Transfer Application Instructions

Admission to Michigan State University is competitive. Interested students should submit an online application for admission. Michigan State uses rolling admission for transfer students. Decisions are typically made approximately 12 weeks after all application materials are received. For maximum admission and scholarship consideration, you are advised to apply six months prior to your desired semester of enrollment. International students applying for Fall Semester admission are encouraged to apply during the fall of the prior year for maximum consideration. Certain limited enrollment majors have additional admission requirements and deadlines.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Complete the application for admission online
  • Prepare your required personal statement.
  • Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or an electronic check (online applications only).
  • Have transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended sent directly to MSU. Official transcripts should be mailed to:
  • Office of Admissions
  • Michigan State University
  • Hannah Administration Bldg.
  • 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-2604
  • If you have completed fewer than 28 semester credits, submit official final high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465.
  • International transfer applicants should also view the International Application Instructions
  • MSU does NOT require letters of recommendation as part of the application for admission.

Transfer Admission Criteria

Admission as a transfer student is based on consistent academic performance, including all grades, courses, and attempts at all previously attended institutions. Learn more about the specific criteria used in determining a transfer student's admissibility

Application Validity

Applications are valid for one year beyond the semester of submission. It is not necessary to submit a new application form or application fee during this period. To be considered for an alternate semester, contact the Office of Admissions before the application expires. Students should also provide an up-to-date transcript, a list of current courses, and a list of other activities (such as employment) occuring between the application submission date and start of desired semester of enrollment.

Self-Reported Grades

Transfer applicants whose past, current, and future courses have all been completed, or will be completed, at U.S.-based institutions can utilize the self-reported grade system in their "Be a Spartan" online student portal. Learn more about MSU's self-reported grade system.

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