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| First of all, most of my comments are really for kids that are considering MSU's Honors College. I think that my experience would be much different if I wasn't in the Honors program. Being a part of the HC allows you to take any classes (with no prerequisites) and schedule before basically everyone else. If your test scores are just below HC level (30 ACT), it is well worth it to retake them. Several scholarships/programs are available only to those with a 33+ ACT. It's a big university here; you are free to do pretty much anything. You can challenge yourself with a difficult major and classes, or cruise through easy classes and an obscure major. I enjoy the Big Ten atmosphere immensely; the football and basketball student sections are tons of fun. There are plenty of IM sport opportunities and numerous clubs to join. I don't personally know much about the Greek system, but there are always frat/sorority events going on, if you're interested. There isn't overwhelming pressure to be a Greek, that's for sure. The residential colleges can be a good experience as well, with Lyman Briggs for the science majors and James Madison for the pre-law and political science people. As far as academics, I've had a solid experience here. My easiest classes still required me to put in time studying or doing problems. I've come away from all of my classes feeling like I learned something useful. Learn to love reading... it'll make college life much easier. My first two years here have been great; I'm involved in several engineering clubs, the campus band, and undergraduate research. The resources are here for those who want to use them. I have met all kinds of people here, too. There are idiots and geniuses at MSU; choose your friends carefully. The campus is large and beautiful. One can easily walk across campus in 15 minutes, but I prefer to bike everywhere. MSU is an excellent undergraduate institution. Expect to get crap from your friends at U-M... they'll appear in the fall for football smack talk, disappear during basketball season, and blame their low grades on the difficulty of their program. Don't take them too seriously. Overall, I have had a great time at Michigan State. I've met some great people, done interesting research, had fun cheering on the sports teams, and obtained two fantastic internships for the summer months. Do your homework when researching your college choices, and don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have any questions about the Honors College or engineering at MSU. |
|May 19 2005|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| MSU has a highly ambitions undergraduate and graduate student population. Friendly, trendy, and smart describe the school as a whole. The large campus can be a downfall for those coming from a smaller area; however, individual attention in the many colleges does help. The faculty is very motivated to edify the students. There is a good mix of in-state and out-of-state students, making for an fascinating population. |
The educational quality itself is very effective. Most professors provide relevant work that applies to the real world. Essentially, this university provides world-renounced education & professors. The classes become highly competitive in higher-level classes, especially the College of Science, College of Nursing, College of Business and College of Engineering.
The University Activities board puts on great programs for the students almost every night of the week. They also provide 3-4 different movies shown each night on the weekends. The dorms are a fun and safe atmosphere where you can easily find a floor to your liking; they offer same-sex & co-ed floors, quiet floors and non-smoking floors.
The campus is maintained well, there is always an improvement going on however, which can lead to some traffic headaches. There are many upper-scale shopping districts in the area as well. The CATA bus system is also an excellent tool both on and off campus, and can usually get these without a car to where they need to go.
Athletics, of course, are also popular on this Big Ten campus – MSU is probably the most spirited campus in the country.Overall, I highly suggest this campus! Feel free to contact me if anyone has any question!
|Mar 19 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |