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Social Life

Cultural Events

Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS) hosts events throughout the year, including OISS Coffee Hour, East Lansing Welcomes the World, Global Festival, Ice Cream Socials, field trips across Michigan and more. All these events are open to all MSU campus and community members as part of intercultural exchange.

Office of Cultural & Academic Transitioning (OCAT): OCAT supports students in navigating cross-cultural encounters and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity. If you are interested in getting to know more about the different ethnic and multicultural groups represented on the MSU campus, visit the OCAT website to learn more.

Registered Student Organizations and nationality clubs: Join an RSO nationality club or student group! MSU has dozens of registered student organizations focused on connecting students from different countries and cultures. 


Things To Do On Campus

Neighborhood Engagement Center: Visit your Neighborhood Engagement Center to learn about social events in your area of campus. 

Campus Center Cinemas: Watch recently-released movies on campus free of charge for all MSU students! Your lecture halls are transformed into movie theaters every weekend during fall and spring semesters.

University Activities Board (UAB): UAB hosts many social events on campus, including Open Mic Nights, Free Bowling at the MSU Union, Game Nights, Arts & Crafts Show and more!


Arts and Culture

Campus has a vibrant arts community featuring award-winning museums, diverse performances, and a culture of artistic and creative expression.

MSU College of Music provides music performances throughout the year.

Wharton Center is Michigan's largest presenter of performing arts with four unique stages on campus. 

Department of Theatre sponsors a wide variety of dramatic and musical theatre productions across six theatres on campus featuring MSU students.

MSU Museum is a science and culture museum with three floors of exhibits and features the only full-mounted dinosaur skeletons in mid-Michigan.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is an engaged public institution that reflects through art the long-standing global focus of Michigan State University. It was recently featured in the movie Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Abrams Planetarium hosts weekend constellation programs, telescope observation sessions in the MSU Observatory and a Relaxing Under the Stars program designed as a mid-day stress reliever.


Athletics and Recreation

Attend an MSU athletic event: Admission to the majority of athletic events is free to MSU students. Tickets for men’s football, men’s basketball and ice hockey can be purchased through the official athletics website following orientation to MSU.

Go to the fitness center with friends: MSU students have access to four indoor facilities across campus that house fitness rooms, basketball courts, volleyball courts, two indoor pools, racquetball/squash courts, group fitness studios, a turf arena, two cycling studios, a ballroom and an indoor roller rink. Check Recreational Sports and Fitness Services for detailed information. 

Join a club sport team or an intramural sports team: Club sports and intramural sports (IM Sports) are student-run organizations that compete in different sports. Check out the Club Sports Directory and the IM Sports website for more information. 


Clubs and Organizations

With more than 900 student organizations, MSU has something for everyone. No matter who you are or what you are interested in, you're bound to find at least one you'll want to join. Also, there are more than 60 Greek letter organizations, so "going Greek" is a significant experience for 11 percent of the student body at MSU.

For a more extensive list, visit the MSU Admissions website to see the many organizations, events, and activities to do on campus.