Dates and deadlines

Early action (November 1)

Early action simply means that you have submitted your application and all required materials by November 1. If you do this, you will receive a decision about your admission by January 15 with maximum scholarship consideration. Students who apply for regular or rolling admission will still be considered for any remaining awards/scholarships.

Choosing to apply by November 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 January 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

Early action
Regular admission
Application submission deadline
November 1
(maximum scholarship
February 1
February 1
Admission decision by:
January 15
March 31
Accept offer by:
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 currently test optional.

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)

All admitted students should submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU but no later than May 1. Freshman students starting fall semester must submit their AED no later than the May 1 deadline or their offer of admission may be canceled. After submitting their AED, students may register for housing and select a date to attend the required New Student Orientation (NSO) program which fills on a first-come, first-served basis.