Why was Michigan State University founded?

Michigan State University

The Abrams Planetarium in the center of the MSU

The Michigan State University (also Michigan State or MSU is a state university in East Lansing, Michigan, founded on February 12, 1855.

Michigan State University is one of the best state universities in the United States, a so-called Public Ivy, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900. Furthermore, this university, which has three medical faculties, is one of the best research institutions in the world. Doctoral training in nuclear physics takes first place in the USA, even ahead of MIT[3]

14 faculties and an affiliated law college that award degrees offer more than 200 academic programs.

There are currently about 45,100 students, who are about 35,600 Undergraduate students and about 9,500 Graduate students enrolled from all 50 states in the United States and 125 other countries. With that number of students enrolled, MSU ranked sixth in the United States in 2005. The exchange program of the MSU, which maintains contacts in 60 countries on all continents, is also one of the largest in the USA.

The campus covers an area of ​​more than 21 km² with 660 buildings. Another 60 square kilometers across Michigan are used for agricultural, forestry and veterinary research.

Research and Teaching

Michigan State University is famous for its teaching, agricultural, and nuclear physics programs, as well as the Eli Broad College of Business and the Physics and Astronomy Department. Since it was founded in 1855 as a small university with a focus on agricultural science, the emphasis has been on research. Significant inventions that took place at MSU include hybrid corn (W.J. Beal in 1877), homogenized milk (G.M. Trout in his thirties) and the anti-cancer agent cisplatin in the sixties.

In 2004, scientists at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (short: Cyclotron) discovered a new isotope of the element germanium called Ge-60. In the same year - in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Brazilian government - the groundbreaking ceremony for the 4.1 meter large Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope in the Chilean Andes was set. In 2007 Albert Fert, an associate professor at the university, received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with the German Peter Grünberg.


The MSU sports teams are those Spartans. The college is a member of the Big Ten Conference in Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The men's basketball team won the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships in 1979 (with Magic Johnson among others) and 2000. The MSU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, 1988 and 2014. The game is played at Spartan Stadium, which opened in 1923 and has been since the last Extension in 2005 offers space for 75,005 spectators. The mascot is Sparty, a muscular Spartan warrior who was voted the nation's best mascot in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and was nominated for the Mascot Hall of Fame as one of six university mascots in 2006.

Well-known graduates

Arts, literature and media

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (born 1950), jazz singer
  • James Caan (born 1940) (without degree), actor
  • Dorothy DeLay (1917–2002) (B.Mus 1936), violin teacher
  • Richard Ford (* 1944) (B.A. 1966), writer
  • Anthony Heald (born 1944) (B.A.), actor
  • Walter Hill (* 1942) (B.A. 1962), film director
  • Milt Jackson (1923–1999) (without degree), jazz musician
  • Sam Raimi (* 1959), film director
  • Tom Sizemore (* 1961) (without degree), actor
  • Robert Urich (1946–2002), actor
  • Martin Krampen, (1928–2015) designer & semiotic
  • Rev. Jim Wallis (* 1948) (B.A. 1972), left-wing evangelical Christian preacher
  • Tyler Oakley, Youtuber, humorist
  • Cynthia Jean Gillig-Stone (1954-2011), porn actress

Pedagogy and University


  • Spencer Abraham (* 1952) (B.A. 1974), former Minister of Energy and Senator
  • Adnan Badran (* 1935) (M.A., Ph.D.), former Prime Minister of Jordan
  • John Kornblum (* 1943), former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Hélder Lopes, Deputy Minister of Finance of East Timor
  • Lee Wan-koo (* 1950) (M.A.), Prime Minister of South Korea

law and economy

  • James P. Hoffa (* 1941) (B.A. 1963), President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Robert Ressler (1937-2013) (B.S., M.S. 1972), criminologist


  • Bryan Adams (born 1977), ice hockey player
  • Flozell Adams (born 1975), American football player
  • Carl Banks (born 1962), American football player
  • Chris-Carol Bremer (* 1971), swimmer
  • Rod Brind’Amour (* 1970), ice hockey player
  • Anson Carter (born 1974), ice hockey player
  • Kirk Cousins ​​(born 1988), American football player
  • Joe DeLamielleure (born 1951), American football player
  • Bob Essensa (* 1965), ice hockey goalkeeper
  • Draymond Green (born 1990), basketball player
  • Brian Hoyer (born 1985), American football player
  • Magic Johnson (born 1959), basketball player
  • Torey Krug (* 1991), ice hockey player
  • John-Michael Liles (* 1980), ice hockey player
  • Dave Manders (born 1941), American football player
  • Kip Miller (born 1969), ice hockey player
  • Ryan Miller (* 1980), ice hockey goalkeeper
  • Morris Peterson (born 1977), basketball player
  • Jason Richardson (born 1981), basketball player
  • Robin Roberts (1926-2010), baseball player
  • Jim Slater (* 1982), ice hockey player
  • Bubba Smith (1945-2011), American football player
  • Jesse Thomas (1928–2012), American football player
  • Mike York (* 1978), ice hockey player


  • Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) (B.S. 1882), botanist
  • Erich Fromm (1900–1980), psychologist and philosopher
  • Werner Giggenbach (1937–1997), German geochemist, geologist and volcanologist (postdoctoral fellow 1966–1968)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. abc"MSU Facts" (Memento of the original from October 24, 2007 in Internet Archive)  Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@ 1 @ 2 Template: Webachiv / IABot / newsroom.msu.edu. Michigan State University Newsroom. Accessed March 5, 2008.
  2. 2008 NACUBO Endowment Study (PDF; 592 kB) National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010.  Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@ 1 @ 2 Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nacubo.org Retrieved February 6, 2009.
  3. ↑ [1]. Ranking - Nuclear Physics at MSU.

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