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Enrollment Trends & Statistics

Each year, thousands of students at Michigan State University are transformed by their educational experiences outside of the United States and can be found in classrooms, research labs, field stations, and internship sites throughout the world.  In addition, we welcome a growing number of international students for a non-degree study experience at our East Lansing campus through the American Semester Program.


2016-17 Academic Year

2,935 students studied abroad.

  • 2,889 were MSU students (2,667 U.S. citizens and 222 international students)
  • 46 were students from other U.S. institutions

1 in 5 students of the 2017 MSU graduating class participated in education abroad. 

  • The national undergraduate participation rate is 15 percent (MSU's undergraduate rate is 23 percent)

Compared to the national averages, MSU exceeds participation in the following categories:

  • Graduate students
  • Freshmen
  • Males
  • Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) majors
  • Communications/journalism majors
  • Humanities majors
  • Legal studies majors
  • Social science majors
  • Black/African American students
  • Short-term programming

Participation in non-traditional locations in Asia and the Middle East/N. Africa rose by 4% over last year.

More Black/African American and multiracial students participated over last year.

Participation over winter and spring breaks increased last year.

25 percent of MSU students were involved in global service-learning abroad while 9 percent of MSU students conducted research abroad.

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