Michigan State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,375
3.33% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$16,684
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
3.5%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
71.5%
36,143 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
50,019
87% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
79.5%
6,127 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 (495 degrees awarded), General Economics (460 degrees), and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (401 degrees).

In 2017, 13,044 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Michigan State University. 53.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (8,975 degrees), 12.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (701 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Michigan State University is $15,375, which is $-11,125 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Michigan State University is $15,375, which is $-11,125 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,684.

In 2017, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 43% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,375
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Michigan State University was $15,375. The cost of tuition at Michigan State University is $-11,125 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,684
2017 Value
11.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Michigan State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,684. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Michigan State University grew by 11.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,784
Room and Board
$1,076
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Michigan State University was of $9,784 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,076. The cost of room and board increased by 2.73% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.749% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
43%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Michigan State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 52% 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.
3.5%
2016 Default Rate
292
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Michigan State University was 3.5%, which represents 292 out of the 8343 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 36,143 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.57% annual decline. Out of those 36,143 applicants, 25,860 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 71.5% acceptance rate.

There were 50,019 students enrolled at Michigan State University in 2017, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Michigan State University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

71.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
25,860
Accepted Out of 36,143

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Michigan State University was 71.5% (25,860 admissions from 36,143 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 65.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.57%, while admissions grew by 4.95%.

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SAT Scores

60%
Submission Percentage
5,039
Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Michigan State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Michigan State University has a total enrollment of 50,019 students. The full-time enrollment at Michigan State University is 43,507 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,512. This means that 87% 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, 6.83% Black or African American, 5.16% Asian, 4.34% Hispanic or Latino, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.232% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.108% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Michigan State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.1%), followed by White Male (32.8%) and Black or African American Female (4.65%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (30.7%), followed by White Male (25.1%) and Black or African American Female (3.12%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Michigan State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50,019 students. The full-time enrollment at Michigan State University is 43,507 and the part-time enrollment is 6,512. This means that 87% of students enrolled at Michigan State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2017 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
    32,870
  2. Black or African American
    3,414
  3. Asian
    2,582

The enrolled student population at Michigan State University is 65.7% White, 6.83% Black or African American, 5.16% Asian, 4.34% Hispanic or Latino, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.232% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.108% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 545 students (1.09%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 986 more women than men received degrees from Michigan State University. The majority of degree recipients at Michigan State University are white (8,975 degrees awarded). There were 12.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (701 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Michigan State University is Advertising (495 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (460 degrees) and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (401 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 (508 degrees awarded), Communications (1,225 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (201 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 (408,368 people), Other managers (399,767 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (363,541 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (295,806 people), and Postsecondary teachers (229,634 people).

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (508 degrees awarded), Communications (1,225 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (201 degrees), Biology (1,077 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,175 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (508 degrees awarded), Communications (1,225 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (201 degrees), Biology (1,077 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,175 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 (594,546 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (573,258 people), Elementary & secondary schools (551,116 people), Legal services (301,678 people), and Computer Systems Design (246,377 people).

The most specialized majors at Michigan State University are Agriculture (508 degrees awarded), Communications (1,225 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (201 degrees), Biology (1,077 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,175 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. 495 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 460 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 401 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Michigan State University was Advertising with 495 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 6,029
  2. 7,015

In 2017, 6,029 degrees were awarded to men at Michigan State University, which is 0.859 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (7,015).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 377 degrees were awarded to men at Michigan State University in General Economics, which is 3.25 times more than the 116 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 295 degrees were awarded to women at Michigan State University in Advertising, which is 1.4 times more than the 211 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

51%
100% Completion Time
77%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 51% of students graduating from Michigan State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 77% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 80% 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 (85.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Michigan State University is Female and Asian (85.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.734% of graduates (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,975 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    701 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    562 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Michigan State University is white (8,975 degrees awarded). There were 12.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (701 degrees).

1.22% of degree recipients (159 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    4,834 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    4,141 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    450 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Michigan State University is white female (4,834 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,141 degrees).

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Operations

Michigan State University has an endowment valued at nearly $3.08B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $391M (12.7%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Michigan State University had a total salary expenditure of $2.47B. Michigan State University employs 808 Professors, 678 Assistant professors, and 605 Associate professors. Most academics at Michigan State University are Male Professors (608), Male Associate professors(350), and Female Assistant professors (345).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Michigan State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1289 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 1180 employees, and Management with 894 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.08B
2017 Endowment
19.1%
growth from 2016

Michigan State University has an endowment valued at about $3.08B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Michigan State University grew 19.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.8B 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. $337M - Federal
  2. $14.2M - State
  3. $7.6M - Local

As of 2017, Michigan State University received $337M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $14.2M from state grants and contracts, and $7.6M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.16B
2017 Salaries
4.93%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Michigan State University paid a median of $1.16B in salaries, which represents 46.8% of their overall expenditure ($2.47B) and a 4.93% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.81% growth from 2015 and a 3.58% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$276M
Instructional Salaries
2,424
Number of Employees

In 2017, Michigan State University paid a total of $276M to 2,424 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
808 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1289 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Michigan State University were Professor with 808 employees; Assistant professor with 678 employees; and Assistant professor with 605 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Michigan State University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,289 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 1,180 employees; and Management with 894 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Michigan State University was Male Professor with 608 employees, Male Associate professor with 350 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 345 employees.

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

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