Vintage 90s Michigan State University Sweatshirt, Michigan State University (MSU) is a public land-grant research university in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU was founded in 1855. The university was founded as the Agricultural College and is one of the country's first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. After the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has approximately 634,300 living alumni worldwide.