General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations The Campus
The Michigan State University campus in East Lansing occupies 5,239 contiguous acres and has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. The developed campus comprises 2,100 acres, and the remaining 3,139 acres are devoted to experimental farms, outlying research facilities, and a 36-hole golf course. Combined, the developed campus and farms area also contain 27 natural areas which encompass more than 700 acres.The gently rolling campus is graced by a park-like landscape, traversed by the scenic tree-lined Red Cedar River. Campus beauty is enhanced by a mature collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines that serve teaching, research and outreach functions with over 36,000 plants accounted for in an interactive digital database. Planting of trees on the arboretum-like campus began shortly after its founding in 1855. A more formal collection of trees was initiated on campus in 1874 in what is known as the the Campus Woody Plant Collection. The rich campus open space complements and unifies the 559 permanent university buildings that provide over 22.8 million gross square feet of space to serve the institution’s land-grant mission.
The spacious arboretum-like campus is punctuated at intervals by focal points of plant interest. Notable among these are the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, the 4-H Children’s Garden, the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, the West Circle Drive loop, and the Sanford, Red Cedar, Baker, Beal Pinetum, Bear Lake, and Toumey Natural Areas. The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, established in 1873 to support teaching and research Campuswide, is recognized as the oldest botanical garden on a North American university campus and is the place modern hybrid corn was first developed. It includes approximately 2,500 taxa organized in economic, systematic, ecological, and landscape groupings and participates in the global botanic garden community through information, plant and seed exchanges. The Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, which showcase beautiful displays of over 1200 varieties of flowering plants, are used for instruction and demonstration and for testing the performance of plants in the climate of central Michigan. They include both All-American Trial and Euro-Select Trial Gardens for annual plants and an All-American Display Garden for roses. Natural areas on the campus are protected vestiges of our natural heritage and include Toumey Woodlot, an old-growth beech-maple forest designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Natural Landmark. Management of the natural areas is held to a minimum necessary to assure that their manifold teaching, research, recreational, and inspirational values will continue to serve generations of future students, staff, and faculty.
Abrams Planetarium, with its panoramic space theater, is an acknowledged leader in the popularization of astronomy. The facility opened in 1964 and was financed by alumni and friends of the university through contributions to the Michigan State University Development Fund. Original gifts included $250,000 from Dr. and Mrs. Talbert Abrams. The building features a 140-seat Sky Theater housing the planetarium projector, a black-light art gallery and gift shop.
This exciting astronomical and multimedia facility presents university instruction, public sky shows, observing sessions, and programs tailored to the needs of visiting elementary and secondary school children.
Star shows and other events are offered to the public on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for most of the year. The lobby and gift shop hours are from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Call 1-517-355-4672 for recorded public show information, and 1-517-355-4676 to reach the planetarium office. For further information visit www.pa.msu.edu/abrams.
Alumni Memorial Chapel
Nestled amidst trees and lawns that slope gently down to the Red Cedar River stands the picturesque Alumni Memorial Chapel. Thousands of Michigan State University students and alumni have selected the chapel for their wedding ceremonies since its dedication on June 7, 1952. It's simple elegance, timbered ceilings, stained glass windows and Collegiate Gothic charm are among the reasons many travel from around the world to celebrate weddings, baptisms, and memorials at their alma mater.
The chapel was built "in honor of those who served their country" and "in memory of those students and alumni who made the supreme sacrifice." Over 5,000 alumni and friends of the university raised the initial $200,000 to build the chapel.
The Michigan State University Alumni Memorial Chapel seats 190 people. Accommodating all faiths, each ceremony is treated with the same respect and reverence. This commitment to excellence has made countless weddings at the chapel unique and memorable. To reserve the Michigan State University Alumni Memorial Chapel, contact the Michigan State University Hospitality Sales office at 1-517-432-3086.
