About Michigan State University

Michigan State University works to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began in 1855 as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life.

Today, it is one of the top research universities in the world, creating solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. In 2010-11, external funding to MSU was $439 million; 65 percent of that was federal funding.  Its top federal funding agencies were the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy.  MSU research excellence is recognized through its institutional membership in the American Association of Universities (AAU).

MSU is home of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, which funds the research of more than 300 scientists on campus and at a network of 14 field research stations across the state. It is also home of the premier rare isotope research in the nation, at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Other externally funded national and international research programs include:

  • MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory,
  • MSU branch of the USDoE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,
  • Center for Advancing Microbrial Risk Assessment,
  • Composite Vehicle Research Center,
  • U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence,
  • NSF Bio/Computational Evolution in Action Consortium (BEACON),
  • Center for Advanced Study of International Development, and
  • Center for International Business Education and Research. 

MSU is one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation—providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.  It is known worldwide as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. It offers more than 200 programs of study, many of them nationally ranked, which attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving. MSU Extension reaches into all 83 counties in Michigan to provide practical, university-based knowledge.