Early/middle college applicants

MSU welcomes applications from students participating in early/middle college programs. An early middle/college applicant should apply as a freshman if they plan to attend MSU immediately after receiving a high school diploma. This includes students who complete a high school diploma at the same time as an associate’s degree.

If you are a dual enrollment student, visit our dual enrollment page for information about transferring credit to MSU.


Admission criteria

MSU reviews early/middle college applicants using the same admission criteria used for freshmen applicants.


Selecting your major

Early/middle college applicants planning to transfer 42 or more completed credits to MSU must select a major; the majors of exploratory preference, pre-medical, pre-nursing, pre-optometry and pre-veterinary cannot be chosen.

Many majors at MSU have additional admission requirements. Applicants to these programs should review these requirements carefully before applying.


Transferring credits

Students are encouraged to use the Transfer MSU searchable transfer credit equivalency system to identify courses that may transfer to MSU.

Early/middle college students who have completed college coursework must submit an official college transcript for credit consideration. To receive transfer credit, official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824-2604


Cost and aid

While early/middle college students are considered freshmen, their class standing may be changed by the credits they transfer in. This can affect tuition and financial aid.

MSU classifies students in the following levels based on the number of credit hours earned:

  • Freshman: 0 through 27
  • Sophomore: 28 through 55
  • Junior: 56 through 87
  • Senior: 88 or more

MSU bases tuition and fees each semester on a student’s level, class, residency status, and number of credits carried. See MSU’s Cost Calculator to estimate your total costs at MSU.


Scholarship eligibility

Early/middle college students are eligible for MSU’s freshman scholarships. MSU bases scholarship eligibility on grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores or similar criteria.