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Success at MSU begins with M.A.G.I.C.

Learning how to effectively navigate MSU is critical to a student’s college success. Incoming Michigan State University students often underestimate the many challenges students face when making the transition from high school to college. Regardless of how successful a student has been in high school, “college” is a new experience. Therefore, helping students learn how to effectively “navigate” through a big university like MSU is critical to a student’s college success. MAGIC (Maximizing Academic Growth in College) is coordinated by the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT) and is designed to be a one-week experience for admitted incoming MSU students who have already completed their NSO (New Student Orientation) experience. MAGIC gives students a chance to begin the process of becoming a successful Spartan during the summer, before classes begin in August.

Give to M.A.G.I.C. and Help support our incoming students

"Being an international student who has never been outside her own country, I knew college was not going to be easy. Everyone needs the right guidance before they start their college journey, so I thought to myself, what could be a better way to start than to be a part of a vibrant and culturally diverse group of peers and mentors? I feel much more confident about beginning my journey at MSU, all thanks to the MAGIC program." Shweta, M.A.G.I.C. participant

Gifts to MSU M.A.G.I.C help ensure that this program remains strong and can expand to serve more future Spartans, particularly first-generation students and those from underserved communities. Support M.A.G.I.C today and help position future Spartans for success at Michigan State!

Who We Are

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. [Learn more about OCAT’s History.]

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1HCMAGIC” in the note section.

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