Academic support and engagement

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 every 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.

The neighborhood initiative is working, as MSU boasts one of the nation's highest freshman retention rates.


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 advisors, health practitioners, and other consultants that can help students navigate through their college career. Students can go there to:

  • Get questions answered
  • 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
  • Get advice
  • Learn about upcoming events in and around your neighborhood
  • Socialize with friends

Each week, the Engagement Center hosts individual and group tutoring for many first and second year courses, social and cultural activities, as well as fitness classes for Yoga, Cardio Kick Boxing, 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 even find technical assistance for troubleshooting problems with a personal computer.