By Lorene Yue, JCAMP Faculty
Michigan State University was a pioneer nearly 150 years ago. That’s when the school became the first land-grant university, under an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln. It was a notable recognition for a school that started in 1857 with just three buildings – one of them being a brick horse barn.
Today, MSU Spartans fill a 5,200-acre campus with their green and white pride. The East Lansing college is ranked 34th among the nation’s public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.
MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, home of its School of Journalism, got its start in 1955 and has produced at least eight Pulitzer Prize winners including M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press, MSU Associate Dean Eric Freedman and Andrew Guy.
The university grounds include a planetarium, six horticulture gardens and a dairy store that sells ice cream and cheese made on the premises.