Timeline for Admission

High School Students

Michigan State University uses rolling admission; however, the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years. For maximum scholarship consideration, seniors should apply by November 1. (Students applying after November 1 may qualify for scholarships if funds are still available.) Decisions are typically made eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received. (Please note that an initial admissions decision may be a "withhold" decision, in which a student is asked to provide more information to the Office of Admissions.)

Transfer Students

Michigan State University uses rolling admission; however, the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years. Transfer students are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to their desired semester of enrollment. Decisions are typically made approximately 12 weeks after all application materials are received.

International Undergraduate Students

Michigan State University uses rolling admission; however, the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years. International students applying for Fall Semester admission are encouraged to apply during the fall of the prior year for maximum consideration. Students applying for Spring Semester may begin applying in September before the start of the desired enrollment term. Decisions are typically made eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received.

Please note: Depending on several factors -- including space available in the entering class -- it may not be possible to submit an application for certain semesters.

More Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1
Scholarship awarding begins November 1. All admitted students are automatically reviewed. Students applying after November 1 should not be discouraged since they may qualify for scholarships if funds are still available.
After January 1
Admitted freshmen interested in receiving financial aid should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of their senior year of high school.
February 1
Freshman applicants to the College of Osteopathic Medicine's D.O. Medical Scholars Program must submit an application for admission by February 1.
Four weeks after admission/May 1 for fall students
All admitted students should submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) within four weeks of receiving their admitted student packet. Freshman students starting fall semester must submit their AED no later than the May 1 deadline or their offer of admission may be canceled. After submitting your AED, you may register for housing and select a date for your required Academic Orientation Program (AOP), which fills on a first-come, first-served basis.

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