What is MSU like?

<p>Hi all,
As a likely freshman at MSU this fall, I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what MSU is like. I can't seem to find much information on the student body, atmosphere, academic rigor, etc. as opposed to Bama which has a thriving CC community and lots of outside reviews. Is it very southern? Conservative/liberal? Is there a lot of school spirit? Are there lots of opportunities? How rigorous are the courses? Can you develop close relationships with professors if you put in the effort? If anyone has answers to these questions or just any info on MSU, I'd love to hear it. Also, what is the academic reputation of MSU? It seems to have a much lower standing than many other state schools. I'm really trying to decide between MSU and a private LAC, so any information is much appreciated.</p>