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International dates and deadlines

Early action (November 1)

If you submit your admission application and all required materials by November 1, you will receive a decision about your admission by January 15 with maximum scholarship consideration. Students who apply for regular or rolling admission will still be considered for any remaining awards/scholarships.

Choosing to apply through early action does not make it easier to gain admission to MSU and the Office of Admissions promises no special privileges to early action candidates in the admissions review, such as giving your application a higher priority or a more lenient review. Early action is simply a way to receive a decision on your application by January 15 and increase your scholarship consideration.

Early action is non-binding, which means that you do not have to attend Michigan State University if you are admitted.

Decision timeline
decision by:
deposit by:
Early action (non-binding) November 1 January 15 May 1
Regular admission February 1 March 31 May 1
Rolling After February 1 Rolling May 1

We must receive your complete application (admission application and all required materials) by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the application submission deadline to be considered for early action or regular admission.

Electronically submitted materials must be received on the application submission deadline, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. You will need to order your ACT or SAT scores well in advance and ensure that we receive those scores by the application submission deadline. However, please note that MSU is test optional, which means that international first-year applicants have the option to apply without submitting an ACT or SAT score.

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 by November 1 to ensure highest consideration. Most students enter in the fall semester. Admission to other semesters may be limited, if available at all.

Deposit deadline (May 1)

All admitted international students should submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU but no later than May 1. First-year students starting fall semester must submit their AED no later than the May 1 deadline or their offer of admission may be canceled.

Submitting your deposit holds your place in the incoming class and automatically registers you for the required New Student Orientation (NSO). Visit the orientation website for more information on NSO. If you have any questions about NSO, please contact orientation staff at +1 517-355-8490 or

Information for sponsored students

A student who receives a financial scholarship from a government, an organization, an institution or a company, which is paid directly to Michigan State University by the sponsor, is considered a sponsored student. Sponsored students or sponsoring agencies who have questions about entry during the spring semester should contact Anip Uppal at with any questions.

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