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What Does This Mean? Is this a denial

semicolonsemicolon 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
Thank you for your interest in Michigan State University!
After an initial review of your application, we recognize your potential as a spartan. We would like to give you an opportunity to submit additional information to improve your chances of admission. Please submit the following information:
Test Scores: please submit a new, official test score from ACT or SAT that is stronger than any score provided with your application."

I initially submitted a 1410 SAT and my GPA is 3.9. I'm planning on retaking the SAT in December, but I'm not sure how much I can really improve. Is this a denial? What should I do?
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  • labegglabegg 2528 replies48 threads Senior Member
    That is a deferral/waitlist
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  • di74cazadi74caza 11 replies2 threads New Member
    I would call and see if this is correct. It just does t seem right. You have both a high GPA and SAT. Good luck
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  • djbaydawgdjbaydawg 59 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Make sure your test scores went through. Not to make you feel bad, but my SAT score was an 1150 and I got in. This doesn't seem right at all. You have a very high score. What about ECs?
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  • ClaremontMomClaremontMom 2365 replies41 threads Senior Member
    I agree with di74caza....doesn't seem right. But to answer your question (assuming it was right), they simply mean you are borderline and they want more information to make a decision (in this case, a higher test score.
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  • djbaydawgdjbaydawg 59 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Since your scores are so high, you may have been grouped with other applicants with high scores and maybe it came down to ECs. but call them...im just a student lol
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  • msuparentmsuparent 14 replies0 threads New Member
    Is the 1410 a superscore or your actual? If it's actual, then I believe MSU made a mistake on your status. Your score is worthy of a lot of scholarship money. My friend's daughter received almost $10,000 / year with a 33 on the ACT which I believe is just slightly better than your 1410. You don't need a higher test score. Call the admissions office to inquire.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43231 replies471 threads Senior Member
    Call, because it sounds like they made a mistake. Make sure they got yout GPA right, your course rigor, and test scores, all correct.
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  • semicolonsemicolon 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    1410 is the actual score, not a super score. What number should I call? Thank you all for the advice!
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  • msuparentmsuparent 14 replies0 threads New Member
    (517) 355-8332 is the general admissions number. Also, the status states that they are looking for an official SAT score - make sure that College Board submitted the score otherwise, it won't be "official".
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  • QuantMechQuantMech 7981 replies35 threads Senior Member
    Someone might have accidentally treated the 1410 as a score out of 2400, rather than 1600. I would call to inquire. There's no reason they would be asking you to improve on a 1410/1600.
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  • dcolosidcolosi 535 replies23 threads Member
    What is your intended major? Is it possible you put down a major that is more competitive than the admissions to the general university? My D was accepted last year with stats lower than yours but she was an Ed. major. I don't recall if there are any majors at MSU that have a higher standard to get into but I know that at other schools some majors can be more competitive to get in.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6537 replies1 threads Senior Member
    I agree with others that you should definitely call admissions and ask. When calling remain calm at all times and be polite and patient. Make sure that they have gotten the information that you think that they should have, and that they know that your SAT was 1410 out of 1600.

    It is possible that they either know that you are retaking the December SAT or that they are waiting for first semester grades. It is just as likely that something got lost and you just need to figure out what it is.
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  • ClaremontMomClaremontMom 2365 replies41 threads Senior Member
    @semicolon - So what happened?
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  • QuantMechQuantMech 7981 replies35 threads Senior Member
    I think it's just a mistake of some kind--no need to wait for first semester grades, or the December SAT retake (if you are doing that).
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  • semicolonsemicolon 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I emailed them, and it apparently is NOT a mistake. I'm applying as an Education major, so that might be why
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43231 replies471 threads Senior Member
    That makes even less sense. Education majors have much lower stats than that.

    Don't email - a random student worker answers with mandatory canned answer.
    Look up the name of your regional rep and CALL him/her directly. Do not get dobbed off to a random office (student) worker. Call him/her directly and ask what a sufficient test score is for education (odds are, 1200). If you cannot get him/her on the phone email and provide all your data (GPA, test scores /1600, each AP taken with score, etc.)
    Your profile is good enough to get into Education at UMichigan BTW.
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  • djbaydawgdjbaydawg 59 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Change your major maybe? You have a hella good score.
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  • msuparentmsuparent 14 replies0 threads New Member
    I agree that the education major makes even less sense. Something is not right. My daughter was admitted to education and has a 4.0 GPA (weighted) 3.8 UW and a 1240 on the SAT. Much lower than yours. You should call and speak to your admissions officer (there is a specific officer assigned to each school). If you are not comfortable doing that, set up a meeting with your high school counselor - they could make the call for you as they talk with their assigned admissions officer often. Good luck!!!
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  • dcolosidcolosi 535 replies23 threads Member
    My D is an Education major and was accepted last year with 3.75 GPA and a 26 ACT. 1210 on the old SAT and we are OOS. That just doesn't seem right that with your stats that you are not in. She ended up not going to MSU but it was one of her top two schools. She also had 1 AP class, several dual credit classes and was pretty involved in volunteer work and clubs. Just seems odd with your numbers that they are waiting on additional scores.
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  • 0825sykelyfe0825sykelyfe 1 replies0 threads New Member
    The same thing happened to me.. I'm applying as an education major as well and received the same message this morning.
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