Welcome Message

Welcome from the Interim President of Michigan State University

Dear Spartans,

Welcome — or welcome back — to Michigan State University for the 2023-24 academic year. An exciting year awaits: one filled with unique opportunities to explore, learn and grow in a welcoming scholarly community that is focused on your success.

Here, you can learn from world-class faculty members and leaders in their fields in a vibrant university setting. Here, you can sample a wide range of studies from hundreds of courses. And here, you can complement your studies with the personal growth offered through cocurricular activities, including internships, service-learning and education abroad.

Enjoy the many entertainment and cultural activities hosted here, from sports events to musical, dance and theater performances to thought-provoking offerings at our museums and in special lectures. Grow your personal networks by participating in some of the 1,000-plus registered student organizations at MSU. Serve your community and expand your awareness by volunteering. Develop your understanding of other people and cultures by being an active part of this diverse and supportive campus community. Have fun at campus events and treat yourself to an MSU Dairy Store ice cream cone or enjoy a restorative stroll through our gardens.

The university offers a broad range of resources to support you, from academic advising to health services to recreational opportunities. Familiarize yourself with those as you learn your way around campus to take full advantage of the Spartan educational experience.

The friends you make and the memories you take will last a lifetime, as your MSU degree prepares you for the challenges ahead. Welcome, Spartans — I look forward to seeing you on campus this year!

My best,

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (she/her)
Interim President
MSU Research Foundation Professor


Welcome from Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear MSU Students,

Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! The collective and collaborative work across the Office of the Provost has established a network of academic resources and services to foster your academic success and the success of our entire community of learners and scholars. This is done through the work that takes place in each of our colleges, and by a broad range of offices across the university that support the operational side of MSU’s academic mission. Together and individually, we are here for you. I encourage you to reach out for help or guidance from any of us, at any time, at provost@msu.edu.

As you prepare for the start of fall semester, please explore the information available here on the Fall Welcome website. From resources for incoming students to the schedule of Fall Welcome Events for all students, it is your one-stop web presence for navigating the start of the academic year. Bookmark the site now and reference it often to get the most out of the start of the semester.

Best wishes as you begin your studies this fall, and as you learn throughout the year.

Go Green!

Thomas D. Jeitschko (he/him)
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome from the Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement

Welcome to Michigan State University (MSU) and to this exciting next chapter of your life. Whether you are new, returning or transferring from another institution, the 2023-24 year offers a world of opportunity for all Spartans.

MSU takes great pride in its core values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity. As a place characterized by diversity of cultures and nationalities, you are encouraged to become an active part of campus and take advantage of the richness and the learning opportunities this diversity provides.

As you explore campus and adjust to life at MSU, you will face many decisions. I encourage you to make those decisions with care, both for yourself and your fellow Spartans. Your safety, health and well-being are of the upmost importance to us. 

Faculty, through the classroom, and the varied support staff outside of the classroom are ready to assist you as you advance your knowledge and continue to transform your life.

Again, welcome to MSU. Let’s all work together to make our campus a community of learners that is inviting, comfortable, civil, and free of bias both in and outside of the classroom.


Vennie Gore
Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement