Prospective Students

As a prospective student looking at Michigan State University, there are several questions you need to keep in mind, such as, “How do I apply and enroll in classes?” and, “Is there any aid to help me finance this education?” Below you will find the information necessary to answer these questions, with information on the application process, financial aid, and scholarships.

The Application Process

Admission to Michigan State University is competitive, but there are no minimum requirements. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school and to apply early within your senior year. Factors that will affect your application and admission are:

  • your academic performance in high school
  • the strength and quality of your curriculum
  • recent trends in your academic performance
  • your class rank
  • your ACT or SAT results
  • your leadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experience

Freshman Profile (Fall, 2013)*

The average range of statistics for previous admission years are shown below to provide you, as a prospective student, the ability to gage your academic standing against that of the pool of applicants. (* middle 50 percent of enrolled freshmen; numbers may fluctuate slightly as students confirm/cancel enrollment)

  • High school GPA: 3.4-3.9
  • Composite ACT: 23-28
  • Composite SAT (Critical Reading and Math): 1040-1210


To apply for admission at MSU, a prospective student will need to complete the online application form. This application will be processed within 8 - 12 weeks after all required information has been provided. Required information includes: the online application form, a personal statement, high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores (sent directly to MSU from the testing agency). An application fee waiver may be included as well, please note international students do not qualify for a fee waiver. For more details regarding the MSU Application Process, please visit the MSU Office of Admissions.


Financing your secondary education is an important factor when determining which college or university you would like to attend. Here a MSU there are many scholarship opportunities! The Department of Animal Science has a wide range of scholarships students may apply for, many of which are industry funded! Click here for the current list of scholarships available within the Department of Animal Science. These opportunities help you build your professional network while engaging your knowlege of the animal industry. The MSU Office of Admissions, also, offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to apply for scholarships, which may be found here, along with more information on the affordability of MSU‘s undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Financial Aid

In addition to scholarships, students attending MSU may be eligible for additional financing options, which may be found at the MSU Office of Financial Aid.