Michigan State University has taken a holistic approach to student development. In order to provide students with intentional attention and access to key university resources, Michigan State has developed “Neighborhoods” in which MSU resources are brought to students where they live. Between 95-98 percent of on-campus, first-year students live in one of the five neighborhoods where academic support, health and wellness, intercultural and residential resources are provided to students in an effort to help them grow, discover themselves and the world around them, and develop long-lasting relationships. These relationships are also formed with the staff as each Neighborhood has its own team providing continuous and familiar support to students.
The cores of these Neighborhoods are the Engagement Centers, which serve as the main access points to the resources offered to students. The Engagement Centers have been named very intentionally as Michigan State hopes these areas will encourage students to connect on a number of levels. The Engagement Centers host workshops in all areas of college life such as how to use the library effectively and managing personal finances, but it also hosts career-related programs such as resume building and how to search for an internship. Through the Neighborhood concept, Michigan State realizes the need to address students as whole human beings with multiple areas of need and they are beginning immediately in the first year students step foot on campus.