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Trying Out to be Sparty

See Spartan Nation in a Whole New Way

SpartyFrom behind the scenes, in the huddle, on the stage, and in hundreds of other places, Sparty sees Michigan State in a way that no one else does. Apply today to become part of a true legacy at MSU. Applications are being accepted through January 18, 2018 for the 2018-2019 mascot program.


Please attach the following when submitting your application for the Sparty Mascot Program:

  • An essay (not to exceed 500 words) expressing why you wish to be selected to portray the Michigan State University mascot, Sparty, for the 2018-2019 academic year. You are encouraged to include past leadership positions and experiences you feel qualify you for this position.
  • A copy of your 2018 Spring Semester class schedule (.JPG screen shot is fine).
  • A report of your most recent semester's grades (D2L updates are sufficient).
  • A copy of a health record or physical examination report (can be completed at Olin Health Center), no more than 12 months old.
  • Proof of health insurance.

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Selection Process and Key Dates 


After reviewing applications received, the Director of the Sparty Mascot Program will contact those who have been selected to advance in the process via email.

  • INFORMAL MEETING: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Spartan Stadium Tower (3rd floor)
  • APPLICATIONS DUE: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • RIDE ALONG: Scheduled between January 16-22, 2018


If selected, you will be eligible to participate in the following aspects of the Sparty tryout:

  • FITNESS INTERVIEW: January 22 and January 26, 2018
  • GROUP INTERVIEW: TBD - January 30 or February 1, 2018
  • SUIT TRY-ON: February 5-9, 2018
  • TRYOUTS: February 11, 2018

*Dates are subject to change. Interested applicants should check this page for updates.

For more information: If you have questions about the Sparty Mascot Program selection process, please contact Clint Stevens via email.