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 2017 Freshman Profile*

  • Entering class: 8,066
  • High school GPA: 3.5-3.9
  • Composite ACT: 23-28
  • Total SAT: 1,120-1,290
* middle 50 percent of enrolled freshmen