Admissions at Michigan State University are slightly competitive with an acceptance rate of 72%. It is one of the largest universities in the United States in terms of enrollments. Fall 2019 admissions saw an enrollment of 39,176 undergraduate students and over 10,000 graduate students. Although MSU is a competitive university, it has an easy to understand the admission process.
Michigan State University has established its reputation in world-class research work and continues to offer a variety of programs in undergraduate, graduate and professional study.
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.
The university encourages early applications and college preparatory curriculum in high school. There are no minimum requirements therefore, the admission process is highly competitive.
Applicants are assessed on a number of factors including academic performance, strength, and quality of their curriculum of choice, their class rank and performance throughout their education. Lastly, Michigan State University is also very particular about personality traits like Leadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experience.
|Application Portal||UG- Common Application/ Coalition Application PG- Through the official website|
|Application Fee||75 USD|
|Mode of Payment||Visa/MasterCard and Credit Card|
|SAT score range||1130-1310|
|ACT score range||23-29|
|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 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.
All international students must meet the english language and financial requirements stated by Michigan State University.
English Language Requirements
For Undergraduate Students
|Test||Regular admission scores|
|TOEFL||IBT- 79 with no subscore below 17|
PBT- 550 with no subscore below 52
|IELTS||6.5 or higher|
|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|
|PTE A||A minimum score of 53|
For Graduate Students
|Test||Regular admission scores|
|TOEFL||PBT- 550 no subscore below 52 iBT- no subscore below 19 for reading,listening and speaking|
|Michigan English Language assessment battery||Minimum score of 83, no subscore below 80|
|MSU english language test||Minimum average score of 80-83 no subscore below 80|
|IELTS||Minimum score of 6.5 no subscore below 6.0|
|PTE A||Minimum overall score of 53 with no subscore below 51|
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:
The visa documents will be issued by the university once they have verified an applicant’s financial documents.
Michigan State University offers more than 200 undergraduate programs 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 Requirements
MSU has a decentralized admission process for its graduate programs, 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),different standardized testing scores, VISA information, and documents as per the program’s requirements
|Program||Deadline||Application Fee||Academic Requirements||Additional 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.||Resume, Two LORs, interview|
|Biomedical Engineering||Fall: Jan 8||Not required, paid by the BME department||Official transcripts, GRE scores, Personal and academic statements||Three LORs, Resume|
|Accounting||Fall: Jan 15|
Spring: October 1
|75 USD||Transcripts, GMAT/GRE, Three Essays- Two written, one video.||Resume, Two LORs, interview|
|Communication||April 1||75 USD||Official transcripts, GRE scores, Personal and academic statements||Three LORs, Resume|
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
Documents should be sent online through electronic delivery services such as parchment/docfile/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.
Note – Documents submitted to the university as a part of the application will not be returned.
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:
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.