Submit an application
The fall 2018 application opened on August 15, 2017. Prospective freshman students should submit an online application as soon as possible in their senior year of high school and by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. If you prefer, MSU also has an application available on the Coalition Application.
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As part of the undergraduate application for admission, each applicant is required to submit a 200-word personal statement on each of the two designated topics. The statements may be considered as a positive factor to enhance admissibility as well as for scholarship consideration. These are the personal statement topics on the 2018 application for admission:
- Describe a difficult or challenging situation you have faced. Briefly state the situation, how you responded and why, would you have done anything differently, did you turn to anyone for help, and if so for advice, consultation, assistance, and/or encouragement?
- Briefly describe a situation where you or someone close to you was not treated fairly. What did you do at the time and why, would you do anything differently, has it impacted or changed who you are today?
Send your test scores
All freshman applicants must submit testing scores from either ACT or SAT. The writing portion is recommended, but not required. Test scores must be sent directly to MSU from the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465.
Michigan State considers the highest total SAT or composite ACT score on file. There is no disadvantage in sending multiple test scores to the Office of Admissions since the lower test scores are disregarded. MSU does not combine subscores from different sittings of the SAT or ACT to make a "best" total or composite score.
Send your transcripts
Have your official high school transcript(s) sent electronically to MSU by your high school through an electronic delivery service such as Docufide, Naviance or E Scrip-Safe. Schools that do not have access to these services may send official paper documents via U.S. mail to the Office of Admissions.
Once you’re ready to apply, this is where it all begins.
Online applicants create a password and are issued an applicant ID. This enables you to save your application and submit it when you are ready. The $65 application fee (or application fee waiver if you are eligible) is required to officially submit your application for admission.
Applications are valid for one year beyond the semester for which the application is submitted. It is not necessary to submit a new application or application fee during this period. To be considered for an alternate semester, change your semester by logging on to your account.
Home School Applicants
MSU welcomes home school applicants and reviews each application using the same admission criteria used for traditional high school students. Home school students are required to submit all of the application materials listed above, including a transcript. Although the transcript of a home school student may be different than that of a traditional high school student, it should list all courses (including those in progress) from ninth to 12th grade and the time frame (year and semester) of each course. In addition, an assessment of performance (a letter grade, percentage, etc.) is needed. Occasionally, home school applicants are asked to submit additional information describing curriculum or texts used.
- Complete MSU's application for admission online, including the required personal statements. If you prefer, MSU also has an application available on the Coalition Application.
- Pay the $65 nonrefundable application fee using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or an electronic check.
- Have your official high school transcript(s) sent electronically to MSU by your high school through an electronic delivery service such as Parchment/Docufide, Naviance, or E Scrip-Safe. Schools that do not have access to these services may send official paper documents via U.S. mail to the Office of Admissions.
- Have your ACT or SAT scores sent directly to MSU by the testing agency. The ACT code is 2032; the SAT code is 1465. The writing portion is recommended, but not required. For more information about having your scores sent from the testing agency, visit ACT or SAT online.
- MSU does NOT require letters of recommendation as part of the application for admission.