Every college will have its own requirements and deadlines for admission, so look at the college’s admissions website or call the admissions office for the details.
In almost all cases, colleges will require:
- Completed application form
- High school transcript or GED (Some colleges require certain courses. See Credits Needed for College or scroll down and keep reading.)
- ACT or SAT test scores
- Immunization records
- Non-refundable application fee (can sometimes be waived in cases of financial need)
Some colleges, or specific college programs, will require:
- Essays – Proofread, proofread, proofread. Nothing says "I don't really care" like grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Interviews – If an interview is required, be ready to answer questions like "Tell me a little about yourself." "Why do you want to attend our school?" "What do you plan to major in?" And let's not forget the old favorite, "Where do you see yourself twenty years from now?"
- Auditions & Portfolios – If you're trying to get into a theater or music program, you might have to audition. Art programs may require a portfolio of work.
- Lists of Activities – Some colleges, especially selective colleges, will want to know what extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, volunteerism, etc.) you've participated in. See the Extras section.
- Letters of Recommendation – Some colleges, or specific college programs, will require letters of recommendation. It is really important to ask your teachers to for these in advance. And make sure they are submitted ON TIME. You might have to give your teacher a friendly reminder.
For admission to Mississippi’s public universities:
If you want to go to one of Mississippi’s eight public universities, you should meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) (See Credits Needed for College) with a minimum 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) on the CPC; or
- Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.50 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50 percent, and a score of 16 or higher on the ACT* (Composite); or
- Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.00 high school GPA on the CPC and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT* (Composite); or
- Satisfy the NCAA standards for student athletes who are “full-qualifiers” under Division I guidelines (See the sports information in the Extras section).
*In lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores.
HEY: If you don't meet any of the above criteria, you may still get in.
You should apply to the public university you want to attend. The university will require you to undergo an on-campus placement process. As part of the placement process, you'll have to take an Accuplacer exam.
The placement process will determine whether you can enroll in regular freshman-level courses with some academic support OR you need to enroll in the summer semester with mandatory participation in the Summer Developmental Program.
The Summer Developmental Program is an intensive ten-week program, designed to help you become "college-ready". If you successfully complete the summer semester, then you can enroll in the fall semester with academic support. If you don't successfully complete the summer semester, the admissions counselor will talk to you about other educational options.
Financial aid is available for students enrolled in the Summer Developmental Program.
For more information about public university admission standards, call 601.432.6501.