Admission Requirements

Midwestern State University reserves the right to change admission criteria in keeping with actions of the Texas State Legislature or the University Board of Regents. It is to the prospective student's advantage to contact MSU Admissions.


U.S. Undergraduate:

  • Freshmen (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)
  • Transfer Students (students who have attended another college or university)
  • Returning Students (students who have attended MSU previously)
  • Summer Guest (students who want to attend as a summer guest/transient student)

Freshmen Requirements

CLASS RANK
SAT/ACT SCORES*
Top 10%
Automatic Admission (HB588)
Next 40%
990/21
Third quartile
1070/23
Fourth quartile
1110/24

*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.

Falsification of Records

A Student or applicant who knowingly falsifies or is a party to the falsifying of any official university record (including such records as transcripts, test scores, application for admission, Texas Success Initiative status, or student personnel forms) will be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or enforced withdrawal from the University.

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
SAT
1500 out of 2400
ACT
18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Math, and 24 Science

In addition:

  • Meet the appropriate class rank, and
  • Meet the appropriate ACT/SAT score requirements. (All official scores need to be sent from ACT or College Board.)

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.


Transfer Admission

If you are currently attending another college or university and would like to apply for transfer admission to MSU, you must:

  1. complete an application for admission- click here to apply online!
  2. order official copies of all college transcripts sent directly from the issuing institutions.
  3. be eligible to return to your former college(s) or university.
  4. must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on each official transcript(s).

If you have earned fewer than 18 hours of college credit, you must have your high school submit an official copy of your transcript. You must also meet the requirements forfreshmen admission.


Summer Guest

If you are currently attending another institution and would like to take summer classes at MSU, you must:

  1. complete a Transient Application for admission (Please select UNDECIDED as your major.)
  2. order official copies of all college transcripts sent directly from the issuing institutions.
  3. be eligible to return to your former college(s) or university.
  4. must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on each official transcript(s).

Returning Students

If you attended MSU previously but have sat a fall or spring semester or more, you must:

  1. reactivate your application file by submitting a new application for admission.
  2. order official copies of transcripts sent directly from the issuing institutions if you attended a college or university since MSU. You must be eligible to return to these schools.