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Prepare to enroll

After you have reserved your place, you must prepare for enrollment by completing the items below that pertain to your specific admission situation.

Some of the items — such as completing placement exams and submitting immunization forms — are required and need to be completed prior to orientation. Other items — such as registering with disability services at MSU — are optional or only for specific situations. To prepare for enrollment at MSU, thoroughly review the information at each of the links below.

Complete by May 5

Complete the Directed Self Placement Assessment for Writing by May 5. This self placement is designed for students who do not have ACT/SAT scores to guide them into the appropriate first-year writing course. However, even if you have taken the ACT or SAT, it is still recommended that you take the self placement assessment for writing to prepare you for what to expect in your first-year writing experience. For more information on the Directed Self Placement Assessment for Writing, visit the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures website.

Complete by May 5

Most incoming international first-year students are required to take the online Math Placement Assessment by May 5. Some students may be exempt based on SAT math and/or ACT math test scores. You may complete this form to find out if you are required to complete the Math Placement Assessment. 

Students seeking to improve their score may retake the assessment a second or third time with a four-week waiting period between assessments — they are also welcome to take the proctored assessment at orientation if they want to attempt to improve their score. Students may not take the Math Placement Assessment after attending orientation.

Complete prior to phase 2 of your New Student Orientation

All international first-year students who self-reported a test score that they are using to meet the English language proficiency requirement must submit official test scores prior to the start of their New Students Orientation. Test scores, including ACT or SAT scores, should be sent directly to MSU by the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT and TOEFL code is 1465. For more information about having ACT/SAT scores sent to MSU, visit ACT or SAT online.

Complete by mid-July

Before attending Michigan State University, all incoming first-year students must submit all final, official transcripts to MSU as soon as possible, but no later than mid-July.

Instructions for sending final transcripts

Complete by early August

Incoming international students should upload a photo to be used on their student ID card, known as the Spartan Card. This should be done by early August.

Complete at least two weeks prior to the start of your orientation

If you have a disability that substantially limits a life activity and would like to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in MSU programs, you should register with RCPD. Self-identification is voluntary and confidential.

Should you require special accommodations during your New Student Orientation (NSO), requests should be made by contacting the RCPD at least two weeks prior to the start of your orientation.

To expedite the accommodation process, please let the RCPD know if you have a physical, sensory, cognitive or psychological disability via secure and confidential web registration. You will need to have activated your MSU NetID in order to register. If you encounter problems registering online, call 517-884-RCPD. Once your request is received, an RCPD specialist will contact you to schedule a confidential assessment of your needs.

Complete by May 5

Michigan State University requires all incoming undergraduate students to complete an Immunization Self-Report by May 5. Failure to complete this form may affect your ability to attend MSU. In order to submit the Immunization Self-Report, you will need to have activated your MSU NetID and password.

If you will be under 18 years of age when you begin attending Michigan State University, you must also have a parent or guardian sign the Consent Form for Medical Treatment of Students Under Age 18. This allows for treatment at Olin Health Center or by the MSU Health Team.


To ensure that international students have sufficient health insurance to cover the cost of health care in the U.S., all newly admitted international students are automatically enrolled in the MSU student health insurance plan. Most international students do not have the option to waive the MSU health insurance.

Other than remaining outside the U.S., there are only a few other circumstances in which international students are allowed to waive the MSU health insurance. The full waiver eligibility criteria and instructions on how to submit an insurance waiver can be found on the MSU HR website.

The cost of the student health insurance plan will be assessed at the time of enrollment in courses for each semester. To help estimate the cost, the MSU Human Resources website lists current student health insurance rates.


For security purposes, students are cautioned never to share their MSU NetID and password with anyone. However, we realize that some students may want the option to easily share information in their Student Information System account with parents, guardians or spouses. For this purpose, students can create guest accounts and grant guests access to view and pay their bill, view financial aid information, view IRS 1098-T data and view MSU charges and credits.

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