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Beyond the Classroom


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James Madison provides a host of activities that relate to students’ common readings, courses, and career interests. You can expect hallways filled with lively debate well after classes have ended for the day, frequent guest speakers, career nights, panel discussions on current events, and non-academic socializing. Residence Life staff also offer a variety of activities to enrich your experience. By its nature, James Madison attracts students who are active, seeking participation in extra curricular activities and opportunities for leadership. These activities, clubs, organizations, and events happen both inside the college and throughout the greater university.

Student Groups and Organizations

Michigan State University has a variety of student-run organizations to join.  The Student Activities Office within the Department of Student Life publishes a directory listing all registered organizations. To learn more about MSU's student organizations, visit the Department of Student Life.

Athletics at Michigan State University

musical instrumentsMichigan State University has one of the strongest varsity athletic programs in the Big Ten.  Visit the Spartans Online website for more information on your favorite varsity sport. If you're not a career athlete, but love to play sports, MSU's intramural sports league may be for you.  Intramural Sports and Recreational Services offers team sports leagues, individual sports, and club sports.  Where ever you may live on campus, there is an Intramural Sports Center close to you. 


Diversity at Michigan State University

Diversity in the faculty, students and staff is a major source of MSU's intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. MSU strives to be a community where people of different cultures, intellectual positions and lifestyles can reach their full potential. Such an environment develops respect for differences while fostering caring relationships, cross-cultural understanding, and common educational commitments.

MSU encourages people to become fully engaged in the challenging issues of diversity within community. MSU seeks to be a University where a broad spectrum of informed perspectives gives rise to spirited, mind-opening discussions that prepare us for life in an increasingly diverse world.