Once you’re ready to apply, this is where it all begins.
Michigan State University uses rolling admission and 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 early to ensure highest consideration. Most students enter in the fall semester. Admission to other semesters may be limited, if available at all.
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 application fee (or application fee waiver if you are eligible) is required to officially submit your application for admission.
Submit an application
The fall 2017 application opened August 15, 2016. Prospective students should submit an online application as soon as possible during the fall of the prior year for maximum consideration.
Start your application now.
As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit a personal statement of up to 400 words on one of two designated topics. This statement may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility, as well as for scholarship consideration. These are the personal statement topics on the 2017 application for admission:
- Michigan State University recognizes that an assortment of interests, viewpoints and life experiences are important in student learning and enhance the university community. Describe an experience, passion or characteristic that illustrates what you would contribute to the MSU community and how this will add to the overall richness of campus life.
- Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
Send your test scores
Standardized test requirements
International applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. MSU requires proof of English proficiency even if language of instruction in the student’s school is in English. Michigan State University accepts TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB tests. Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.
Although an ACT or SAT exam is not required for international undergraduate admission, MSU strongly encourages students to submit one of these exam scores if possible. In many cases, ACT English or SAT critical reading scores will meet the English proficiency requirement. Further, MSU uses ACT and SAT scores in course placement and consideration for Honors College eligibility. Students with an ACT and SAT score may receive higher consideration for scholarship as well.
MSU's TOEFL and SAT code is 1465; the ACT code is 2032.
Send your transcripts
Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, an official English translation of each document must be provided.
Documents submitted to MSU as part of the application process will NOT be returned.