International application checklist

Admission to Michigan State University is competitive. Interested students should submit Michigan State University’s online application for admission. Decisions are typically made within eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received.

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

Application submission instructions

  • Complete MSU’s application for admission online, including the required personal statement.
  • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee (drawn on U.S. funds) using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or an electronic check.
  • 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.
  • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted) provide proof of English proficiency directly to MSU if your first language is not English. MSU's TOEFL code is 1465. International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores. The SAT code is 1465; the ACT code is 2032.
  • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays. Doing so will delay processing of your application.

Important: Applicants must certify that all documents submitted as part of the application for admission are authentic. Any falsification of academic records through omission or misstatement may result in cancellation of admission and/or other disciplinary action by Michigan State University. Each student is responsible for all information contained in the student’s application for admission even if a consultant is employed in the application process.

Additional requirements for international transfer students

Students who have studied at any college or university after high school graduation MUST apply as a transfer student to Michigan State University. In addition to the application instructions above, all transfer students must meet the university's transfer admission criteria to be considered for admission to Michigan State. Transfer students selecting a limited enrollment major may have additional requirements. International transfer applicants should also submit:

  • A list of college or university courses in progress
  • Descriptions and syllabi for any university course work completed outside of the United States
  • Self-reported academic record with all courses and grades for all postsecondary course work completed in the United States
  • Original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates from all secondary schools and colleges attended outside of the United States in an official, sealed envelope. In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, also provide an official English translation of each document. When applying for fall semester please provide academic records with marks through the fall semester prior to the term of application.
  • Explanation of activities since secondary school graduation if more than one semester has elapsed since graduation
  • Official high school transcripts if fewer than 28 semester credit hours of postsecondary study (approximately one academic year) has been completed


Please arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the MSU Office of Admissions by the CDGDC

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your transcript includes fall semester grades. Do not send a transcript until you have completed your fall semester.

Information regarding student visa

In order to obtain the documents needed to file for a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019), admitted students must show adequate proof of financial support. Upon acceptance, admitted students will be required to upload a signed affidavit of support and bank statement with the name of the account holder in English through your admissions account. Please do not send financial documents in paper form at the time of application.