These topics are specific to the Spring 2020 decision process, as well as Spring 2020 as related to future admission decisions.
No. Cumulative and precore GPAs will be calculated using MSU graded courses only (unless there are no MSU graded precore courses – if that is the case, transfer precore grades will be used in the precore GPA). If you selected S for a course, that course’s numeric grade will not be used.
No. Broad admission decisions and academic factor calculations will be made in a manner consistent with the university-wide policy, which allows students to make their own choices about graded vs S/NS credit.
Only MSU grades (not S/NS courses) will be used to calculate your precore GPA. Courses marked S will not be factored into the precore GPA.
No, as NS = no credit in a course. You may repeat the course in a future semester, and reapply in the next semester for which you are eligible.
While the shift to online instruction and the option to elect S/NS instead of grades applies to all students, we recognize that students have been impacted differently. Any applicant is welcome to submit a Personal Statement through the application system; while the presence of a Personal Statement is not itself a guarantee of admission, the statement will allow the Admission Committee to consider a student’s individual situation when reviewing their overall application profile.
Broad academic advisors are available to assist you. See http://broad.msu.edu/undergraduate/advising/ for our advising options.
You can use this GPA Calculator tool to help you determine how your GPAs will be impacted if you choose S/NS for one or more courses (there are two sheets – one for cumulative GPA and one for precore GPA).
You may also contact a Broad academic advisor for assistance. See http://broad.msu.edu/undergraduate/advising/ for our advising options.
This information is specific to the Broad College/major admission process for current MSU students.
Visit the Broad admissions page to learn about the Broad College application criteria and process, and to begin an application. Do not begin an application if you are not actually qualified to apply in this particular semester.
Visit the Broad admissions page to learn about the Broad Major application criteria and process, and to begin an application. Do not begin an application if you are not actually qualified to apply in this particular semester.
No. Students must complete and submit a new experiential profile and case study. Scores from previous semesters will not be carried over and used in the current application.
If you have not yet taken the case study and the application is still open for the semester, log into your application and click the red “Cancel Application” button at the top of the screen.
If you have taken the case study, and/or the application is closed for the semester, please contact the admissions coordinator at email@example.com to request the cancellation. Cancellations within one week of the posted decision date may not be possible.
If your application is cancelled, you will not receive any scores for the case study and/or experiential profile.
The number and percentage of admitted students varies by semester. Admission numbers/rates are impacted by available seats in the college and the size of the applicant pool; these numbers vary by semester. In most semesters, the majority of applicants are admitted. Over the past three years, 43-62 percent of eligible applicants were admitted.
Reapplication is an available option, but you should carefully consider whether this is the best plan for you. Students who are considering reapplying should meet with a Broad academic advisor to discuss their previous application, scores, academic situation and best strategy for a future application. Reapplying is often a sound option, but not always; each student’s situation is unique.
Students can appeal an admission decision until the posted deadline. See the Broad admissions page for appeal process information after decisions are sent out for the current application period.
Students with a business-preference major who will reach junior standing (56 credits) through summer enrollment at MSU and/or another school can apply to the Broad College in the summer.
Students in other majors (outside the Broad College, Hospitality Business) are not eligible for summer admission.
There is no “admission to major” process in the summer. Business Admitted majors can apply to a degree-granting major in the fall and spring semesters.
Students who have matriculated to MSU in a previous semester, but are not enrolled in the current semester, are eligible to apply for admission in the fall or spring (not summer – see question above). Note that all requirements remain in place – the case study is still required.
Students who have been admitted to MSU but have not yet begun MSU courses are not eligible for Broad College admission via the current student admission process.
Students who wish to apply for a competitive admission major (after already being admitted to a Broad major) must fill out a new application. Log into the application system, then choose the major you wish to become as your first choice. Be sure to choose a second-choice major as well. You do not need to complete an experiential profile or case study.
The first chronological non-repeatable grade earned in a precore course will be used in all future applications to calculate the precore GPA (substitute course grades taken later cannot be used).
Per MSU policy, students who have not earned credit in CSE 102 (or received a grade of 0.0, 1.0 or 1.5 at MSU) may earn transfer credit in CSE 102 if a course at another school is approved for transfer as CSE 102. See Transfer MSU for currently approved equivalencies. To request an evaluation of a new course for potential transfer as CSE 102, please contact the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Transfer courses from prior semesters must be reflected as “accepted credit” on a student’s MSU academic record by December 26, 2020. Unofficial documentation (such as is accepted for current semester dual-enrolled courses, see next question) will NOT be accepted. Students are responsible for making sure that official transcripts from other schools arrive at MSU and are added to their academic record in the months between the course end date and the current semester deadline.