Intercollegiate Athletic facilities at Michigan State University are described in the following statements. The Jenison Field House has complete synthetic surfacing for track and a seating capacity of 5,017 for volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling events. The Breslin Student Events Center and Berkowitz Basketball Complex, a multipurpose building, has two auxiliary gymnasiums for practice. Breslin has a seating capacity of 14,759 for basketball games and other student events. The Munn Ice Arena is available for ice hockey, skating, and athletic events with a seating capacity of 6,470. The Indoor Tennis Facility has eight courts and a seating capacity of 1,200. Twenty varsity and recreational tennis courts are located south of the Duffy Daugherty/Skandalaris Football Center. Spartan Stadium has a playing area covered with grass and is used for football games and for large outdoor occasions. It has a seating capacity of 75,005. The Duffy Daugherty Building/Skandalaris Football Center has a full-size indoor football field and a 16,500-square-foot weight room. The two 18-hole Forest Akers Golf Courses were financed in part through a gift from Forest Akers, a long-time member of the University governing board. Included with the courses are driving ranges, practice greens and the Rearick Golf Complex. Old College Field is the location of the Secchia Stadium for softball, DeMartin Soccer Complex and McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field. The field hockey, track and field facility, known as the Ralph Young Field, has an all-weather track and artificial turf infield available to students and faculty. Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center is a 31,000-square-foot facility that houses a computer lab with 74 stations, a 210-seat auditorium, two 70-seat study areas, 10 individual tutorial rooms and 10 staff offices.
Both Fairchild Theatre (464 seats) and the main Auditorium (3,152 seats) feature a variety of performing arts events as well as formal lectures and commencement ceremonies. The classrooms, studios and offices of the Department of Theatre are in this building. The main Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre are managed by Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and used by the College of Music and Department of Theatre for performances and instructional activities.
This familiar landmark stands on the site of the first building in America where agriculture was taught as a science on a university campus. The tower contains a 49-bell carillon.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Opening in Fall 2012, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is the art museum of Michigan State University. As an engaged public institution, The Broad at MSU is a contemporary museum devoted to the art of our time. Expressly dedicated to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of artists, The Broad is a place where artists’ ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the modern world. Dedicated to experimentation and study, The Broad is a laboratory for the new, grounded in a deep appreciation for the historical. With a study collection containing objects from the Greek and Roman periods through the Renaissance and on to the Modern, The Broad is uniquely able to contextualize the wide range of contemporary art practices within a firm historical context.
Built in 1963, and substantially expanded in 2002, the Delia Koo International Academic Center continues to be the hub of international activity at Michigan State University. Housed within the International Center is the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP), a university-level office, led by a dean who supports and encourages international activities throughout the institution. Within ISP are offices with responsibility for study abroad, international students and scholars, international research and Peace Corps recruiting, as well as area studies centers focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Russia, Eurasia and Latin America and the Caribbean. ISP has strong ties to thematic international units across the campus focusing on international agriculture, business, education, engineering, gender, health, and languages. Additionally, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Visiting International Professional Program, the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, the Office of International Research Collaboration, the International Teaching Assistants Program, Community Volunteers for International Programs, and visiting international scholars affiliated with the international and thematic centers also have offices here. The building features office areas, and meeting rooms. The International Center also houses the Volunteer English Tutoring Program, a language-tutoring program for the international community, and is available for use by Michigan State University's many other international centers and institutes. ISP hosts myriad international conferences, seminars, colloquia, and workshops. Other companion residents include the Cross Roads Food Court, MSU ID office and the Michigan State University Spartan Bookstore. Adjacent to the lobby area is room 115. Primarily used as a classroom, room 115 is available for large meetings and is often the site of academic governance sessions during fall and spring semesters. To request use of room 115, contact classroom scheduling in the Office of the Registrar. Registered student organizations may request to use the lobby area through the Department of Student Life for various cultural, social and recreational activities. Similarly, the International Center is one of the sites hosting Campus Center activities.
Kellogg Center for Continuing Education
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center plays a key role in the fulfillment of the university’s land-grant mission. Built in 1951 in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kellogg Center has been a model facility for continuing education.
Today, Kellogg Center serves as the primary location for university sponsored seminar and outreach programs, extending expertise and resources to the entire state and around the world. Each year, over 400,000 people participate in conferences and workshops. Available to the public as well as the university community, the Kellogg Center is a hub for community activities, corporate meetings and social events, serving an additional 400,000 annually.
Kellogg Center is a full-service conference center and hotel with 160 guest rooms including 5 suites, 35,000 square feet of flexible function space, 24 meeting rooms, 8 banquet rooms and professional conference and event coordinators. Also located in this state-of-the-art conference facility are the teaching laboratories for The School of Hospitality Business.
Kresge Art Center
A gift of the S. S. Kresge Foundation, this building houses the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Among its resources are lecture classrooms for art history and disciplinary studios for ceramics, drawing, electronic art and intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Other resources housed within the Kresge Art Center include: a woodshop, a professional lighting studio for documentation of artwork, two digital labs, a print lab, a state-of-the-art electronic fabrication, prototyping and sculpture facility, a visual resource library, and an art store/café. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design Gallery 101 and 114 provide additional exhibition space and feature rotating exhibits throughout the year. All gallery exhibits are open to the public. For additional information call 1-517-355-7610, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.art.msu.edu.
