Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning Information

Interested in Engaging Community Engaged Learning Students?

Get started by reading our frequently asked questions then read through the information below.

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

(Click on this link to download semester schedule PDF)

Wednesday 8/28 - First day of classes

Friday 9/6 - Criminal background check forms due to 345 Student Services Building by 5:00 p.m.

Monday 9/9 - Registration opens on at 12:01 a.m.

Friday 9/13 - Registration closes on  at 11:59 p.m.

Friday 9/13 - Deadline for students to complete online community engaged learning orientation via D2L  

Monday 9/16-Friday 9/20 - Students contact community partners; students attend community partner orientation if applicable                      

Monday 9/23-Friday 9/27 - Students begin community engagement

Thursday 11/28-Friday 11/29 - Holiday - MSU Closed; no community engagement required

Monday 12/2-Friday 12/6 - Students conclude community engagement


NOTE: For students interested in serving with McLaren Hospital or Sparrow Hospital, there are different registration and orientation timelines. Hospital placements are open to all MSU students and are incredibly competitive. Registration usually fills up within 12 hours of opening. 

Sunday 9/1 - Registration opens on at 12:01 a.m.

TBD - Hospital placements have their own criminal background check process, orientations, and other pre-service requirements detailed in the position requirements after students register.

Student Registration

Students will register for community engaged learning placements that align with their availability and interests through the MSU's Serve. Learn. Engage! database ( Because students will select their own placement, the CSLCE cannot guarantee a predetermined number of students who will serve with community partners for the semester until after registration has closed. A final list of students who have completed registration, criminal background check process, and our required online orientation will be provided to partners on the date listed in the calendar above. 

Important Forms

Materials for community partners to engage community engaged learning students will be available before each semester.  Interested organizations must submit completed position descriptions each semester and a signed Memorandum of Understanding position on an annual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Memorandum of Understanding 2018-2019

Criminal Background Check Process

New Position Description Form

Getting to Know Your Community Partner- An Orientation Checklist for Students 

Please contact us with any questions! Phone: (517) 353-4400 Email:

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of the service and engagement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, Michigan State University was awarded the following prestigious awards in 2014

U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

2014 U.S. President's "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with Distinction)"

Carnegie Foundation Logo

2014 Carnegie Foundation "Elective Community Engagement" Classification

Michigan Campus Compact Logo

2014 Michigan Campus Compact "Engaged Campus of the Year"