Freshman Requirements

Students who have only a high school or GED education and students who attempted collegiate work through a concurrent or dual credit program while in high school

Students must meet the appropriate class rank and ACT/SAT score requirements below. All official scores need to be sent from ACT or College Board. All freshmen, under 21 at the time of registration, and transfer students, under 21 years of age, who have fewer than 18 earned semester hours must take the SAT or ACT. Students 21 years of age or older will not be required to take the ACT if they graduated in the top half of their class and meet all unit requirements.

Freshmen Requirements

Top 10%
Automatic Admission
Next 40%
Third quartile
Fourth quartile

*MSU requires the writing section of the ACT/SAT entrance exams. The combined SAT is Critical Reading and Mathematics and a composite ACT score. The scores listed above in our sliding scale exclude the writing score. Entrance exam scores must be received from College Board and/or ACT to access essays.

Students whose high school transcript does not reflect ranking must meet College Readiness Benchmarks. (See above for the College Readiness Benchmarks)

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will go through an individual review process with MSU Admissions.  High school transcripts, rigor of curriculum, grades earned on high school transcript, grade point average and class rank will be considered to render a decision.

Concurrent/Dual Credit

If you have attempted collegiate work through a concurrent or dual credit program while in high school, you must meet beginning freshmen admission requirements (regardless of hours earned) and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on collegiate transfer work.  Official transcript from the college(s) you have attended must be submitted to MSU Admissions.  ACT/SAT minimum scores are required.

Early Notification of Acceptance

A beginning freshman student desiring early notification of an acceptance to the University may submit an application, either ACT or SAT scores, TAKS scores, and a copy of the official high school transcript reflecting grades through the sixth semester of the junior year. A projected date of graduation and class rank should be indicated on the transcript. Pending admission status may be given if all necessary information is not available to MSU Admissions. Early notification of acceptance may be advanced to full acceptance for admission after graduation from high school is verified with MSU Admissions by submission of an official high school transcript showing date of graduation and rank in class. Early notification of acceptance is not binding. If class rank changes or grade points for collegiate credit, MSU Admissions reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.

Special Admission

Students who graduate from an unaccredited high school or home study program or completed a GED in lieu of the high school diploma, will be considered for admission on an individual basis. ACT/SAT minimum scores are required.

Students denied admission may petition the MSU Admissions Committee by submitting a signed letter to the Director's attention.

AUTOMATIC ADMISSION - for accredited Texas public high school graduates only!

Students will be admitted if they graduate in the top ten percent of their class from an accredited Texas public high school if they meet the following conditions:

  1. graduated from high school within the two years prior to the academic year for which admission is sought; and
  2. submitted a complete application before the deadline.

Students in this category may be required to enroll in certain courses in the summer after graduation or during the first semester of enrollment.  ACT / SAT scores must be submitted.


For admission, students must:

Per state law, Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809 requires that all students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.

  • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them.  For Texas students, please refer to the TEA Graduation Requirements; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT entrance exams
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