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Michigan State University

517-355-1855

Michigan State University in East Lansing, three miles east of Lansing, the state capitol and 80 miles from Detroit, is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the nation's leading cultural, educational and research centers.

Founded in 1855, it established a new approach to education, research and public service, setting the pattern for the national's 72 land-grant institutions that were to follow.

MSU's 42,088 enrollment includes 33,684 undergraduate and 8,404 graduates. Minority enrollment is 11.9%. More than 20,000 students live in university housing, the largest such operation in the nation which includes the Owen Graduate Center and 2,400 university apartments.Thirteen of MSU's 14 colleges offer graduate studies : 162 master's programs, 114 doctoral programs and the nation's only university with three medical colleges graduating medical doctors, osteopathic physicians and veterinarians.

MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities. The faculty conducts some 2,800 research projects. Strengths include nuclear physics, materials science, plant sciences, biotechnology, molecular biology, agricultural sciences, education, communications and social sciences. MSU is a leader in international studies and programs spanning a full range of disciplines.

Major interdisciplinary centers include the MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the Composite Materials and Structures Center, the Mass Spectrometry Facility, the Institute for Environmental Toxicology, National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, the Institute for Children Youth and Families, and the Julian Samora Research Institute.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1855
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 35,821
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $1,060,977,430
Admissions Address


East Lansing, MI 48824

Website

http://www.msu.edu/

Admissions E-mail

admis@msu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: James Cotter, Acting Dir
Admissions office telephone: (517) 355-8332
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 4 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $35
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp Tuition deposit: $250 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: N/A (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 2 N/A
Lab N/A 2
Foreign language 2 N/A
Social studies 2 N/A
History 1 N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 14 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: June 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: June 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: N/A
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 73%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 73%
Total applicants: 23,247
Total acceptances: 17,046
Total freshman enrollment: 7,440
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 10,488
Male acceptances: 7,194
Male freshman enrollment: 3,282
 
Female applicants: 12,759
Female acceptances: 9,852
Female freshman enrollment: 4,158
Out-of-state freshmen: 12%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,300
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 770
Students enrolled from waiting list: 260

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 29%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 69%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 95%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 77%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 75%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 27%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 500 – 630
Math: 530 – 660
Combined: 1030 – 1290

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 8.7% 13.8%
600-699 27.4% 36.6%
500-599 39.6% 34.4%
400-499 19.6% 13.3%
300-399 4.0% 1.9%
200-299 0.7% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 97%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 21 – 27
Math: 22 – 27
Composite: 22 – 27

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 9.3% 12.1% 11.3%
24-29 53.1% 43.1% 50.7%
18-23 34.2% 38.1% 30.9%
12-17 3.4% 6.3% 7.1%
6-11 0.0% 0.4% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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