Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, the Michigan State University belongs to the group of public universities of Michigan. With an enrollment of 45,000 students it is regarded as one of the largest institutions of the state. The university offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs in 25 areas. Undergraduate students are provided with the possibility of choosing from nearly 150 programs, while the number of programs for graduate students totals 60.
Located in East Lansing on the Red Cedar River, the Michigan State campus is regarded as the largest among the universities in Michigan and the sixth largest in the country. The student body is comprised of 35,600 undergraduates and 9,500 graduate students. Among the students of the university are representatives of all 50 states in the USA and more than 125 countries worldwide. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the departments of Michigan State University rank in the top ten nationwide.
The College of Education at the university has been ranked first for its elementary and secondary graduate programs. Since its foundation, the university's students have been granted the most prestigious of scholarships. Michigan State boasts 16 Rhodes Scholars, 14 Churchill Scholars, 11 Goldwater Scholars, 13 Truman Scholars and 7 Marshall Scholars, which is more than the other universities of Michigan.
The institution is recognized among the universities of Michigan due to its Study Abroad Program, which is considered to be the largest of any university in the country. About 200 programs are offered in more than 60 countries worldwide. In fiscal year 2004-2005 nearly 2,500 students studied abroad thanks to programs offered by the universities of Michigan.
The sector of private universities of Michigan is best represented by Kettering University, located in Flint, Michigan. Originally called General Motors Institute, the school was renamed in honor of inventor Charles Kettering. Today the university is seen as one of the nation's finest engineering schools, which aims at preparing students for an industrial career.
Despite the fact that the university is comparatively small, it houses the largest mechanical engineering department in the United States. It is regarded as one of the best universities for undergraduate engineering education. Bachelor's degrees are offered in the fields of Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Management.
The student body is divided into A and B sections. The students of A section attend the university from January to March and from July to September, while B section students attend from April to June and from October to December. The completion of five study terms as well as a major project is required from the students for graduation.
Kettering University claims 100% employment of its graduates. The excellent reputation of the universities of Michigan attracts the students from all over the world.