Michigan State University, East Lansing Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Michigan State University - Linton Hall
Michigan State University - Linton Hall. Justin Rumao / Flickr

Michigan State University has an acceptance rate of 66 percent, making its admissions only somewhat competitive. Students interested in applying to the school will need to submit an application, along with SAT or ACT scores and high school transcripts. Visits to the campus are not required, but are always encouraged for any prospective students--contact the admissions office for more information, and to set up a tour of the school.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Michigan State University Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • GPA, ACT and SAT graph for MSU
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 450 / 590
    • SAT Math: 540 / 670
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 29
    • ACT English: 23 / 30
    • ACT Math: 23 / 28
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Michigan State University Description

Michigan State University (MSU) is the largest of Michigan's 15 public universities. It sits on the banks of the Red Cedar River in East Lansing, Michigan. With over 49,000 students, a 5,200-acre campus, and close to 700 buildings, MSU is a small city unto itself. The school also has the largest study abroad program in the country. MSU was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strong liberal arts and sciences programs, and its high level of research earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. The MSU Spartans compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Be sure to compare the Big Ten.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 50,340 (39,090 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14.062 (in-state); $37,890 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,076 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,784
  • Other Expenses: $2,368
  • Total Cost: $27,290 (in-state); $51,118 (out-of-state)

Michigan State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 68%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,437
    • Loans: $6,805

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, Finance, Marketing, Psychology, Social Sciences

      Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

      • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
      • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
      • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
      • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

      Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

      • Men's Sports: Golf, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Baseball, Football, Swimming
      • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Field Hockey

      Data Source:

      National Center for Educational Statistics

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