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Next steps for admitted international students

Congratulations! You applied. You were accepted. Now it’s time to confirm your place.

Please thoroughly review all of the steps listed below and complete them as soon as possible. After being admitted, these steps can also be viewed in your account.

You’re just steps away from being an official Spartan! Here’s your checklist.

Reserve your place

All admitted students who plan to attend Michigan State University for the fall semester should reserve their place in the incoming class as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU. Complete the steps below to reserve your place at MSU.

Complete by May 1

The first step to secure your place in the incoming class is to submit the $250 Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED). Submitting your deposit holds your place in the incoming class and automatically registers you for the required New Student Orientation (NSO). Visit the orientation website for more information on your upcoming orientation. If you have any questions, please contact orientation staff at +1 517-355-8490 or

Deposit deadline
First-year students planning a fall semester enrollment should submit a deposit as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU, but no later than May 1. MSU reserves the right to cancel your admission if you do not submit your deposit by May 1. Any student planning to enroll for either the spring or summer semester should submit the deposit within four weeks from the date of their admission.

Deposit refund
The deposit is refundable up until May 1 for first-year students planning a fall semester enrollment. In order to receive a refund, you must cancel your application in your account by clicking the “cancel application” link, after which MSU will automatically process a refund. Please note that the deposit is nonrefundable for first-year students enrolling for spring and summer semesters, as well as for all transfer students.

Log in to submit your deposit

Complete by May 1

Once you receive an email with your student ID number and Personal Access Number (PAN), you can activate your MSU NetID and email account. After this activation, you will begin receiving communications about New Student Orientation (NSO) and you can complete your housing contract.

Make sure to monitor your MSU email account regularly, as MSU will send important information to this email address.

Complete as soon as possible

If you will be studying in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you will need to upload a scan of your passport and show adequate proof of financial support in order for Michigan State University to issue you the appropriate documents to obtain a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019). Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 from MSU, you will need to apply for a student visa to study in the U.S.

Instructions for obtaining your immigration documents

Sign housing contract by May 15

All first-year students, with a few exceptions, are required to live in on-campus housing for the first four semesters they are enrolled at MSU (summer semester excluded).

In the spring you will receive more housing and dining information, including requirements and deadlines, from MSU Live On. Be sure to regularly check your MSU email address for updates. Visit the MSU Live On website for more information about on-campus housing, the assignment process, and to explore first-year residence halls and neighborhoods.

You can now log in to your My Housing account and sign your housing contract. If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian will need to sign the contract as well. You should submit your deposit and sign your housing contract before the housing preference process begins on May 15.

Complete prior to starting checkpoint 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 starting checkpoint 2 of their New Student Orientation. More information about the checkpoints can be found on the orientation website. 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

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