Why Come to East Lansing?


East Lansing, Michigan, is part of the metropolitan area surrounding Michigan's capital city. Greater Lansing is home to state government, General Motors, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team and a lot more. We are located one to five hours from major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit or Windsor, and from tempting destinations such as Ann Arbor, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula. We have the best of four-seasons living in the middle of the state, with somewhat milder weather than on the coasts, but as much snow or beach as you could want within easy driving distance. Michigan shoreline is on four of the five great lakes!


Greater Lansing's racial, ethnic and religious diversity is reflected in the numbers and types of events, fairs and festivals, restaurants, schools and places of worship. Diversity is a signature theme of BASW education at MSU and a key value of the MSU social work program. The School promotes diversity with regard to characteristics, qualities, and viewpoints of our students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships as a necessary and valued foundation for achievement of our mission.

Local Attractions

Greater Lansing is home to museums and historic sites, art galleries, dance and instrumental performance groups, professional and amateur theater. The award-winning Impression 5 Science Center in Downtown Lansing provides an excellent selection of interactive science-related exhibits. We have gardens, nature centers, parks and zoos, and plenty of u-pick farms in season. Take a walk on Lansing's thirteen-mile River Trail that winds through the Planet Walk – a model solar system along the Grand and Red Cedar rivers where you can stroll over five billion scale miles in two miles – or take in a baseball game. East Lansing holds a major juried art festival every spring across the street from a major craft fair on the MSU campus. And of course, we are in easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas.

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the Breslin Special Events Center located on campus host touring Broadway shows, world-class performers and other international attractions. MSU has a Community Music School with extensive programming, and 14 acres of gardens including an award-winning 4-H Children's Garden right on campus.


Greater Lansing is larger than a small town and smaller than a major metropolitan area. Our rush hours only last minutes. Each community has its own character and is within easy commuting distance of campus. There are many ways to get involved and opportunities to have a real impact, no matter what your interests. In 2002 the Lansing/East Lansing area was ranked 54 among 322 regions according to Richard Florida's scales for identifying Creative Communities. There are many high quality public and private educational options for children in the area.