Welcome Message

Welcome from the President of Michigan State University

Welcome, Spartans, to Michigan State University for the 2021-22 academic year. I hope you share my excitement for what’s in front of us.

MSU is a special place to live, learn and pursue your dreams. We are an inclusive community of scholars that is part of a global family, including students from 130 countries and more than half a million Spartan alumni.

You belong here and your success, as well as your safety, are my paramount concerns. MSU’s world-class faculty and staff work very hard to support both.

As you know, we added COVID-19 vaccination and indoor masking requirements to begin fall semester. We believe this is the very best defense against the virus, and the best path to the campus experience we all hope to have.

So, thank you for protecting yourself as well as your classmates, our campus community and neighbors.

Please take advantage of the many health and academic support resources available to you. And take time to enjoy this beautiful campus and its many recreational and cultural opportunities. Be an active member of this community by engaging in clubs and other activities with your fellow Spartans.

Finally, remember to be extra kind to yourself and others this year.

I look forward to seeing you. Go Green!

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)

Welcome from the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear MSU Students:

Welcome to the 2021-22 academic year! The Office of the Provost and college deans’ offices have been mobilizing resources across all areas of campus in support of you and our entire community of learners and scholars. In so doing, we are working together toward our shared goals of physical and intellectual well-being for all. Indeed, the COVID-19 vaccination and indoor masking requirements to begin fall semester were put in place to help ensure these shared goals – so we can be in person, together, this fall. As such, they are welcome and enabling steps.

The student experience at Michigan State University is like no other. Here you will have opportunities to learn from and with some of the world’s leading scholars and researchers. Your learning will be active and engaging, both inside and outside the classroom. Your “classroom” may include the laboratory of the researcher, the studio of the artist or composer, the archives of the historian, and the community of the social scientist. You also will have a chance to travel the world and learn from our faculty abroad. Campus experiences in support of leadership, cultural enrichment, intercultural exchange, and recreation will give you opportunities to grow as an individual, as a scholar, and as a global citizen.

As an MSU student, you join a legacy of scholars: people who have come here to learn, to discover, to serve, and to make a positive difference. Our faculty, academic staff, and students have worked together over the decades to create solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. To support you in your scholarly journey, we have created a network of academic resources and services to ensure that you – and all MSU students – can be successful. It is what we expect, and what we celebrate.

Again, welcome to Michigan State University. Best wishes as you begin your studies this fall.


Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (she/her)
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome from the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services 

Welcome to Michigan State University (MSU) and to this exciting next chapter of your life. Whether you are new, returning or transferring from another institution, the 2021-22 year offers a world of opportunity for all Spartans.

MSU takes great pride in its core values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity. As a place characterized by diversity of cultures and nationalities, you are encouraged to become an active part of campus and take advantage of the richness and the learning opportunities this diversity provides.

Faculty, through the classroom, and the varied support staff outside of the classroom are ready to assist you as you advance your knowledge and continue to transform your life.

Again, welcome to MSU. Let’s all work together to make our campus a community of learners that is inviting, comfortable, civil, and free of bias both in and outside of the classroom.


Vennie Gore 

Senior Vice President for Residential and Hospitality Services and Auxiliary Enterprises 
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services