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What is an engagement center?

• at the heart of the neighborhood

• to find the services and programs that lead to success

• to learn new information about campus and find answers to your questions

• where common goals are accomplished through a team approach

• for meeting, gathering, connecting, studying, seeing and being seen


Staff in the Engagement Centers

• Director of Student Success

• University Advisors

• Peer Assistants

• Professional Staff from various campus units/programs

Engagement Center Locations

The Engagement Centers are located in each of the residential neighborhoods. However, services offered use a variety of spaces within the neighborhoods (ex. Classrooms, meeting rooms, etc.).

  • Brody– Located in the main Brody Building in Room 160 on the North side of the building.
  • East– Located in Hubbard Hall. The engagement center desk is located on the main floor on the west side of the building (across from the Sparty Store)
  • North– Located in the MSU Union on the 2nd
  • River Trail– Located in Room C-101 McDonel Hall, on the main floor and across from the McDonel Kiva.
  • South– Located in Holden Hall. The engagement center desk is located in the center lobby on the main floor, across from the Service Center.


Services- All of the services offered through the Neighborhood Engagement Center locations are FREE for all MSU students.


The Math Learning Center’s goal is to bring high-quality, friendly, free math help to MSU undergraduates. All you need to bring is your MSU ID. Get free help for most 100 and 200 level math classes, and even some upper-level courses. Our experienced tutors, trained by the Math Department, will answer your questions in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

MLC Help Rooms are available in five locations and online. Not all courses may be offered at each location, so visit for information on the courses that are available at each location. In-person tutoring is available at four locations:

  • Brody: Brody, Room 138, Monday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:50pm
  • East: Akers, Rooms 133, & 135 Monday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:50pm
  • South: Holden, Rooms C134 & C135, Monday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:50pm

If you need help collaborating on short stories, PowerPoint presentations, emails, school essays, applications, resumes, book reports or anything else, the writing center can help. The Writing Center offers appointments both in-person and online appointments. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available. The locations are:

  • Brody: Brody, Room 159, Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • East: Hubbard, Room 129, Sunday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm  & Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • River Trail: McDonel, Rooms C105 & C106, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • South: Holden, Room C136, Monday & Thursday , 5:00 – 9:00pm
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Chemistry offers Help Rooms for CEM 141, 142, 161, and 162. Students should check D2L for their course Help Room schedule. The Help Room is a FREE resource for students enrolled in these courses.  


Social Science Help Rooms offers course assistance and drop-in tutoring for select courses- ISS210, ISS215, ISS230-001, ISS230-730, ISS310, SOC100, and CJ110.

  • North: MSU Union, Rooms 40 and 41, Sunday-Thursday 3:00 – 7:00pm
  • South: Holden, Holden C136, Sunday – Thursday 3:00 – 6:00pm


The Social Science PAL Program offers course assistance, group study sessions, and drop-in tutoring for select courses- ISS210, ISS215, ISS230-001, ISS230-730, ISS310, SOC100, and CJ110. Sessions are held at the MSU Union Building, Holden Hall or online. You must visit the website to see the dates, times, and locations available for each of the courses listed above. (The online schedule may say “Spring Semester” but I have been assured it is the correct Fall Schedule).


you cite a podcast in MLA, anyway? Peer Research Assistants are available to help you with any questions you have about finding, using, evaluating, and citing information. These undergraduate PRAs provide guidance on using the MSU Libraries and other resources to help you successfully complete papers, posters, presentations and more. Appointments can be scheduled online, and walk-ins are accepted if space is available. Locations:

  • East: Hubbard, Room 133, Monday – Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00pm

University Advising has Academic Advisors within the Engagement Centers. It is home to any student that begins at MSU interested in exploring majors (exploratory preference) as well as a resource for all students who seek additional academic exploration opportunities that reside within one of our 14 undergraduate colleges, with a strategic focus on first- and second-year explorers. Express Advising over Zoom or phone can be accessed by completing the Drop-In Advising form or you can schedule an appointment at (see the instructions for scheduling an appointment at the bottom of the page).

