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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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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. Admission may be granted to those students meeting the below minimum requirements.

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Admission Requirement for Entering Freshman

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has the authority to establish minimum standards of achievement as a prerequisite for entrance into any of the institutions under its jurisdiction. Following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  1. Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum* (CPC) with a minimum of 3.20 GPA
  2. Complete the CPC with a  minimum of 2.5 GPA and score at least 16 on the ACT (at least 860 on the SAT)
  3. Complete the CPC with a class rank in the upper 50% and score at least 16 on the ACT (at least 860 on the SAT)
  4. Complete the CPC with a minimum of 2.0 GPA and score at least 18 on the ACT (at least 940 on the SAT)
  5. Satisfy the NCAA standards as a full-qualifier under Division I guidelines

* College Preparatory Curriculum – Required 16 1/2 units

English: (4 Carnegie Units) Course must require substantial communication skills.

Mathematics: (3 Carnegie Units) Alegebra I or its equivalent, Math higher than Algebra I (2 units).

Science: (3 Carnegie Units) Biology I or its equivalent, Science higher than Biology I (2 units).

Social Studies: (3 Carnegie Units) United States History, World History, U.S. Government (1/2 unit), Economics (1/2 unit), or Introduction to World Geography (1/2 unit).

Arts: (1 Carnegie Unit) Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two ½ units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation. 

Advanced Electives: (2 Carnegie Units)

  • Option 1 Foreign Language I and II
  • Option 2 Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography
  • Option 3 Any combination of English, Mathematics higher than Algebra I, Science higher than Biology I, Advanced Elective category, any AP course, any IB course

Technology: (1/2 Carnegie Unit) A course that emphasized the use of technology as a productivity tool. Instruction should include utilizing various forms of technology to create, collaborate, organize and publish information. The application of technology as a productivity tool, rather than specific hardware and/or software packages should be the focus of the course.

 

* College Preparatory Curriculum – Recommended to enhance preparedness 19 ½ units

English (4 Carnegie Units): Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included.

Mathematics: (4 Carnegie Units) Algebra I or its equivalent, Math higher than Algebra I (3 units).

Science: (4 Carnegie Units) Biology I or its equivalent, Science higher than Biology I (3 units).

Social Studies: (4 Carnegie Units) United States History, World History, U.S. Government (1/2 unit), Economics (1/2 unit), Introduction to World Geography (1/2 unit), MS Studies (or state/local government course in any other state).

Arts: (1 Carnegie Unit) Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two ½ units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation. 

Advanced Electives: (2 Carnegie Units)

  • Option 1 Foreign Language I and II
  • Option 2 Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography
  • Option 3 Any combination of English, Mathematics higher than Algebra I, Science higher than Biology I, Advanced Elective category, any AP course, any IB course

Technology: (1/2 Carnegie Unit) A course that emphasized the use of technology as a productivity tool. Instruction should include utilizing various forms of technology to create, collaborate, organize and publish information. The application of technology as a productivity tool, rather than specific hardware and/or software packages should be the focus of the course.

 

College Preparatory Curriculum Notes:

Pre-High School Units: Courses taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided the course earns Carnegie credit and the content is the same as the high school course.

Substitutions: Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses can be substituted for each requirement in the College Preparatory Curriculum.

Course Acceptance: A course may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

The Required and Recommended College Preparatory Curricula (CPC) are approved by the IHL Board of Trustees, and the IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs maintains a complete list of courses that can be used to satisfy the CPC requirements. See www.mississippi.edu/admissions/.

 

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:

  1. Entering freshman with an ACT Mathematics subtest score of 19 or less will be required to take Intermediate Mathematics.
  2. Entering freshman with an ACT English subtest score of 16 or less will be required to take Intermediate English.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
    1. Transcripts reflecting academic performance
    2. ACT or SAT scores
  2. Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:
    1.  Home-school transcripts or portfolio summarizing home school education
    2. ACT or SAT scores
  3.  Applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:
    1. Qualifying scores on the General Education Development (GED) Test
    2. ACT or SAT scores
    3. Any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

 

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

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:

6 semester hours English Composition
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

All other transfer admission students are subject to the requirements outlined in IHL Board Policy 602 Freshman Admission Requirements.

 

Transfer admission for students who have earned an Associate Degree

  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 Fee

Delta State University charges a non-refundable fee each time an undergraduate application is submitted for admission. Applicants are required to submit payment via credit/debit card or web check in order for the admission application to be processed.

 

Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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DATES(S)


Change/Review/Approval Date:

Policy Effective Date: 09/19/16

Revised/Approved by Academic Council: 09/8/2016

Revised/Approved by Cabinet:  09/19/2016

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