Why Come to Michigan State University?

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Michigan State University provides a rich setting for social work education. Michigan State is a research-intensive, land-grant university where people matter. MSU extends knowledge and learning opportunities to Michigan, the nation, and the international community.

Michigan State University's campus is one of the most beautiful in the nation with more than 5,000 acres of land. It is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan's Capital in Greater Lansing, giving our active and diverse student body extraordinary access to the policy debate and formulation process.

Diversity in the faculty, students and staff is a major source of our intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. MSU strives to be a community where people of different cultures, intellectual positions, and lifestyles can reach their potential. MSU encourages people to become fully engaged in the challenging issues of diversity within community. MSU seeks to be a university where a broad spectrum of informed perspectives gives rise to spirited, mind-opening discussions that prepare us for life in an increasingly diverse world.

The MSU Libraries strive to provide as much information and as many resources as possible electronically, with direct access to materials from dormitory rooms, offices, apartments, homes or elsewhere. It comprises an extensive research collection of over 4.8 million volumes housed in the main library and several branch libraries.

MSU was named among the nation's top 29 most "family friendly colleges and universities. The Student Parent Resource Center coordinates information and resources to assist faculty, staff and students who are balancing education, employment and family responsibilities. They can assist with elder care and childcare referrals and scholarship information for non-traditional students.

MSU was founded in 1855 and became the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Students from all 83 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the United States, and about 125 other countries and is consistently ranked among the three largest undergraduate study abroad programs in the nation by the Institute of International Education

With its close connection to communities through the extension service and distance education programs, MSU makes a significant contribution to the State of Michigan. This supportive context gives the School of Social Work a special and valued role in the University and a broad network of connections to university administration and other departments.