NEW YORK — Michigan State University is one of the top 10 public research universities in the country, ranking sixth in terms of research output per student, according to the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Michigan State also ranks second for research and development per student.
But what makes Michigan State a top-ranked school?
It has been awarded more than $3.5 billion in federal research grants and other federal assistance since the early 1980s, including $2.7 billion in the 2018 fiscal year, according the U.S. Department of Education.
Michigan State also is the largest research university in the nation, according with more than 3,600 faculty and graduate students and more than 400 research and technical institutes.
More: The university also ranks fourth in research productivity per student and second for STEM-related graduate students.
The University of Michigan also is among the top 15 universities in Michigan, according data released by the University of California system.
The university has an average of $14,732 in per-student federal grants and loans for research support, including more than half a billion dollars in 2017 alone, according a report released by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
More, Michigan State has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the United States, with more students than anywhere else.
Its total undergraduate enrollment is more than 1.3 million, according Department of State data.
The university also has a high graduate retention rate, with about 75 percent of students graduating within six years, the highest of any U. S. college or university, according, the report said.
Michigan is one the top-performing public research institutions in the U to date in the 2017-2018 school year, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reported in a report.
Michigan ranked eighth in the 2016-2017 state rankings.
The report noted that in 2019, the University will be able to expand its research and training facilities and hire more employees.