Michigan State University (MSU)

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MSU can be found in East Lansing, MI, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. MSU enrolls approximately forty thousand students per year.

Most of the students accepted into Michigan State University got an SAT score in the range of 1430 - 1850, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 23 - 28. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Michigan State University (MSU) average GPA ranges from 3.13 to 3.52 for accepted students. 69% of all those who apply are admitted to MSU, from which 37 percent choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Michigan State University (MSU) acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 70%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.msu.edu.

Overall Michigan State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Michigan State University was reported as 68.6% in Fall 2013 with over 31,500 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MSU SAT Scores: 1430 - 1850
  • MSU ACT Scores: 23 - 28
  • MSU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Michigan State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of MSU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Michigan State University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 72.5%
  • 2010-2011: 70.0%
  • 2011-2012: 72.9%
  • 2012-2013: 70.6%
  • 2013-2014: 68.6%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 70.3%

How Does Michigan State University (MSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MSU is twenty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor33.3%
Eastern Michigan University64.0%
Central Michigan University63.1%
Saginaw Valley State University78.8%
Oakland University66.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Michigan State University (MSU) (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading420 - 580
Math550 - 690
Writing460 - 580
Total Score1430 - 1850
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 29
Math23 - 28
Composite Score23 - 28
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