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 is closed. The application for fall semester 2019 will open in November 2018.

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. 

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Essay

As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit one essay (minimum 250 words, maximum 650 words) from the list of prompts. The essay may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility as well as for scholarship consideration. Essay prompts for the 2019 application for admission:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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.