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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 $65 application fee (or application fee waiver, if you are eligible) is required to officially submit your application for admission.


Submit an application

The fall 2021 application opened August 1, 2020. 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. If you prefer, MSU also has an application available on the Coalition Application and Common ApplicationSelect the option that is right for you, but only submit one application for admission. MSU has no preference regarding which application you submit.

Start your application

Essay

As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit one essay (minimum 250 words, maximum 650 words) from the list of prompts. The essay may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility, as well as for scholarship consideration.

Here are the essay prompts for the 2021 application for admission:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma  anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Send your transcripts

Please have your official high school transcript(s) sent electronically to MSU by your high school through an electronic delivery service such as Parchment, Coalition App, Common App, Naviance, eScrip-Safe or SPEEDE/National Student Clearing House. Schools that do not have access to these services may send official paper documents via U.S. mail to the Office of Admissions.