Novel coronavirus admissions updates

Michigan State University is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus. Due to its impact, MSU has implemented the following changes and accommodations to facilitate the admissions process and protect the health of our students.

Our admissions counselors are here for you and ready to answer any questions you may have. To identify and connect with your admissions counselor, please visit the Office of Admissions counselor contact page.


Admitted students

  • Deposit deadline — Freshman students planning a fall semester enrollment should submit a deposit as soon as possible, or no later than May 1. If needed, freshman students must request a deposit extension by May 1 by logging into their account and selecting the extension request box. Please note: any student who is granted an extension will need to submit their deposit by June 1.
    • International students are strongly encouraged to deposit as soon as possible in order to allow sufficient time for the student visa process.
    • Transfer and graduate students should adhere to the deadline listed on their letter of admission.

  • Orientation — New Student Orientation (NSO) programs have transitioned to online for all students enrolling in fall 2020. Make sure that you still sign up for an orientation date on your accountso you can complete enrollment with your adviser. Check out the FAQ page for more information!

  • Financial assistance —We understand that your family finances may have been impacted by the current economic situation. If there has been a change to your family's financial status since you completed the FAFSA, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can complete the Special Condition Application (SCA)and submit documentation to confirm a change in funding.

  • Fall semester arrival — After much planning and careful consideration, the decision has been made that Michigan State University will be open for in-person instruction on September 2, 2020. We plan to end all in-person instruction on Wednesday, November 25, with remaining instruction, study sessions and final examinations moving remotely for the remaining three weeks of the semester. Students will have the option of returning to their permanent residences for the Thanksgiving holiday and not returning to campus, or they may choose to remain on campus until the semester ends. This plan is designed to address epidemiologic models that suggest a potential resurgence in coronavirus cases in December and to also give students the opportunity to return to their permanent residences before peak influenza season if they so choose.
    • International students and U.S. students overseasadmitted for fall 2020 are encouraged to deposit and try to come to campus in August as planned. If you are not able to arrive due to coronavirus, MSU will work closely with you and offer selected online course enrollment in the fall so you can begin your Spartan career from your home country. 
    • Defer to spring semester (and start in January 2021): If you instead wish to begin your studies in the spring semester, you have the option to defer your fall semester by contacting your admissions counselor. You do not need to complete a new application, and any scholarships awarded will be honored beginning in spring 2021. Housing will be flexible with student contracts if you defer your start date to spring term.
    • Defer to fall 2021 (and start in August 2021): If you are considering deferring the start of your college career to next fall, we strongly encourage you to contact your admissions counselor to discuss your plans. Students who defer to fall 2021 will not be required to reapply, but availability of scholarships and additional admissions requirements will vary depending on your plan.
  • Transcripts and grades review — School closures will likely make it harder for you to obtain your academic documents this spring. We will not require official, final documents until you arrive in the fall.
    • We also know that virtual schooling could influence your GPA. To confirm your admission, we will use your final academic information during our senior grade review and have flexibility with courses that do not have traditional letter grades.

  • Transferring credit — You can receive transfer credit (meaning the university will accept the course) for courses taken during the spring term of 2020 at another institution if there is a grade of S in a S/NS grade system, or a minimum of a 1.0 if the transfer course uses a numerical grading system.

  • External tests and exams — 
    • IB, AP, A-Level: We will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards and other institutions for final documentation of a student's examinations and work. MSU will grant credit, where appropriate, based on the scores we receive from these organizations.
    • English language tests for international students: Due to cancellations of TOEFL and IELTS tests, MSU will be temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test from applicants affected by these closures for students applying to begin their studies in summer or fall semesters 2020. In addition, MSU will be expanding the ability for students to receive provisional admission. If students are able to take a test that meets ourregular admission standards prior to enrollment, we will update their admission status to regular.
       
  • In-person events— MSU has canceled all in-person admissions events through August 28, 2020. If you're interested in seeing campus, we invite you to check out ourvisit page, which has some great resources to explore — including virtual campus experiences and ourYouTube playlist with video tours and campus highlights.

Please visit the Office of Admissions counselor contact page to connect with your counselor.


Prospective students

  • Application deadlines — Our fall 2021 freshman application will open on August 1, 2020.

  • External tests and exams — 
    • ACT or SAT: Freshman applicants for the fall 2021 semester will have the option to go through the admissions application review without submitting an ACT or SAT score. The following exceptions will apply but are subject to change:
      • Students who would like to receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships will be required to submit a standardized test score.
      • Home-schooled students and student athletes subject to NCAA eligibility standards will be required to submit a standardized test score.
      • Note: International students are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score, but must still meet English language proficiency requirements.
    • IB, AP, A-Level: We will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards and other institutions for final documentation of a student's examinations and work. MSU will grant credit, where appropriate, based on the scores we receive from these organizations.
    • English language tests for international students: Due to cancellations of TOEFL and IELTS tests, MSU will be temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test from applicants affected by these closures for students applying to begin their studies in summer or fall semesters 2020. In addition, MSU will be expanding the ability for students to receive provisional admission. If students are able to take a test that meets ourregular admission standards prior to enrollment, we will update their admission status to regular.

  • In-person events— MSU has canceled all in-person admissions events through August 28, 2020. If you're interested in seeing campus, we invite you to check out ourvisit page, which has some great resources to explore — including virtual campus experiences and ourYouTube playlist with video tours and campus highlights.

Please visit the Office of Admissions counselor contact page to connect with your counselor.