Now that you're admitted, here’s what you should do next.
- Step 1 – Know your Southern Miss ID and password. An email will be sent to you with the subject line of “Activating Your Southern Miss Student Account.” Follow the instructions to set up your Southern Miss email. If you need assistance, contact the iTech Help Desk at 601.266.HELP.
- Step 2 – Apply for campus housing by the priority date of March 1. Note: Freshmen are required to live on campus, and housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Step 3 – Submit your FAFSA. (Southern Miss school code: 002441)
- Step 4 – Apply for scholarships in the GO System. Note: Accept all University scholarship offers in the GO System by the deadline (Freshmen - May 1, Transfers - August 15).
- Step 5 – Submit proof of two (2) immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). *Hattiesburg and Gulf Park students only.
- Step 6 – Follow instructions emailed to you for next steps including Orientation and academic advisement. For assistance, Ask an Advisor.
- Step 7 – Turn in your final official transcript at the end of the semester to the Office of Admissions so that all applicable earned college credits can be posted toward your Southern Miss degree.
The Golden Opportunities Scholarship and Competitive Programs Application System (GO System) is the hub for all scholarships at The University of Southern Mississippi. It houses a variety of scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing students.
Complete the General Application in the GO System to be considered for a variety of institutional scholarships and search for other opportunities for which you may be eligible.
All newly admitted degree-seeking students on the Hattiesburg Campus are required to attend an Orientation session, and students can register for a session inside their SOAR account. Orientation sessions are informative and productive, and students will confirm their class schedules during this event. Orientation events are coordinated by the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs.
Note: You must submit proof of two (2) immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order to access Orientation registration in SOAR.
Newly admitted degree-seeking students on the Gulf Park Campus are advised and registered for courses individually, with an Orientation event held prior to the start of the new semester. Advisement and course registration are coordinated by the Gulf Park Advisement Center, which will communicate with the student following admission to the University.
Newly admitted degree-seeking students enrolling in a fully 100% online major are advised and registered for courses individually. Advisement and course registration is primarily handled by the University Advisement Center, which will communicate with the student following admission to the University. (Do not confuse enrolling in all online courses with being enrolled in one of our fully 100% online majors. Only students enrolling in one of those majors are permitted to seek advisement and course registration through the University Advisement Center.)
If you are a recently graduated high school senior who has earned college credit through another college or university, you must request that an official transcript from that college or university be sent to the Office of Admissions at Southern Miss. We cannot accept credit that appears on your high school transcript.
The University of Southern Mississippi will allow students to earn college credit by examination through Advanced Placement (AP) testing, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) examination, or the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CIE) program. Official score reports must be sent to the Office of Admissions for credit evaluation. Click here to view score conversion charts.
Submission of Proof
- We will accept a copy of your personal original immunization record, should you have one in your possession. (Your original record is not needed; a copy will be sufficient.)
- If you were immunized in the State of Mississippi, you can contact the Mississippi State Department of Health for a free copy of your immunization record.
- If you are not a Mississippi resident and are unable to access a personal copy of your immunization history, we recommend that you contact your local health department for assistance and guidance.
- If you are ultimately unable to acquire a copy of your immunization history, you can have a medical provider conduct a titer test that proves your MMR immunization.
We will accept copies of your MMR immunizations in the following way (Please make sure to include your student ID number when submitting your documentation.)
- Online: Upload your documentation electronically via the MMR Upload Form (you will need to log in using your application portal user name and password).
- Religious exemption: Please complete this form to document a religious exemption from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization requirement. Once completed, use the MMR Upload Form to submit it (you will need to log in using your application portal user name and password).
- Medical exemption: Please complete this form to document a medical exemption from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization requirement. Once completed, use the MMR Upload Form to submit it (you will need to log in using your application portal user name and password).
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is the University’s designated office to verify students’ eligibility for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). SAS works with eligible registered students on an individual basis to provide classroom and housing accommodations that are specific to their disability.