Aug. 23, 2018
Updated October 2022
Michigan State University is a place of possibilities and traditions, and the things you do here will change your life. Check out — and check off — some of the opportunities and adventures that define the Spartan experience.
Sit in the Izzone
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum was named one of the “Best University Art Museums in America” by Architectural Digest.
Try every flavor at the MSU Dairy Store
Celebrate music, art and culture at Spartan Remix
Before heading to a game, show your support for Spartan teams by learning the lyrics to "Victory for MSU."
Climb to the top of Beaumont Tower
Sign up for an exercise class
Paint your face for a football game
Take a photo with the Spartan statue
Bike the River Trail
MSU offers more than 1,000 student organizations, from the Archery Club to the Zoological Students Association.
Eat at every dining hall
Attend Midnight Madness
Get inspired at TEDxMSU
Attend one of the nation’s largest career fairs
Participate in Sparty Watch
Home to more than 200 programs of academic study, MSU is the place to explore and experiment.
Sing “MSU Shadows”
Sit under the stars at the planetarium
See a show at Wharton
MSU encourages students to engage in experiences that expand their understanding of the world, offering more than 275 education abroad programs in more than 60 countries on all continents.
Ice skate at Munn
Volunteer with the Student Food Bank
Students who work at MSU’s 15-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm get experience running a campus farm stand and Community Supported Agriculture program, as well as supplying produce to MSU dining halls.
Smell the flowers in Beal Garden
Study at the library
Build a float for the Homecoming parade
Painting The Rock is a rite of passage all Spartans should try at least once. Originally donated to the university by the class of 1873 and located on Farm Lane just north of the Red Cedar River, The Rock today serves as a billboard for messages and creative expressions by students.
Explore MSU’s haunted halls
Order MSU Bakers cookies
Take a selfie with Sparty
Follow the marching band to the stadium
Request a song on Impact 89 FM
The MSU Library’s Special Collections is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of comics in the world, holding more than 300,000 items published from the 1840s to present day.
Create something in a maker space
Pet Zeke the Wonderdog
Learn how to sail at the MSU Sailing Center
Hold exotic insects at the Bug House
Each year, hundreds of Spartans participate in service trips that create meaningful change and address social issues in communities around the globe.
Attend at least one game for each sport
Instagram a squirrel
Yell “Go Green!”
See the Alumni Chapel’s stained glass
Spartans are creative thinkers and doers. Participating in undergraduate research helps students gain experience and build key skills on independent projects or working side by side with faculty.
Watch a show at the Summer Circle Theater
Experience the Global Festival
Walk among the 22,000 trees on campus
Feed the ducks
Watch a movie at Wells
MSU is home to approximately 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. On a campus with so much to see, do and explore, making friends for life is one the best parts of being a Spartan.
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Jennifer Trenkamp, MSUToday editor