MSU & Surrounding Area

Michigan State University founded in 1855 as the pioneer Land Grant institution is internationally known as a major public university in the United States, with a global reach. With over 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, we have advanced knowledge and transformed lives through innovative research, academics, and outreach for over 150 years. MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and land-grant Colleges, and the Big Ten athletic Conference. Michigan State University is committed to intellectual leadership and excellence in both developing new knowledge and conveying that knowledge to its students and to the local, national and global community. Additional MSU information is available here

East Lansing Area

East Lansing is a warm campus town nestled just east of Lansing, the capital of Michigan. East Lansing is the home of Michigan State University. The East Lansing downtown area caters to the university community with unique shops, bars and restaurants, and specialty stores.

Surrounding Area

From the Michigan Capital in downtown Lansing, to the art galleries of Old Town, to the vibrant campus community in East Lansing, the Greater Lansing area offers a wide variety of entertainment, arts, culture, shopping, and dining experiences. More information is available from the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Michigan is known for its expansive sandy beaches (surrounded by the Great Lakes, it has the most freshwater coast line of all the 50 states), lush countryside, Midwest hospitality, great universities, and of course, the U.S. auto industry. October is a perfect time to visit Michigan as the temperature usually remains moderate while the trees begin to take on their beautiful fall colors.