Freshman admission standards

Admission to Michigan State University is competitive, but there are no minimum requirements. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. Students also are advised to apply early.

Freshman admission is based on:

  • Your academic performance in high school
  • The strength and quality of your curriculum
  • Recent trends in your academic performance
  • Your class rank
  • Your ACT or SAT results
  • Your leadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experience

Fall 2016 Freshman Profile*

  • Entering class: 7,911
  • High school GPA: 3.5 -3.9
  • Composite ACT: 24-29
  • Total SAT (New 1600 SAT): 1150-1330

* middle 50 percent of enrolled freshmen


High School Preparation

MSU recommends that students include a majority of core academic courses in their schedules each semester throughout high school, including three such courses each semester during their senior year. In addition, MSU encourages students to select honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses when possible.

Any student considering attending Michigan State as a freshman should pursue a strong college preparatory curriculum. At a minimum this includes:

  • Four years of English (composition and literature)
  • Three years of mathematics (two years of algebra, one year of geometry)
  • Three years of social studies (history, anthropology, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology or sociology)
  • Two years of science (biology, chemistry, physics or earth science)
  • Two years of a single foreign language

Applications showing a lack in one of these areas will still be considered; however, a less rigorous curriculum will put these applications at a disadvantage.

Detailed suggestions for students in grades eight through 11 are available in MSU's College Planning Guide