Michigan State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,555
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$16,579
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.61%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
71.1%
44,322 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
49,809
87.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
80.1%
6,474 Graduates

About

Michigan State University is a higher education institution located in Ingham County, MI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Michigan State University were Advertising (496 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (471 degrees), and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (388 degrees).

In 2019, 12,640 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Michigan State University. 53.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (8,655 degrees), 12 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (720 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Michigan State University is $15,555, which is $−12,945 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Michigan State University is $15,555, which is $−12,945 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,579.

In 2019, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 42% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,555
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Michigan State University was $15,555. The cost of tuition at Michigan State University is $−12,945 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,579
2019 Value
2.17%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Michigan State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,579. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Michigan State University grew by 2.17%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,322
Room and Board
$1,108
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Michigan State University was of $10,322 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,108. The cost of room and board increased by 2.95% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.21% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

54%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

54% of undergraduate students at Michigan State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.89% with respect to 2018, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.61%
2017 Default Rate
302
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Michigan State University was 3.61%, which represents 302 out of the 8371 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Michigan State University received 44,322 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 33.8% annual growth. Out of those 44,322 applicants, 31,522 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 71.1% acceptance rate.

There were 49,809 students enrolled at Michigan State University in 2019, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Michigan State University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

71.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
31,522
Accepted Out of 44,322

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Michigan State University was 71.1% (31,522 admissions from 44,322 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 77.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 33.8%, while admissions grew by 22.5%.

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SAT Scores

78%
Submission Percentage
6,882
Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Michigan State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Michigan State University has a total enrollment of 49,809 students. The full-time enrollment at Michigan State University is 43,693 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,116. This means that 87.7% of students enrolled at Michigan State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Michigan State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66% White, 6.99% Black or African American, 6% Asian, 5.07% Hispanic or Latino, 3.08% Two or More Races, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0843% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Michigan State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.2%), followed by White Male (32.9%) and Black or African American Female (4.73%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.9%), followed by White Male (24.2%) and Asian Female (3.45%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Michigan State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49,809 students. The full-time enrollment at Michigan State University is 43,693 and the part-time enrollment is 6,116. This means that 87.7% of students enrolled at Michigan State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Michigan State University was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Michigan State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    32,865
  2. Black or African American
    3,482
  3. Asian
    2,991

The enrolled student population at Michigan State University is 66% White, 6.99% Black or African American, 6% Asian, 5.07% Hispanic or Latino, 3.08% Two or More Races, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0843% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 599 students (1.2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 944 more women than men received degrees from Michigan State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Michigan State University is white (8,655 degrees awarded). There were 12 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (720 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Michigan State University is Advertising (496 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (471 degrees) and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (388 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Michigan State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (457 degrees awarded), Communications (1,192 degrees), and Biology (1,296 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Physicians (399,157 people), Other managers (265,677 people), Postsecondary teachers (146,882 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (146,373 people), and Secondary school teachers (110,932 people).

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (457 degrees awarded), Communications (1,192 degrees), Biology (1,296 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (191 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (419 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Surgeons, Actuaries, Dentists, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (457 degrees awarded), Communications (1,192 degrees), Biology (1,296 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (191 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (419 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Michigan State University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (522,470 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (434,546 people), Elementary & secondary schools (387,898 people), Offices of physicians (220,278 people), and Computer Systems Design (162,204 people).

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (457 degrees awarded), Communications (1,192 degrees), Biology (1,296 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (191 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (419 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Michigan State University.
Most Common
  1. 496 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 471 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 388 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Michigan State University was Advertising with 496 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

5,848
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
6,792
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 5,848 degrees were awarded to men at Michigan State University, which is 0.861 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,792).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 302 degrees were awarded to men at Michigan State University in Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management, which is 1.88 times more than the 161 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 296 degrees were awarded to women at Michigan State University in Advertising, which is 1.45 times more than the 204 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

52%
100% Completion Time
79%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 52% of students graduating from Michigan State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 79% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 81% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (85.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Michigan State University is Female and Asian (85.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.741% of graduates (48 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,655 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    720 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    641 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Michigan State University is white (8,655 degrees awarded). There were 12 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (720 degrees).

1.37% of degree recipients (173 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    4,671 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    3,984 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    465 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Michigan State University is white female (4,671 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,984 degrees).

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Operations

Michigan State University has an endowment valued at nearly $3.43B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $247M (7.19%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Michigan State University had a total salary expenditure of $2.72B. Michigan State University employs 776 Professors, 713 Assistant professors, and 606 Associate professors. Most academics at Michigan State University are Male Professors (565), Female Assistant professors(366), and Male Assistant professors (347).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Michigan State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1380 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 1199 employees, and Management with 936 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.43B
2019 Endowment
3.86%
growth from 2018

Michigan State University has an endowment valued at about $3.43B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Michigan State University grew 3.86% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.12B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $381M - Federal
  2. $16.9M - State
  3. $8.81M - Local

As of 2019, Michigan State University received $381M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $16.9M from state grants and contracts, and $8.81M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.23B
2019 Salaries
2.02%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Michigan State University paid a median of $1.23B in salaries, which represents 45.2% of their overall expenditure ($2.72B) and a 2.02% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.38% growth from 2017 and a 4.93% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$286M
Instructional Salaries
2,467
Number of Employees

In 2019, Michigan State University paid a total of $286M to 2,467 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
776 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1380 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Michigan State University were Professor with 776 employees; Assistant professor with 713 employees; and Assistant professor with 606 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Michigan State University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,380 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 1,199 employees; and Management with 936 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Michigan State University was Male Professor with 565 employees, Female Assistant professor with 366 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 347 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Michigan State University.

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