How you apply

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

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 application fee (or application fee waiver if you are eligible) is required to officially submit your application for admission.

Transfer Applicants

The application for admission to fall semester 2018 for transfer applicants will open on November 15, 2017.

The amount of interest has far exceeded the amount of space available for transfer students in recent years. As such, there may be semesters for which prospective transfer students are unable to submit an application for admission. 

Start an application now.

Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is part of Michigan State's undergraduate application for admission. As part of the application, each applicant is required to submit a short essay of up to 400 words from a list of designated topics. This statement may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility, as well as for scholarship consideration. Personal Statement topics on the 2017 application for admission are:

  1. Michigan State University recognizes that an assortment of interests, viewpoints, and life experiences are important in student learning and enhance the university community. Describe an experience, passion, or characteristic that illustrates what you would contribute to the MSU community and how this will add to the overall richness of campus life.

  2. Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

Send your test scores

All transfer applicants with less than 28 semester credits must submit testing scores from either ACT or SAT. Writing scores are recommended, but not required. Test scores must be sent directly to MSU from the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465.

Michigan State considers the highest combined SAT or composite ACT score on file. There is no disadvantage in sending multiple test scores to the Office of Admissions since the lower test scores are disregarded. MSU does not combine subscores from different sittings of the SAT or ACT to make a "best" combined or composite score.

Send your transcripts

All transfer applicants with less than 28 semester credits must submit official high school transcript(s) sent electronically to MSU by your high school through an electronic delivery service such as Docufide, Naviance, or E Scrip-Safe. If your school does not have access to these services they may send official hard-copy documents via mail to the Office of Admissions.