Transfer Requirements Other Routes Honors Requirements Credit by Exam International Requirements
Freshman Admission Requirements
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)|
||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.
Admission with Deficiencies
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.
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.
Year-Long Academic Support Program
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.
Transfer Admissions Requirements
A transfer applicant can be admitted to Southern Miss through several different routes. Please note that admission to some academic programs may require students to meet additional requirements.
Admission through Traditional Transfer Requirements
Students must have either an associate degree intended for transfer from a regionally accredited institution or have completed the 30 semester hours of designated coursework outlined below with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average for admission.
- 6 semester hours of English Composition (English Composition I and II)
- 3 semester hours of mathematics (college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher mathematics)
- 6 semester hours of natural science (courses must be laboratory-based, with the lecture courses accompanied by the respective lab course)
- 9 semester hours of humanities and fine arts (common examples of acceptable coursework are history, philosophy, religion, world literature, art, music)
- 6 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences (common examples of acceptable coursework are anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, social work)
Admission through Freshman Requirements
Students must meet freshman admission requirements and have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative college grade point average for admission.
Please note that transfer students admitted through this route must submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended after high school and that transfer credits will be applied toward their degree at Southern Miss.
Conditional Admission through Adult Status
An applicant who is at least 21 years old and does not meet any other admission requirements may apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student, which is commonly referred to as the conditional status. Students seeking admission through this route must have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.0.
Students with this status may enroll in no more than 12 semester hours and must a minimum 2.0 grade point average during the first 12 hours of enrollment at the university. Once these requirements are satisfactorily met, all restrictions are lifted and the student is considered degree-seeking. Students admitted on this status may experience financial aid restrictions, including Pell Grant ineligibility. Once conditional status requirements are satisfied, all financial aid restrictions will be lifted.
Transfer Credit Resource
The Mississippi Articulation and Transfer Tool (MATT) enables students to compare current community college courses against equivalent courses at Southern Miss and learn how those courses meet degree requirements for a specific major. View the Transfer Guide.
Other Routes to Admission
Applicants without a diploma from a regionally accredited high school; Home School Students; International Students
Applicants who have completed high school from a school that does not hold regional accreditation must submit the following:
- Transcripts reflecting academic performance or a secondary school leaving form
- ACT or SAT scores
Home schooled applicants must submit the following:
- Home-school transcripts or portfolio summarizing home school education
- ACT or SAT scores
Domestic applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:
- Qualifying scores on a state approved high school equivalency examination
- Transcripts reflecting academic performance or a secondary school leaving form
- ACT or SAT scores
International applications who have completed an international or foreign high school may be admitted in another admissions category or must submit one of the following:
- Transcripts reflecting academic performance or a secondary school leaving form or
- ACT or SAT scores
Honors College Admissions
Admission to the Honors College is separate. Students who seek admission to the Honors College must also apply for undergraduate admission.
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Honors Foundation (Incoming Freshmen)
Application Deadline: Jan. 5
Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Successful applicants are offered admission based on a combination of performance on standardized tests (ACT/SAT), high school academic record, evidence of creativity and leadership, and relative strength of the applicant pool. To learn more about the Honors Foundation program, click here.
Generally, the minimum criteria for consideration are 27 ACT (combined SAT score of 1210*) and a 3.5 core high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Admissions).**
*The written portion of the SAT is not considered in evaluation for Honors College admission.
**Core GPA is calculated with the student’s grades earned in coursework that is part of the college preparatory curriculum (CPC). Core GPA is computed on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA. (Consideration is given to applicants attempting AP, advanced or honors coursework, but primary emphasis is on core grade point average.)
Honors Keystone (Transfer Students & Native USM Students)
Application Deadline: May 1 (fall applicants) | November 1 (spring/summer applicants)
Admission to Honors Keystone is competitive. Successful applicants are offered admission based on academic record, demonstrated interest in conducting research, strength of letter of recommendation, writing skills and relative strength of the applicant pool.
The minimum criteria for consideration are 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average and completion of at least 40 credit hours. To learn more about the Honors Keystone program, click here.
Credit by Examination (AP, CLEP, IB)
The University of Southern Mississippi will allow students to earn credit by examination through Advanced Placement (AP) testing, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination.
