Close to 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. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of successful applicants had "B" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1500 or higher, 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. Some 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. Michigan State will also be evaluating your personal statement, your leadership potential and extracurricular involvement, and trends in your academic performance. Finally, while Michigan State does not require letters of recommendation, students can submit them to strengthen their applications.
To learn more about Michigan State University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Michigan State Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?