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    Michigan State University 2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Content Curator | Updated on - Jun 4, 2021

    Michigan State University admissions are slightly selective, with an acceptance rate of 71% in fal of 2020. Michigan State University invites admissions on a rolling basis (space availability) after the priority deadlines for undergraduate programs. Graduate admissions have program-specific deadlines. A total of 45,426 students applied for admissions in 2020, out of which, 31,468 students were offered admission. Currently, 49,809 (39,176 undergraduate) students are enrolled in the university.

    Programs offered by Michigan State University include over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs, and more than 275 education abroad programs. It also offers a number of off-campus and online certificates and degree courses to people across the globe who wish to benefit from the higher education of America. It has over 17-degree granting colleges offering programs in Applied Health Science, Architecture, Design, and Arts, Business Administration, Dentistry, Engineering, Education, and more.

    • It is a Test-Optional Institute. Undergraduate applicants may or may not choose to submit SAT/ACT scores.
    • Graduate programs may require GMAT/GRE scores.
    • Admitted applicants in the last admission cycle had the following profile (middle 50% of fall 2020 entering class):
      • High School GPA: 3.5-4.0;
      • SAT combined score (Math and Critical Reading): 1110-1280;
      • ACT composite score: 23-29
    • International applicants must submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent)
    • The university has 30+ internationally-focused centers of education and 65% of MSU’s graduates are employed in Michigan after graduation.


    Application Portal UG- Common Application/ Coalition Application PG- Through the official website
    Application Fee 75 USD
    Acceptance Rate 72%
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard and Credit Card
    SAT score range 1130-1310
    ACT score range 23-29
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Interview Requirements Depends on course requirements
    Work Experience Highly recommended for MBA aspirants
    Financial Aid Available for international students
    International Admissions MSU Admissions

    Michigan State University Important Dates and Deadlines

    Michigan State University early action deadline is a nonabiding deadline i.e admitted candidates must not be attending the university early. Most admissions take place in the fall semester, candidates must apply by November 1 for maximum considerations.

    Deadline Early Admission  Regular Admission Rolling
    Application submission  November 1 
    (maximum scholarships considerations)
    February 1 After February 1
    Admission decision by  January 15 March 31 Rolling
    Accept offer by May 1 May 1 May1 

    Graduate programs have different deadlines. Candidates applying for regular and rolling admissions will be considered for remaining scholarships and financial aids.

    Michigan State University International Admissions

    All international students must meet the english language and financial requirements stated by Michigan State University.

    English Language Requirements

    Test  Regular admission scores Regular admission scores
    TOEFL IBT- 79 with no subscore below 17
    PBT- 550 with no subscore below 52
    PBT- 550 no subscore below 52 iBT- no subscore below 19 for reading,listening and speaking
    IELTS 6.5 or higher Minimum score of 6.5 no subscore below 6.0
    SAT critical reading 480 evidence-based reading
    510 writing score
    ACT Exam Subscore of 18 or higher  -
    Michigan State University English Language Test (MSUELT) At Least 80 with no subscore below 80 Minimum score of 83, no subscore below 80
    PTE A A minimum score of 53  Minimum overall score of 53 with no subscore below 51

    Visa Requirements

    Once offered admission, international students must obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa in order to study at Michigan State University. Following documents must be prepared for visa application:

    • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019(for J-1)
    • Passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • SEVIS fee receipt
    • Visa application fee
    • Visa application form
    • Photos

    The visa documents will be issued by the university once they have verified an applicant’s financial documents.

    Michigan State University Country Specific Requirements

    Along with the basic admission application requirements, Michigan State University requires certain specific documents from different countries depending on their education system. Below mentioned are some South-Asian countries with specific requirements:

    Country Admission Requirement
    India Official attested copy of 10th & 12th board results along with English Proficiency Test Scores.
    China Official transcripts of upper middle school in both Chinese and English in a sealed stamped envelope and/or if diploma in both Chinese and English in a sealed stamped envelope along with English Proficiency Test Scores.
    South Korea Certified copies of transcripts of 10, 11, 12 grades along with English Proficiency Test Scores.
    Indonesia Certified copies of transcripts of 10, 11, 12 exams (STTB/SMA) along with English Proficiency Test Scores.
    Malaysia Certified copies of all available lower and upper secondary school external examinations, such as those related to SPM and STPM and should submit all academic records from any additional schooling (B, A-Levels, STPM, AP, and American degree transfer programs) along with English Proficiency Test Scores. Candidates must have additional schooling beyond SPM (or equivalent) to be considered for freshman admission to Michigan State University.

    Michigan State University Undergraduate Admissions 

    Undergraduate programs at Michigan State University are offered in 200 subjects to students coming both from and out the US.

    How-to-apply – Candidates can apply directly using the official website. Applications through Common Application and Coalition Application are also widely accepted at the university.

    Application fee- 75 USD

    Admission Requirements- Essays, Standardized test requirements, official transcripts, English language requirement test scores and personal transcripts.

