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Michigan State Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Michigan State, the application fee costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Michigan State Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Michigan State's admissions stats.

Michigan State 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 27%
Mean SAT Score 1196
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 80%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 36%
Waitlist No

Continue reading for more information on Michigan State's admissions stats.

Considering Applying Early to Michigan State?

Michigan State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Michigan State will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Michigan State Hard To Get Into?

Michigan State is a moderately difficult school to get into. Michigan State evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Michigan State accepted 76% of students, around 34,663 of the 45,426 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Michigan State, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Michigan State Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Michigan State

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Michigan State Application Requirements

Double check with Michigan State's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Michigan State?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to Michigan State have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7

Out of all students that were admitted, 42% submitted a class rank. At Michigan State 27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

At Michigan State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 42%
3.75 and 3.99 28.3%
3.50 and 3.74 23.5%
3.25 and 3.49 14.4%
3.00 and 3.24 7.3%
2.50 and 2.9 2.3%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

Michigan State does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Michigan State has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 80% of Michigan State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 36% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Michigan State?

To be competitive with other Michigan State applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Michigan State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Michigan State student is 1196.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Michigan State students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Michigan State students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Michigan State?

To be most competitive at Michigan State, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Michigan State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Michigan State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Michigan State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Michigan State. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Michigan State during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Michigan State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Michigan State?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Michigan State.

Does Michigan State accept transfer credits?

Michigan State ✅ accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Michigan State accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Michigan State accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Michigan State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Michigan State?

❌ No, Michigan State is test optional, so you can decide whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Michigan State's acceptance rate?

✅ Michigan State's acceptance rate is 76%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Michigan State?

❌ Michigan State does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Michigan State?

❌ Michigan State does not offer eary action.

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Michigan State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Michigan State? Michigan State is a somewhat selective institution. The Michigan State acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.


Michigan State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

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

Michigan State 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 is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Michigan State. 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1280


Math SAT Range

550 - 660


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1110 to 1280


1110 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Michigan State students is 1196. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Michigan State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Michigan State.

Michigan State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Michigan State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.74. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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