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Freshman Admission Requirements

Class RankOld SAT Minimum Scores
(Taken Prior to March 2016)
New SAT Minimum Scores
(Taken March 2016 or Later)
ACT Minimum
Composite Scores
Top 10%Automatic AdmissionAutomatic AdmissionAutomatic Admission
Next 40%990107021
Third Quartile1070114023
Fourth Quartile1110118024
Home School/Non-RankingBy ReviewBy ReviewBy Review
*The old SAT scores above are comprised of Critical Reading and Math components only. The new SAT scores are comprised of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math components. Entrance exam scores must be received from the College Board and/or ACT or be on official high school transcripts in order to be reviewed. MSU will super score test results but super scoring will occur only within the same version of the SAT, not across old and new versions.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will go through an individual review process.  Rigor of high school curriculum, high school grade point average and high school 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.

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, STAAR or 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.

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.

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:

High School Curriculum Requirements

To ensure students are adequately prepared for college-level work at MSU, students applying for admission must complete one of the following high school curriculum plans:

  • Recommended High School Program
  • Advanced High School Program
  • Distinguished Achievement Program on the Texas Foundations Plan
  • Texas Foundations Plan plus Endorsement


  • Students who attended a Texas public high school that did not offer one of the acceptable high school curriculum plans above or who have only completed a portion of a plan because not all courses were available AND who have not met the College Readiness Benchmarks may complete the HB 3826 Exemption Form and submit it for review; or
  • Students who have not successfully completed one of the curriculum programs listed above must show successful completion of a high school curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor or satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT entrance exams

Critical Reading + Mathematics + Writing
1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent
English=18, Reading=21, Math=22, Science=24