Michigan State University

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#113, overall score 47.83/100

Fun Fact:

The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory is the largest campus-based nuclear science facility in the country.

Why should Jewish students attend MSU? “The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. MSU Hillel is ‘the place to be’ for more than 3,500 Jewish students at MSU. Students take ownership of Hillel as their Jewish community center on campus and create over 200 dynamic and engaging programs annually that are completely student-driven. Our community is warm and inviting and our welcoming staff work diligently to engage all Jewish students – regardless of their background.” — Robyn Hughey, associate director, MSU Hillel

“MSU has great academic programs together with many Jewish programs offered by the Jewish organizations.” — Rabbi Hendel Weingarten, Chabad House of Greater Lansing/MSU

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: East Lansing, Mich.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 39,090
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student newspaper: The State News
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Spartans
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: ARC / Infamous

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • In-state tuition: $14,460
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,405
  • Room & board costs: $9,976
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,911
  • Average loan debt: $32,310
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Yes

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Median SAT range: 1100-1320
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 115
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Spartans for Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 4.55/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 17.21/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 25.83/34

  • Score: 25.83/34
  • Hillel: Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center at MSU
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 15
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 275
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 10
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Eli Broad
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Destination Detroit is a campus-wide initiative at Michigan State University focused on building bridges between diverse student groups through meaningful service that engages Detroit students. MSU participants provide academic, artistic and athletic enrichment in partnership with city schools, while serving as college positive role models. Volunteers also spend time learning about grassroots organizations, visiting Detroit landmarks and dining at local hot spots. They also work in partnership with Ask Big Questions, a nationwide initiative that brings diverse college student together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. To learn more, click here.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Students come from all over the country but predominantly from Michigan, as it is a land-grant college.
  • Kosher food details: MSU Culinary Services offers a kosher meal service program at the Kosher Cuisine venue at Wilson Dining Hall, Holmes Dining Hall and Brody Square Dining Hall. Kosher meals are served during the dinner meal period, starting at 4 p.m., Sunday through Thursday of each week. MSU Hillel offers meals on Friday Nights (Shabbat), Sunday brunch once a month and during the week of Passover. Shabbat dinners are free for students. Students can reserve Passover meals (lunch and dinner) by contacting MSU Hillel.

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