If you are scheduled for a Day at State visit, you will meet your student host in the Office of Admissions located in Room 250, Hannah Administration Building. Daytime visitors should meet their student host at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST); overnight visitors should meet their student host at 4 p.m. (EST). (At the end of your visit, you will meet your parent/guardian in the same location unless other arrangements have been made.)
On the day of your scheduled visit if you are more than 30 minutes late (9:30 a.m. (EST) for day visitors; 4:30 p.m. (EST) for overnight visitors), and you have not requested alternate arrangements, your visit will be cancelled. (The $30 processing fee is not refundable under any circumstance.)
On rare occasion the University is closed, which may happen as a result of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the Day at State Office will make every effort to accommodate each visitor when the University reopens.
If the visitor is on campus for an overnight visit when a University closure is announced, every effort will be made to contact the visitor and host to make sure that safety, the overnight Residence Hall stay, check-in, check-out, etc. have been addressed.
If visitors have not left home and the University is closed on the day of the visit, their visit will be cancelled and the visitors will have an opportunity to schedule another visit free of charge.
If the visitor has arrived for check-in and is unable to return home, the visit will go on as scheduled. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of both the visitor and host. The visitor will have an opportunity to schedule another visit in the future free of charge.
A Day at State visit allows you to experience life as a Michigan State University student. Your volunteer student host may be in your choice of academic major, or be enrolled in specific classes that interest you, if such a host is available. You will go to classes with your volunteer student host, as well as attend any club meetings or activities in which he/she is involved. Our hosts are eager to show you around MSU’s beautiful campus, as well as the downtown East Lansing area. Although meal tickets are provided (one for day visits, two for overnight visits), we recommend bringing some spending money so you can sample the MSU Dairy Store ice cream, ride the CATA bus, or purchase souvenirs at the local college bookstores.
Day at State wants you to experience “a day in the life of a student.” While your volunteer student host may be in your choice of academic major, or be enrolled in specific classes that interest you, this is not always possible. You will still be able to fully experience the daily routine of a college student (classes, activities, etc). While our volunteer student hosts are excited to spend time with you, they do have full schedules. Therefore, they are not able to take you to appointments, meetings, or classes in which they are not enrolled. Please make arrangements to do these things before or after your Day at State visit.
You can schedule a Day at State visit by submitting the reservation request form and $30 non-refundable processing fee. Visits must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
A non-refundable $30 processing fee is required when requesting a reservation. Students wishing to change an existing reservation must cancel their visit, complete another online reservation form, and pay another non-refundable $30 processing fee. (Please note that the $30 processing fee is not refundable under any circumstance.)
Day at State cannot set up such meetings. Please make outside appointments (if applicable) that do not fall within the Day at State visit times. Our volunteer student hosts are unable to alter their class/activity schedules to take you to appointments.
You are a guest of your student host so it is not possible for you to bring friends, family members (including parents), or significant others with you. If a friend would like to participate in the Day at State Program, he/she must complete the online reservation, submit the $30 processing fee, and indicate on the reservation that the two of you would like to be paired together. Please note that a maximum of two visitors can be paired together with one host. Due to limited space in the Residence Hall rooms, we cannot guarantee requests to pair visitors will be met for Overnight Visits. We encourage friends who want to come together to sign up for a Day Visit.
On rare occasions, a student host may be paired with two visitors coming on the same day. This is called a double visit. Double visits usually occur on popular campus visit dates, when we have more visitors coming than we have hosts available. MSU students who are interested in becoming Day at State Hosts must go through an interview process and training before joining the program. This process limits our pool of volunteer hosts but also ensures that we choose qualified, knowledgeable students to represent Michigan State. Visitors receive each other's contact information in the information packet and can choose to contact each other ahead of time if interested. Once the visit has been paired, we are unable to alter the arrangements. We have received positive feedback from many double visits. Visitors appreciate the opportunity to build off of each other's questions and meet another prospective MSU student.
You are a guest of your student host so it is not possible for you to bring friends, family members (including parents), or significant others with you. If your family members are planning to accompany you to East Lansing, they are responsible for their activities during the day and accommodations. Admission presentations and campus tours are available, and Michigan State University has several areas of interest for visitors.
Your student volunteer host is available at the published Day at State check-in time (9 a.m. EST for day visits, 4 p.m. EST for overnight visits). Slight adjustments to those times are possible, but only with advance notice (there is space available on the registration form to indicate this). It is not possible to check in before 8:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Please plan to stay for the entire visit. Your volunteer student host has many activities in mind for your visit, and expects that you will check-out at the published time (5 p.m. EST for day visits, 4 p.m. EST for overnight visits).
A Day at State staff member will call your home prior to your visit to confirm plans. If you receive a message that Day at State has called, please return it within two days or your visit will be cancelled. Your information packet will be sent to you in the mail after you confirm plans with the Day at State staff member. The packet will include information for your visit, including your student host’s name and contact information.
If you choose, you may park at the meters in front of the Hannah Administration Building. Please note that you are responsible for feeding the meters; the Office of Admissions and the Day at State Program are not responsible for any parking violations. If the meters are full, or if you do not wish to park there, you may park in the visitor lot north of Spartan Stadium. Upon entering the lot, you will be issued a ticket (similar to most city pay lots), and you will be responsible for paying for the time parked upon leaving the lot. After you arrive at your host’s residence hall, you can purchase a day parking pass for the parking lot assigned to that hall. The pass costs $6.00, and may be purchased at the front desk of your host’s residence hall. Immediately after you purchase the pass, move your car to the designated lot. You will receive information on travel and parking in your visitor packet once the visit has been set up and confirmed.
Day visitors receive a free lunch meal ticket; overnight visitors receive a lunch and dinner meal ticket. Meal tickets are valid in any residence hall.
Yes. Day at State student hosts enjoy hearing from prospective students since they too are excited about your visit. The information packet sent to your home will include your student host’s name and contact information.
Day at State hosts are volunteers. Our staff will attempt to pair you with a host who meets your specific request. However, if a student host meeting the requested criteria is not available, another host will be selected.
We ask that you do not schedule a visit unless you are certain you can attend. If an extenuating circumstance occurs and you must cancel your visit, please inform Day at State at (517) 353-1615 as soon as possible. (Please note that the $30 processing fee is not refundable or transferable under any circumstance.) If you wish to change an existing reservation, you must cancel your existing one, complete another online reservation form, and pay another $30 processing fee.
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