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Frequently Asked Questions

This information is specific to the Broad College/Major admission process for current MSU students.

APPLICATION & DECISION PROCESS

  • How do I apply for admission to the Broad College?

Go to the Broad Admission page to learn about the Broad College application criteria and process, and to begin an application. Do not begin an application if you are not actually qualified to apply in this particular semester.

  • How do I apply for my major?

Go to the Broad Admission page to learn about the Broad College application criteria and process, and to begin an application. Do not begin an application if you are not actually qualified to apply in this particular semester.

  • I am applying for the second time. Will my previous application content (Case Study, Experiential Profile) be used in this semester’s application?

No. Students must complete and submit a new Experiential Profile and Case Study. Scores from previous semesters will not be carried over and used in the current application.

  • I started an application, but I am not planning to apply this semester. Can I cancel my application?

If you have not yet taken the Case Study and the application is still open for the semester, log into your application and click the red “Cancel Application” button at the top of the screen.

If you have taken the Case Study, your application cannot be canceled. You will receive an admission decision at the end of the semester.

If the application is closed for the semester, your application cannot be canceled. You will receive an admission decision at the end of the semester.

  • Does the application process include:

A resume? NO
An interview? NO
Letters of recommendation? NO

  • How many points are assigned to each part of the Broad College application process?

Academic Factors: 118 points possible (see Fall 2017 Academic Factors Point Chart)
Experiential Profile: 30 points possible
Case Study: 24 points possible
Total: 172 points possible

  • What is the admission rate?

The number and percentage of admitted students varies by semester. Admission numbers/rates are impacted by available seats in the College and the size of the applicant pool; these numbers vary by semester. In most semesters, the majority of applicants are admitted. In the Spring 2017 application cycle, 68.6% of eligible applicants were admitted.

  • If I am denied admission, can I reapply?

Reapplication is an available option, but you should carefully consider whether this is the best plan for you. Students who are considering reapplying should meet with a Broad academic advisor to discuss their previous application, scores, academic situation, and best strategy for a future application. Reapplying is often a sound option, but not always; each student’s situation is unique.

  • If I am denied admission, can I appeal the decision?

Students can appeal an admission decision until the posted deadline (see the Broad Admission page for appeal process information after decisions are sent out for the current application period).

  • Can I apply for admission in the summer?

Students in the Business-Preference major who will reach junior standing (56 credits) through summer enrollment at MSU and/or another school can apply to the Broad College in the summer.

Students in other majors (outside the Broad College, Hospitality Business) are not eligible for summer admission.

There is no “admission to Major” process in the summer. Business-Admitted majors can apply to a degree-granting major in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Can I apply for admission if I am not enrolled in the current semester?

Students who have matriculated to MSU in a previous semester, but are not enrolled in the current semester, are eligible to apply for admission in the fall or spring (not summer – see question above). Note that all requirements remain in place – the Case Study is still required.

Students who have been admitted to MSU but have not yet begun MSU courses are not eligible for Broad College admission via the current student admission process.

  • I have already been admitted to a degree-granting Broad major. How do I apply for a competitive admission major (ACC or SCM)?

Students who wish to apply for a competitive admission major (after already being admitted to a Broad major) must fill out a new application. Choose “Business-Admitted” as your current major in the application system, then choose the major you wish to become as your first choice. Be sure to choose a second-choice major, as well. You do not need to complete an Experiential Profile or Case Study.

ACADEMIC FACTORS

  • I took both MTH 103 and MTH 124 (or other approved MTH courses). Which course will be used for the College Precore GPA?

If multiple courses were taken at MSU, the higher grade will be used. If one course was taken at MSU and one course was taken as transfer credit, the MSU grade will be used.

  • Can I transfer in CSE 101?

Per MSU policy, students who have not earned credit in CSE 101 (or received a grade of 0.0, 1.0 or 1.5 at MSU) may earn transfer credit in CSE 101 if the course is approved for transfer. See Transfer MSU for currently approved equivalencies. To request an evaluation of a new course for potential transfer as CSE 101, please contact the Department of Computer Science & Engineering

  • I’m taking a class at another school this semester. How can I make sure it is considered as part of my application?

To make sure your transfer course is considered in this semester’s admission decision, complete the following steps:

1. Declare this course as part of your Broad application (there is a place in the application for you to disclose this information).

2. Submit an unofficial transcript or a screenshot of your grade report (must include your name, the course code, name of school, and the grade) via email to Melanie Wallace, Broad Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator (admissions@broad.msu.edu) by 1:00pm December 20, 2017. The grade report must be a final grade officially posted by that school (similar to MSU’s STUINFO grade report, not a D2L-type report). Information not submitted by 1:00pm December 20, 2017 will not be considered in the Fall 2017 admission decision; you may apply again in the next application period. Late submission of this information will not be considered a valid reason to appeal an admission denial/ineligible decision.

3. Work with that school to have an official transcript sent to the MSU Office of Admissions as soon as possible (the Admissions Coordinator will follow up in late May to make sure all transcripts have been received). Do not have official transcripts sent to any other location, including the Broad College. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824

  • I received AP/IB/CLEP credit. How will this be used for admission?

