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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 limited capacity in-person walking tours. For the safety of our guests and tour guides, all campus visitors must abide by the MSU Community Compact. At this time, we are unable to show any indoor facilities during our campus tour. In addition to in-person walking tours, we also offer virtual event options for prospective, admitted and transfer students. You can explore these options and more on our visit page.


Admission information


Health and safety

With vaccinations continuing to progress, we are optimistic that we can begin to safely transition during the summer and move toward more in-person experiences in the fall — all while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

We expect that routine mitigation testing and other public health policies will continue at some level in the fall, and all of us will need to adhere to these policies and continue to engage in the actions and behaviors that will keep us all safe and healthy.

Students that are uncomfortable coming to MSU for health and safety reasons and would prefer to live at home while attending classes for the fall 2021 semester should request a housing exception.


Deferring to future semesters

Students admitted to fall 2021 who would now like to defer to a future semester should contact their counselor to request this change.

Students who would like to begin in spring 2022

  • Students who defer to spring 2022 will be treated as first-year students and will also maintain any first-year scholarships previously awarded by MSU.
  • Scholarships from outside of MSU will be returned to the scholarship provider, along with an explanation for the return of funds.

Students who would like to begin in fall 2022

  • Students who defer to fall 2022 will be treated as first-year students if they did not take any course work during the deferral period, and they will also be eligible to compete for first-year scholarships.
  • If you did take courses during the deferral period, you will be treated as a transfer student and your application will be reviewed again with the transfer applicant pool for the fall semester. You must have your final, official transcript from the school sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as your spring grades are posted. 

Transcripts and grades review

School closures will likely make it harder for you to obtain your academic documents this spring. We will not require official, final documents until you arrive in the fall.

We also know that virtual schooling could influence your GPA. To confirm your admission, we will use your final academic information during our senior grade review and have flexibility with courses that do not have traditional letter grades.


Transferring credit

You can receive transfer credit (meaning the university will accept the course) for courses taken during the spring term of 2021 at another institution if there is a grade of S in a S/NS grade system, or a minimum of a 1.0 GPA if the transfer course uses a numerical grading system.


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 2021. 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.



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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