MSU Detroit Center

MSU Detroit Center

Located in the heart of midtown Detroit, the MSU Detroit Center is a hub for an array of programs, activities, and special events that facilitate outreach and engagement in southeastern Michigan. Housed in the 22,000-square-foot 1912 Albert Kahn building, the Center is home to several MSU offices and programs, some of which have been highlighted throughout this issue.

University Outreach and Engagement

Through the Detroit Center, the Office of University Outreach and Engagement fosters collaborations with community organizations including Focus:HOPE; Hope Village; Shiffman Medical Library @ WSU (a National Library of Medicine Outreach Library); the National Park Service; and others.

Community Music School–Detroit (CMS-D)

The CMS-D provides a wide variety of high-quality music education and therapy services for musicians of all ages and abilities. CMS-D builds 21st century life skills in urban youth and fills a unique niche in the local music education landscape. Lessons are offered at subsidized prices and financial aid is available to those in need.

College of Education

In 2010, the College of Education re-affirmed its long-standing commitment to improving educational outcomes in Detroit by establishing a local office in the MSU Detroit Center. The building includes classroom space for MSU teaching interns and for a range of education outreach activities, including the Urban Immersion Fellowship Program and professional development activities for teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

MSU Museum @ the Detroit Center

This collaboration brings rotating collections and featured exhibitions to the MSU Detroit Center. Both the MSU Museum and Detroit Center seek to engage university and public audiences by developing learning, facilitating understanding, and inspiring discovery through programming and special events.


The Office of Admissions reaches out to potential and newly-admitted MSU students in Detroit through various resources and activities, including Spartan Clubs, Financial Aid Workshops, College Onsite Days, and admissions counselor school visits.

Additionally, the offices of University Advancement and Government Relations develop and foster relationships that ensure that funding and policy initiatives in the Detroit area represent and fulfill community and university priorities.

  • Photograph courtesy of University Communications

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