Undergraduate Admission Requirements
The Undergraduate Admissions Office is to admit a student population that assists the University in achieving its vision of being the best regional university in America. Admissions may be granted to those students meeting the below minimum requirements.
Admission Requirements for Entering Freshman
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has the authority to establish minimum standards of achievements as a prerequisite for entrance into any of the institutions under its jurisdiction. Following are the minimum requirements for admission:
- Complete the College Prep Curriculum* (CPC) with a minimum 3.20 GPA
- Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.5 GPA and score and at least 16 on the ACT (at least 760 on the SAT)
- Complete the CPC with a class rank in the upper 50% and score at least 16 on the ACT (at least 760 on the SAT)
- Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.0 GPA and score at least 18 on the ACT (at least 860 on the SAT)
- Satisfy the NCAA standards as a full qualifier under Division I guidelines
* College Prep Curriculum
Mathematics: (3 Carnegie Units) Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.
Science: (3 Carnegie Units) Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Advanced Physics, or any other
science course with comparable rigor and content.
Social Studies: (3 Carnegie Units) United States History (1 unit), World History (1 unit), Government (1/2 unit), Economics (1/2 unit), or eography (1/2 unit).
Advanced Electives: (2 Carnegie Units) Foreign Language, World Geography, 4th year Laboratory-based Science, or 4th year Mathematics.
Computer Applications: (1/2 Carnegie Unit) The course should include use of application packages, such as word processing and spreadsheets.
Pre-High School Units: Algebra I, first-year foreign language, MS Studies, or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided course content is the same as the high school course.
* College Prep Curriculum – Recommended to enhance preparedness
English (4 Carnegie Units): Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included.
Mathematics (4 Carnegie Units): Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and any one unit of comparable rigor and content.
Science (4 Carnegie Units): Biology I, Botany, Chemistry I, and any two units of comparable rigor and content (e.g. Biology II, Chemistry II, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, Physics II).
Social Studies (4 Carnegie Units): United States History, World History, U.S. Government, Economics, Introduction to World Geography, MS Studies. Credit earned for a State/Local Government course in another state may stand in lieu of MS Studies.
Arts (1 Carnegie Unit): Visual and performing arts course meeting the requirements for high school graduation.
Advanced Electives (2 Carnegie Units): Foreign Language I and II, Advanced World Geography, or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to those required above.
Computer Applications (1/2 Carnegie Unit): The course should emphasize the computer as a productivity tool. Instruction should include the use of application packages, such as word processing and spreadsheets. The course should also include basic computer terminology and hardware operation.
Pre-High School Units Algebra I, first-year foreign language, MS Studies, or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided course content is the same as the high school course.
Developmental Course Requirements
The Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL Board) for the State of Mississippi has mandated the following modifications to the admissions policy:
All entering freshman enrolled at an Institution of Higher Learning university will be required to successfully complete specific college preparatory course work during their first semester of college if they fall under one of the following categories:
- Entering freshman with an ACT Mathematics subtest score of 16 or less will be required to take Intermediate Mathematics.
- Entering freshman with an ACT English subtest score of 16 or less will be required to take Intermediate English.
- Entering freshman with an ACT Reading subtest score of 16 or less will be required to take Intermediate Reading. Students taking Intermediate Reading should not be permitted to take courses in Literature and Social Sciences.
- Students taking two or more intermediate courses must enroll in the year long Academic Support Program and will not be permitted to take more than 17 semester hours, including intermediate courses and the Academic Support Program.
APPLICANTS WITHOUT A DIPLOMA FROM A REGIONALLY ACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOL; OR HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS:
1. Applicants who have completed high school from a school that does not hold regional accreditation must submit the following:
a. Transcripts reflecting academic performance
b. ACT or SAT scores
2. Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:
a. Home-school transcripts or portfolio summarizing home school education
b. ACT or SAT scores
3. Applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:
a. Passing scores on the General Education Development (GED) Test
b. ACT or SAT scores
c. Any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school
Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.
Any student who was not eligible for regular admission and who has not successfully completed the Summer Developmental Program must attend an accredited institution of higher education other than those under the governance of the Board of Trustees and must attain a “C” average (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the admitting IHL institution) in the following 30 transferable semester credit hours to be eligible to transfer to an IHL institution:
3 semester hours College Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning, or higher level mathematics
6 semester hours Natural Science
9 semester hours Humanities and Fine Arts
6 semester hours of Social or Behavioral Sciences
1. Any student who has earned an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.00 GPA (as calculated by the admitting institution) is eligible for admission.
2. Any student who has earned other Associate level degrees from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.00 GPA (as calculated by the admitting institution) in a transferable area, as defined by the admitting institution, may be eligible.
Application provided by the Admissions Office