Michigan State University is a public research university that was founded in 1855. The school is located in East Lansing, Michigan – which is located to the east of the capital city of Lansing. Michigan State currently enrolls around 38,000 undergraduates (49,000 total), which makes it one of the top 10 largest schools in terms of enrollment. Their school motto is “Advancing Knowledge, Transforming Lives.” Their school colors are green and white.
Michigan State (MSU) is known for pioneering new degree programs such as; supply chain, hospitality, packaging and telecommunication. With over 200 degree programs, MSU has numerous degree programs that are ranked in the top 10 in the United States among public universities. Education and Organizational Psychology are the two best degree programs at MSU – both have been ranked 1st in the nation for over 15 years. Various sources have ranked MSU as a top 100 overall public university in America.
The Michigan State Spartans field some of the most respected sports teams in the NCAA. The school fields 25 sports teams and currently competes in the Big 10 conference. Their biggest rival is the Michigan Wolverines – the two schools compete heavily in each sport and it is one of the top rivalries in college basketball.
The Michigan State Spartans are most famous for their men’s basketball program. Their famous coach, Tom Izzo, always has the team in contention when it comes to March Madness. They have won two national championships, one in 1979 and the other in 2000. They have also been to the Final Four eight times.
Although the Michigan State Spartans are most famous for their recent success in men’s basketball, their football program has historically been more successful. MSU football has won six national championships and four Rose Bowls. Despite the historical success and ability to produce NFL players, their football program is sometimes wrongfully forgotten.
Famous Michigan State Spartans Alumni
- Magic Johnson – Hall of Fame NBA basketball player, sports broadcaster and public speaker.
- Tom Sizemore – Actor
- James Caan – Actor
- Sam Raimi – Filmmaker most famous for directing the Spider-Man series.
- Tom Izzo – Not an alum, but he is currently the head men’s basketball coach and arguably the most famous person currently at the school.