    Michigan State University International Graduate Admissions 

    Graduate programs at Michigan State Universty have a decentralized admission process, that is, applicants should contact their respective departments to be sure of their requirements and deadlines. With so many graduate programs to choose from, the university allows applicants to submit two applications for different majors in the same semester. Since the admission process is decentralized students are recommended to contact the department before applying.

    How – to – apply - Candidates should apply directly through the official website of the Graduate School website.

    Application Fee- 75 US

    Admission Requirements- Financial proof through Affidavit of Support and Information, official transcripts (if non english, must be translated to english), scores of standardized  exams required for US, VISA information, and documents as per the program’s requirements

    Program Deadline Application Fee Academic Requirements
    MBA Round 1: Nov 10
    Round 2: Jan 5
    Round 3: Mar 1
    Round 4: Apr 5
    75 USD Transcripts, GMAT/GRE, Two Essay- One written one video.
    Biomedical Engineering Fall: Jan 8 Not required, paid by the BME department Official transcripts, GRE scores, Personal and academic statements
    Accounting Fall: Jan 15
    Spring: October 1
    75 USD Transcripts, GMAT/GRE, Three Essays- Two written, one video.
    Communication April 1 75 USD Official transcripts, GRE scores, Personal and academic statements

    Michigan State University Document Submission and Assessment

    Admission to Michigan State University is a competitive yet easy to apply process. The university reviews each and every application on the basis of High School preparation, ACT or SAT scores and personal information.

    High School Preparation

    A majority of core academic courses must be included in the candidate’s schedules.

    An application is considered strong only if it includes the following:-

    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics
    • Three years of social studies 
    • Two years of science

    A less rigorous curriculum is a major disadvantage for the candidate.

    ACT or SAT test scores

    • Highest scores should be sent officially
    • Writing scores are strongly recommended but are not a mandatory

    Personal Information

    • Essays
    • Activities, leadership evidence, community service and special talents are keenly evaluated

    Documents should be sent online through electronic delivery services such as parchment/doc file/Naviance and E-scripsafe or in an officially sealed envelope to the office of admissions of MSU.

    After completion of the entire admission process candidates just need to sit back and relax as the university takes over after that. Candidates just need to log into their online account with applicant ID for further updates.

    • Application status is updated daily in the account on business days
    • Seven to ten business days are needed to reflect the status after processing of the application
    • Changes in Email ID, semester selected and chosen major can be done easily through the account.
    • Admission cancellation is also possible through the account only.

    Note – Documents submitted to the university as a part of the application will not be returned.

    When Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan University was given the status of a national institution. It is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which offers international partnerships as well as a variety of other courses in fields such as medicine, agriculture, and technology. Michigan State University was the first land-grant university in the United States, and it served as a blueprint for other institutions that followed in its footsteps.


    Ques. What GPA is required to get admissions at Michigan State University?

    Ans. While admissions at MSU are not entirely dependent on grades, admissions at Michigan State University are very competitive and require grades above average. Fall 2019 student profile saw an average high school GPA of 3.5-4.0.

    Ques. I'm an international applicant. What will be the cost of attending MSU?

    Ans. The exact amount can be calculated on the university website through the Office of financial Aid. Estimated cost for an international freshman is:

    • tuition and fees: 41,330 USD
    • Room and board: 11,508 USD
    • Books and supplies: 1,134 USD
    • Misc. expenses: 3,826 USD
    • Total expense for two semesters amounts to 59,694 USD.
    • Sample budget for a graduate international student is 46,312 USD for the academic year of 2020-2021.

    Ques. Are international students provided any financial help by the Michigan State University?

    Ans. Yes, they are. International students are awarded various scholarships at Michigan State University. While these are limited in number, high performing international students are eligible for many of these. The amount may range from 1,000 USD upto 25,000 USD annually for upto eight semesters.

    Ques. When will I receive an admission notification? Is there a way to know the status of my application?

    Ans. Once you have submitted all required documents and finished the application, it takes about 7-10 business days for the receipt of your transcripts and other scores to be recorded in their information system. Application status can be checked by logging into your account. In case of graduate programs, an email will be sent to the applicant regarding their admission status.

    Ques. Do I need to have SAT/ACT scores to apply at Michigan State University?

    Ans. It is a Test-Optional Institute. Undergraduate applicants may or may not choose to submit SAT/ACT scores.

    Ques. What are the minimum GPA requirements to be admitted to the college?

    Ans. There are no minimum GPA requirements. However, since the admissions are competitive, a GPA above 3.0 is ideal. The average High School GPA is 3.5-4.0.

    Ques. Does the university provide financial support to international students?

    Ans. The university offers many scholarships, grants, and financial aid or loan for international students.

    Ques. Do I need to have a TOEFL/IELTS score while applying for admission at Michigan State University?

    Ans. Yes, international students are expected to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores while applying for admission at Michigan State University.

    Ques. Does Michigan State University offer dual program enrollment?

    Ans. Candidates can apply for dual programs at Michigan State University.

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