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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate88%

Michigan State Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Michigan State University. Michigan State University admitted 88% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 53,341 applications received in 2023, 46,914 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Michigan State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 4/1 and the application fee is $65.

Students who apply to Michigan State University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Michigan State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Michigan State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25.7%
Mean SAT Score 1215
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Michigan State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Michigan State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 4 1 October 1

Considering Applying Early to Michigan State University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Michigan State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

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

More on Michigan State University Admissions

Transferring to Michigan State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Michigan State University

Michigan State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Michigan State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Michigan State University

Wondering what factors are considered by Michigan State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with Michigan State University for more information on admission factors.

Michigan State University Application Requirements

To apply to Michigan State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Michigan State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Michigan State University?

Students admitted to Michigan State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 40% submitted a class rank. At Michigan State University 25.7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 58.2% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Michigan State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.7%
3.75 and 3.99 30.6%
3.50 and 3.74 22.3%
3.25 and 3.49 12.6%
3.00 and 3.24 3.8%
2.50 and 2.9 1.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Michigan State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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. 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.

Standardized Test Scores

Michigan State University 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 2022, 51% of Michigan State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Michigan State University?

To be competitive with other Michigan State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Michigan State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 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 University student is 1215.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Michigan State University students scored 680 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 University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Michigan State University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Michigan State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Michigan State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to Michigan State University

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

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Michigan State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Michigan State University?

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

Does Michigan State University accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Michigan State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Michigan State University?

❌ No, Michigan State University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send 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 University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Michigan State University is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Michigan State University?

❌ Michigan State University does not offer early decision.

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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 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Michigan State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Michigan State is Apr 1.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1320


Math SAT Range

550 - 680


Reading SAT Range

550 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1110 to 1320


1110 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Michigan State students is 1215. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Michigan State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1320 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 3.8. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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