High School Admissions

The Honors College at Michigan State University seeks students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and potential, who are intellectually curious, and who have a record of pursuing academically rigorous courses. Further, ideal candidates for the MSU Honors College are leaders who use their talents to contribute to their communities.

Students interested in becoming members of the Honors College should first apply for admission to Michigan State University. A completed application for MSU admission serves as the application for Honors College membership; there is no separate application process.

Invitation to the Honors College is carefully considered and competitive. Invitations are extended approximately eight weeks following MSU admission. We encourage students who do not hear from the Honors College to follow up regarding their interest using the instructions below.

The Honors College is home to a culturally diverse student body including but not limited to students from low income backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students with varied and multiple academic interests hailing from around the country and world.

Criteria

Typically students in our first year class have a combination of the following:

  • Cumulative grade point averages that place students in the top 5% of students in their graduating class (GPA and strength of schedule is used where rank is not available)
  • a high number of rigorous courses including AP, IB, or dual enrollment appropriate given what the school offers
  • an average 31 ACT composite
  • an average 1400 OLD SAT (CR + M) [concordant to a 1450 NEW SAT (ERW + M)*]
  • leadership activities
  • research interests
  • community service involvement

*For more information about converting old SAT to new SAT scores, please visit  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/higher-ed-brief-sat-concordance.pdf

The Honors College may also request additional information, such as 7th semester grades, before extending an invitation to membership.

How to Send Additional Information for Consideration

If you have not heard from the Honors College by [January 1] and you have exhibited a commitment to intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, you may submit an additional essay and current grades in order to receive further consideration.

Honors College members pioneer, innovate, and engage during their time at MSU and beyond. Your essay should highlight a way you have put one of these words into action in your high school career. Essays should be headed with your MSU Personal Identification (PID) number.

There is no length requirement. Please also include a copy of your 7th semester/1st semester/1st trimester senior year high school transcript.

All materials should be sent via U.S. mail by March 1 of the senior year to:

Dr. Bess German
Assistant Dean, Honors College
Michigan State University,
468 E. Circle Drive,
East Lansing, MI, 48824.

The Honors College reserves the right to close admissions at any time, even if that date is prior to March 1.

Contact the HC Admissions Staff

We encourage your further exploration of our program through individualized visits and recruitment programs. If you have any questions, please contact:

Bess German, Ph.D. 
Assistant Dean 
germanr@msu.edu

Charles Cotton III
Admissions Counselor and Coordinator of Intercultural Initiatives
cottonc6@msu.edu

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Eustace-Cole Hall 

Kelly Montgomery

Reply to your Honors College Invitation