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Once you’re ready to apply, this is where it all begins.

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 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 $75 application fee is required to officially submit your application for admission.

English language tests impacted by the novel coronavirus

Due to cancellations of TOEFL and IELTS tests, MSU will be temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator tests from applicants affected by these closures who are applying to begin their studies in fall semester 2021. In addition, MSU will be expanding the ability for students to receive provisional admission. If students are able to take a test that meets ourregular admission standards prior to enrollment, we will update their admission status to regular.

For more information about Michigan State University's response to the coronavirus, please visit the MSU together we will website.

Submit an application

The fall 2021 application opened August 1, 2020. Prospective international freshman students should submit an online application as soon as possible in their senior year of high school and by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. If you prefer, MSU also has an application available on the Coalition Application and Common ApplicationSelect the option that is right for you, but only submit one application for admission. MSU has no preference for which application you submit.

Start your application


As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit one essay (minimum 250 words, maximum 650 words) from the list of prompts. The essay may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility as well as for scholarship consideration. Essay prompts for the 2021 application for admission:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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. 

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 through an electronic delivery service such as Parchment/Docufide, Naviance, or E Scrip-Safe or in an official, sealed envelope addressed to the Office of Admissions.

In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, an official English translation of each document must be provided.

To view more detailed requirements by country, see our international transcript requirements.

Documents submitted to MSU as part of the application process will NOT be returned.