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    University of Southern Mississippi
   
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to the University



All communications regarding entrance to the undergraduate colleges and schools of the university should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5166, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 or via email at admissions@usm.edu.

Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, application fee, ACT/SAT test score and scholastic records have been submitted. These items should be received before the deadline date of the semester for which the student is applying (see Calendar ). The academic record, character and conditions of application of the applicant must be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and with the laws of the state of Mississippi. The applicant must have excellent moral character and must be willing to conduct his or her affairs so as to be a credit to the university. The university reserves the right to cancel the admission or registration of an individual whose attendance at the university, in the opinion of the appropriate administrative officer and the president, would not be mutually beneficial to himself or herself and to the institution. Any undergraduate applicant who is denied admission to the university may have his or her case reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Appeals Committee. To initiate the review procedure, the student should contact the Office of Admissions. Applicants should note carefully the law governing legal residence and the penalty for falsifying residence information. The law appears in the students' expenses section of this Bulletin. The University of Southern Mississippi does not discriminate on grounds of age, sex, race, color, religion or national origin. These provisions also apply to disabled individuals pursuant to current federal and state regulations subject to reasonable standards of admission and employment. All inquiries concerning discrimination should be referred to the director of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Office, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5177, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001.

Admission requirements are subject to change as mandated by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, without prior notification.

Application Requirements for Freshmen

Each entering freshman applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Submission of ACT or SAT scores
  3. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  4. Documentation of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization.
  5. An official high school transcript, which lists the date of graduation, and grade point average, and which indicates credit in the following College Preparatory Core (CPC) units in grades 9-12:
  • English: 4 units - All must require substantial writing components.
  • Mathematics: 3 units - Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, or higher math
  • Science: 3 units - Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science (Some other lab-based sciences may be acceptable.)
  • Social Studies: 3 units - Must include U.S. History, World History, American Government (½ unit) and Economics or Geography (½ unit)
  • Arts: 1 unit - Includes any one unit (or two ½ units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.
  • Advanced Electives: 2 units - Choose from a foreign language, Geography, a math above Algebra II, or a science from those listed above. (One unit must be a foreign language or Geography.)
  • Technology: ½ unit - Computer applications/programming course

Total - 16 ½  units

  • Pre-High School units: Algebra I, first year foreign language, Mississippi Studies or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission, provided the course 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 www.mississippi.edu/admissions/.

Full admission will be granted to the following:

  1. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 3.2 high school GPA on the CPC and a submitted ACT (composite) or SAT score;
  2. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 2.5 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50 percent, as well as a score of 16 or higher on the ACT (composite) or a combined SAT score of 770;
  3. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of 2.0 high school GPA on the CPC and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (composite) or a combined SAT score of 860
  4. Students who satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards for student-athletes who are full qualifiers under Division I guidelines.

Admission with Deficiencies

Applicants who fail to meet full admission standards as listed above may, as a result of a review, be admitted for the summer or fall semester. The review shall involve a consideration of high school performance, ACT/SAT scores, placement testing, and special interests and skills, as well as other non-cognitive factors.

As a result of the review, students who indicate inadequate readiness in English, reading or mathematics may be required to participate in counseling and testing, which will be held on campus prior to the beginning of the summer session. Applicants who successfully complete the counseling and testing program may be admitted to the university, with the requirements that they participate in the year-long Academic Support Program.

Students who are not successful in completing the counseling and testing program may be admitted with the requirements that they enroll in the Summer Developmental Program.

Summer Developmental Program

The Summer Developmental Program is an intensive nine-week program developed to prepare students for success during their first year of college studies. The program concentrates on those high school subject areas (writing, reading, mathematics) that are crucial to success in first-year college curricula. To be eligible to enroll in the program, students must first go through an on-campus interview, which includes taking a diagnostic test called the Accuplacer.

Students who successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be allowed to continue in the fall term with mandatory participation in the Year-Long Academic Support Program during their freshman year. Students who do not successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be counseled to explore other post-secondary opportunities, including those offered by community colleges.

