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East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Michigan State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.5%
Admission Difficulty for Michigan State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Michigan State and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 25,860 out of 36,143 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 30 percent. Michigan State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Michigan State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
60%
SAT Scores for Michigan State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Michigan State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1280

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

Michigan State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Michigan State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >81%
1275 to 1380 Avg + 72%-81%
1170 to 1275 Avg - 60%-72%
1065 to 1170 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 1065 Low <47%
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Michigan State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
57%
ACT Scores for Michigan State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Michigan State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Michigan State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Michigan State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >83%
25 to 28 Avg + 72%-83%
23 to 25 Avg - 63%-72%
21 to 23 Reach 52%-63%
Less than 21 Low <52%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Michigan State University. 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 72% 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 Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

Michigan State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,345 17,798 36,143
Accepted 13,450 12,410 25,860
Acceptance Rate 73% 70% 72%
Enrolled 4,298 4,068 8,366
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 33% 32%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Michigan State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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