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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$38,486 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
37,480 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
86.8% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
5,651 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Michigan State University is $14,880, which is $7,889 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $38,486, which is 258% of the cost for in-state students, and is $20,110 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,970.

In 2016, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Michigan State University received 37,480 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 6.18% annual growth. Out of those 37,480 applicants, 24,641 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.7% acceptance rate.

There were 50,340 students enrolled at Michigan State University in 2016, and 13% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Michigan State University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Michigan State University has a total enrollment of 50,340 students. The full-time enrollment at Michigan State University is 43,695 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,645. This means that 86.8% of students enrolled at Michigan State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Michigan State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 65.7% White, 6.63% Black or African American, 4.95% Asian, 4.12% Hispanic or Latino, 2.68% Two or More Races, 0.25% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.11% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Michigan State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (24.1%), followed by White Male (22.9%) and Black or African American Female (3.16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (5.04%), followed by White Male (4.29%) and Asian Female (0.5%).

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In 2016, 873 more women than men graduated from Michigan State University. The majority of students graduating from Michigan State University are White. These 8,721 graduates mean that there were 12.5 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 696 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Michigan State University is Advertising with 472 graduates, followed by General Biological Sciences with 396 graduates and General Economics with 373 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Michigan State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Agriculture, with 543 graduates, followed by Communications with 1,196 graduates and Biology with 1,061 graduates.


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Michigan State University has an endowment valued at nearly $2.67B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $93.1M (3.48%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Michigan State University had a total expenditure of $2.2B. Of that $2.2B, they spent $1.05B on salaries and $369M on benefits.

Michigan State University employs 816 Professors, 618 Associate professors, and 576 Assistant professors. Most academics at Michigan State University are Male Professors (620), Male Associate professors (358), and Male Assistant professors (297).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Michigan State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,197 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 1,061 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 958 employees.



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