Michigan State at a glance

March 29, 2000

Founded: 1855

Location: East Lansing, Mich.

Nickname: Spartans

School colors: Green and white

Enrollment: 34,089 undergraduates

Tuition and fees: $5,174 for in state, $12,370 out of state

Famous alumni: Former pro basketball player Magic Johnson; former baseball players Kirk Gibson and Steve Garvey; former NFL player and actor Bubba Smith; actors James Caan and Robert Urich; folk singer Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary; author Peter Gent ("North Dallas Forty").

Academic ranking: U.S. News & World Report's 2000 College Rankings palced Michigan State in the second tier, among schools listed alphabetically in a group comprising Nos. 51-100. Other universities in that tier include Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

Odds and ends: Campus has two superconducting cyclotrons, an observatory, herbarium, a butterfly house and a 7-acre garden to demonstrate horticulture; has largest residence hall system of any university in the nation; earned national recognition for cancer research and development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Last trip to Final Four: 1999

NCAA basketball titles: One, 1979

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