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Health and Wellness

* Resource descriptions have been taken directly from the listed resources websites.

MSU Health Promotion

Health Promotion aims to challenge the health attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of the MSU community through education, environmental management, and harm reduction efforts so students are able to pursue personal and academic goals. As part of Student Health & Wellness, we offer an array of campus, classroom, and individualized educational programs, campaigns, and other strategies.

Resources available through MSU Health Promotion include:

  • Nutrition, food security and having a healthy relationship with food (offered through Nourish)
  • Guided fitness and wellness programs to help you meet your goals (SpartanFit, Thrive and more)
  • Alcohol and other drug education, support and recovery resources
  • Sexual wellness
Wellness Coaching

Wellness is offered through the Spartan Fitness and Wellness organization.

Wellness coaching is a positive, proactive and supportive process that explores your life in meaningful ways, helping you to feel better about yourself and enhance your well-being.

Your well-being is an important part of your success in college. "Well-being" is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental and physical health, high life satisfaction, social connection, and a sense of meaning or purpose. School is stressful – there’s no getting around that. But if you take care of your well-being, not only can you be more academically successful, you can be happier, healthier and thriving.
MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services

MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) supports ALL students.

CAPS is the place on campus for students seeking help for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation (LBGTQ) concerns, substance abuse, trauma, eating or body image concerns, and other personal mental health concerns. CAPS combines the services of the former MSU Counseling Center and former Olin Psychiatry Clinic to provide improved access for students. Additional services are available by referral in the Neighborhood Engagement Centers, and the MSU Student Union building.
We are committed to putting students first.  Our commitment to diversity means creating a welcoming, safe, inclusive, equitable, and affirming environment for each student. We believe diversity enriches learning, enhances personal growth, and takes into account all aspects of a student’s identity, such as age, body size/shape, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, nationality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion/spirituality, language, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual/romantic orientation, values and beliefs.

If you believe your life is in imminent danger and you cannot keep yourself safe, or you or someone else has decided to seriously harm or kill yourself/themselves or someone else, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Women's Health Services

Women's health
adapted from

Women's health refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being. Women's health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as:

  • Birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and gynecology
  • Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other female cancers
  • Mammography
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Sexual health
  • Benign conditions affecting the function of the female reproductive organs
Olin Health Center

The Olin Health Center building is the primary health care facility for MSU students and houses several departments including Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), the Office of the University Physician, Health Services, and some Health Promotion services. 

Health Services and related support services include primary care, allergy/immunizations, sports medicine, massage therapy, laboratory, and physical therapy.  Pharmacy and radiology services are also available on campus.
MSU Recreational Sports & Fitness MSU Recreational Sports & Fitness offers informal or drop-in recreation at any of their facilities; structured competitive intramural sports; programs dedicated for health, wellness and fitness; sport club opportunities; non-credit instruction for acquiring new skills; and unique opportunities targeted for persons with disabilities.  The staff responsible for administering these programs include ten administrative, four support and approximately 450 student employees.   We serve our University students, faculty-staff, retirees and alumni, with limited opportunities for the general public.
MSU Intramural Sports Recreational Sports and Fitness Services offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in many Intramural Sports and activities on a competitive and recreational level. All skill levels are welcome. There are over ten team sports with many special events and tournaments offered each year.

All Things Financial


Emergency Funds

There is support for students who are experiencing a financial crisis. Any student in need of urgent financial assistance should email one of the following people.

Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion    Kyle Foster
WIE Student Success Director                 Judy Cordes
WIE Student Success Assistant Director   Sandy Christlieb

ASMSU Loan Program

ASMSU offers a short-term and interest free loan for up to $300.00 during the first 6 weeks of the fall and spring semesters.

You must be enrolled in the current semester with no holds on your student account,  be an ASMSU/COGS tax payer, and have no previous defaulted loans with ASMSU. Please bring two forms of photo ID with you. The loan process take approximately 10-15 minutes and includes verification of enrollment.

For questions regarding you eligibility, please contact our Engagement Office at 517-355-8266 or email us at from your MSU e-mail account. For security reasons, personal information cannot be provided to a non-MSU email account.

Summer loans are also available. If you are enrolled in a full-semester course then loans are available the first 6 weeks of the semester and the full $300 loan is available.  If you are enrolled in a 1st or 2nd session course then loans are available the first 2 weeks of the session and a $200 loan is available.

Description taken from the ASMSU Loan Program website.
MSU College of Engineering Scholarships

Current Students
The College of Engineering awards over 300 scholarships each year!  Current students must complete an application to be eligible for an award.  Applications open in December and the deadline is in late February.

First Year and Transfer Students
First year and transfer students are also eligible for scholarships.  There is not an application for these awards.  Scholarship eligibility will be determined by the information within your MSU application.  Scholarships are typically awarded by mid April.
MSU Office of Financial Aid The Michigan State University Office of Financial Aid is the first point of contact for all questions regarding financial aid.
MSUFCU Financial 4.0 MSUFCU provides financial education through the MSUFCU Financial 4.0 program.  Online resources, weekly tips and workshops are available.

Staying Safe and Support for Survivors


MSU Center for Survivors (formerly MSU Sexual Assault Program)

The Center for Survivors is honored to work with sexual assault survivors and all others who are impacted by sexual violence.

We provide free individual counseling and support groups to MSU students.  Our 24-hour hotline, crisis chat, and advocacy services are offered to anyone in the greater Lansing community.


Description taken from the MSU Center for Survivors website.

Center for Survivors Website

Resources and Coping

MSU Safe Place Relationship Violence and Stalking Program

MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. We are located on the campus of Michigan State University and serve students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing Area.

We provide advocacy, shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All support services are free and confidential. Additionally, we work to increase awareness about relationship violence and stalking through community education and outreach efforts.

