New Student and Retention Programs
New Student and Retention Programs
This program, Academic Connections to Enhance Success (ACES), provides selected students with a relatively small community of peers within the larger University as well as direct connections with dedicated faculty and staff. For the fall 2019 semester, students will be able to apply to one of the four living, learning communities. Students in any of the four fall 2019 ACES communities will:
Interested in being part of ACES in fall 2020? Apply to Southern Miss first, then complete the ACES application. The priority deadline for ACES applications is January 24, 2020. The final deadline for ACES applications is April 1, 2020.
You will receive notification of whether or not you were selected for this program by April 2020.
Details about the fall 2020 ACES communities are coming soon! Any questions you may have about the ACES program can be directed to the Office of New Student and Retention Programs by either calling 601.266.6405 or emailing nsrpFREEMississippi.
Apply here to join our ACES community for students who have a career goal of nursing. Those selected will live together in Scott Hall (Century Park South) and take three classes in common – Biological Sciences 110 and 110 lab; Sociology 101; and Nursing 101. Each of these classes has been chosen to help you stay on track to degree and gain valuable knowledge to help you in your future career. For instance, your Biological Sciences course will give you critical foundational information to prepare you for the science classes to come and your nursing requirements down the road. Sociology will help you to better understand the role of social factors in health, including how patients’ social background can influence their well-being and their help-seeking behaviors. Finally, Nursing 101 will introduce students to the field of nursing and how to be successful at Southern Miss. Together, these class go towards your degree, and taking them with other ACES students will provide you with a community of support within the University.
Interested in biology? This is the learning community for you. Those selected for this ACES program will live together Century Park North and take three classes in common – Biological Sciences 110 and 110 lab; Chemistry 106 and 106 lab; and Biological Sciences 197. Biological Sciences 110 and Chemistry provide you with an important foundation for the classes required in future semesters, and Biological Sciences 197 gives you valuable information on how to be successful at Southern Miss, in general and as a Biological Sciences major. Having the opportunity to take these classes with other ACES students gives you a ready-made community of peers within a large group of majors, as well as additional support for your classes. Apply here.
Not sure what you want to choose for your major? You will come to Southern Miss as an Exploratory Studies major until you find the best path for your future. This ACES living-learning community will bring together new freshmen who haven’t yet declared a major and provide tools and support to help investigate options and the best fit for each student. Participants will live together in Century Park North and take three classes in common – Fine Art Appreciation Course; Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110); and University 110. Your Art and Psychology classes will fulfill requirements for any major you select, so you will be on track to degree. The University 110 class will provide you with an avenue to learn about your degree and career options and give you critical support in a small class environment. By being part of ACES, you’ll get additional guidance from faculty and staff as well as tailored attention as you find the best major for you. Apply here.
At Southern Miss, we are proud to welcome a large percentage of first-generation college students to our University. Will you be the first person in your family to earn a four-year degree? If so, you are in great company, and the Gen 1 ACES living-learning community is for you. Participants will live together with other first gen students in Wilber Hall and have the chance to meet and get to know faculty and staff who were first gen students themselves. Students in this ACES community will take three classes in common as a group – University 112 (a course designed to help students navigate the University and maximize success), CMS 111 (Public Speaking), and ANT 101, which will fulfill a requirement for any degree you are pursuing. With additional mentoring and support from faculty and staff, your transition to the world of college will be made smoother through this ACES opportunity. Apply here.
*** Cannot be a part of ACES AND Luckyday Citizenship program or Honors College.
*** Must live on-campus, on the designated ACES floor.
Health Science (nursing)
Biological Sciences (any field in biology)
Exploratory Studies (undeclared major)
Gen 1 (first generation college student)
Unfortunately, you cannot do both ACES and Luckyday or Honors College. You will have to choose which community you would like to be a part of.
The ACES program is a living, learning program that requires you to live on campus (Hattiesburg campus). As a result, you are not able to be a part of ACES and live off-campus.
Yes. After you are accepted to Southern Miss, you will need to have a transcript/AP scores sent to the Admissions Office for verification. You can contact the Admissions Office by calling 601.266.5000 for more information.
The ACES program is a living, learning program that requires students to live together on a specific floor of a residence hall and take specific classes together. As a result, as a member of ACES you will have to live on the designated ACES floor.
Health Sciences: Century Park South Scott Hall
Biological Sciences: Century Park North
Exploratory Studies: Century Park North
Gen 1: Wilber Hall
Yes. After you are accepted to Southern Miss, you will need to have a transcript/AP scores sent to the Admissions Office for verification. You can contact the Admissions Office by calling 601.266.5000 for more information