Admissions Requirements

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High School Course Requirements

All entering freshman applicants must have earned at least a 2.0 in the high school units listed below. The official high school transcript must indicate credit in the following College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC):

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SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test
Option 1: Complete the CPC with a minimum of 3.20 high school GPA on the CPC.
Option 2: Complete the CPC with a minimum of 2.50 high school GPA on the CPC or a class ranking in the top 50% of the class, and an ACT score of 16 or higher or a combined score of 880-910 on the SAT.
Option 3: Complete the CPC with a minimum of 2.00 high school GPA on the CPC and an ACT score of 18 or higher or a combined score of 960-980 on the SAT.
Option 4: Satisfy the NCAA Division I standard for student-athletes who are "full qualifiers" or “academic redshirts” are accepted as equivalent to the admission standard.
In the lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores. Students scoring below 16 on the ACT (composite) or the equivalent SAT are encouraged to participate in the Year-Long Academic Support Program during their freshman year.

 

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

Mathematics: 3 Carnegie Units

  • Algebra I or its equivalent
  • Math higher than Algebra 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 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 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

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