Description taken from the MSU Safe Place Relationship Violence and Stalking Program website.
ASMSU Safe Ride

Safe Ride is not operating at this time.  Safe Ride will return when it is safe to do so.

Safe Ride is a late night transportation service provided to members of the Michigan State University community as a safe and free alternative to walking home alone after dark. University Safe Ride programs are proven to reduce assault-related dangers and drunk driving both on and off campus.

Please be prepared for wait times that can exceed 30-45 minutes due to rider demand.


Description taken from the ASMSU Safe Ride website.
MSU Self Defense Program

The Rec Sports Self Defense Program is a FREE, 2 hour workshop designed for MSU students. It focuses on myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual assault and provides participants with some physical skills that could be used to ward off a potential attacker.  The program is empowering and fun!  Request a program for your Registered Student Organization (RSO) or floor and we will come to your meeting place on campus (including study lounges in the Residence Halls).  This program is open to all genders. 

Description taken from the MSU Self Defense Program website.

Basic Needs

Food, housing and financial challenges are experienced by many MSU students.

Any student experiencing food, housing and/or basic need challenges is urged to contact Judy Cordes (, Sandy Christlieb (
or the Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Theo Caldwell (

MSU Student Food Bank

Founded in 1993, the MSU Student Food Bank was the first in the nation to be run by students, for students. The MSU Student Food Bank was founded to help students who are dealing with food insecurity. Food insecurity refers to having limited food availability with a reduction in the quality or variety of food intake, that often results in disrupted eating patterns.  A lack of food security can be a considerable obstacle to academic success.

MSU undergraduate, graduate and professional students who do not have an MSU dining plan and are enrolled in courses in fall or spring semester are eligible to use the Student Food Bank. Students do not need to be enrolled in summer classes in order to use the food bank in the summer.

Description adapted from the MSU Student Food Bank website.
 Women's Center of Greater Lansing The Women's Center of Greater Lansing offers many services including a Professional Clothes Closet and a Personal Needs Closet.  If you are in need to professional closes or personal hygiene items, they can help.
 Haven House  Haven House provides support and temporary housing for families.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

These lists will be periodically updated. 

Books to help you understand diversity, equity and inclusion issues

Books to help expand your understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.  We will continue to add to the list.

  • This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell   This book is from the perspective of young people who might show up on a college campus
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


MSU Safe Place Relationship Violence and Stalking Program
Videos to watch.  Coming soon!
Diversity Programs Office

Since its inception in 1968, the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) has positively impacted the academic, professional, and personal growth of tens of thousands of underrepresented minority students through a range of programs. The DPO programs and services offered include:

  • The Guided Learning Center
  • Academic skills development
  • Supplemental Advising
  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • Affiliation with National Minority Engineering Programs
  • Student volunteer opportunities
  • Peer Mentorship Program
  • Student Organizations

Description is from the Diversity Programs Office website.
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center is a student-centered campus resource that works to celebrate, affirm and empower LGBTQIA2S+ members of the Michigan State University community.  Through education, engagement, advocacy, and student support, we work to create an inclusive campus culture for people of all genders and sexual identities.  We provide intersectional education and social programming and collaborate with student leaders and campus partners to build community and increase a sense of belonging.  

Description is from The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center website.

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center | Michigan State University (

Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions
Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions Mission Statement
The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) constructs supportive cultural, social and educational communities that actively involve students in learning.  OCAT supports individual students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters, and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity. Student-to-student interaction is the key to benefiting from diversity, and OCAT strives to bring together individuals as well as groups of students from diverse racial, ethnic, international, and domestic backgrounds for meaningful interactions. In part, OCAT accomplishes this mission by building critical alliances with peoples, programs, and ideas throughout the university. Additionally, OCAT helps students to better understand themselves and others through cultural, social, and academic activities.
There is also information about the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (C.O.R.E.S). The Council of Racial and Ethnic Students or C.O.R.E.S is comprised of four cultural communities at Michigan State University. These communities are represented by four student organizations: North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO) and Culturas de las Razas Unidas (CRU). These communities help students to better understand themselves and others through cultural and social activities. Additionally, these communities serve as advocates for their members by staying abreast of issues that impact their respective community, and by working with University faculty, staff, and administration in addressing concerns. CORES work to promote social and cultural understanding through important cultural events including: MSU Annual Pow Wow of Love, Native Heritage Month, Cultural Vogue/Lunar New Year, APA Heritage Month, Night Market, Brown Pride, the Black Power Rally, Black History Month, the African American Celebratory, Latin Explosion, Dia de la Mujer, Chicano History Month, and much more! Each year, the CORES works together to put on a collaborative cultural celebration called Spartan Remix
OCAT Mission Statement from the OCAT website.  CORES description is adapted from the CORES website.





Women*s Student Services
Mission and Vision
Women*s Student Services (WSS) is committed to:
  • fostering inclusive conversations that explore topics of intersectional feminism
  • building collaborations and coalitions with other student services offices and other departments on campus,
  • supporting all students in working toward an empowering and equitable community for women-identified students at MSU, and
  • aligning with the Division’s quality standards of being respectful, responsive, and resourceful.

Through an inclusive and intersectional feminist lens, Women*s Student Services inspires Spartans to grow by developing programs for, advocacy on behalf of, research about, and resources for students who identify as women at MSU.
Our vision is to promote and advocate for gender equity at MSU through the engagement, empowerment, and leadership of all students.
Why the *?
We in Women*s Student Services include an astrick after"women" to indicate there is more to WSS than gender binary.  All who are interested in supporting students in working toward an inclusive and equitable community are welcome.

Women*s Student Services Mission and Vision have been taken from their website.
Offices and Student Organizations