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 close to 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, MSU has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community. 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. Additional MSU information is available at MSU Facts.

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.