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 fifty thousand students per year.

Most of the students accepted into Michigan State University got an SAT score in the range of 1100 - 1320, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 23 - 29. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Michigan State University (MSU) average GPA ranges from 3.28 to 3.57 for accepted students. 71% of all those who apply are admitted to MSU, from which 28 percent choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Michigan State University (MSU) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 67%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.msu.edu.

Overall Michigan State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Michigan State University was reported as 71.1% in Fall 2020 with over 44,300 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 ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • MSU Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Michigan State University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Michigan State University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Michigan State University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 65.7%
  • 2017-2018: 71.5%
  • 2018-2019: 77.7%
  • 2019-2020: 71.1%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 67.3%

How Does Michigan State University (MSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MSU is twenty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor22.9%
Eastern Michigan University74.1%
Central Michigan University69.5%
Oakland University83.1%
Western Michigan University79.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

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

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Michigan State University (MSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 650
Math550 - 670
Total Score1100 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 31
Math23 - 28
Composite Score23 - 29
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