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Chances of getting into Michigan State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.1%
Admission Difficulty for Michigan State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Michigan State and can I get accepted? The school has a 71% acceptance rate ranking it #20 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 31,522 out of 44,322 applicants were admitted making Michigan State a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Michigan State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Michigan State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for Michigan State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Michigan State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1210

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Michigan State University?

Michigan State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Michigan State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >81%
1210 to 1320 Avg + 71%-81%
1100 to 1210 Avg - 59%-71%
990 to 1100 Reach 46%-59%
Less than 990 Low <46%
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Michigan State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for Michigan State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Michigan State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Michigan State?

Admission data indicates that Michigan State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Michigan State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Michigan State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >81%
26 to 29 Avg + 71%-81%
23 to 26 Avg - 59%-71%
20 to 23 Reach 46%-59%
Less than 20 Low <46%
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Michigan State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.62
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Michigan State University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Michigan State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Michigan State University was 3.62 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Michigan State accepts 71% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Michigan State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 39% Good
3.50 to 3.75 29% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

66% of Michigan State University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Michigan State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 94%
Bottom 50% of class 6%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Michigan State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,887 21,435 44,322
Accepted 16,672 14,850 31,522
Acceptance Rate 73% 69% 71%
Enrolled 4,540 4,261 8,801
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Michigan State University is $65.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Michigan State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Michigan State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Michigan State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=171100 IPEDS survey data for Michigan State University.

FAQs

Does Michigan State University prefer SAT or ACT?

76% of students submit their SAT scores to Michigan State. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Michigan State University?

71% of those who apply are granted admission to Michigan State. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Michigan State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1320. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Michigan State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.