To make sure your transfer course is considered in this semester’s admission decision, complete the following steps:
Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Rd Rm 250
East Lansing, MI 48824
Credit in College Precore Courses earned via AP/IB/CLEP will translate into GPA equivalencies for the College Precore GPA only (this will not impact the Cumulative GPA or Major Precore GPA). See the conversion chart in the Admission Information Session Presentation Slides for exact score-to-GPA information.
If only one College Precore Course is completed at MSU, transfer grades will be reviewed.
If two or more College Precore Courses are completed at MSU, only MSU grades are used.
- Example: If STT 200 and WRA 101 are completed in transfer, and EC 201 and EC 202 are completed at MSU, the EC 201 and 202 grades will constitute the entire College Precore GPA.
Transfer equivalent grades are based on the first chronological course completed that resulted in transferable credit (2.0/C grade).
Example: STT 200 from Macomb Community College was completed twice – Fall 2013 grade: C; Spring 2014 grade: B. Since the Fall 2013 grade allows transferable credit, that is the grade that will be used.
The original course credit amount is used (example: if a course that transfers as STT 200 – a 3-credit course – to MSU, but is a 4-credit course at that school, the full 4 credits are calculated in the GPA).
When using transfer grades from institutions that give individual course grades as letter grades (“C” instead of “2.0”), we apply that institution’s grade equivalencies (usually found on the back of the transcript and on that institution’s website).
Example Transfer College Precore GPA:
To repeat a course, you must have earned a “repeatable grade” (0.0, 1.0, 1.5) in the original attempt.
If you are repeating the course at MSU, the grade you earn this semester will be used. Note: the most recent grade is used, whether or not it is the higher grade.
If you are repeating the course at another institution, the transfer credit will remove the MSU grade from your cumulative (and College Precore, if applicable) GPA calculation. The original grade will not be replaced by the grade earned at the other school in your cumulative GPA calculation. You must earn a 2.0/C grade at the other school for MSU to accept the transfer credit/course.
See our Admission Criteria for an explanation of the non-academic admission factors. Students are encouraged to attend an admission information session during the semester they apply to learn more about the application factors and process. See Admissions Information Sessions for current semester sessions.
Approval for an alternate Case Study time will be granted if you have an academic course conflict with the regularly scheduled case study, or a varsity or club (not intramural) athletic travel/competition conflict. Requests must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled Case Study; documentation of the conflict is required. Alternate Case Studies will not be approved if there are open sessions that do not conflict with class/athletic times.
Approval for a make-up Case Study will be granted if you have an academic course conflict with the regularly scheduled case study, or a varsity or club (not intramural) athletic travel/competition conflict. Requests for a make-up must be sent to email@example.com at least 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled Case Study; documentation of the conflict is required. Make-ups will not be available for students who miss the Case Study for any other reason, unless they can produce official documentation of a medical/family emergency.
If a future time/date session has available seats, students can self-register. If no seats are available, and students have a documented reason (medical/family emergency) for missing the Case Study without prior notification, that documentation must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than two business days after the originally scheduled Case Study. Requests for a make-up Case Study will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but will not be considered without official documentation (doctor’s note, etc). Forgetting, oversleeping or incorrectly noting the case study date/time in your planner are not reasons that will result in approval of a make-up Case Study.
Start an application for admission; do not register for a Case Study session. Submit a copy of your RCPD VISA to Melanie Wallace, coordinator of Broad undergraduate admissions (email@example.com) via your MSU email account. This is required, as the VISA details the necessary accommodations. You will be contacted prior to the Case Study date to confirm appropriate arrangements; Case Study registration will be done for you. You must submit your VISA at least 10 days prior to the Case Study date.
All parts of the application (precore courses, required credits, Experiential Profile, Case Study) must be completed to be considered for admission. Students who do not complete all required elements will be deemed ineligible for admission and should plan to apply in a future semester.
It is an opportunity for a student to share a circumstance beyond his/her control which impacted academic performance. Official supportive documentation of the extenuating circumstance may be requested to corroborate the statement content. Documentation must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some reasons to write a personal statement: medical illness, family emergency or significant life event.
The desire to pursue a Broad degree with no other extenuating factors is not a reason for a personal statement; this is assumed based on the act of applying.
No, it is optional.
Submit a personal statement via email to the admissions coordinator.