Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply to the Honors College?
- How do I apply to MSU?
- How are grades reported to my school?
- How do I request a transcript?
- How do I dual enroll at MSU while still in high school?
- If I apply and I'm not accepted to the program, is my application fee refunded?
- What if I don't make the test score cut off?
- How do I learn more about other MSU programming options?
- Is my school district responsible for the costs of any programs?
- What do I need to bring to a residential program?
- What are the costs for each program?
- How do I schedule an SAT or ACT test?
- What types of standardized tests will be accepted?
- How much are the fees that need to be sent in with the application?
- What are the application deadlines?
- Does GATE have any programs for elementary school students?
- How do I apply for financial aid?
- How do I apply for GATE programs?
- How do I contact the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) office?
Student interested in becoming members of the Honors College should first apply for admission to Michigan State University (see above). A completed application for MSU admission serves as the application for Honors College membership; there is no separate application process. Invitations are extended within 4 to 6 weeks of the MSU admission to high school students who:
· Rank in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating class.
· Have an ACT composite score of at least 30 or an SAT score of at least 1360 (Critical Reading & Math sections only). MSU requires an ACT or SAT with a writing component.
More information can be found at http://honorscollege.msu.edu/admissions/index.html.
Go to the Office of Admissions and on their homepage there will be a student toolbox on the right hand side of the content. There you can click on the “Apply Now” button and it will take you through the application process.
CHAMP & ISHALL: Semester grades will be sent electronically to your school.
Dual Enrollment: Grades are available online using StuInfo.
You can request a transcript online through the Registrar’s Office here. The Registrar’s Office provides multiple ways to request a transcript. To request through the internet, you will need your MSU NetID and password to verify your identity, or you can use your PID and PAN. You can have a paper transcript sent or you can opt for a PDF version to be sent electronically. A credit card or an ACH payment will be needed to pay for online requests.
There is also the option to request a transcript by paper mail if you would rather pay by check or money order.
Review the step-by-step process on our web site at http://gifted.msu.edu/programs/dual-enrollment.
Meet with your high school counselor to discuss eligible courses you can enroll in at MSU and to obtain a signature on the Authorized Billing Form.
All application fees are non-refundable.
Your transcript will be reviewed and considered. There is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the program without the necessary test scores.
Spartan Youth is a mega search engine that gives you access to all MSU youth programming.
You will need to check with your Business Office to learn if financial assistance is available.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be mailed a packet with what to bring to MSU. The information can also be found here
MST@MSU: The cost of this 2-week residential camp is $1,650, plus $80 application fee.
CSI Forensic Science:The cost of this 1-week residential camp costs $1,300, plus $50 application fee.
High Achievers:For Michigan residents, a 3-credit course costs $1,791.75 and a 4-credit course costs $2,389.00; these costs are subject to change based on the current MSU tuition rates. There is also a $70 application fee.
MI-Shiga Student Exchange:The cost of the program is $1,500, plus $130 orientation fee. This does not include airfare.
CHAMP/MCHAMP/LCHAMP: The full cost is $1,040 per year.
LEAF: The full cost is $1,040 per year.
ISHALL: The full cost is $1,040.00 per year, plus a $100 book deposit, which is refunded if all books are returned and in good condition.
Students grades 6 - 9: We recommend contacting the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search for ACT and/or SAT testing. Go to www.ctd/northwestern.edu/numatsfor registration information or to enroll online.
All students:To schedule an SAT or ACT test off-campus you can visit the SAT and ACT websites to enroll online. The SAT information can be found at www.collegeboard.organd the ACT information can be found at www.actstudent.org.
For students who miss ACT/SAT testing deadlines, please contact the GATE office for assistance at 517-432-2129.
For application processing purposes the standardized tests we request that you send in with your application are either the SAT, the ACT, the PLAN, or the PSAT (see requirements for each program on the GATE website, www.gifted.msu.edu). Under certain circumstances we will consider state-specific standardized tests.
CHAMP/MCHAMP: $40.00 reservation/continuation fee
ISHALL: $40.00 reservation/continuation fee
MST@MSU: $150.00 ($75.00 application fee & a $75.00 deposit)
CSI Forensic Science: $100.00 tuition deposit and $50.00 application fee
High Achievers: $70.00 application fee
Explore Africa: $55.00 application fee and $200.00 additional deposit for optional travel component
February 1, 2013: MI-Shiga Student Exchange
April 5, 2013: High Achievers
May 3, 2013:CHAMP, MCHAMP, LCHAMP, ISHALL, LEAF, MST@MSU, CSI
GATE does not have any programs for elementary school students, but there are other options such as Spartan Youth and Ingham ISD. Spartan Youth is a mega search engine that gives you access to all MSU youth programming. Visit http://spartanyouth.msu.edu/.
The application for financial aid can be found at the end of the common application.
Along with this application, students must turn in, on school letterhead, verification that they qualify for free or reduced lunch as well as any other information that will demonstrate your need for scholarship assistance.
Visit our website, www.gifted.msu.edu, click Apply Online – then create a profile and apply to the specific program. Or download a paper application from our website and send it to our office. Make sure to submit all supplemental application materials indicated.
New Mailing Address:
Gifted and Talented Education
Michigan State University
219 S. Harrison Road, Room 8
East Lansing, MI 48824