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Michigan State University, a member of the Association of American Universities and one of the top 100 research universities in the world, was founded in 1855. A pioneer land-grant university in the United States, at its roots, Michigan State University began as an experiment to democratize higher education and bring the advances of science and benefits of innovation into everyday life.


Today MSU is one of the top research institutions in the world — with one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. It is an inclusive academic community known for traditionally strong academic disciplines and professional programs, and a liberal arts foundation. Its cross- and interdisciplinary enterprises connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical, sustainable, and innovative ways to address society’s rapidly changing needs.


A diverse community of dedicated scholars and students, artists and scientists, professionals and leaders, Michigan State University is committed to individual and collective action for the greater good.  Strengthening social responsibility and civic engagement are core to its mission and integrated throughout its research, creative activity, teaching, and service. 


The MSU office of University Outreach and Engagement connects university knowledge with community knowledge in mutually beneficial ways. UOE provides resources to assist academic departments, centers and institutes, and MSU Extension in addressing priority issues of concern to society by encouraging, supporting, and collaborating with MSU faculty and academic staff to generate, apply, transmit, and preserve knowledge. It does this through programming to support community-engaged research, faculty and professional development, university-community partnerships, institutional research and recognitions, and the work of its centers, offices, and institutes. UOE also engages in inquiry into the disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary impact of community-engaged scholarship on faculty work, partnerships, and communities. In all of its work, UOE emphasizes university-community collaborations that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship.


Founded in 1967, MSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning is one of the oldest centers of its type in the United States.  The Center’s mission is to provide engaged, issues and service-focused, community-based, mutually beneficial, and integrated learning opportunities, building and enhancing commitment to academics, personal and professional development, and civic responsibility.


MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch leverage the University’s knowledge resources to address Michigan’s key economic issues. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities, and empower our children to dream of a successful future. MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, multidisciplinary research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate advancements in food, health, and the environment. From preparing young people for higher education and career readiness, to developing critical processes that will power the agri-food industry and bioeconomy-based businesses, these entities are inextricably linked in work meant to nurture Michigan’s future.