Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and became the pioneer land-grant university with the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862. In keeping with this heritage and historical impact as the model land-grant university, MSU remains committed to fostering an environment of bold, transformative ideas, leading-edge research, global impact, and inclusive values. MSU has carried this pioneering spirit into the 21st century as one of the nation’s most globally engaged and highest performing research universities.