Participant Information

4-H Exploration Days

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Orientation Video





What’s it all about?

  • Students live in a Michigan State University dorm and eat in the cafeteria—just like MSU students do.
  • Youth attend one or two of more than 200 session choices held on and off campus. Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts.
  • The 2024 cost is $220. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. Check with your local county MSU Extension office to see if scholarship funds are available.
  • Start exploring sessions

This MSU pre-college program is designed to:

  • 42057624725_b8a372d027_oIncrease responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills.
  • Increase communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills.
  • Foster ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Increase college exploration and access to the Michigan State University campus and its resources.
  • Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.
  • Give youth opportunities to try things that aren’t available in their county.

Learn more by reviewing the one-page 2019 Impact Summary.

Campus Map


Addresses for the MSU Residence Halls

Akers Hall- 908 Akers Road, East Lansing 48825
Holmes Hall- 919 East Shaw Lane, East Lansing 48825
Hubbard Hall- 964 Hubbard East Lansing 48825


MSU Culinary Services offers a wide variety of entrees and side dish choices to choose from at each meal. Most people with special dietary needs can make selections that fit their needs without making any special arrangements.  

Registration will open March 25, 2024.