International Undergraduate Admissions

Deadline Dates
The deadlines for filing international applications are as follows:

  • Fall admission – June 1
  • Spring admission – October 1
  • Summer admission – March 1

Applications must be received in the International Student and Scholar Services on or before the deadline date to be considered. Some departments have different deadlines for graduate applications. Graduate applicants should contact their major department for more information. Academic Records
Applicants should submit complete, official, academic records to include the following:

  • transcripts of all courses completed for each year of college or university work
  • diplomas/degree certificates

All academic records should be submitted in native language with certified English translations. These records should be mailed directly to us from the school or the examining board. These records must be authenticated by an appropriate school or board official.

Academic records should include the dates of attendance, titles of courses, credits earned, detailed marks, and an explanation of the marks or grading system used. A catalog or syllabus from each college or university attended, including course descriptions, would be of great help in the evaluation of college records and may be required in certain cases.

Photocopies of original records will not be accepted unless they have been certified as true and correct in original ink by your college registrar. Do not send photocopies that have not been certified as official.

PLEASE NOTE: All academic records submitted become the property of The University of Southern Mississippi and will not be returned.

Test Requirements Standardized tests are required for most applicants to any academic program at the graduate and undergraduate level. All applicants who are from countries other than the United Kingdome, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and certain Caribbean Islands, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in place of the TOEFL for undergraduate admission.

A minimum TOEFL score of 525 (PBT), 197 (CBT), or 71 (IBT) is required for undergraduate admission. An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 is also acceptable.

All communications regarding entrance to undergraduate programs should be addressed to:

The University of Southern Mississippi
International Student and Scholar Services 5151
2609 West 4th Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
USA

Eligibility for admission will be determined when all required application materials have been submitted. These items should be received before the deadline date of the semester for which the student is applying.

Requirements for Freshman Admission
Freshman applicants must complete a required core curriculum of courses during their secondary school education to be admitted to the university. The basic core requirements are:

4 units of English
3 units of mathematics
3 units of sciences
3 units of social studies
2 units of advanced electives
_ unit of computer applications

It is understood that most foreign education systems do not follow the same core curriculum as taught in U.S. high schools. Therefore, each applicant will be evaluated on criteria particular to the educational system of the country in which they completed their studies.

First-time freshman applicants should submit the following:

  • International application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS score from examing board
  • Official copy of ACT or SAT score
  • Official high school transcript (or exam certificate) which indicates the date of graduation or completion of studies
  • Recommendation letters (if applying for a freshman scholarship)

Requirements for a Transfer Student
Transfer applicants must complete a required core curriculum of courses during their previous college or university studies to be admitted to the university. The basic core requirements are

6 semester hours of English composition
3 semester hours of college algebra or higher mathematics
6 semester hours of science (must be laboratory-based)
9 semester hours of transferable electives

If you have not completed the curriculum requirements for transfer admission you must also submit an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation. It may also be necessary for you to submit an ACT or SAT score. Each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who have previously attended a college or university in the United States or abroad should apply as a transfer student. Transfer applicants should submit the following:

  • International application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS score from examing board
  • Official high school transcript (or exam certificate) which indicates the date of graduation or completion of studies
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges or universities attended