Michigan State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Michigan State GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Michigan State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Michigan State University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Michigan State University has moderately selective admissions. In 2016, 66% of applicants were admitted, and those who got in tended to have standardized test scores that were at least a little above average. To find out how you measure up, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

Discussion of Michigan State's Admissions Standards

Roughly a third of students who apply to Michigan State University get rejected, and students with grades and test scores that are below average will have a hard time getting in. The graph above presents GPA, SAT and ACT data for students who were accepted, rejected, and waitlisted. The blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of successful applicants had "B" or higher unweighted averages, SAT scores of about 1000 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or above. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and almost all students with "A" averages and above average test scores were accepted.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. A few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Michigan State did not get accepted. Note also that many students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. Michigan State does not have minimum requirements for admissions. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Success in AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes can play a meaningful role in the admissions process.

Michigan State will also be evaluating your personal statement, your leadership potential and extracurricular involvement, and trends in your academic performance. Grades that have improved since freshman year will be viewed more positively than grades that have declined. Finally, while Michigan State does not require letters of recommendation, students can submit them to strengthen their applications. This can be particularly useful if you have had extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic performance--a teacher or counselor can explain those circumstances in a letter.

Finally, realize that although Michigan State has rolling admissions, both available space and financial aid money can dry up early. You'll improve your chances of getting and and receiving the best financial aid package if you apply by November 1st.

To learn more about Michigan State University including SAT and ACT scores for the middle 50 percent of applicants, costs, financial aid information, retention rates and graduation rates, be sure to visit the Michigan State University admissions profile.

If You Like Michigan State University, You May Also Like These Schools

Michigan State is a large public university with strong NCAA Division I athletic programs, and applicants to the university tend to be drawn to similar types of schools. The University of Michigan is an excellent choice for residents of Michigan, and many Michigan State applicants also apply to the University of Central Michigan.

For out-of-state options, be sure to check out The Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Iowa, and Purdue University

If you're also considering private universities, Northwestern University is a great choice, but realize the admissions standards are much higher than those for Michigan State.

Articles Featuring Michigan State University

Michigan State University has many strengths, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it made our list of top Michigan colleges and universities. For it's many strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Michigan State was awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. The school's NCAA Division I teams compete in the Big Ten Conference.