The cost for the program is full-semester tuition plus the required study materials. A student may apply for financial aid to assist in paying for the program by filling out a FASFA application.

Realizing that applicants from other states and countries may not have the same curriculum opportunities as our in-state applicants, those students will be required to achieve curriculum standards that would be considered equivalent in rigor and content to the College Preparatory Core.

Course Placement for Entering Freshmen

The following statements in regard to developmental education curriculum for university system institutions are based on existing Board policies set forth in the Board's policies and bylaws; they are set forth to assist the institutions in proper implementation of Board policy and to assure compliance with the requirements set forth by the Board.

  1. All entering freshmen enrolled at an IHL university with an ACT mathematics subtest score of 16 or less will be required (SAT quantitative score of 490 or less) to take and successfully complete intermediate mathematics (MAT 99 ) during their first semester of enrollment. The following is not an IHL policy; it is an institution policy. All entering freshman enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi with an ACT mathematics subtest score of 17, 18 or 19 will be required to take and successfully complete intermediate mathematics (MAT 99 ) and make a "C" or higher before enrolling in quantitative reasoning (MAT 100 ) or college algebra (MAT 101 ).
  2. All entering freshmen enrolled at an IHL university with an ACT English subtest score of 16 or less will be required (SAT quantitative score of 400 or less) to take and successfully complete intermediate English (ENG 099E  ) during their first semester of enrollment. The following is not an IHL policy; it is an institution policy. All entering freshman enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi with an ACT English subtest score of 17, 18 or 19 will be required to complete ENG 100E  during their first semester of enrollment. Students with ACT English subtest score of 16 or less will be required to complete both ENG 100E   and ENG 099E  during their first semester.
  3. All entering freshmen enrolled at an IHL university with an ACT reading subtest score of 16 or less will be required (SAT quantitative score of 400 or less) to take and successfully complete intermediate reading (CIE 99 ) during their first semester of enrollment. Students whose reading subtest score is 17, 18 or 19 should be strongly encouraged to take intermediate reading.
  4. Students taking intermediate reading (CIE 99 ) will not be permitted to take reading-intensive courses such as literature or the social sciences.
  5. Students taking two or more intermediate (99) courses mandated by IHL Board policy
    1. must enroll in the year-long Academic Support Program (LS 101  ) and
    2. will not be permitted to take more than 17* semester hours, including intermediate courses (99) and the Academic Support Program (LS 101 ). *

* The one-hour credit new students earn for orientation (GS 100 ) is the exception.

When to Apply

A high school student is urged to apply for admission early during the senior year. The applicant should have his or her high school submit to the Office of Admissions a transcript complete for his or her first six semesters. This transcript should have clearly posted the current grade point average, class rank and the courses for which the student is currently enrolled. A student who applies during his or her final senior semester should provide a transcript complete for the first seven semesters. An application is processed as soon as possible after all required items are available. Freshman students who intend to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi must be offered admission prior to the admission deadline. See deadlines on admissions website: www.usm.edu/admissions

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

Each entering transfer applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  3. An official final transcript from each college or university attended (Faxed transcripts will not be accepted)
  4. Must be in good standing from last institution attended
  5. Documentation of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

Students must have either an associate degree intended for transfer from a regionally accredited institution or have completed the 30 semester hours of designated coursework outlined below with a minimum 2.0 culmulative grade point average for admission.

  • 6 semester hours of English Composition (English Composition I and II)
  • 3 semester hours of mathematics (college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher mathematics)
  • 6 semester hours of natural science (courses must be laboratory-based, with the lecture courses accompanied by the respective lab course)
  • 9 semester hours of humanities and fine arts (common examples of acceptable coursework are history, philosophy, religion, world literature, art, music)
  • 6 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences (common examples of acceptable coursework are anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, social work)

A student under academic suspension from another college or university may not enter The University of Southern Mississippi during the term of his or her suspension. Upon termination of the suspension period, there is no bar to admission if he or she is eligible in other ways.

Students under disciplinary suspension are not admissible to The University of Southern Mississippi.

Transfer students may be accepted from other institutions of higher learning only when the program of the transferring institution is acceptable to the receiving institution, the program of studies completed by the student meets the requirements established above, and the quality of work performed by the student is acceptable to the Board of Trustees. The authorities at the institutions under the jurisdiction of this board are authorized to require acceptable scores on recognized tests for such transfer students. No student seeking to transfer during the midst of the session, quarter, semester or trimester of the institution in which he or she is currently enrolled can be considered.

A student currently enrolled in another institution at the time he or she makes application for admission for the following session to one of the undergraduate colleges of this university should arrange to have forwarded to the Office of Admissions an official transcript that includes a listing of courses in progress as well as all completed work. Transfer credit is accepted only from institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a regional accrediting agency.

The student must indicate on the application all previous colleges attended. An applicant is not permitted to ignore previous college attendance or enrollment. A student who misrepresents information in filling out the admission application form or a student who finds after admission or enrollment that he or she is ineligible for academic or any other reason to return to his or her last institution and who fails to report this immediately to the Office of Admissions will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the university.

When to Apply

Transfer students who intend to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi must be offered admission prior to the admission deadline. See deadlines on admissions website: www.usm.edu/admissions.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit will be evaluated after a student registers for orientation.

Credit hours transferred from regionally accredited institutions are reproduced on the permanent records of The University of Southern Mississippi. This action is evidence that the credits are considered valid. Validity, however, is not to be confused with applicability.

Applicability of transfer work depends upon the coincidence of transfer credits with the requirement of a particular curriculum. Applicability varies from curriculum to curriculum, not only for transfer students from other institutions but for students transferring from one school or curriculum to another within The University of Southern Mississippi. Applicability is determined by the department chair and the dean of the college to which one is admitted. Transfer hours passed will be accepted. To meet graduation requirements, transfer students must have an overall C average, calculated by the method currently in use at The University of Southern Mississippi, on all hours scheduled and rescheduled at The University of Southern Mississippi. Acceptance of community or junior college work is limited to one-half of the total requirements for graduation in a given curriculum.

While enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi, a student is required to obtain written approval from his or her department to enroll in a course(s) at another institution. Without this approval, the course(s) may not apply toward his or her degree.

The University of Southern Mississippi only awards undergraduate credit for noncredit military courses and educational experiences as transcribed by the American Council on Education (ACE), and for performances on the following standardized tests: College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Test (AP), International Baccalaureate Test (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education/AS/A-Level exams (British and Singapore AICE, and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE). Institutional credit based on acceptable nationally standardized tests is only transferable and will only be considered if official records of individual test scores are available. A maximum of 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree may be earned through credit by examination, independent study courses, extension courses and educational experiences in the armed forces combined may be counted toward a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi. No more than 30 semester hours in a degree program may be earned through credit by examination.

The process for evaluating and accepting such credit is outlined below. Graduate students may not receive credit for any noncredit courses and educational experiences or test credit.

Students from regionally accredited institutions and international universities ordinarily will be given full credit for work transferred into the university, insofar as the courses taken are the same as, or equivalent to, courses offered in the college in which the student enrolls at this institution.

Credits transferred from regionally accredited community or junior colleges will be accepted as determined by the college in which the student is enrolled. In accepting community or junior college credits, no courses will be considered above sophomore level.

Neither vocational nor developmental or remedial courses will be accepted for degree credit. Technical credits will be accepted up to a certain number of hours. These credits are based on recommendations from the chair of the department.

Transcript Evaluations

The Office of Admissions is charged with the responsibility of providing transferring students and their advisers with transcript evaluations on a timely basis. An official transcript evaluation will be completed only after all the required official documents necessary for the applicant's admission to the university have been received by the Office of Admissions and the student has registered for orientation. For the convenience of both the student and adviser, an unofficial transcript evaluation will be provided to assist in advising and in the procurement of Financial Aid and Veterans Administration benefits, upon request. An official transcript evaluation may be delayed for students who do not meet established orientation registration deadlines.

