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

As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit a 200-word personal statement on each of the two designated topics. The statements may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility as well as for scholarship consideration. These are the personal statement topics on the 2018 application for admission:

  1. Describe a difficult or challenging situation you have faced. Briefly state the situation, how you responded and why, would you have done anything differently, did you turn to anyone for help, and if so for advice, consultation, assistance, and/or encouragement?
  2. Briefly describe a situation where you or someone close to you was not treated fairly. What did you do at the time and why, would you do anything differently, has it impacted or changed who you are today?

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.