Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan. It was founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, becoming one of the first colleges in the country to teach scientific agriculture. The college was a model for land-grant universities. It is now one of the largest universities in the country. MSU also ranks among the top 30 public universities in the US and the top 100 research universities in the world. The campus is spread throughout the East Lansing area, with some buildings located in neighboring cities and towns. MSU offers over 200 academic programs through its 17 colleges, including the MSU College of Nursing. 

MSU offers seven nursing programs for students choosing to earn a degree in nursing. These CCNE-accredited programs include BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD, and BSN to PhD programs. To apply for the traditional BSN program, students must first complete a minimum of 28 credits and prerequisite courses. The traditional BSN program is a 3-year program once the prerequisite courses are complete and includes about 765 hours of clinical experience at nearby hospitals and clinics, including Sparrow Hospital in neighboring Lansing. The RN to BSN program is for registered nurses that hold an associate degree in nursing. 


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate91%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP, PhD, BSN to PhD)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. RN to BSN
  6. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 195
Clinical Nurse Specialist Postbaccalaureate certificate 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 58
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Michigan State University

Jackson College
39.34 miles away
NexCare Health Care Training Institute
39.9 miles away
University of Michigan-Flint
44.5 miles away
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
48.82 miles away
Latoya's Health Education
53.5 miles away
Eastern Michigan University
54.84 miles away
Schoolcraft College
57.36 miles away
Saginaw Valley State University
62.19 miles away
Davenport University - Midland Campus
62.52 miles away
Oakland University
63.83 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1923 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/13/2007 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading450 to 590
SAT: Math540 to 670
SAT: Writing460 to 580
ACT Composite24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$6,665
30k to 48k$12,416
48k to 75k$18,143
75k to 110k$22,871
Over 110k$24,846
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $496.00 $1,283.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $699.00 $1,373.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Michigan League for Nursing Scholarship

In order to be considered for an award, a candidate must be currently enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree Nursing education program and must have [...]

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Michigan Nurses Foundation advance nursing and nursing education by awarding scholarships and research grants and by providing financial aid for the treatment of recovering [...]

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Applicant must be a law student at the Michigan State University College of Law. Minimum 155 LSAT score and 3.5 GPA required. There is no separate application. All law school candidates are [...]

Dave Porteous Scholarship

Applicant must be an Osceola County high school graduate who plans to attend Michigan State University. Applicant must participate in community/volunteer service and demonstrate involvement in [...]

National Merit Scholarship

Applicant must be a National Merit Scholar who listed Michigan State University as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

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