Admissions Checklist

1. Complete your Application for Admission at
  • Send your official transcript, ACT or SAT scores and $25 application fee to MSU Admissions Office.
  • You must meet minimum class rank and SAT or ACT criteria in order to be considered for admission to MSU. The grid below provides the specific criteria that must be met to be automatically granted admission to MSU.


Class Rank  Old SAT Minimum Scores    New SAT Minimum Scores    ACT Minimum
(Taken Prior to March 2016) (Taken March 2016 or Later)  Composite Scores
Top 10%  Automatic Admission   Automatic Admission Automatic Admission
Next 40%  990   1070  21
Third Quartile 1070  1140   23
Fourth Quartile  1110   1180  24
Home School/ Non-Ranking By Review By Review By Review



2. Log into MSU Banner at

  • Learn how to use your Mustangs ID number to check the status of your application.

3. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • See Financial Aid Checklist for more details.

4. Apply for Housing if you plan to live in the MSU residence halls

  • Inquire about housing deposit necessary to secure a room on our beautiful campus.

5. Credit by Exam

  • Gather information about Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and AP, CLEP and IB exams; have your scores sent to the MSU Admissions Office.
  • Credit by Exam courses have the potential to transfer in as college courses - this can save you time AND money!

6. Bacterial Meningitis

  • If you are 22 years of age or younger, you must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria to decline the vaccination before you can attend MSU’s New Student Orientation (M.O.R.E).
7. Attend M.O.R.E. (Mustangs Orientation & Registration Experience)
  • At Mustangs orientation you will be introduced to life at MSU and register for your first classes – and it’s required.
8. Early Academic Advising and Registration
  • Be advised early! Ask questions! And REGISTER FOR CLASSES!