Acceptance of Transfer of Credit by Examination

Testing credit (CLEP, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam) awarded by transfer institutions is not automatically accepted for transfer to Southern Miss unless the test score required for awarding that credit is readily identifiable and meets the test score requirement of The University of Southern Mississippi. Credit awarded by an institution using its own non-standardized test is never accepted for transfer. See the Credit by Examination   Section in this Bulletin for score requirements used by Southern Miss to award such credit.

Acceptance of Military Credit

  1. Credit for military schools and educational experiences in the armed forces is awarded on the basis of recommendations of the American Council on Education.
  2. Correspondence or extension courses, including USAFI (United States Air Force Institute), ECI (Extension Course Institute), AFIADL (Air Force Institute for Advanced Distributes Learning) and DANTES college-level courses, may be applied toward a degree up to a maximum of 32 semester hours. DANTES credit is allowed only for subjects where CLEP credit is accepted, with the addition of the DANTES Public Speaking test. No more than nine semester hours of correspondence (USAFI, ECI or AFIADL) credit may be earned in any field of study.
  3. Credit from the Community College of the Air Force is acceptable for purposes of admissions and may be used in a degree program as determined by the academic department. These credits will only be posted upon request.
  4. A maximum of 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree earned through credit by examination, independent study courses, extension courses and educational experiences in the armed forces combined may be counted toward a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi.
  5. Evaluation of credit will be completed after actual enrollment, upon request from the student.

Concurrent Application Program (CONAP)

The University of Southern Mississippi is an active participant with the United States Army's CONAP (Concurrent Admissions Program).

Requirements for College of Nursing, Baccalaureate

Students desiring admission to the College of Nursing are subject to the admission procedures of the university. A separate application form is required by the College of Nursing. Please refer to the College of Nursing  admission section.

NOTE: If a student has a felony conviction, the student may not be able to complete the degree because the student may not be able to perform the clinical experience.

Requirements for Certificate Programs

The university offers students the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate certificate programs offered through various academic departments. The applicant may be considered for admission providing they submit the following:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from last school attended or GED certificate
  4. Must be in good standing from last school of attendance.

Students enrolled in certificate programs at The University of Southern Mississippi wishing to seek an undergraduate degree must meet full admission requirements.

Students who intend to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi must be offered admission on or before the deadline indicated by the Office of Admissions.

Admission for International Students

Requirements for International Freshmen

  1. International students without previous records at colleges or universities who graduate from high school outside of the USA must present a 2.5 cumulative high school grade point average and meet English proficiency requirements. Conditional admission may be offered to applicants who do not meet English proficiency requirements. Applicants who graduate from a high school in the USA must meet the requirements outlined for admission as a freshman (see Application Requirements for Freshmen).
  2. All transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be evaluated by a credentials evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the evaluation and have it officially reported to the International Student and Scholar Services office at The University of Southern Mississippi.
  3. If English is not the native language of the student, a TOEFL score of at least 527 (paper-based), 71 (Internet-based) or a score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required.
  4. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student satisfies one of the following:
    • Student has graduated from a high school in the U.S. with attendance in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades with a minimum grade of C in all of their English courses.
    • Student has completed a secondary school in which English is the language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language (such as U.K., Canada, Australia), with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
    • Student has completed a secondary international school (such as the International Baccalaureate, e.g., or an American high school abroad) in which English is the language of instruction, with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
    • Student has attended the Southern Miss English Language Institute, has earned a Proficiency 1 or 2 on the ELI Proficiency battery, and has the recommendation of the ELI manager.
    • Student has an SAT verbal score of 480 or an ACT English score of 20.