See the Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services section for a description of Libraries.
Michigan State University Museum
The Michigan State University Museum is the science and culture museum at MSU. The museum delivers programs in education, exhibitions, research; provides experimental exhibit space for university classes and collaborations; and builds and stewards collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. For more information, visit www.museum.msu.edu; call 1-517-355-7474 for recorded information (exhibits and events) or 1-517-355-2370 for the Museum directory, or e-mail email@example.com for general inquiries.
The MSU Union is a busy life-style center offering shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation, flexible function space and convenience amenities designed to serve the Michigan State University community. Located at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue, it is easily accessible by all methods of transportation. The MSU Union is located at the entrance to north campus, offering a park-like atmosphere. In keeping with our storied past, the MSU Union acts as a central meeting place for students, faculty, staff, and university guests to experience cultural, education, and social activities. Services available at the MSU Union are:
Admissions Welcome Room
Spartan Lanes (bowling)
Cap and Gown Rentals
Spartan Signature Catering
Spartan Spirit Shop
Meeting and Conference Facilities
Student Alumni Foundation
MSU Dairy Store
Ucue Billiards/Game Room
MSU Federal Credit Union
U.S. Post Office
North Neighborhood Engagement Center
Welcome Information Center
One Union Square Food Court
Women's Resource Center
The MSU Union also provides campuswide student activities through the University Activities Board (UAB). Events are held at the International Center, MSU Union, and a variety of other campus locations. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) use the MSU Union for their regular meetings and special events.
The MSU Union is available for meetings, conferences, and special social events. Catering services are provided in the building and across campus. MSU Union office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Contact the Sales Department at 1-517-432-3086 to schedule.
The Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education opened in 1997 and combines auditorium, classroom, arena, and exhibit spaces. Exhibit space covers 66,240 square feet and can accommodate 368 animal stalls which can be removed to create open space for a variety of events from industry trade shows to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources annual AutumnFest celebration. The arena seats 2,000 people and has a show floor of 28,670 square feet. The auditorium seats 400 and is used for meetings, auctions, and livestock industry events. An event office, showers, livestock wash racks, public address system, Michigan State University concession stand, and recreational vehicle hook-ups are available for Pavilion events.
Recreational Sports and Fitness Services
Recreational Sports facilities include four buildings, four pools, and 27 acres of outdoor space, fields for softball, flag football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee among others.
IM SPORTS WEST, an accessible facility, provides courts for paddleball, racquetball, handball, and squash; gyms for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a turf arena for tennis and club activities; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a cycling studio and a contemporary fitness center.
IM SPORTS EAST provides barrier-free accessibility for basketball, volleyball, paddleball, racquetball, wally ball, and squash; a four-lane running track; an exercise-fitness room; a cycling studio and a multipurpose room for aerobics and sports club use.
IM SPORTS CIRCLE, an accessible facility, contains gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a swimming pool; and a multipurpose activity room.
DEMONSTRATION HALL arena is used for indoor soccer and roller-hockey and for community and student special events. The MSU Sailing Center provides learn-to-sail classes for adults and children and open sailing hours. For more information visit www.recsports.msu.edu or call the main office at 1-517-355-5250.
Student Services Building
The Student Services Building houses the offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, Office of Financial Aid, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, Counseling Center, Lesbian Bi Gay Transgender Resource Center, Career Services Network, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and Student Life.
The Associated Students of Michigan State University, the Council of Graduate Students, and other major student governing groups have their offices in this building.
The building also houses Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum offices.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Wharton Center for Performing Arts is Michigan’s largest and most diverse presenter of performing arts and arts education programming. From the best of touring Broadway to superstars and rising stars of performing arts, Wharton Center offers a full schedule of events in venues throughout campus – Cobb Great Hall and Pasant Theatre (Bogue St/Wilson Rd), the MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre (Farm Ln/Auditorium Rd), and live entertainment at the Breslin Students Event Center. These state-of-the-art facilities also showcase performances by the Department of Theatre, College of Music, and the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, as well as many community and university events. Innovative arts education programming is offered through its Institute for Arts and Creativity to enrich and enhance the academic experience with workshops by world-renowned performers, preview lectures prior to many performances, and much more. Full-time MSU students receive substantial ticket discounts, including $25 to most Broadway shows and $15 to most performing arts events presented by Wharton Center. For details, call the Ticket Office at 1-517-432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.