Student and Academic Outcomes
MSU now serves more than 3,000 more students than 10 years ago, increasing the number of educational opportunities provided for students from Michigan and beyond.
MSU strives to assure that all students are successful in their educational pursuits. When compared to its national peers, MSU ranks in the top quartile for first-year persistence, an indicator of student success. Student retention rates reported provide the percentage of first-year undergraduate students who entered in the terms listed and returned the following fall.
MSU strives to assure that all students are successful as they matriculate toward graduation. When compared to its national peers, a group that includes the nation’s largest and most prestigious institutions, MSU ranks ahead of the national median for its six-year graduation rate. Six-year graduation rates reflect the percentage of undergraduate students entering in the listed terms who graduate by the given dates.
As the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU consistently works to assure that students have access to financial aid. Not surprisingly, 75 percent of MSU students receive some form of financial aid, with 24 percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grant support. MSU is one of two Big Ten institutions to maintain its population of Pell-eligible students over the last decade. Pell Grant recipients are the number of undergraduate students receiving Pell Grant funding for the given fiscal year.
MSU currently engages students from all Michigan counties, all 50 U.S. states, and more than 130 countries. Additionally, MSU annually enrolls approximately 6 percent of Michigan’s high school graduates. Student geographic origination numbers are for the semesters listed for all level students enrolled in credit programs.
Student to faculty rates have improved from 19:1 to 16:1 over the last several years and now approximate the Big Ten median.
MSU is among the leaders in the Big Ten for focusing more of its resources on the mission-critical functions of instruction, research, and public service. To this end, MSU also is among the most efficient for the number of students per employee. Ratios reflect the number of undergraduate students per each university employee for the given terms.
Each MSU faculty member is asked to participate in instruction, research, and public service, the core functions of a land-grant university. Faculty members are responsible for courses under their purview and dedicate a significant part of their effort toward this end. Teaching loads reflect the average number of sections for which a faculty member was responsible during the academic years listed.
MSU strives to assure that graduating students are provided opportunities going forward. MSU has more than 20 academic programs ranked in the top 20 nationally and recently was named by a list of global CEOs as a top recruiting partner. Student graduation outcomes are based on survey results of undergraduate degree recipients for the terms listed. Category percentages reflect a point in time and are self-reported by students as of graduation.