Michigan State University

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University resides just 3 miles from the state capitol, in East Lansing, Michigan.  MSU is the eighth-largest university in the United States, home to over 36,000 undergraduate students, 10,000 graduate students, 5,000 faculty and academic staff, and over 420,800 living alumni worldwide.  Recognized worldwide as a top research institution, MSU is considered to be one of America’s Public Ivy institutions.  More Rhodes Scholars have come from MSU than from any other institution in the Big Ten, and at least six MSU alumni have won the Pultizer Prize.

The Michigan State University campus sits on 5,200 acres, comprising 676 buildings that are home to over 200 programs of study by 17 degree-granting colleges.  It is home to the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country.  The student body at MSU represents all 83 counties from the state of Michigan, all 50 states from around the country, and about 130 countries worldwide.

As the recognized leader in study abroad programs in the country, Michigan State has over 250 study abroad programs on all seven continents and more than 60 countries.

Michigan State University is the country’s pioneer land grant institution established by the Morrill Act of 1862, and served as the prototype for land grant colleges that followed around the rest of the country. It is the first higher-learning institution in the United States to teach scientific agriculture.

There are 12 intercollegiate varsity athletic programs for men and 12 programs for women at Michigan State University, competing in the Big Ten Conference.  Sparty, the official mascot for the school, has been recognized as the national top collegiate mascot in 2004, 2005 and 2007.  MSU is home to the 2007 NCAA Men’s Hockey national champions, and the 2000 NCAA Men’s Basketball national champions.  The men’s basketball team has been to six Final Fours in the last 12 seasons.

East Lansing

The city of East Lansing in nestled in mid-Michigan, directly east of the state capital of Lansing, and is home to Michigan State University.  As of the 2000 census, East Lansing’s population was 46,525.

East Lansing was founded in 1847, the same year that Lansing was the designated as the state capital.  Michigan State University was founded 8 years later in 1855, and was established into East Lansing in 1857.

Downtown East Lansing centers around Grand River Ave., which is the dividing line between the city and the campus of MSU.  Michigan Ave., which leads directly to the Capital Building, divides the city and the campus further west.

East Lansing’s K-12 education is covered by the East Lansing School District, and has an enrollment of 3,400 students.  East Lansing School District consists of four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

The city is serviced by Amtrak trains, and Indian Trail and Greyhound buses out of the East Lansing Amtrak depot.  The Capital Area Transportation Authority services local bus routes in East Lansing and neighboring areas.  Three major interstates and one US highway intersect the city: I-96, I-496, I-69 and US-127.  Air travel to the East Lansing area is possible through the Lansing Capital City Airport.

Spartan Stadium

Sitting along the banks of the Red Cedar river, Spartan Stadium is home to the Michigan State University football team.

Spartan Stadium, Michigan State University

Spartan Stadium, Michigan State University

Originally opened in 1923, Spartan Stadium has been expanded numerous times over the years, and currently seats 75,005.  In 2002 Spartan Stadium switched from an Astroturf field to a modular natural grass system developed by one of the nations top turfgrass programs from Michigan State University.

Spartan Stadium is currently holds the world record for the largest crowd to attend an ice hockey game.  On October 6, 2001, Michigan State played the University of Michigan to a 3-3 tie, with 74,554 in attendance to watch the game.

Spartan Stadium has been among the the NCAA’s top 25 in attendance in each of the last 53 years.  In 2002, Mel Kiper, Jr. picked Spartan Stadium as the 8th most scenic in the nation.

The original Sparty statue inside the Spartan Stadium expansion.

In 2005, Spartan Stadium completed a two-year, $64M expansion project to add 24 luxury suites, 800 club seats, a Grand Entrance (and the current home of the original Sparty statue), office space of the MSU alumni association and Spartan Athletic Office, and 3,000 seats.