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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 4-Year Public

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of East Lansing, MI, less than an hour from Detroit.

Founded in 1855, the institution currently enrolls around 49,695 students a year, including 38,491 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Michigan State University's endowment was valued at $3,306,596,912 in 2021.

Admissions Facts About Michigan State University

Acceptance rate: 76%

Average GPA: 3.74

Mean ACT score: 26

Mean SAT score: 1196

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Michigan State University Acceptance Rate

Admission to Michigan State University is moderately difficult. Around 76 percent of all applicants to Michigan State University are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.74 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1196. The mean ACT scores is 26.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Michigan State University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Michigan State University, around 92 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 7,757 students who started at Michigan State University as first-time freshman, 4,503 graduate within four years.

Around 82 percent of students who started at Michigan State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $31,393 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Michigan State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Michigan State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

220 Trowbridge Rd East Lansing, MI 48824

Campus Setting: Suburban

Michigan State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Michigan State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Michigan State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Michigan State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


23 to 29


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Michigan State University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Michigan State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Michigan State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

550 - 660


Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

Michigan State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Michigan State University is like? There are approximately 49,809 students enrolled at Michigan State University, including 39,176 undergraduate students and 10,633 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 86% percent are from MI and 14% percent of students are from other states.


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