Once you’re ready to apply, this is where it all begins.
Online applicants create a password and are issued an applicant ID. This enables you to save your application and submit it when you are ready. The application fee (or application fee waiver if you are eligible) is required to officially submit your application for admission.
Submit an application
The fall 2017 application opened on August 15, 2016. Prospective freshman students should submit an online application as soon as possible in their senior year of high school and by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.
Start your application now.
As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit a personal statement of up to 400 words on one of two designated topics. This statement may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility as well as for scholarship consideration. These are the personal statement topics on the 2017 application for admission:
Michigan State University recognizes that an assortment of interests, viewpoints, and life experiences are important in student learning and enhance the university community. Describe an experience, passion, or characteristic that illustrates what you would contribute to the MSU community and how this will add to the overall richness of campus life.
Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
Send your test scores
All freshman applicants must submit testing scores from either ACT or SAT. The writing portion is recommended, but not required. Test scores must be sent directly to MSU from the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465.
Michigan State considers the highest total SAT or composite ACT score on file. There is no disadvantage in sending multiple test scores to the Office of Admissions since the lower test scores are disregarded. MSU does not combine subscores from different sittings of the SAT or ACT to make a "best" total or composite score.
Send your transcripts
Have your official high school transcript(s) sent electronically to MSU by your high school through an electronic delivery service such as Docufide, Naviance or E Scrip-Safe. Schools that do not have access to these services may send official paper documents via U.S. mail to the Office of Admissions.