What is MAGIC?

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. 

Due to COVID 19, this traditionally one-week program will be moved to a virtual learning five week program that will meet on Wednesdays (1:00-3:00PM and 7:00-8:00PM) starting July 15, 2020 until August 12, 2020. Students will be introduced to academic, cultural, professional and social success strategies. Specifically, students will participate in workshops focused on college success such as “Roadmap to Success,” “Making a Successful Transition to College,” “Living a HEALTHY College Life,” and “Creating an Inclusive Living and Learning Environment.” Students will also network and build relationships with each other, peer mentors, faculty/staff and community partners ALL before the first day of school. When students return to campus, they are ready and prepared for the academic and social rigors of college life.


Read MAGIC Newsletter Here:

MAGIC Summer 2020 Newsletter

Are you ready to participate in this proven transitional program for incoming MSU students? (Read what students are saying about MAGIC)


More About MAGIC



“Virtual MAGIC is Success”

MAGIC Virtual 2020 | Student Affairs and Services | Michigan State University

Connections made – √. Introductions to Michigan State University and peers accomplished – √. 2020 Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC) successful – √.

Some members of MSU’s incoming freshman class have already met and connected to classmates, as well as peer assistants and staff of the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT), part of the Division of Student Affairs and Services, as they participated in the annual summer program, MAGIC. The difference – they have yet to meet in person.

During its 24 years, MAGIC has helped with retention and graduation of first generation college students and students of color at a predominantly white institution. Connecting students to a culturally diverse community, MAGIC helps students to navigate life at college while helping to build community. [Read more here]

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