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Cohort and Affinity Programs

Building community and connecting students to the resources, faculty, staff and peers to help them succeed is a large part of what we do at Michigan State University and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

The programs below are just some of what is available to connect students to the learning and living opportunities that best suit interest areas and needs.

Detachment 380 is an AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps) training program based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Det. 380 also supports cadets from four nearby universities: Central Michigan University, Hope College, Lansing Community College, Olivet College, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and Western Michigan University. The Cadet Corps includes nearly one hundred cadets from these five institutes of higher education.

AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a training program that prepares college students to become officers in the United States Air Force. Students work with Det. 380 to qualify for a commission in the Air Force while simultaneously completing their university undergraduate or graduate degree requirements.

Det. 380's educational training program emphasizes student involvement and the development of leadership skills. Classes are conducted as seminars and call for active student discussion. Additionally, cadets become involved in the management of their own cadet wing through a mandatory weekly two-hour "leadership laboratory." Cadets are assigned corps positions, with increasing responsibility over the four years. Students also participate in physical training, leadership projects, visits to Air Force bases, orientation flights, and normal college extracurricular activities.

MSU's Living-Learning residential options allow students who share similar academic interests or an interest in a multicultural living experience to live together in designated residence halls or on particular residence hall floors.

Participating in a living-learning option allows students to be part of a community of peers, faculty, and staff who share similar academic interests. You can find living-learning programs all over campus, serving students with a variety of social and academic interests.

Programs vary in size from Honors and James Madison at the college level, to BROAD, available only for the freshman year.

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Did you know MSU provides a wide variety of graduate programs and certificates online?

The Online Programs website contains all relevant pre-application information for all of MSU’s online and hybrid graduate and certificate programs. Communicate with program directors, view course requirements, fees, length of the program, and more. This site contains everything you need to know about pursuing online education at MSU. Explore the wide variety of online graduate and certificate programs. 

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TRIO SSS Program
The TRIO SSS Program is for first-generation college students, those students whose parents have not completed undergraduate studies at a four-year university. The program also serves those who meet certain income criteria and students with documented disabilities. The program propels students at Michigan State University towards academic success and graduation.

Detroit M.A.D.E. Scholars Program
The Detroit M.A.D.E. Scholars Program focuses on college transition, graduation and career development for students who have graduated from Detroit public and charter high schools who also reside in the city of Detroit.

Dow STEM Scholars Program
The Dow STEM Scholars Program provides academic and social support services to incoming MSU students (US Residents-Only), who want to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) major and place into Intermediate College Algebra & Trigonometry – Math 103A on the MSU Math Placement Exam. 

First-Generation Leadership & Innovation
The First-Generation Initiative aims to inspire first-generation college students to persist and graduate by eliminating barriers, providing high-impact learning experiences, and ongoing development. The program will increase first-generation college student persistence and retention rates by removing opportunity gaps, maintaining parent resources, and providing a multi-level support system that consists of peer mentors, faculty, and staff.