Credit in College Precore Courses earned via AP/IB/CLEP will translate into GPA equivalencies for the College Precore GPA only (this will not impact the Cumulative GPA or Major Precore GPA). See the conversion chart for exact score-to-GPA information.

  • I took some College Precore Courses at another institution, and some at MSU. How will my College Precore GPA be calculated?

If one or more College Precore Courses are completed at MSU, only MSU grades are used.

Example: If MTH 103, CSE 101 and WRA 101 are completed in transfer, and MTH 124 is completed at MSU, the MTH 124 grade will constitute the entire College Precore GPA.

  • I took all my College Precore Courses at another institution. How will my College Precore GPA be calculated?

Transfer equivalent grades are based on the first chronological course completed that resulted in transferable credit (2.0/C grade).

Example: MATH 1410 at Macomb Community College was completed twice – Fall 2013 grade: C; Spring 2014 grade: B. Since the Fall 2013 grade allows transferable credit, that is the grade that will be used.

The original course credit amount is used (example: if a course that transfers as CSE 101 – a 3 credit course – to MSU, but is a 4 credit course at that school, the full 4 credits are calculated in the GPA).

When using transfer grades from institutions that give individual course grades as letter grades (“C” instead of “2.0”), we apply that institution’s grade equivalencies (usually found on the back of the transcript, and on that institution’s website).

Example Transfer College Precore GPA:

Writing: ENG 1020 4 credits (Wayne State University) B (3.0 per WSU’s grade conversion)
Math: MAT 1730 4 credits (Macomb CC) A- (3.7 per MCC’s grade conversion)
CSE 101: CIS 1050 4 credits (Macomb CC) C (2.0 per MCC’s grade conversion)
College Precore GPA: 2.9.

  • I earned a low grade in a MSU course, and am repeating it this semester. Which grade will be used in my GPA for admission?

To repeat a course, you must have earned a “repeatable grade” (0.0, 1.0, 1.5) in the original attempt.

If you are repeating the course at MSU, the grade you earn this semester will be used. Note: the most recent grade is used, whether or not it is the higher grade.

If you are repeating the course at another institution, the transfer credit will remove the MSU grade from your cumulative (and College Precore, if applicable) GPA calculation. The original grade will not be replaced by the grade earned at the other school in your cumulative GPA calculation. You must earn a 2.0/C grade at the other school for MSU to accept the transfer credit/course.

 

EXPERIENTIAL PROFILE

  • What is the Experiential Profile?

See the Admission Criteria page for an explanation of the non-academic admission factors. Students are encouraged to attend an Admission Information Session during the semester they apply to learn more about the application factors and process. See the Admissions Information Sessions page for current semester sessions.

  • Where can I get help with my Experiential Profile?

The Writing Center

English Language Center Lab

Admission Information Session Handout Packet (Fall 2017 packet coming soon!)

Bring a copy of your profile (hard copy or on your laptop) to review with a Broad academic advisor

 

CASE STUDY

  • What is the Case Study?

See the Admission Criteria page for an explanation of the non-academic admission factors. Students are encouraged to attend an Admission Information Session during the semester they apply to learn more about the application factors and process. See the Admissions Information Sessions page for current semester sessions.

  • Can I take the Case Study on a different date?

Approval for a make-up Case Study will be granted if you have an academic course conflict with the regularly scheduled Case Study, or a varsity or club (not intramural) athletic travel/competition conflict. Requests for a make-up must be sent to admissions@broad.msu.edu at least 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled Case Study; documentation of the conflict is required. Make-ups will not be available for students who miss the Case Study for any other reason.

  • I am registered with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). How can I request accommodations for the Case Study?

Start an application for admission; do not register for a Case Study session. Submit a copy of your RCPD VISA to Melanie Wallace, Coordinator of Broad Undergraduate Admissions (admissions@broad.msu.edu) via your MSU email account. This is required, as the VISA details the necessary accommodations. You will be contacted prior to the Case Study date to confirm appropriate arrangements; Case Study registration will be done for you. You must submit your VISA at least 10 days prior to the Case Study date.

  • I missed the Case Study. Will my application still be considered for admission to the Broad College?

All parts of the application (precore courses, required credits, Experiential Profile, Case Study) must be completed to be considered for admission. Students who do not complete all required elements will be deemed ineligible for admission, and should plan to apply in a future semester.

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • What is the Personal Statement?

It is an opportunity for a student to share a circumstance beyond his/her control which impacted academic performance. Official supportive documentation of the extenuating circumstance may be requested to corroborate the statement content. Documentation should be sent to admissions@broad.msu.edu.

Some reasons to write a personal statement: medical illness, family emergency, significant life event.

The desire to pursue a Broad degree with no other extenuating factors is not a reason for a personal statement; this is assumed based on the act of applying.

  • Is a Personal Statement required?

No, it is optional.

  • What if an extenuating circumstance occurred after the application closed, so I could not complete a Personal Statement?

Submit a Personal Statement via email to the Admissions Coordinator (admissions@broad.msu.edu).


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