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Michigan State Admissions Information

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI (map)


Set in the center of the Michigan, Michigan State University is a hub of academic activity and diversity. Though it is a large university with nearly 37,000 undergraduates and more than 10,000 graduate students, Michigan State is divided into 15 colleges according to major field, such as Business or Agriculture and Natural Resources. Featuring a wide variety of clubs and organizations, Michigan State encourages students to experience new and different opportunities. The extracurricular range of possibilities includes recreational and varsity sports, Greek communities, academic associations, religious organizations and much more.

With the largest single-campus residence hall system in the nation, Michigan State has many options available to freshmen, who are required to live on campus for the first year. Many students choose to live in academic living-learning communities according to their area of academic interest; examples of such program housing includes the James Madison College for students studying politics and law, and the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) for further immersion among students of all backgrounds. Such opportunities–and many others–help establish Michigan State as a school truly focused on personalizing students’ educational experiences and broadening their horizons.



Basic Info

Main Address: 250 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Phone Number: (517) 355-1855  
Website: http://www.msu.edu/  


Type of school: Public, Four-year  
Type of school: Co-ed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 36,489  
Percent out-of-state: 13%  
Percent international: 8.3%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 16:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for married or single students
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Special housing for international students
Women's housing
Cooperative housing
Special housing for disabled students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Voted #8 Best College Newspaper
  • Named a Best Midwestern College
  • Voted #20 Party Schools

Admissions Information

At Michigan State University, admissions decisions are continually released all year-long, also known as rolling admissions. This means that eight to twelve weeks after the admissions committee receives all of a student's application materials, the Office of Admissions will send a response to that applicant. However, Michigan State strongly encourages high school seniors to apply by November 1 in order to be considered for the maximum number of scholarships.

While the Michigan State admissions committee strongly considers SAT/ACT scores in the decision process, it also notes that it is important that a student's high school record reflects a rigorous course load and that he or she take advanced classes when possible. On an individual level, Michigan State seeks out students with leadership qualities, diverse experiences and a wide variety of talents, as showcased by in the applicants' short personal statement.

Admissions address: 250 Hannah Administration Building
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-0590
Phone number: (517) 355-8332  
Fax number: (517) 353-1647  
Admissions Website: http://admissions.msu.edu/  
Email: admis@msu.edu  
Contact Person: James Cotter, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 26,907  
Percent of applicants admitted: 73%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: Rolling admission, but recommended to apply by November 1  
Early decision/action deadline: None  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Online application
Personal statement
SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
SAT II Subject Tests considered but not required

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest combined SAT score, lower test scores disregarded  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1465  
ACT code: 2032  
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