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Michigan State Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Michigan State? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 23,397 out of 35,300 applicants or 66% were admitted making Michigan State a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. Michigan State University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 17,953 17,347 35,300
Accepted 12,570 10,827 23,397
Acceptance Rate 70% 62% 66%
Enrolled 4,342 3,831 8,173
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 35% 35%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Michigan State University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Michigan State regularly accepts students with ACTs of 23 and above. 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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 83 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Michigan State University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 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 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. 13 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1050 1310
SAT Reading 510 640
SAT Math 560 710
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT English 23 29
ACT Math 23 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >79%
25 to 28 Avg + 66%-79%
23 to 25 Avg - 56%-66%
21 to 23 Reach 45%-56%
Less than 21 Low <45%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >77%
1180 to 1310 Avg + 66%-77%
1050 to 1180 Avg - 53%-66%
920 to 1050 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 920 Low <40%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Michigan State accepts 66% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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