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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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MSU offers transfer information

MSU offers transfer information

By John Ambrose, Michigan State University
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Hello from East Lansing! I hope that this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy.

The world changed in March 2020 and with it came unforeseen challenges to our everyday lives and educational traditions. In this newsletter, we explain the changes we’ve made at Michigan State University to accommodate transfer applicants.
MSU’s Office of Admissions is here to provide support for you. Please feel free to reach out to our transfer staff if you have any questions.

Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your summer!

Go Green!

Following is information for potential transfer students to MSU:

New scholarships: We are thrilled to announce the availability of two new scholarships for students transferring to Michigan State University. All transfer applicants will automatically be considered for all scholarships when they apply; no additional action needed.

  • Spartan Transfer Scholarship — $1,500 or $2,500 annually for students transferring to MSU with 28 or more transferable credits and a cumulative GPA over 3.5.  
  • Associate Achievement Award — $1,500 annually for any transfer student who has earned an associate degree in the past two years with a cumulative GPA over 3.0.  

Fall 2020 update: Classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2, as previously scheduled. There will be both in-person and online components to instruction in the fall semester. We plan to end all in-person instruction on Wednesday, Nov. 25, with remaining instruction, study sessions and final examinations moving remotely for the remaining three weeks of the semester.

Students will have the option of returning to their permanent residences for the Thanksgiving holiday and not returning to campus, or they may choose to remain on campus until the semester ends. This plan is designed to address epidemiologic models that suggest a potential resurgence in COVID-19 cases in December and to also give students the opportunity to return to their permanent residences before peak influenza season if they so choose.

The driving factor behind our decisions will continue to be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff. If you would like to read more about our efforts, please visit MSU’s reopening campus webpage
Guaranteed Decision Day: The Office of Admissions is excited to announce that we will be guaranteeing transfer admissions decisions for fall 2020 by June 26, 2020.  
If your student completed their application online and provide all required information by June 8, 2020, they will receive an initial admissions decision no later than June 26, 2020. Students that apply after June 8 will receive a decision on a rolling basis after all application materials are received.

Major spotlight:
MSU ranked in the top 8 percent of U.S. universities — According to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education research company and publisher of the QS World University Rankings, MSU is ranked in the top 8% of higher education institutions in the nation. This is based on research, learning experience, employability, and diversity and internationalization. 
MSU named #1 college and university dining service in the nation —   MSU’s culinary team in East Lansing has made strides in enhancing value, convenience and selection for students and guests, with an emphasis on allergen-free dining, retail operations and concessions venues.  
MSU receives top honors as a veteran-friendly school — The Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency awarded MSU with “gold status” as a veteran-friendly school. “This is the fifth year MSU has achieved gold-level certification, providing military-connected students with the tools and guidance needed to choose the right educational and career pathways,” said Zaneta Adams, director of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.  
Read more MSU stories at

Transfer application video: Check out our transfer application video for instructions and helpful tips for transfer applicants. 

Transfer equivalency policy: For the spring 2020 semester, students will be allowed to transfer a course from their institution if they received a 1.0 or higher as a satisfactory (S) grade. This policy is only for the spring 2020 semester.  

Checklist for admitted MSU students: Here’s a checklist for newly admitted students to reserve their spot at MSU.

  1. Activate MSU Net ID and email.  
  2. Pay Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED).  
  3. Send final transcripts to MSU
  4. Apply for student housing.

Online New Student Orientation: For students admitted for fall 2020, New Student Orientation (NSO) will be virtual. Additionally, students are required to enroll in an Undergraduate Studies – UGS 100 course based on their NSO date, through our learning management platform, Desire2Learn. More information about NSO can be found online.  
Important dates:
Transfer orientations — June 26, July 17 and July 23   
Fall semester begins — Sept. 2
Spring semester begins — Jan. 11, 2021 

Novel coronavirus:We will continue to post updates regarding any admissions-related changes caused by the impact of coronavirus. You can also check for FAQs and the latest updates from MSU.

Contact us: Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or information to share. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Transfer Team
Michigan State University

  1. Kani Caldwell, Admissions Counselor  
  2. Adam Davis, Senior Admissions Counselor
  3. Alexander Torres, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions