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Transfer dates and deadlines

Please carefully review the information below regarding important dates and deadlines for transfer students. Deadlines vary based on which semester you plan to start, so keep this in mind when reviewing the decision timeline.


Application opens in August

The Michigan State University transfer application opens in August each year. Prospective transfer students can submit their completed applications up until the application deadlines listed below (deadlines vary by semester). Due to several factors — including space available in the entering class — you may not be able to apply for spring or summer semesters.


Decision timeline

Please refer to the table below that corresponds to your planned start term. For more details, see the deadline details.

Fall semester (September start) 

Application
deadline:
Admissions
decision by:
Transcript
deadline for
scholarships:
Submit
deposit by:
Priority  March 1
Final  May 1
8-12 weeks after
all documents are
submitted
May 31 4 weeks from admission
recommended, but
No later than June 1

 

Spring semester (January start)

The ability to apply for spring semesters is dependent on factors like space available in the entering class — it may not always be possible to apply for spring. MSU is no longer accepting applications for spring 2023.

Application
deadline:
Admissions
decision by:
Transcript
deadline for
scholarships:
Submit
deposit by:
Priority  Oct. 1
Final  Oct. 15
8-12 weeks after
all documents are
submitted
Dec. 31 4 weeks from admission
recommended, but
No later than Dec. 1

 

Summer semester (May start)

The ability to apply for summer semesters is dependent on factors like space available in the entering class — it may not always be possible to apply for summer.

Application
deadline:
Admissions
decision by:
Transcript
deadline for
scholarships:
Submit
deposit by:
Priority  Feb. 15
Final  March 1
8-12 weeks after
all documents are
submitted
Scholarships
not available
for summer
4 weeks from admission
recommended, but
No later than April 15


*Note: 
The ability to apply for spring and summer semesters is dependent on factors like space available in the entering class — it may not always be possible to apply for these semesters.


Deadline details

MSU must receive your complete application (admission application and all required materials) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the application deadline date.

Priority deadline
Applying by the priority deadline is strongly recommended because it guarantees you will receive an admission decision in time to enroll for your desired start term. It also ensures maximum scholarship consideration for fall and spring applicants. Applying by the priority deadline does not make it easier to gain admission to MSU.

Final deadline
If you miss the priority deadline, you can still apply until the final application deadline. However, we cannot guarantee you will receive an admission decision in time to enroll for your desired start term. This is because MSU uses rolling admissions, meaning we will continue to accept transfer applications as long as space is still available, up until the final application deadline. Please note that application may close prior to the final deadline if the number of applications exceeds the anticipated number of spaces available for any given semester.

Admission decisions for undergraduate transfer applicants are typically made eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received.

A complete application includes the following:
1. t
he application for admission
2. a
ny official college or post-secondary transcripts
3. any o
fficial credit by exam scores deemed transferrable

An initial admissions decision may be a "withhold" decision. In this case you will be asked to provide additional information to the Office of Admissions. Please send any additional information requested as soon as possible — any delay in receiving this information may affect the timing of your admissions decision.

Final transcripts for any course work completed prior to enrolling at MSU must be sent before the start of the semester. In order to remain eligible for scholarship consideration, your most current transcripts must be received by the deadline noted in the decision timeline section above.

Michigan State recommends submitting your deposit within four weeks of your admission and no later than the deposit deadline listed in the decision timeline above. Deposits made after four weeks from the offer of admission will be accepted through the deposit deadline, although this is dependent on the remaining space available. If you are accepted after the deposit deadline, you must submit your deposit within two weeks. Failure to meet the deadline may result in the cancellation of your admission.

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 nso@msu.edu.

Note:
The deposit for transfer students is nonrefundable.


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