Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Admission to the University


Admission Application Deadlines

Regular Applicants. The application deadline for undergraduate applications is normally 30 days before the beginning of the semester; however, the deadline is subject to earlier closing without notice, especially for fall semester. In recent years, the number of qualified freshman applicants has exceeded available spaces. Those persons who qualify for admission after having completed the eleventh grade fill the freshman class initially. For fullest consideration, apply as early as possible during senior year of high school.

If a person submits an application for admission to an undergraduate program at Michigan State University for a specific semester, and is accepted but does not enroll for that semester, the application may be reactivated within a period of one year subject to the deadline for filing applications for admission and a new application review will be conducted.  If, after one year, the person still has not enrolled at Michigan State, a new application for admission must be submitted.


Application Procedure for High School Seniors

Admission to Michigan State University is open to all candidates on the basis of academic preparation and ability, and the availability of space in the desired academic program, and without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age, or (in the case of U.S. citizens) financial need.

If you are a high school senior applying for entrance as a freshman, you should:

  1. Apply online at www.admissions.msu.edu
    1. Complete the online application including your personal statement.  The application fee is required at the time you submit the online application.  Payment must be made using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express, or by using an online check. Refer to Costs in the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section of this catalog. Application fee waivers are available online or from your high school for eligible students. International applicants are not eligible for application fee waivers.
    2. Submit your personal statement electronically in your application for admission. You should only answer one question.
    3. Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to Michigan State University by the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465.

Application Procedure for Transfer Students

If you have had some college-level work after high school graduation and are applying as a transfer student, you should:

  1. Apply online at www.admissions.msu.edu.
    1. Complete the online application including your personal statement.  The application fee is required at the time you submit the online application.  Payment must be made using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express, or by using an online check. Refer to Costs in the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section of this catalog. Application fee waivers are available online for eligible students. International applicants are not eligible for application fee waivers.
    2. After your application is received and entities attended verified, you will be asked to self-report your academic record for all U.S. institutions of higher education for admission consideration. Do not self-report course work for international institutions. Sealed official paper transcripts from all international institutions must be submitted.
      1. Upon admission, all transfer students are required to provide current, official transcripts from all institutions attended.
      2. Applicants who have accumulated fewer than 28 transferable credits must also submit an official high school transcript and standardized test scores.