Academic advising is available for all undergraduate students. Visit this website to learn more about your college advising and steps to schedule an appointment.

NSSC Peer Educators are available to help students build academic success skills. Peer Educators can help students with organizational skills such as time management, procrastination, and prioritization. Peer Educators can help students with study skills and strategies such as note-taking, test-taking and more. Peer Educators also provide tutoring in a limited number of math science and social science courses.

Click here to meet the Peer Educators and for a list of courses/services. Click here for informaiton on how to  schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcomed.

Sunday C101 Holmes 4p – 7p: BS 161, 162, CEM 141, 142, 143, 151, 152, 251, 252, IBIO 306, 341, 355, 415, MTH 103, 103A, 103B, 114, 116, 132, PHY 231, PSL 310

Monday 159 Brody Hall 6p – 8p, CEM 141, 142, 143, 151, 152 PHY 231

Health & Wellness

Olin Health Center is the primary Student Health Services location. Student Health Services offers primary careallergy/immunizations, sports medicine, laboratory and physical therapy services, among others. See all our services here. All medical visits require an appointment before arriving. Call 517-353-4660 to schedule an appointment.

  • Olin Health Center, 463 E. Circle Drive, Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Olin Outpost Brody, Brody 148, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 11:45am & 12:45 pm – 5:00pm 

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, issues around race, gender and sexual orientation (LBGTQ), substance abuse, traumatic experiences, eating or body image concerns, and other personal mental health concerns. CAPS combines the clinical services of counseling and psychiatry in one setting.


Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 517-355-8270. Most CAPS services are located at Olin Health Center, 463 East Circle Drive, 3rd floor. Some CAPS services are located in the Union.


  • If you are in crisis, call 911 or our office at (517) 355-8270 and press 1 at the prompt to speak with a counselor immediately. Crisis counseling is available 24/7.
  • If you have been recently discharged from the hospital. Instead, please call our office at (517) 355-8270 to schedule an appointment.

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. Their focus areas include:

  • Alcohol & other Drugs Education and Referrals
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Recovery
  • Sexual Wellness
  • MSU Student Food Bank

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services offers programs that are facilitated through three indoor intramural facilities, one multi-purpose arena, 27 acres of outdoor recreational field space, an off-site sailing center and shared campus facilities including tennis courts, golf courses, and an ice arena among others. The program specific functions include informal or drop-in recreation at any of these 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 spring hours of operations can be found online for IM West, IM East, and IM Circle.


Other MSU Resources

Find helpful resources to support your career planning, job and internship search, grad school application, and interview preparation through the Career Services Network.  Services include Handshake, our career management platform with thousands of internships and job postings; dozens of career fairs and career events aimed at exploring fields and connecting with alumni and employers; one-on-one Career Advising; Career Assessments; Free professional attire rental, available at the Career Closet and much more. MSU Career Services: MSU Student Services Building, Room 113


MSU Career Services is also in the Neighborhoods, focusing on career related topics for freshmen and sophomores. Now is the time to get a head start on resumes, interviews, career resources, LinkedIn & Handshake, navigating career fairs, summer internships, and more!

  • Brody: Brody, outside room 104, Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm
  • River Trail: outside River Trail Engagement Center, room C101 McDonel, Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm

Attend the weekly MRULE Round Table Discussions (RTDs) to connect in community, discuss relevant social issues, and make meaningful friendships. RTDs are student led and offer a variety of community building activities. Students of all backgroundsyear of study and field are welcome to weekly MRULE Round Table Discussions.

  • Brody: Brody, Room 175, Mondays 8:00 – 9:00pm
  • River Trail & East: McDonel, Room C107 (Kiva), Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00pm
  • South: Case, Room 338, Tuesdays 8-9pm

Additional Resources

The student D2L training course, Students – Getting Started with D2L, contains documentation and video tutorials covering the most commonly used features of the D2L Learning Environment as well as success tips and practice activities to complete.


The Course Descriptions catalog describes all undergraduate and graduate courses offered by Michigan State University.

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