Summer was fun, but back to the books

Posted at 8:28 AM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 08:28:12-04

It was fun while it lasted, but summer is winding down and students are packing their bags and heading back to school.

At Michigan State University, this begins Sunday when first-year and transfer students return to the residence halls. Returning students move in beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and classes start for all students Wednesday.

As in past years, a number of volunteers will be pitching in to help with move-in, including other students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers.

MSU’s incoming class is anticipated to be around 7,890 students, with about 70 percent of them from within the state of Michigan.

Housing more than 14,500 students, MSU has one of the largest on-campus residence hall systems in the country.

Most roads, sidewalks and pathways will be open for move-in days, with two exceptions.

The area surrounding the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project maintains ongoing pedestrian detours around the construction site and also has lane restrictions on Wilson Road.

In addition, the area around the Breslin Student Events Center renovation project maintains ongoing pedestrian detours along with intermittent lane restrictions on Kalamazoo Street.

Click here for an interactive construction map.

Following are some Fall Welcome events:

  • Fall Convocation andOne Book, One Communitypresentation: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Breslin Center
  • Fill the Bus Service Project: Sunday through Friday
  • Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Cherry Lane Field

A complete list of Fall Welcome activities can be found here.

Twitter users can follow Fall Welcome activities using #MSUWelcome and #SpartanMoveIn.

Fall 2016 Notables

  • 1855 Place, MSU’s new student housing facility, is welcoming its first residents with three student-family housing buildings opening. Construction will continue on the remainder of the student apartments and townhomes, a market, Starbucks, athletic office and Spartan Spirit Shop.
  • On Aug. 15, MSU became a totally tobacco-freecampus. The new ordinance bans not only traditional tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and cigarettes, but also the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
  • MSU Neighborhoods continue to play a key role in the success of students. Students not only live and learn in neighborhoods, but also they have access to many of the services they need to succeed, including tutoring and health care. One example of how the neighborhoods are assisting: This past year, the percentage of first-time freshmen placed on academic probationat the end of the fall semester dropped from 10 percent to 8 percent – a total of about 200 students.
  • The College of Arts and Letters has launched its Citizen Scholarsprogram, built upon the versatility of liberal arts ideals, to create diverse, high-achieving, engaged citizen leaders. Students will be expected to maintain high academic standards and will receive $5,000 for study abroad, internships or other undergraduate research.
  • The Communication Arts and Sciences Building will have a different look this fall with the completion of the Center for Immersive Media Education. Located in the heart of the CAS Building, the glassed-in center is an expansive space in which students will collaborate on news coverage and integrated media arts.
  • This fall MSU’s College of Human Medicine and Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree program. The joint M.D./MBA will provide additional preparation for physician leaders navigating the changing landscape of the health care industry.

(Editor’s note: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon will be on campus Sunday welcoming new students and their families. For a detailed schedule of where she will be, please contact Jennifer Orlando, MSU Communications and Brand Strategy.)