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A guide to Michigan State University for Canadian students

We provide you with all of the essential information you need about Michigan State University as a prospective Canadian student

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With Michigan not far across the border from Canada, Michigan State University (MSU) is a less daunting option for those of you who want to study abroad, but don’t feel like venturing to the other side of the world. In order to make life easier for you, we have created a guide to the state and the university to help you make this important life decision.


What’s Michigan like?

With beautiful lakes, hot summers and cold winters, Michigan has the climate and landscape for all kinds of breath-taking adventures. Escaping the stresses of deadlines won’t be hard with the serenity offered by Lake Michigan and many other incredible natural landmarks.


It’s not all peace and quiet, though. Michigan contains some major US cities including Detroit and Chicago. And since it’s home to the most Dutch, Finnish and Macedonian inhabitants of any American state, it’s pretty diverse.  


What about Michigan State University (MSU)?

Not only is MSU ranked in the Top 10 for international student enrolment, it’s also recognised for its forward-thinking attitude towards research, focussing on solutions to reach an improved human understanding.


On top of this, it’s also part of the Big Ten athletic conference, with Magic Johnson being a former student, and is home to around 700 student-run organisations, clubs and societies – it’s not all about studying.


Based in East Lansing, the campus is surrounded by a rich atmosphere and well-populated college community with a constant buzz.


And that’s not all. MSU students are known as Spartans, which isn’t too shabby in comparison to the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz or the Violets from NYU.


Is it popular with Canadians?

With its very own Canadian Studies Centre, it’s no surprise that MSU is a popular choice for Canucks. Check out the site here.


How do I apply, what are the entry requirements and how can I stand out?

Applications can be made online, directly through MSU, in the Spring and Fall semesters. For this, applicants will be required to provide a personal statement, pay an application fee, send original qualification documents (including SAT scores) and show that they can afford to study there.


When assessing applicants for entry, the requirements differ from course to course. On average though, MSU students in 2014 had a high school GPA of 3.4-3.9, a Composite ACT of 24-28 and a Composite SAT (Critical Reading and Math) score of 1030-1210.


Based on what MSU look for in their students, here are our top 5 tips on how to stand out:

  1. Work as hard as you can during exam time – good grades speak for themselves.
  2. Emphasise any improvements – it’s not the end of the world if you weren’t exceptional to begin with, as long as you show an upward trend.
  3. Get involved with your community! Well-rounded students are the most promising.
  4. Put the person into your personal statement – don’t just use a template you found online, really explain honestly and eloquently where you want to go with your studies and why you think MSU is the best institution to help you do it.
  5. Do as many extra-curricular activities as you have time for! Even if it’s playing sports, it makes you seem like you’re an enthusiastic and dynamic individual.


What can I do in my spare time there?

With Michigans beautiful lakes, historic museums and art galleries, students would never run out of sights to gaze at. As well as this, the state is home to four major league sports stadiums; Comerica Park, Detroit, belonging to the baseball team Detroit Tigers; Ford Field, frequented by the NFL Detroit Lions; Auburn Hills, where the Detroit Pistons (NBA) shoot hoops; and even the Joe Louis Arena where the Detroit Red Wings play in the National Ice Hockey League. For a bit of culture, Michigan also offers a variety of summer festivals, including one in Ann Arbor.  


Now that you know what’s on offer, how do you feel? If this is a university that appeals to you, check out their website and take a look at their prospectus – get that ball rolling.

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