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The purpose of the Eagle Scholars Program is to (1) offer business students with assistance during their college career and (2) provide real-world corporate training, coaching and professional development to enhance student education and career preparation.

Learn more about the Eagle Scholars Program.

The Cintas Business Student Ambassadors strive to promote excellence, unity, and service in the College of Business & Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi through representation, recruitment, service, and facilitation. Ambassadors play a critical role in recruiting prospective students, engaging current students, fostering alumni relations, and maintaining sound relationships with corporate partners.

Learn more about the Cintas Business Student Ambassadors Program

Student Resources

The Testing Center, located on the second floor of Scianna Hall, provides ample space for online testing for business classes offered by the College of Business and Economic Development. Visit the Testing Center website to find out what you should know before arriving.

NOTE: The College of Business and Economic Development Testing Center is not the same as the University Testing Center. We do not administer any of the National Exams. i.e. the PRAXIS, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, etc. Please call the University Testing Center at 601.266.6123 for these exams. GED exams are given at local Community Colleges.

Interested in getting more involved and gaining professional experience? Join a student organization

All graduate and undergraduate students entering the College of Business & Economic Development (CBE) are required to own a laptop computer. For CBE minors and certificate programs, please contact the specific department. 

All Southern Miss students are eligible to download Office 365 for free. To find out more, visit USM iTech

Hands-on skills training and experiences are in great demand by employers. Since developing your career is a major mission of the College of Business and Economic Development, we provide opportunities for internships to students taking upper level courses.

General Guidelines:

  1. Minimum requirements for a student to participate in an internship - 
    Undergraduate Students: sophomore standing and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
    Graduate Students: at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    All students must complete a minimum of 120 work hours during the internship. 
  2. Internships must be approved in advance. Academic credit will not be given retroactively.
  3. The amount of academic credit to be awarded for each internship term shall be determined by the student's school director. 
  4. The maximum academic credit for an internship is six credit hours per semester.
  5. All interns must have both a faculty supervisor and an on-site supervisor.
  6. Internship written requirements set by the faculty supervisor, such as papers or journal entries, must be submitted no later than 10 business days after completing the on-site experience, or as requested by the faculty supervisor.

Accounting students also have the possibility of earning academic credit by participating in an internship. For further information or assistance, contact Valerie%20Simmons, Internship Coordinator.  

For more information on internships in your area of interest, email businesscareersFREEMississippi

Grammarly’s AI-powered products help people communicate more effectively. Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and impactful. As you type, Grammarly checks your text for hundreds of common and advanced writing issues, including common grammatical errors, contextual spelling mistakes, phonetic spelling mistakes, irregular verb conjugations and more. Grammarly also provides synonym suggestions to make your writing more readable and precise. 

Being a College of Business & Economic Development students means you have access to the Premium version, free! To activate your Grammarly account, please follow the steps below...

  1. Actively check your junk/clutter for the invite. Invites are sent FROM Grammarly (typically from
  2. You should not change the e-mail address in your Grammarly account.  You must use your USM account.
  3. If you can’t find the Grammarly email and are using your phone, you need to log in (on a computer) to your USM account ( and check the junk mail folder.
  4. If you still cannot access Grammarly after trying the above steps or cannot locate the email, please email businessFREEMississippi.  

GMetrix is a self-paced training program designed by Certiport that prepares test-takers for the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam. The College of Business and Economic Development currently has an unlimited license, making this program completely free to all CBE students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

To use GMetrix...

  1. Acquire the GMetrix access code from Patrick%20Browning.
  2. Install the GMetrix program on personal device or use the Finance Lab computers. Installation instructions can be found HERE.
  3. Create a GMetrix Account.
  4. Start GMetrix SMS client on your device, enter the appropriate access code to create a test, and pick your product, test bank, and training or testing mode.
  5. Run all three banks to 90% completion in training mode.
  6. Run all three banks to 90% completion in testing mode.
  7. After this, you are now ready to take the actual exam. Most successful test takers claim that 8 hours of preparation time was sufficient.
  8. Create a Certiport account
  9. Register to take the test in Scianna Hall 2046 by emailing Patrick Browning with the subject line: Certiport Registration. The test fee is $60 per attempt (proctor fee included). Payable by cash/check.

The GMetrix SMS software is intended to run on a windows machine, and at this time there is no Mac version. You will need to run it in a virtualization of Windows Vista, 7 or 8 using software such as Parallels or Fusion, along with the proper version of the Office product you wish to test. For example, you cannot select GMetrix Excel 2010 test under Parallels or Fusion and expect your Mac’s Office 2011 or 13 for Mac to launch and run. You would need to have installed Office 2010 within your Fusion or Parallels installation. For additional troubleshooting, please contact GMetrix Support.

Did you know there is a print station located on the second floor of Scianna Hall?

WEPA has created a cost-effective and intuitive method of printing to one central print station using their mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as an application students can download directly to their computer. Select your preferred method and print away! Print prices can be seen on the screen saver of each print station.

Download the Print app to your computer HERE.
NOTE: You must log in with your SOAR credentials.

For specific instructions, visit

Other available print stations: 
Asbury Hall, 206-A
Cook Library, on each floor
Marsh Hall
Liberal Arts Building

Courses, at any level, can be tough! The College of Business & Economic Development wants to ensure that our students have the best chance of succeeding in our most challenging courses taught in the College, which include accounting, finance, and managerial statistics. Find out more about our tutoring services

The College of Business & Economic Development wants you to grow professionally while earning your degree! We are in the process of developing online student success seminars offering professional development opportunities to our students both on and off campus. 

Email Etiquette: this webinar is meant for students to understand the importance of how to send a professional email. This can be used in all aspects of life such as job searching, professional career, personal, and student. 

Social Media Clean Up: this webinar is meant to help students review their various social media pages and "Clean-up" things that potential employers or professionals would not want to see. 

LinkedIn: this webinar gives tips to students on how to better leverage their LinkedIn profile while transitioning from a student to a professional.

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3103 Scianna Hall
118 College Dr. #5021
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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