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As a research-intensive, land-grant university, MSU’s mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives by:

  • Providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to promising, qualified students in order to prepare them to contribute fully to society as globally engaged citizen leaders.
  • Conducting research of the highest caliber that seeks to answer questions and create solutions in order to expand human understanding and make a positive difference, both locally and globally.
  • Advancing outreach, engagement, and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities, at home and around the world.

Some of our MSU Partners include:


resized safe place logoMSU Safe Place is the only university in the country with its own on-campus domestic violence shelter program. Safe Place serves students, faculty, staff and their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members of the surrounding communities. We provide advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children.  All services are free and confidential.


 The MSU Center for Survivors provides immediate crisis intervention and advocacy services to women and men who have been impacted by rape or sexual assault. Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Services available include: a 24-hour hotline; 24-hour medical advocacy; support groups; and legal advocacy. These services are available to survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending significant others.


resized gencenThe Center for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, feminist, and women’s studies. Its affiliated faculty and students study how women and men from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally.


resized engagementUniversity Outreach and Engagement supports outreach work and creates teams to address community-identified social issues. MSU advocates a scholarly model of outreach and engagement that fosters a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the public.


Michigan State University Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity. As Michigan’s land-grant university museum, this commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research, and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes, and the world beyond.

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