Michigan State was founded in 1855 and set up to teach agriculture on 14,000 acres of state granted land in East Lansing. MSU, then called the State Agricultural College, later became the model for other similar types colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Michigan State is currently ranked 9th in the US as far as the number of students. Boasting over 47,ooo attendees and considered a public ivy institution, MSU ranks among the nation’s tops in engineering, journalism and education. Becoming a global leader, Michigan State has one of the largest study abroad programs in the country.
The Michigan State Spartans are a member of the Big Ten Conference, which consistently ranks as one of the best collegiate sporting conferences in the country. They have enjoyed success in cross country, football, basketball, hockey and other sports. The Spartan’s football squad had won 6 National Titles and 3 Rose Bowls. The National Titles were won in 1951, ’52, ’55, ’57, ’65 and again in ’66. The Spartan Program has also had success with players at the NFL level. Such top performers in school history include Andre Rison, Wayne Fontes, Bubba Smith, Lorenzo White, Kirk Gibson, Craig Wycinski and Charles Rogers.
The men’s basketball team has won two National Titles, one in 1979 led by famous alumni and NBA Hall of Fame legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The other was in 2000 and led by famed coach Tom Izzo and the “Flint”stones. This title included three players from Flint, Michigan: Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell and Morris Peterson. MSU has been dominating the scene for the last 15 plus years. They have made the Tourney every season for the last 13 years, appearing in the Final Four 6 times, including back to back appearances in 2008-2010. Other players not mentioned above who have had success at the NBA level include Scott Skiles, Mike Peplowski and Steve Smith.
Men’s hockey has also gone on to be champions. They have won three National Titles. The most recent was in 2007 and the other titles were in 1986 1966. They have appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four 9 times as well as 12 Regular Season Conference Championships and 13 Conference Tournament Championships. Notable hockey alumni include Rod Brind’Amour, Drew Miller, Jason Woolley, Justin Abdelkader, Adam Hall, Duncan Keith and Bob Essensa.