Submit your AP, CLEP, or IB scores to Admissions for credit evaluation:
Mail | 118 College Drive, #5166, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Fax | 601.266.5148
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
For AP scores earned 2005-forward: Unless otherwise noted, an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 will earn three (3) semester hours of credit. Students scoring a 4-5 on an AP exam typically are awarded six (6) semester hours of credit. Different policies exist for AP scores earned 2004 and prior; please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
Listed below are the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations accepted by the university and the Southern Miss credits to be awarded.
|AP Examinations||Southern Miss Course Equivalent||Credit|
|Art, Drawing||ART 101, 102||3/6|
|*Biology (4-5)||BSC 110, 110L; BSC 111, 111L||8|
|Chemistry||CHE 106, 106L; 107, 107L||4/8|
|***Computer Science, A||CSC Elec., CSC 101||3|
|Computer Science, AB||CSC Elec., CSC 101||3/6|
|**Economics, Macro||ECO 201||3|
|**Economics, Micro||ECO 202||3|
|English Language or Literature||ENG 101, 102||3/6|
|French Language or Literature||FRE 101, 102||3/6|
|German||GER 101, 102||3/6|
|**Gov’t. & Politics U.S. or Comp.||PS 101||3|
|History, American or U.S.||HIS 201, 202||3/6|
|History, European||HIS 101, 102||3/6|
|Latin||LAT 101, 102||3/6|
|Math, Calculus, AB or BC||MAT 167, 168||3/6|
|Spanish Language or Literature||SPA 101, 102||3/6|
|Physics B or C||PHY 111, 111L, 112, 112L||4/8|
*Beginning in 1990, biology scores of 4-5 will receive eight (8) hours’ credit; scores of 1-3 will receive no credit.
**Scores of 3-5 will receive three (3) hours’ credit.
***Scores of 3-CSC Elec.; 4 or 5-CSC 101
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The University of Southern Mississippi will allow credit by examination to those students who have participated in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and have achieved a level acceptable to the university. Different academic policies govern the application of CLEP credit for students who earned CLEP scores prior to June 2001. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
CLEP testing location in Hattiesburg:
- William Carey University: 601.318.6104
Students can receive up to (but not more than) 30 semester hours through CLEP examination credit.
Below is a list of CLEP subject-area examinations that Southern Miss will consider:
|Subject Area Examination||Southern Miss Course Equivalent||Semester Hours|
|American Government||PS 101||3|
|*American History I and/or II||HIS 201, 202||3/6|
|Biology||BSC 110, 110L||4|
|Business Law, Introductory||BA 200||3|
|Calculus, with Elementary Functions||MAT 167, MAT 168||3/6|
|Chemistry, General||CHE 106, 106L; CHE 107, 107L||8|
|College Algebra||MAT 101||3|
|*Freshman English||ENG 101||3|
|**Foreign Languages||All languages||3-12|
|Information Systems & Computer Applications||CSC 100||3|
|Introductory Macro-economics||ECO 201||3|
|Introductory Micro-economics||ECO 202||3|
|Sociology, Introductory||SOC 101||3|
|Western Civilization I and/or II||HIS 101, 102||3/6|
*The essay is required for all English examinations. CLEP examinations in English can be, with required scores, substituted for ENG 101. The Department of English cannot accept CLEP examinations as substitutes for ENG 102. The appropriate academic department at Southern Miss will have final determination in the amount of credit to be awarded, based on the essay.
**Credit for all foreign languages will vary within a range score of 40-80 and may allow up to 12 semester hours’ credit.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Student receiving an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma may receive up to thirty (30) semester hours of credit for scores of 4 or better on both higher-level and standard-level examinations. Specific policies are determined by the academic unit for which the credit is awarded.
|IB Exam||Exam Score of 4||Exam Score of 5-7|
|Advanced Math||MAT 167||MAT 167/MAT 168|
|English A1||ENG 101||ENG 101/ENG 102|
|History of Europe||HIS 101||HIS 101/HIS 102|
|History of Americas||HIS 201||HIS 201/HIS 202|
|History||HIS 101||HIS 101/HIS 102|
|Spanish B||SPA 101||SPA 101/SPA 102|
|Psychology||PSY 110||PSY 110|
|French||FRE 101||FRE 101/FRE 102|
|German||GER 101||GER 101/GER 102|
- A $40 application fee
- Official transcripts
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) scores.
A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (IBT), 525 (PBT), minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or minimum PTE score of 50 is required for undergraduate admission. Official scores are accepted directly from the testing agency.
Strong freshman applicants will present a 2.5 minimum GPA in core academic subjects. Core requirements for academic units/hours vary for freshmen and transfers.
Freshman applicants will be evaluated according to the educational system of the country in which they completed their studies. Transfer applicants may be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation of university transcripts in addition to official university transcripts.