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 2015 Freshman Profile*

  • Entering class: 7,929
  • High school GPA: 3.4 -3.9
  • Composite ACT: 23-28
  • Total SAT (Critical Reading and Math): 1040-1210 (old SAT format)

* middle 50 percent of enrolled freshmen