Timeline for Admission

Please note: Michigan State University uses rolling admission, but the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years. Depending on several factors -- including space available in the entering class -- it may not be possible to submit an application for certain semesters.

Admission decisions for undergraduate applicants are typically made eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received. A complete application includes the application for admission as well as official transctips and standardized test scores. An initial admissions decision may be a "withhold" decision, in which a student is asked to provide more information to the Office of Admissions.

High School Students

For maximum scholarship consideration, seniors should apply by November 1. (Students applying after November 1 may qualify for scholarships if funds are still available.)

Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to their desired semester of enrollment.

International Undergraduate Students

International students applying for Fall Semester admission are encouraged to apply as soon as possible during their last academic year of secondary school.

Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students should visit the The Graduate School website for more information about programs and the application process.

More Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1

Scholarship awarding begins November 1. All admitted students are automatically reviewed. Students applying after November 1 may also qualify for scholarships as funds are available.

After January 1

Freshman applicants interested in receiving financial aid should submit the 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 admission decision. 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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