Graduate Student Life and Wellness

Welcome, Graduate Students!

Whether you're pursuing a masters, doctoral, or professional degree, graduate school can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. To help you navigate your way, the Office of Graduate Student Life & Wellness and this website act as a handbook to graduate student well-being at Michigan State University.


We know that a lot of things have changed due to COVID, but we are still here for you! We wish we could meet you in person, but until it is safe to do so, we will always do our best to connect with you and support you remotely. This pandemic has created a lot of disruption, uncertainty and loss and all of us are in need of extra support these days.  Please reach out for help and encouragement, and take care of yourselves and each other. 


Here you will find tools, resources, and programs to not only help you succeed but even make gains in your health and wellness while you are here at Michigan State. Wellness can be a trendy topic these days, and we acknowledge that wellness looks very different depending on your cultural backgroud, personality, and life circumstances. What looks like wellness to one person may not be helpful or accessible or even possible to another. With these differences in mind, we affirm that It is important that we do our best to take care of ourselves and each other in the midst of such challening times.  

Program Spotlight

College can be stressful at times, but have you ever been truly concerned for a friend? Would you feel comfortable expressing your concerns and motivating your friend to get help? It can be difficult to deal with these kinds of issues, but an effective conversation can help more than you think—it can help change someone’s life.

At MSU we want to make sure that we can all recognize signs of distress and know what to say if a friend needs help. Kognito for Students is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you’ll know what to say in real life. You’ll learn how to determine when a friend needs help, how to talk with a friend who you’re worried about, and where you and your friend can turn to for help.

To complete the simulation, follow the instructions below:

  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your simulation and click “LAUNCH”

If you are a TA, you may also benefit from the training for faculty and staff.  To access that training, follow the above instructions and use the Enrollment Key: msuemployee. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact tech support at or 212.675.9234.

Upcoming Events

All events, programs, and workshops can be found on The Graduate School calendar:

Health & Wellness

Graduate Student Life & Wellness is a collaborative effort to help support graduate students in their pursuit of their advanced degree and a well-balanced life. Click here to learn more about the vision of the GSLW office.

Well-Being Resources

Well-being is the integration of all dimensions of health - occupational, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional - and the awareness that all of these dimensions are interconnected. Click here to learn more about specific resources available to you as graduate students that can help you grow  across these dimensions. 

Leadership Institute 

The Leadership Institute exists to support and develop graduate students to become dynamic  leaders, strategically influencing their academic communities while at Michigan State who will make an indelible impact in their disciplines and fields in their future endeavors. Click here to learn more about opportunities for leadership development. 

Partners in Wellness

Graduate Student Life & Wellness programs, events, and resources are produced in collaboration between many offices to help support graduate students in their pursuit of an advanced degree and well-balanced life. Click here to learn more about our partners across campus. 

Graduate Student Lounge

At this time, our Lounge in Chittenden Hall is closed.  When campus opens up, however, it is a great place to study or relax and it's a good location for individual or group work. Click here to learn more.

Student Organizations

The 700-plus registered student organizations offer fun and friendly social and educational experiences related to academics, business, environmental interests, international topics, politics, racial and ethnic issues, religious groups, women’s interests, sports and leisure, and more. Click here to learn more.


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(517) 884 - 1332
Chittenden Hall Room 130
466 W Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824