Application and Requirements
Honors Foundations (prospective freshmen)
Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Successful applicants are offered admission based on a combination of performance on standardized tests (ACT/SAT), high school academic record, evidence of creativity and leadership, and relative strength of the applicant pool. Generally, the minimum criteria for consideration are 27 ACT (combined SAT of 1210*) and 3.5 core high school grade point average (as determined by the Office of Admissions).**
To apply, complete and submit the Competitive Freshman Programs Application.***
Deadline: February 1
*The written part of the SAT is not considered in evaluation for Honors College admission.
**Core GPA is calculated with the student's grades earned in coursework that is part of the college preparatory curriculum (CPC). Core GPA is computed on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA. (Some consideration is given to applicants attempting AP, advanced or honors coursework, but primary emphasis is on core GPA.)
***Honors Foundations applications are processed by Admissions. For application information or status, contact Admissions (601)266-5000.
Honors Keystone (current and transfer students)
Honors Keystone at Southern Miss provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct research at a high academic level. In addition, students who satisfy the curriculum and requirements of the Honors College graduate from Southern Miss with Latin designation. Prospective Honors Keystone students must have: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, 40 credit hours by the start of the entry term and four (4) semesters remaining (in order to complete the Keystone curriculum).
To apply, complete and submit the Honors College Application for Admission to Honors Keystone.
Spring/Summer 2016 applicants: November 1, 2015
Fall 2016 priority housing applicants: February 1, 2016
Fall 2016 applicants: May 1, 2016
Example: spring 2016 applicant has 29 credit hours from prior terms, and another 13 hours in progress when s/he submits the application, due November 1. The applicant is eligible to apply because s/he will have 42 hours by the start of the spring term.
To create an exceptional essay, we recommend self-editing on a character level, in addition to utilizing a grammar/spelling tool. While the content of your essay is not restricted, a sample within your field of study will best represent your future works.
Writing is an important component of the Honors Keystone curriculum; thus your essay should demonstrate highly-tuned writing and editing skills, including proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. In addition, all terms in the essay should be defined, and the paper should be written in a manner that laypeople will understand, as the ability to effectively communicate research is the backbone of the Honors Keystone curriculum.