Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students50,019
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate91%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 24 189
Master's degree 9 56
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 4
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 8

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1100 to 1320
ACT23 to 28
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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $65
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$513/credit
In State Students$513/credit
Out of State Students$1,334/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$727/credit
In State Students$727/credit
Out of State Students$1,428/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $23,085 $23,085 $60,030
ADN 70 $35,910 $35,910 $93,380
BSN 125 $64,125 $64,125 $166,750
FNP 50 $36,350 $36,350 $71,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 67% of Michigan State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 19% $4,799
Other Federal Grant 10% $771
State Grant & Scholarships 17% $792
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 45% $9,817
Federal Student Loans 41% $5,097
Private Loans 4% $18,487


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,058
$30,001 to $48,000$13,116
$48,001 to $75,000$19,564
$75,001 to $110,000$24,075
Over $110,000$26,035

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing.
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

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