How to Apply

To apply to the Social Science Scholars Program, you must provide the following materials:

  • Two reference letters from high school teachers and/or advisors/professors sent directly to Jenn Arbogast.
  • An official high school transcript detailing academic record sent directly to Jenn Arbogast.
  • A written statement of up to 2,000 words that will enable the selection panel to evaluate your suitability for the program. This may take the form of (a) a personal reflection on why this program would benefit you and suit your abilities and aspirations; (b) an analysis of specific social, political, economic, environmental or ethical issues that are of personal interest to you; or (c) some combination of (a) and (b). Please paste your statement into the application form.
  • Prospective students applying for fall 2021 admission will have the option to apply to the Social Science Scholars Program without submitting an ACT or SAT score. MSU is making this change as a result of test-taking disruptions due to the novel coronavirus. Applicants who would like to have test scores considered will have the ability to submit their scores by emailing a copy to Jenn Arbogast at jennarbo@msu.eduStudents in no way will be penalized for not submitting scores.

Selected applicants will then be invited for an on-campus or Skype interview. The deadline for applications each calendar year is April 1 for admission in the fall but early application is strongly recommended.


For more information, contact:

John Waller
Social Science Scholars Program
Berkey Hall

Jenn Arbogast
Academic Specialist
Social Science Scholars Program
Berkey Hall