Why Landscape Architecture at MSU?

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  • The nation’s pioneer Land Grant University, founded in 1855.
  • Prototype for 69 Land-Grant Institutions founded under the Morrill Act of 1862.

A Rich History - Teaching Landscape Architecture Since 1898

  • First institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture.
  • Outstanding academics, seminal research, global and international, committed outreach and engagement.
  • Exceptional, nurturing, professional teaching
  • Campus as arboretum and living/learning laboratory.
  • Championship sports, on-campus housing and dining options in neighborhood settings.

MSU is an Exciting Place to Study and Live

The Historic Olmsted Brothers, O.C. Simonds and Titus Glenn Phillips designed MSU Campus.

  • Botanical GardensThe beautiful Red Cedar River.
  • Historic Beal Botanic Garden.
  • Horticulture Demonstration Gardens.
  • MSU Campus as Arboretum with more than 20,000 varieties of trees and shrubs.
  • Baker, Sanford and Red Cedar Natural Areas.
  • MSU Museum of Natural History.
  • The Zaha Hadid Designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
  • Jack Breslin Student Events Center.
  • Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Extensive Student Athletic Facilities.
  • MSU Championship Sports: Izzo, Boss, Dantonio, Merchant, Anastos, SPARTY!
  • On campus housing and dining options in neighborhood settings.
  • The MSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (AKA- LAClub).

Learn more about living at MSU.

The Community

East Lansing:

East Lansing Art Fair

  • The East Lansing Art Fair.
  • Craft Fairs.
  • Jazz Fest.
  • Great Lakes Folk Festival.
  • Sunday Gallery Walks.
  • Film Festival.
  • “The Taste” Food Fest.
  • Winter Chili Cookoff.


  • Michigan’s State Capitol.
  • Lansing River Trail.
  • Comprehensive Public Transportation.
  • Potter Park Zoo.
  • Old Town Lansing Galleries.
  • Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
  • Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball.
  • State Historic Museum.
  • Common Ground Music Festival.
  • Excellent Park System.

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