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Reviews 4303 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: When you don't know people it's hard, but when you know the right people it's hard not to party all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My only complaint about living on campus was the close living quarters, but that is to be expected in any form room. I loved my roommates, loved the dining halls, and though it would've been nice to be closer to classes, at least my dorm was convieniently located on a bus stop.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off campus options. It really all comes down to whether you'd rather live close to campus in a crappy apartment in close quarters or live further away (not walking distance to campus/bars/nightlife) but have great amenities, interior, price, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many awesome places up and down Grand River to eat with friends. Almost everywhere is open late!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Most policies are in place for a reason. If you respect the policy/authority it's pretty smooth sailing.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was/am fortunate enough to not need financial aid for school. I do however struggle with paying for books, rent, car insurance and other living expenses now that I am out of the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love having food cooked for me and ready when k am hungry. I do t live on campus anymore but I really miss my dining hall passes!

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: No one parties harder than the kids at State (ahem but we also party responsibly).. There are clubs that have events every weekend. There are parties held by the different student organizations and chapters. The bars and hot spots along Grand River are always filled and fun. Parties (in moderation) always has a positive impact on a student's experience. It's nice to let loose after a long week of studying and working your butt off.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but am looking at apartments for junior year. The apartments are plenty, but it's somewhat hard finding one that fits all of your needs. The cost for the most part is okay, if you room with others so as to share the rent. Most of the apartments are conveniently along the bus route. If you ask around I'm sure there are places and resources to help you find the right place. The school is very good at helping students make a checklist of what they will need in order to live in a place. They also have apartment complexes such as University Apartments and CollegeTown.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places one can enjoy off-campus. Living in Brody I had easy access to Grand River which is filled with a plethora of restaurants. There is one for everyone. There are many restaurants that serve ethnic cuisines. The cost is not that high, which is good because we are college students. There aren't many student discounts, but sometimes there are student specials for special events. Some of the hot spots are Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles and Company, Cosi, Starbucks and so many more.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Anything that may harm the student or the students around them are forbidden, as it should be. RAs are to write up and call authority if needed for underage drinking and drug use. Attendance is not mandatory it's usually based on the professor. Some profs take attendance, while others have clicker questions worth points everyday. They're usually lenient on quiet hours in the Residence Halls. During finals week however, they are very strict so as to allow students to study in peace. Parking sometimes can be a horrible experience. If you don't park in the right place or feed the meter, there will be tickets. No one has gotten away from PACE unscathed.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: MSU does try its best to give out grants to students who need them. My one error was assuming that my freshmen specific grants would stay or be made up fully. Some of the other grants were boosted up to account for the freshmen grants that I was not going to get next year, but I still had to take out more in loan for sophomore year. The campus does have a lot of job opportunities for on campus jobs and for work-study.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food and dining options are great. There are options for student on and off campus. There are dining halls in each neighborhood and with a dining plan you are able to eat at each. The dining plans all include unlimited food and a combo x-change which can be used as a meal once a day. The X-changes can be used all throughout campus including the MSU food truck, the International Food Court, Sparty's and the Neighborhood Dining Halls. There is a variety of things to each in each dining hall and fits with many dietary needs. The largest cafeteria is Brody Hall which is located in Brody Neighborhood. It has places like VegOut (all vegetarian cuisine), Dolce (deserts, yum), HomeStyle (all the taste of home in a school caf), among so many more.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are five neighborhoods throughout campus. Each neighborhood has an engagement center which provides a multitude of resources, from advising to social events. There are cafeterias in each neighbor and good is either in your building or a quick trip to the building next door. There are many activities that take place in the neighborhoods. These events can be floor events in each residence hall, hall events or even big neighborhood bash. There are amenities including recreational spots such as basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts and loads of trees to provide shade. A big initiative in each neighborhood is recycling which teaches students the importance of recycling and going and staying green.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is way overpriced, but it still ends up being cheaper than living on campus (depending on how nice your apartment/house is) because the meal plans for the dorms for crazy expensive. It's so nice to have your own space, and as long as you stay relatively close to campus your life will significantly improve.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Ain't no party like a Sparty party cuz a Sparty party don't stop

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Love love love love being surrounded by so much food on Grand River. Mediterranean food is the bomb.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Don't be an idiot, and you won't have any problem with campus police. Parking is a real bitch, though!!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If both of your parents work, all you're going to get are loans.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: A lot of options, but sometimes hard for health nuts to find food to fuel up with. I'm vegan, and it was rough to consistently get healthy food. However, having unlimited fruit and salad bar available was a perk.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms at MSU are okay, and what you'd expect your typical college freshman year dorm to be like. However, that doesn't make them nice. Off campus is the way to go.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is great when it comes to the parties hosted by individuals. The problem that is huge at Michigan State University though is the amount of under-age drinking and rape drugs. When I was a Freshman, I even had to take this sexual assault class as a mandatory requirement for all incoming freshmen to ensure we all were knowledgeable on rape and what constitutes as rape. Personally, I already knew such things occurred on campus. Other than though, I feel parties are amazing especially when you know the person hosting it.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I would rather eat off campus because there are places such as Noodles & Company, Chipotle, and Peanut Barrel.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Whenever I am on campus I always feel like the only thing our school is strict with is parking.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Personally, I find the financial aid office to be one of the better run parts of campus. When I sign in for the walk-ins, I am seen usually within 10 minutes. I also find the financial aid advisors to be resourceful. My experience has always been very pleasant because I can sit down and talk through my financial struggles and leave with a solution.

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Hubbard Hall Hubbard Hall 12 story residence hall on the eastern edge of campus

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Most students are very satisfied with their decision to attend Michigan State University. New students sometimes complain that the size of MSU can be overwhelming and that it’s pretty easy to get lost while walking to classes; however, it only takes a few weeks before the campus starts to look familiar and feels more like home. Many students say they have made great friends and have been able to handle the challenging workload.

A university as large as MSU provides students with countless opportunities to excel academically, develop unforgettable social ties, and prepare themselves for a meaningful career and future. Unique research opportunities allow students to work closely with professors while gaining experience in their field of study. Many students take advantage of the wide range of study abroad experiences that are available every semester. With over 500 student groups and more than 200 programs of study, there is something for everyone at MSU. Program- and hobby-related groups are a fun way to meet new people. Make an effort to talk to people and keep up with schoolwork. Settling into a new lifestyle during first semester can be difficult for freshmen, but many are bleeding green by the time they return from winter break.

 

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