I borrowed this post from MichiganChamp02 on the espn board. Sorry about your luck Hemlock.
On February 12, 1855, our in-state buddies founded their school, originally named the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. Rivalry aside, we are proud of them for also representing the State of Michigan in their own special way (burning couches).
Some other facts about MSU:
- official motto: "Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives."
- To shake its reputation as a place for rural hayseeds to learn about agriculture, in 1925 the school expanded its name to "Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science." Science is a big-person word.
- The school officially became known as Michigan State University in 1964, dropping references to agriculture and science.
- Michigan State's endowment is $1.28 billion. while that's puny by Michigan standards (ours is $6.0 billion), it is still very nice.
- according to their website, the MSU "advances knowledge and transforms lives through innovative academic programs, research, and outreach, the university is recognized internationally as a top research university and leader in international engagement"