About Michigan State University:

Michigan State University (MSU) was created in 1855 and was the first of America’s “land-grant” universities -- institutions handed land to create an environment “where the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts...in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions of life.” Today, MSU is one of the largest institutions in the US in terms of enrolment, with over 50,000 students, and is sprawled across a 5,200-acre campus in East Lansing. It also operates a campus in Dubai. Its alumni reach is over 540,000 strong, spread all over the world. MSU is a multi-disciplinary research institution and this is reflected in its diverse range of accolades. Alfred D. Hershey, who took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at MSU, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, while one of the world’s greatest ever basketball players Earvin “Magic” Johnson was a keen student at the university before being drafted by the NBA. MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences has a particularly rich history, cultivating eight Pulitzer Prize winners. Richard Ford, another Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel Independence Day, also studied at MSU. MSU students are dubbed ‘Spartans’ when they enter the institution and the university’s large sports programme, which has 25 varsity squads.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 101 91 98 90 109 110 93 105 107 109 121 126 124

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 9 8 6 9 26 9 14 13 13 14 16 17
Engineering 90 100 97 117 104 114 161 142 165 179 204 220
Life Sciences 158 166 169 141 150 145 164 168 166 165 170 172
Medicine 235 233 221 241 241 243 228 220 195 215 225 211
Natural Sciences 70 68 79 89 89 76 79 81 105 115 116 126
Social Sciences 35 45 30 38 39 31 35 42 41 43 34 38

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 22 26 23 23 24 19 20 26 25
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 96
Chemical Engineering 100 101 115 101 130 112 148 184 202 217
Chemistry 157 206 220 230 228 205 202 252 250 267
Civil Engineering 60 66 62 65 95 106 134 155 140 179
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 228
Computer Science 88 116 86 77 95 74 89 101 99 114
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 19
Electrical Engineering 110 100 97 91 101 83 114 131 168 168
Environment / Ecology - 22 21 22 30 29 27 34 34 42
Geosciences 228 248 260 229 241 269 254 222 252 233
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 284
Materials Science 148 166 157 179 210 178 169 198 228 239
Mathematics 74 66 78 61 65 61 83 89 98 94
Mechanical Engineering 89 80 99 109 108 127 131 143 163 187
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 59
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 202
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 210
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 100 144 157 156 161 210 188 212
Physics 70 78 71 62 59 59 81 92 97 106
Plant & Animal Science - 10 9 6 8 9 9 9 9 9
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 62
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 50
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 105