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First-year dates and deadlines

Early action (Nov. 1)

Early action simply means that you have submitted your application and all required materials by Nov. 1 and that you selected the early action application option when you applied. If you take these steps, you will receive a decision about your admission by Jan. 15 with automatic maximum scholarship consideration. Students who apply for regular or rolling admission will still be automatically considered for any remaining awards/scholarships.

Choosing to apply by Nov. 1 does not make it easier to gain admission to MSU and the Office of Admissions promises no special privileges to early action candidates in the admissions review, such as giving your application a higher priority or a more lenient review. Applying by the early action deadline is simply a way to receive a decision on your application by Jan. 15 and increase your scholarship consideration.

Early action is non-binding, which means that you do not have to attend Michigan State University if you are admitted.

Decision timeline

decision by:
deposit by:
Early action (non-binding) Nov. 1 Jan. 15 May 1
Regular admission Feb. 1 March 31 May 1
Rolling After Feb. 1 Rolling May 1

We must receive your complete application (admission application and all required materials) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the application submission deadline to be considered for early action or regular admission.

Electronically submitted materials must be received on the application submission deadline, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. You will need to order your ACT or SAT scores well in advance and ensure that we receive those scores by the application submission deadline. However, please note that MSU is test optional, which means that first-year applicants have the option to apply without submitting an ACT or SAT score.

Michigan State University continues to accept undergraduate applications as long as space is still available. However, the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years, so students should apply by November 1 to ensure highest consideration. Most students enter in the fall semester. Admission to other semesters may be limited, if available at all.

Deposit deadline (May 1 - extended to June 1, 2024)

Due to the nationwide impact on students and families from delays in the U.S. Department of Education processing financial aid (FAFSA) applications, MSU has extended our deposit and refund deadline for domestic first-year students from May 1 to June 1, 2024.

All admitted students should submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU but no later than June 1. First-year students starting fall semester must submit their AED no later than the June 1 deadline or their offer of admission may be canceled. 

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 NSO. If you have any questions about NSO, please contact orientation staff at +1 517-355-8490 or

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