Michigan State ACT Scores and GPA

What are Michigan State's average ACT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into Michigan State. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: East Lansing, MI

This school is also known as: Michigan State University, MSU

Michigan State Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: ACT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Michigan State University.


Average ACT: 26

The average ACT score composite at Michigan State is a 26.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 23, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 28.

In other words, a 23 places you below average, while a 28 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Michigan State, but they really want to see at least a 23 to have a chance at being considered.


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Average GPA: 3.71

The average GPA at Michigan State is 3.71. This makes Michigan State Strongly Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.71, Michigan State requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, with a leaning toward A's. If you took some AP or IB classes, this will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.71, you'll need a higher ACT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 71.5%

The acceptance rate at Michigan State is 71.5%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 71.5 are admitted.

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This means the school is not selective. As long as you don't fall way below average, you'll likely get in.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is not selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 23 ACT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. But if you score below this, you may be one of the unlucky few to get rejected.


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Note: Your admission decision relies not only on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but also on your coursework difficulty, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. This tool provides only a simplistic estimate of your chances of admission. Instead of treating this tool as a crystal ball, we recommend you consider the big picture of what your chance means:
  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
We recommend you apply to schools across a range of chances. Applying to some safety schools will guarantee you have a college to go to, while applying to some reach schools will give you a shot at getting into the school at the top of your range.
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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Michigan State, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Michigan State.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average ACT scores than Michigan State. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1247 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1250 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Michigan State, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1260 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1222 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Michigan State, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Michigan State is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Pace University New York, NY 1137 24
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1164 24
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 1144 23
Washington State University Pullman, WA 1130 23
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 1130 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22

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