MSU Prepares to Welcome Students During Fall 2016 Move In

Published On: August 30, 2016

Summertime in East Lansing is officially coming to an end as more than 17,000 on-campus residents settle in to their campus homes at Michigan State University in preparation for the 2016-17 academic year.

International students arrived Aug. 20 and a majority of new and returning students will move in between Aug. 27 and Aug. 29. Over the next two weekends, students and their families will be greeted by fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni, community volunteers and friends of MSU.

Family housing at 1855 Place, MSU’s new on-campus apartment community, opened its doors on Aug. 10 with more than 75 student families among its first residents.

Student athletes, employees and residents of Spartan Village and Owen Hall began arriving as early as July.

“We love welcoming new Spartans on move-in day,” said Vennie Gore, vice president of auxiliary enterprises at MSU. “It’s special for us, introducing them to their new home on campus and helping get them settled. It’s where we begin providing them the outstanding Spartan experiences that can help them to be academically successful. Everyone – from our head chefs to RAs and facilities team members – pitch in to lend a hand.”

Move-in and the start of the school year is a joyous time, for students and their family members. “Our staff have been working diligently all summer to prepare for the next class of Spartans that will be living on campus. It is critical for us to create an environment and a team that supports each one of our residents to ensure a positive transition and long-term success here at Michigan State University. We believe that we create the ideal environment for student success whether it be through the Engagement Centers, our award-winning dining facilities, great community meeting space, or the variety of living units,” said Ray Gasser, interim director of Residence Education and Housing Services at MSU.

On move-in day, families will be invited to enjoy a complimentary meal at one of the university’s dining halls in their student’s new MSU Neighborhood.

“We look forward to welcoming our new and returning Spartan students. Culinary Services cultivates all areas of the Spartan experience—academic, intercultural, health and wellness, and social,” said Guy Procopio, director of Culinary Services. “Their new home includes recently renovated dining halls and retail locations, offering more comfortable environments to dine, study or socialize. Through culinary excellence, we create experiences that assist in advancing knowledge and transforming lives as students stay and dine with us.”

 MSU’s five neighborhoods are made up of 27 residence halls, three apartment communities, 10 residential dining halls, five engagement centers and much more.

Looking beyond the excitement of move-in, staff looks forward to the academic success, learning and personal development students will experience this year. “For us, move-in is an exciting time for not only the students and their families, but for all of us here at Michigan State who want to help these students find their niche and matriculate from this great institution,” said Gasser.

To follow the activities happening throughout Fall 2016 Move In, check out “MSULiveOn” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the hashtag #SpartanMoveIn to join the conversation.

To learn more about Fall 2016 Move In and on-campus living at MSU, visit

Residence Education and Housing Services is a department of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services at Michigan State University.