Students planning to enter the university as freshmen must complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) listed below and submit a composite ACT or combined SAT (verbal/quantitative) score. Please note that the writing components of the ACT and SAT are not used in evaluation for admission.
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College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC)
|Units||No. of units required||Description|
|English||4||All must have substantial writing components.|
|Mathematics||3||Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, or higher math|
|Sciences||3||Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science (Some other lab-based sciences may be acceptable.)|
|Social Studies||3||Must include U.S. History, World History, American Government (1/2 unit) and Economics or Geography (1/2 unit)|
|Arts||1||Includes any one unit (or two 1/2 units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.|
|Advanced Electives||2||Choose from a foreign language, Geography, a math above Algebra II, or a science from those listed above. (One unit must be a foreign language or Geography.)|
|Technology||1/2||Computer applications/programming course|
|Pre-High School Units||Algebra I, first year foreign language, Mississippi Studies or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission, provided the course content is the same as the high school course.|
Full admission will be granted to the following:
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 3.2 high school GPA on the CPC and a submitted ACT (composite) or SAT score
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 2.5 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50 percent, as well as a score of 16 or higher on the ACT (composite) or a combined score of *770 or higher in critical reading and math on the SAT
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of 2.0 high school GPA on the CPC and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (composite) or a combined score of *860 or higher in critical reading and math on the SAT
- Students who satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards for student-athletes who are full qualifiers under Division I guidelines
*Based on any SAT taken before March 2016
The University of Southern Mississippi accepts scores from both the old SAT (any SAT taken before March 2016) and the newly redesigned SAT. If you have taken the SAT after March 1, 2016, use College Board’s SAT Score Converter to compare your SAT scores to old SAT scores.
Applicants who fail to meet full admission standards as listed above may, as a result of a review, be admitted for the summer or fall semester. The review shall involve a consideration of high school performance, ACT/SAT scores, placement testing, and special interests and skills, as well as other noncognitive factors.
As a result of the review, students who indicate inadequate readiness in English, reading or mathematics may be required to participate in counseling and testing, which will be held on campus prior to the beginning of the summer session. Applicants who successfully complete the counseling and testing program may be admitted to the university, with the requirement that they participate in the Year-Long Academic Support Program.
Students who are not successful in completing the counseling and testing program may be admitted with the requirements that they enroll in the Summer Developmental Program.
The Summer Developmental Program is an intensive nine-week program developed to prepare students for success during their first year of college studies. The program concentrates on those high school subject areas (writing, reading, mathematics) that are crucial to success in first-year college curricula. To be eligible to enroll in the program, students must first go through an on-campus interview, which includes taking a diagnostic test called the Accuplacer.
Students who successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be allowed to continue in the fall term with mandatory participation in the Year-Long Academic Support Program during their freshman year. Students who do not successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be counseled to explore other post-secondary opportunities, including those offered by community colleges.
The cost for the program is full-semester tuition plus the required study materials. A student may apply for financial aid to assist in paying for the program by filling out a FASFA application; a grant is also available through the State of Mississippi.
The Year-Long Academic Support Program is designed to help students navigate through their first year of college studies with a positive experience and complete it with great success.
The program offers individualized one-on-one advisement and counseling sessions with a specified staff member in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. The student will be required to meet with the staff member throughout their first year of college prior enrolling for each upcoming semester.