Does MSU GATE have any programs for elementary school students?

MSU GATE has the GUPPY program for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6 (different classes for each grade range). The GUPPY program is a choice of three different weekend  and one week program in the summer.

How do I apply for GATE programs?

All program applications are completed online. Reference the How to Apply page for an overview of the application process.

When is the Application Deadline?

There are two 2022 Application Deadlines.

Academic Year & Summer Deadline May 11, 2022

  • 1st round decisions
  • If you are applying for financial aid, you must apply by this deadline
  • Summer decisions are rolling beginning mid-March
  • Academic Year applicants will be notified within 30 days of app deadline.

Academic Year Extended Deadline August 10, 2022 (Things to note when applying for the extended deadline)

  • Your program could fill before this deadline
  • Schools close for the summer so your application may not get completed or will have to wait if your teacher is not checking their email regularly.
  • Many schools request GATE acceptance before the end of the school year so they can plan for the following year. You will have to work with your school to fit your GATE program into your schedule when school resumes after summer break.
  • Remaining financial aid funds may be reduced or depleted.
  • Your decision may be delayed.

What are the Application Fees?

$50 non-refundable application fee for all programs. 

Is my school district responsible for the costs of any programs?

You will need to check with your school's business office staff to learn if financial assistance is available.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

You can apply for Financial Aid within the GATEway online application system. A copy of your current tax return is also required - see the form for details. Please view the Financial Aid page to see if you qualify for assistance.

What types of standardized tests will be accepted?

The required standardized tests for all programs are the SAT, ACT, or CogAT. The GUPPY program has additional acceptable tests. (Please see the test and score requirements under each program on the GATE website, www.gifted.msu.edu). An IQ test can also be submitted in place of standardized test scores.

How do I schedule an ACT, SAT, or CogAT test?

Visit the ACT and SAT Testing page for more information. Visit the CogAT Testing page for more information.

What if I don't meet the minimum test score?

Your other application materials will be reviewed and considered. However, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the program without the necessary test scores. Although students may meet the minimum requirements, it does not guarantee acceptance. All applications will go through a holistic review process.

How are Academic Year program grades reported to my school?

CHAMP / ISHALL / ALL / M.A.N.G.A. (including MSU and Southeast Michigan locations): Semester grades will be sent via e-mail to your school and your parents.

How do I request a replacement GATE grade report?

Duplicate/replacement grade reports can be requested here and can take up to 30 business days to be processed.

What is MSU's Tax ID number?


MSU GATE tuition is NOT undergraduate level tuition and should not be filed as such. Families will not receive a 1098-T or other tax documentation for GATE tuition costs.

How do I get a copy of my tuition receipt?

Tuition receipts are sent via email at the time of payment. Duplicate tuition receipts will not be resent. Parents and guardians are responsible for maintaining the original receipts.

Can you complete "x" form for my student?

We do not complete, sign, or otherwise offer additional documentation about a student's participation. Students will receive any relevant documentation including grade reports (where applicable) upon semester competion. External documents may not be submitted to our office for completion.

Summer Program FAQs 

When and where do I drop off and pick up my child? 

Times, locations, and detailedinformation about drop-off and pick-up policies will be provided to parents and guardianswell in advanceof the beginning of the programvia e-mail. Alternatedrop-off or pick-up times are not allowed. It is important that we make sure that every studentis accounted for and safe at all times. 

Can my child miss a day of class? 

NO. It is against university policy for an enrolled student to leave the program early or arrive late for any reason. Courses are also incredibly rigorous, and we do not want any of our students to fall behind or feel left out. Students may only miss class for an emergency that warrants the student leaving for the remainder of the program. 

Can I visit my child or take my child home on the weekend? 

NO. GATE programs are closed programs, meaning that for the duration of the program there are no visits from home or trips home for the weekend. 

Programs are full of fun activities, even on the evenings and weekends for residential students! For liability reasons, it is mandatory that students stay on campus for the duration of the program unless an emergency arises that warrants the student leaving for the remainder of the program. 

Studentswill be ableto text, e-mail, and calltheir parents and guardians at designated times, usually during evening free time. 

Will my child be safe on campus and staying in the dorms? 

Residential staff, also called Lead Supervisors and Resident Advisors (RAs), are trained to keep each student safe. Before the opening of the program, the residential staff receive training on rules, regulations, and safety information related to the students’ welfare. RAsare selectedbecause of their commitment to education and ability to interact well with young people. 

The residential staff members live in the residence hall on the same floor  as students and are on duty 24 hoursa day to ensure that every participant is safe. They are responsible for providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere inthe residence hall. 

Male and female students will live in separate hallwaysin the same residence hall.