Michigan State University

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Michigan State University
motto Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.
founding February 12, 1855
Sponsorship state
place East Lansing , Michigan , United States
management Samuel L. Stanley
Students 45,100
Employee 6,100
including professors 4,800
Foundation assets $ 1.28 billion
University sports Spartans ( Big Ten Conference )
Networks Association of American Universities
Website www.msu.edu
The Beaumont Tower
Linton Hall from 1881
The Abrams Planetarium in the center of the MSU
The MSU library
The Spartan Stadium

The Michigan State University (also Michigan State or MSU is called) any State University in East Lansing in the US state of Michigan , which was founded on February 12 1855th

Michigan State University is one of the best state universities in the United States , a so-called Public Ivy , and is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900. Furthermore, this university, which has three medical faculties, is one of the best research institutions in the world. Doctoral training in nuclear physics ranks first in the US even before MIT

14 faculties and an affiliated law college that award degrees offer more than 200 academic programs.

There are currently approximately 45,100 students, divided into approximately 35,600 undergraduate students and approximately 9,500 graduate students , from all 50 states in the USA and 125 other countries. With that number of students enrolled, MSU ranked sixth in the United States in 2005. The exchange program of the MSU, which maintains contacts in 60 countries on all continents, is also one of the largest in the USA.

The campus covers an area of ​​more than 21 km² with 660 buildings. Another 60 square kilometers across Michigan are used for agricultural, forestry and veterinary research.

Research and Teaching

Michigan State University is famous for its teaching, agricultural, and nuclear physics programs, as well as the Eli Broad College of Business and the Physics and Astronomy Department. Since it was founded in 1855 as a small university with a focus on agricultural science, the emphasis has been on research. Significant inventions that took place at MSU include hybrid corn (WJ Beal in 1877), homogenized milk (GM Trout in his thirties) and the anti-cancer agent cisplatin in the sixties.

In 2004, scientists at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (short: Cyclotron) discovered a new isotope of the element germanium called Ge-60. In the same year - in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Brazilian government - the groundbreaking ceremony for the 4.1 meter large Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope in the Chilean Andes was set. In 2007 Albert Fert, an associate professor at the university, received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with the German Peter Grünberg .


The MSU sports teams are the Spartans . The college is a member of the Big Ten Conference in Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The men's basketball team won the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships in 1979 (including with Magic Johnson ) and 2000. The MSU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, 1988 and 2014. The game is played at Spartan Stadium , which opened in 1923 and has been the last Extension in 2005 offers space for 75,005 spectators. The mascot is Sparty , a muscular Spartan warrior who was voted the nation's best mascot in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and was nominated for the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 as one of six university mascots.

Well-known graduates

Arts, literature and media

Pedagogy and University


  • Spencer Abraham (* 1952) (BA 1974), former Minister of Energy and Senator
  • Adnan Badran (* 1935) (MA, Ph.D.), former Prime Minister of Jordan
  • John Kornblum (* 1943), former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Hélder Lopes , Deputy Minister of Finance of East Timor
  • Lee Wan-koo (* 1950) (MA), Prime Minister of South Korea

law and economy

  • James P. Hoffa (* 1941) (BA 1963), President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Robert Ressler (1937-2013) (BS, MS 1972), criminologist



Web links

Commons : Michigan State University  - Album containing pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c “MSU Facts” ( memento of the original from October 24, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Michigan State University Newsroom. Accessed March 5, 2008. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / newsroom.msu.edu
  2. 2008 NACUBO Endowment Study (PDF; 592 kB) National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved February 6, 2009. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nacubo.org
  3. [1] . Ranking - Nuclear Physics at MSU.

Coordinates: 42 ° 43 '24 "  N , 84 ° 28' 52"  W.