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Leading the way

MSU's nationally recognized neighborhoods initiative brings critical resources to first-year students right where they live, with the goal of giving each student admitted to MSU an equal opportunity to graduate and succeed. Resources provided in the neighborhoods are organized into four key developmental areas: academic, health and wellness, intercultural, and residential. 

MSU has one of the nation's highest freshman retention rates, and the neighborhoods initiative is one of the reasons why.


Engagement Centers

The Engagement Centers are unique spaces located in each neighborhood and serve as the main access points to important resources such as tutors, neighborhood advisers, health practitioners and other consultants that can help students navigate through their college career. Students can visit the centers to

  • get answers to their questions and advice;
  • find assistance with math coursework, writing papers and other academic subjects;
  • sign up for recreation and fitness programs;
  • make an appointment with the health clinic;
  • learn about upcoming events in and around your neighborhood;
  • socialize with friends.

Every week, the Engagement Centers host individual and group tutoring for many first- and second-year courses, social and cultural activities, and fitness classes like yoga, cardio kickboxing and Zumba. In addition, there are workshops on practical topics such as using the library, sharpening study skills, searching for internships, managing personal finances and more. Students will also find technical assistance for troubleshooting problems with a personal computer.


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