Policies & Forms

Classification of Students


For purposes of enrollments and determining eligibility for certain student activities, a division of students by class is made by the Office of the Registrar at the end of each semester on the basis of the number of credits earned and according to the following schedule:



  • less than 28 (freshman)

  • 28 to 55 (sophomore)

  • 55 to 87 (junior)

  • 88 and above (senior)

Students who have matriculated at Michigan State University and have achieved junior standing (56 semester credits) may not transfer additional credits to MSU from two-year institutions. 


Email Communications


The College of Engineering utilizes the Confidential Message Center to send important messages regarding such topics as college admission, academic warnings, etc.  If you receive a message from the Confidential Message Center it will have a subject line that reads, "Office of the Registrar Confidential Message" and you will be directed to a sign-in page. Sign in with your MSUNetID and password to retrieve your message.  You may also retrieve your message from the Office of the Registrar's website.


You are given the option to delete messages from view, but you're not deleting messages from the system.  You can retrieve past messages by clicking on the "View All Messages" button.


MSU Student Email Communications Notice can be found on the Libraries, Computing & Technology guidelines and policies website.


Tuition, Fees & Refunds


Tuition, Fees and Refunds information can be found on the MSU Controller's Office website.