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Michigan State University

The historic Michigan State University campus is located on the banks of Cedar River, in East Lansing – near the state capital of Lansing, Michigan. Founded in 1855, the university is known for its programs in education, agriculture, the hospitality business and veterinary medicine. Currently, MSU has over 45,000 students on its rolls. Michigan State University was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan by an act of the Michigan Legislature. Then it was the first agricultural college in the United States, which served as a prototype for future agricultural institutions as it would be defined by the Morrill Act. The university assumed its present name in 1964. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs are offered through Michigan State University’s colleges. More than 200 programs are offered by its 14 degree granting colleges and an affiliated law college. MSU’s study abroad program is considered the largest in the country; offering more than 190 programs in more than 60 countries spread over all of the continents, including Antarctica. MSU has high credentials as a research and development center in Michigan. It is home to the world-class particle accelerator, the National Superconducting Cyclotron. The Germanium isotope, Ge-60, was produced and studied here in National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. MSU is also credited with the development of cisplatin – a cancer drug – and the technique for homogenization of milk. Michigan State University’s students represent all 50 states of the U.S. and over 135 countries from all around the world. Its resident students are accommodated in perhaps the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country, which consists of 23 undergraduate halls, one graduate hall, and three apartment villages. Apart from academics, Michigan State University also gives due importance to recreation and sports in their curriculum. Its theaters, stadium, gym, museum, planetarium and gardens had been conceived along those lines. At MSU, the students, through the various organizations, are encouraged to get involved with the fabric of the college and beyond its contours into social and political action and community service.