Music
College of Natural Science
College of Nursing
College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Social Science
College of Veterinary Medicine

MSU's Division I sports teams are called the Spartans. They compete in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except ice hockey, in which the team is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. MSU's football team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, and 1988 and boasts six national championships. Its men's basketball team won the NCAA National Championship in 1979 and 2000. The MSU men's ice hockey has won national titles in 1966, 1986, and 2007.

Michigan State University ranked:

159th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

164th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

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