I'm a junior in high school and I am just in LOVE with MSU so much. Sadly I have a 2.2 GPA for slacking too much the first 2 years but I have improved much this year. Is there anything I can do to meet the requirements? Clubs? Service learning? I took only honors in all years of high school (P.S ACT is next week)

Glad you’re interested in MSU! Best thing to do is try and keep your grades up. Having a upward grade trend along with a rigorous senior schedule will be important. Also, keep in mind we recalculate your GPA for only core classes and give extra weight your honors classes. That might help. A strong ACT score will also really help. Good luck! 

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I got a 28 on my math section of the ACT and read that that means I don't have to take the online placement exam. Is there anything that I should do to make sure that I'm all set for math classes or am I automatically placed in one at AOP because of my score?

Yes, students with an ACT Math scores of at least 28 are not required to take the online placement exam. You will be placed into a math course during your AOP. 

For more information, check out http://mpsexam.msu.edu/documentation/faq.aspx

I got accepted! The only issue is that I got accepted for the spring of 2015 and deferred for the fall of 2014. Would it be better for me to go to a community college until the spring semester and transfer or to wait until the spring to start college?

Congratulations and welcome to the Spartan family!

You are not required to take courses at another school in the fall; however, it is recommended. Students taking classes at another institution have the opportunity to keep progressing towards the completion of their academic program by transferring credits. Whether or not you enroll for courses at another institution this fall, you MUST log in to your online student portal between September 1 and October 1, 2014, and inform our office of your Fall 2014 schedule or plans. You must also:

  1. Perform well in any Fall 2014 classes (or forfeit your spring admission offer).
  2. Input your course grades via your online student portal by December 26, 2014.
  3. Have a final, official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions by December 30, 2014.

If you plan to take courses at another institution in the fall, it is recommended you enroll in classes that transfer to MSU as satisfactory equivalents for our Integrative Studies requirements. A list of Integrative Studies classes is available online. A database, showing transferable credits by individual institutions can be found in the Transfer MSU system.Degree Navigator is an advising tool that enables you to compare your academic record with degree requirements for your major of choice. To use Degree Navigator, log in as a guest.

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One of my biggest fears before coming to MSU was the roommate search. Who the heck was I going to live with!? I had a lot of high school friends who would also be joining me at State but living with them just so that I didn’t have to live with someone random still didn’t seem ideal. So I…

Weigh in! What is your opinion on moving in with a randomly paired roommate? 

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Perfect sunset to top off a Spartan victory! #BeASpartan #nofilter

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These “reading rainbows” help guide students to book locations in the library.

This would be pretty if it wasn’t March 12th! #nomorewinter #msu

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Can I change my major if I don't want to do the one I put on my admissions application?

Yes, but we would recommend waiting until you have received a decision before changing your major to avoid any extension of your decision time.

Snowy campus from the top of a parking garage. #BeASpartan #msu

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My freshman year at MSU was the best year of my life as I succeeded in my classes, made lots of new friends and just had an absolute blast. This year however was a little bit of a change. I slowly started to realize that my classes were more challenging and I had to get a bit more serious…

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Stunning sunrise today! #msu #BeASpartan Photo credit Wendy Crittenden.

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It’s a hot cocoa and scarf kind of day. #msu #BeASpartan #polarvortex

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Student View: Colin Marshall: Opportunity and Growth

Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be right now had I signed an acceptance letter for another university. I’m a filmmaker, but MSU is no film school by comparison to its heavyweight competition in places like NYU, USC, and Full Sail University. I came here for the Michigan Film Incentive, hoping for a foot in the door with Hollywood. We all know how that went.

Colin Marshall having tea in Bangladesh

But would I have had similar opportunities? Probably not. I wouldn’t have crossed paths with my peers and educators here, who have enabled me to take on projects I never thought I could. I wouldn’t have traveled to more than 20 major U.S. cities and 20 total countries for film projects as a result of my Spartan status. I’ve traveled more places than both of my parents combined—for business at that—and I’m only 22 years old. So, what the heck? How does a student do this?

MSU Telecasters is a student group that makes student-produced television shows and web series, and I got my hands on TV gear through Telecasters light years before my courses allowed it. Telecasters got me involved in the filmmaking process—everything from on-location filmmaking to editing to producing.

Colin Marshall in Guangzhou, China

I owe much of my growth to Telecasters hosting a venue to practice, practice, practice. Through networking with other students, a bit of freelancing, lots of hard work, and a sprinkle of right-place-right-time, I found myself in airplane seats next to some of my professors on the way to anywhere and everywhere. They pay close attention to what their students are doing.

It’s amazing to know that MSU professors and educators trust students with serious film endeavors. I can say I played a major role in some extremely professional environments, and my portfolio is stronger than most students I know.

I’ve dedicated myself to becoming a great filmmaker, and I’m thankful that my MSU networks have seen my passion and granted me the opportunities to grow in ways I didn’t perceive possible—not only as a filmmaker, but as a person. I feel undeniably grateful, and I hope to create similar opportunities for other hungry students some day.

So, would life have been better at a “real” film school? I doubt it. I really do.

Read the Lansing State Journal article to learn more about Colin and his experiences at MSU. 

Photos by Kurt Stepnitz

- See more at: http://msutoday.msu.edu/360/2013/colin-marshall-opportunity-and-growth/#sthash.KQJERGkN.dpuf

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