Admissions Guide
College Preparatory Curriculum

Effective summer 2012, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning universities will admit Mississippi High School graduates under both a required and recommended College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC). The CPC identifying 16 ½ Carnegie units is the minimum required CPC for full admission and the 19 ½ Carnegie unit CPC is recommended for enhancing student readiness for university-level coursework.

The CPC is aligned with current Mississippi high school graduation requirements and course offerings. The CPC and accompanying course list ensure uniformity of courses being accepted in each category of the CPC across Mississippi's eight public institutions.

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Required College Preparatory Curriculum
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The minimum REQUIRED CPC for full admission into a Mississippi public university is as follows: English: 4 Carnegie units

  • All must require substantial communication skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Compensatory Reading and Writing may not be included.
Mathematics: 3 Carnegie units
  • Algebra 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
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • U.S. Government (½ unit)
  • Economics (½ unit) or Introduction to World Geography (½ unit)
Arts: 1 Carnegie unit
  • Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two . 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 Foreign Language 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: ½ Carnegie unit
  • A course that emphasizes 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.
Total Carnegie units: 16½ 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: Advanced 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 The Mississippi Department of Education also maintains an online course catalog with CPC classifications for each course -

Recommended College Preparatory Curriculum
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Admissions & Curriculum Questions

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Mississippi's College Completion Agenda

For Admissions Policy questions contact:
Eric S. Atchison
Director of System Analysis, Research, & Enrollment Management
Telephone: 601.432.6288

For College Prep Curriculum questions contact:
Heather W. Morrison
P-20 Projects Coordinator
Telephone: 601.432.6626