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First-Year, Full-Time Incoming Freshman Only: 2024 High School Graduates

Freshman scholarships are available to high school seniors fully admitted to Southern Miss for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Scholarship applications begin closing as early as January 15th, so make sure you have completed your FAFSA and have adequate time to apply for all available scholarship opportunities for the upcoming year.
A completed admission file includes an application for admission, the $45 application fee, your high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores. A current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for most undergraduate scholarships. 
* Students who are classified as freshman by the criteria above do not qualify for transfer scholarships. Freshman scholarships cannot be stacked with transfer scholarships.

For Freshman Academic Scholarships, Designation-Based Scholarships, and Competitive Scholarships, only standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) earned through the student's senior year and before the appropriate scholarship deadline will be considered.

  • For students exclusively submitting SAT scores, the combined scores of the Critical Reading and Quantitative sections will be the standardized test scores of record for the purposes of scholarship awarding and Honors College admission consideration.
  • This score will be converted to the equivalent ACT score based on the testing concordance in place at the time of the testing date. (Click here and view Table A2.)
  • The University of Southern Mississippi does accept super score ACT for scholarship purposes. (This only applies to incoming Freshman Academic Year 2022 and beyond. Previous years are ineligible for superscore criteria.)
  • Core GPA is calculated using the student's grades earned in coursework that is part of the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) as set forth by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.
  • Core GPA is calculated on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA.
  • For freshman scholarship consideration, core GPA will be calculated from the official high school transcript based on the student's first six semesters of high school work.

High school students with dual enrollment credit will still be considered for freshman scholarships as long as they are attending Southern Miss the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.


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