MSU’s award-winning Student Success Initiative aims to increase graduation rates and close opportunity gaps for all students, including first-generation, low-income and historically underrepresented populations. Our multifaceted approach is anchored by our nationally recognized Neighborhoods model that integrates academic, health and other support services directly in campus residential buildings. These Neighborhoods serve as communities where students can connect with faculty, support staff, other students and resources that promote success.
We continue to make progress in recruiting, retaining and graduating a more diverse student body. For the sixth year in a row, MSU saw record-high graduation rates for first-time, full-time students, most recently to 81.3%. Graduation rates for students identifying as Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander all increased as well. Future student-centered initiatives like the Neighborhoods will continue to elevate retention, graduation and timely progress to a degree.