Admissions Requirements


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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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.




Transfer Credit Resource


(MATT) Mississippi Articulation and Transfer Tool

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:


Home schooled applicants must submit the following:


Domestic applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:


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:



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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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 2018-forward: 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, unless denoted. Different policies exist for AP scores earned 2017 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.




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. A student of any age who has not earned college-level credit in the subject area in which he or she seeks credit can take a CLEP subject-area examination for advanced placement and college credit. CLEP credit cannot be used to remove an F grade. Credit will be awarded for a scaled score of 50 or above. The essay is required for all English examinations. CLEP examinations in English can, with required scores, be substituted for ENG 101 or ENG 102. The appropriate department at Southern Miss will have final determination in the amount of credit to be awarded, based on the essay. Under this program, students are restricted to a maximum of 30 semester hours, with not more than eight hours or two courses in one subject-matter area.* It is understood that the 30-hour total includes all credit earned by examination. The Office of Admissions will be charged with the responsibility of determining a student's eligibility to earn credit through these examinations. Credit appearing on another institution's transcript will be accepted as transfer credit only if it meets the above cited standards.


Prior to CLEP scores earned prior to June 2001, the following policies apply for the General Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

·        Credit for the General Examination will be restricted to students who have been out of high school for at least three years.

·         A student who has earned more than 30 semester hours of college credit may not earn additional credit through the use of the General Examination.

·        Credit will be awarded for each area in which the student receives a scale score of 500 or above.

·        All English General Examinations taken between January 1978 and April 1986 require a score of 610 for credit. It will be the responsibility of the Office of Admissions to determine a person's eligibility to receive credit.


*Credit for all foreign languages will vary within a range score of 40-80 and may allow up to 12 semester hours credit.


Below is a list of CLEP subject-area examinations that Southern Miss will consider:



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.




International Requirements


Requirements include:


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.