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Agriculture and Natural Resources - 32

Arts and Letters - 36

Business - 32

Communication Arts and Sciences - 28

Education - 36

Engineering - 30

Human Ecology - 28

Human Medicine - 30

James Madison - 12

Justin Morrill College - 10

Lyman Briggs College - 10

Music - 16

Natural Science - 34

Nursing - 24

Osteopathic Medicine - 16

Residential College in Arts & Humanities - 6

Social Science - 30

Urban Affairs Programs - 2

Veterinary Medicine - 24









*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group


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Partnerships & Programs

Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in this region:

Innovation is a Spartan state of mind

For Michigan State University Spartans, entrepreneurship is more than a skill or discipline—it’s a mindset. It’s a way of thinking and working that opens doors, creates connections and accelerates innovation across disciplines. Spartan innovators imagine a better world, then work to make it a reality. MSU supports them by connecting them to experienced business leaders and start-up funding opportunities and by cultivating university-wide entrepreneurship programs and community collaborations. (Read More)

The Great State Road Trip!

From East Lansing to Escanaba, see how MSU Spartans make Michigan a place of opportunity, innovation, and prosperity. (Read More)

MSU at the Traverse City Film Festival

At the Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan State University Spartan faculty and students show off their filmmaking skills as well as teach the next generation of aspiring game designers and moviemakers. MSU is the film festival’s official Learning and Innovation Partner, with instructors teaching camps and classes for all ages on subjects ranging from funding films to developing games using the latest technology. Prabu David is dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. (See More)

‘The Great State Road Trip’ to showcase MSU impact in Michigan

This summer, MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy is taking a road trip throughout Michigan, highlighting the ways Spartans are making the state a place of opportunity, imagination and innovation. Titled “The Great State Road Trip: Exploring MSU’s Impact Across Michigan,” the journey spans three weeks and seven cities showcasing Spartan doctors, scientists, creators and educators, and the transformative work they do every day. (Read More)

Spotlight shines on MSU at Traverse City Film Festival

Michigan State University once again is taking the expertise of its filmmaking faculty and creative talents of its students on the road to the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival. As the official Learning and Innovation Partner for TCFF, MSU will feature student-produced films and offer filmmaking workshops, an interactive hands-on gallery, and kids camps at this year’s festival, which runs July 25-30. (Read More)

MSU AgBioResearch announces field day schedule for summer 2017

Members of the community and Michigan’s agriculture industry are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities. (Read More)

Michigan ArtShare and Michigan State University Extension announce a “Call for Art” program

Michigan ArtShare is creating a “Looking-At-Art-Images” education program named ArtShare, utilizing a ‘critical thinking practice’ called Visual Thinking Strategies. The project goal is to use narrative images created exclusively by Michigan artists for the students to view using the VTS method, instead of using images from art history or other states or countries. This enables Michigan’s children to become more visually literate and creative problem solvers, and they will do so by looking at professional Michigan artist’s images and becoming more familiar with their work. (Read More)

Bellaire students release salmon into Platte River after six-month DNR project

10-year-old students at John R. Roger Elementary School in Bellaire released more than a dozen chinook salmon near the Platte River State Fish Hatchery. And it’s been a long journey; these students raised the fish since they were only eggs. Teacher Sue Mills and her fourth-grade class at Bellaire Public Schools six months ago received about 200 fish eggs through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ “Salmon in the Classroom” program. (Read more)

Traverse City Gets Its First Tech Incubator

The Ticker has learned that Traverse City is getting its first technology "incubator." Local non-profit organization TCNewTech, previously known for hosting fast-paced monthly presentations by entrepreneurs, has leased the “Old City Hall” building at the corner of East State and Cass Streets, where it plans to rent incubator space to high-tech startups and host training sessions. The group plans to work closely with Northwestern Michigan College, local high schools and potentially with Michigan State University’s local extension office. MSU officials and TCNewTech board members will meet Monday. (Read More)

Pres. Simon’s testimony to the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee

On March 23rd, President Lou Anna K. Simon testified before the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and made her case for MSU. "By supporting public higher education, you support Michigan residents’ ability to compete in a global knowledge economy. By supporting Michigan State, you are supporting our three-dimensional mission of education, research and service to Michigan communities. Michigan citizens deserve to have high expectations, together with the actual means to achieve them. With your support, MSU is committed to doing just that. (Read More)

Tapping century-old Spartan barley

MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley. The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New Holland Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition beer. Brewing with this storied grain is a toast to Spartans’ significant contributions to Michigan agriculture and economic prosperity. Cheers! (See more)

The newest economic realities for your dairy farm

There is no question that Michigan dairy farms have been experiencing tough economic conditions over the past two years. Some drivers of these conditions are new, or at least greater in scale than have been experienced previously. The response by individual farms is critical to their ability to survive and thrive. MSU Extension is offering a program called Newest Economic Realities in Agriculture: Building Your Farm’s Plan. This program is designed to help everyone, from a novice to an advanced farmer, to understand your business’ numbers. (Read more)

MSU at the Traverse City Film Festival

Check out all the cool ways our education partner Michigan State University is involving students, faculty, alumni, and the community in the Traverse City Film Festival. From special student screenings to the programming at The Woz, MSU helps bring a variety of innovative work and new experiences to the TCFF. (Read more)

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)



Regional Contact information

Extension Information

MSU Extension District 3

10850 E. Traverse Highway, Suite 4440
Traverse City, MI 49684

Contact: Jennifer Berkey
Toll Free: (877) 643-9882
Office: (231) 929-3902