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Novel coronavirus admissions updates

Michigan State University is looking forward to a more typical fall semester, with 85% of undergraduate classes having an in-person component.

  • Classes will be offered in multiple scenarios — in person, hybrid and some still online, especially those that would traditionally fill large lecture halls.
  • We will offer a residence hall experience to first-year students and as many other students as possible while still providing a safe living space.
  • MSU Athletics is planning for fall events with spectators again, although we’ll be following state requirements and guidelines that will be in place at that time regarding attendance.
  • The Wharton Center and Broad Art Museum are planning events this fall.
  • Community-based activities will be permitted in alignment with local and state requirements and guidelines.

In-person events

While most in-person events have been canceled due to the novel coronavirus, MSU is now offering in-person campus visits that include a short presentation for prospective first-year students followed by a guided walking tour. For the safety of our guests and tour guides, all campus visitors must follow the campus visitor guidelines. In addition to in-person campus visits, we also offer virtual event options for prospective freshman and transfer students. You can explore these options and more on our visit page.

Admission information

Please refer to the Together We Will website for the most up-to-date information for students admitted for the 2021 fall semester.

External tests and exams

Test optional
MSU is test optional, which means that prospective students have the opportunity to apply without submitting an ACT or SAT score. The following exceptions will apply but are subject to change:

IB, AP, A-Level
We will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards and other institutions for final documentation of a student's examinations and work. MSU will grant credit, where appropriate, based on the scores we receive from these organizations.

English language tests for international students
Due to cancellations of TOEFL and IELTS tests, MSU will be temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test, the TOEFL iBT Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator tests from applicants affected by these closures who are applying to begin their studies in fall semester 2022. In addition, MSU will be expanding the ability for students to receive provisional admission. If students are able to take a test that meets our regular English language proficiency requirements prior to enrollment, we will update their admission status to regular.

MSU's response to the coronavirus

Visit the Together We Will website for the latest updates and resources for the Spartan community.

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