Freshman admission criteria

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:

  • Academic performance in high school
  • Strength and quality of curriculum
  • Recent trends in academic performance
  • Class rank
  • Standardized test results
  • English language proficiency for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose first language is not English
  • Leadership, talents, conduct and diversity of experience

Fall 2015 freshman profile*

  • Entering class: 7,929
  • High school GPA: 3.4 -3.9
  • Composite ACT: 24-28
  • Composite SAT (Critical Reading and Math): 1040-1210 (old SAT format)

* middle 50 percent of enrolled freshmen