Requirements for International Transfer Students

  1. International students who have already attended colleges or universities must meet the requirements outlined for admission as transfer students.
  2. If English is not the native language of the student, a TOEFL score of at least 527 (paper-based), 71 (Internet-based) or a score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required.
  3. The TOEFL requirement for transfer students may be waived if student satisfies one of the following:
    • Student has graduated from a high school in the U.S. with attendance in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades with a minimum grade of C in all of their English courses.
    • Student has completed a secondary school in which English is the language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language (such as U.K., Canada, Australia), with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
    • Student has completed a secondary international school (such as the International Baccalaureate, e.g., or an American high school abroad) in which English is the language of instruction, with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
    • Student has attended the Southern Miss English Language Institute, has earned a Proficiency 1 or 2 on the ELI Proficiency battery, and has the recommendation of the ELI manager.
    • Student has an SAT verbal score of 480 or an ACT English score of 20.
    • Student has attended a U.S. college or university and completed the equivalent of ENG 101  and ENG 102  with a minimum grade of C.

International Student Application Procedures

  1. Because application processing requires more time for international students residing outside the United States, your application and all supporting materials must be received by May 1 for fall admission, and November 1 for spring admission. International student applicants residing inside the United States must submit all application materials at least two months before the proposed date of entry into the university.
  2. A $40 nonrefundable fee must accompany each international student's application for admission.
  3. International students applying for admission to regular university programs should send documents and correspondence to
    International Student and Scholar Services
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    118 College Drive #5151
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
    USA
  4. English Language Proficiency Review/Appeals Committee: An International Admissions Review/Appeals Committee comprised of Southern Miss faculty and staff familiar with admission policies in international education and academic English language proficiency may review applications not meeting the above English proficiency requirements. The committee can review applications upon written request to the Office of the Provost by an individual student or by an academic or other university unit.

Other Routes to Admission

Early Admission

The university offers highly qualified high school students the option to be considered for EARLY ADMISSION. Consideration is based on the applicant meeting the following:

  1. Obtaining a letter of support from the high school principal
  2. Submitting test scores of 25 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent)
  3. Completing the majority of core curriculum requirements with a 3.0 GPA
  4. Provide a letter outlining reasons for early admission
  5. Clearing the Admissions screening process

Students who intend to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi must be offered admission on or before the deadline indicated by the Office of Admissions.

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit

A Dual Enrolled Student is a student who is enrolled in a community or junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school. By statute, eligible students can take a semester's worth (15 semester credit hours for the community/junior colleges and 12 for the universities) of dual enrollment classes.

A Dual Credit Student is a student who is enrolled in a community or junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school and who is receiving high school and college credit for postsecondary coursework. By statute, eligible students can take an unlimited number of credit hours as a dual enrolled student. The local school district determines the secondary dual credit award. Developmental education courses cannot be used as dual credit.

Eligibility Criteria Recommendation: Students may be admitted to this dual enrollment/dual credit program with a

  • minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses

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  • with successful completion of 14 core high school units and/or high school junior status. (The 14 core high school units are listed and defined in Appendix B of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards.)

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  • Each student seeking admission to this program must submit an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school principal or guidance counselor.

Transfer Admission through Freshman Requirements 

Students must meet freshman admission requirements and have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative college grade point average for admission.

Please note that transfer students admitted through this route must submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended after high school and that transfer credits will be applied toward their degree at Southgern Miss.

Conditional Admission through Adult Status

Adult Status admission is a strict probationary admission for students who are over 21 years of age and who do not meet standard admission requirements. To be admitted on adult status, students must meet the following:

  1. Must be 21 years of age and have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all transfer work and be in good standing from last institution attended, or
  2. Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or its equivalent

Students who are on adult status may not register for more than 12 semester hours. Students that drop below 12 hours and maintain a 2.0 semester grade point average during their first semester will remain on adult status the following semester. Students must obtain a minimum 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average for all semesters while on adult status. To continue to enroll on adult status, a student must maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on all Southern Miss courses.

Students who are on adult status are not be eligible to receive any federal grants (i.e., Pell) until they have successfully completed 12 hours. Adult status students are eligible to accept any federal loans for which you may qualify and are strongly encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office as quickly as possible to discuss the implications that adult status may have on their aid package.

To clear adult status, the student must accomplish the following:

  1. Successfully complete your first 12 hours at Southern Miss and
  2. Earn a minimum 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average on your first 12 hours

Students who fail to earn a 2.0 grade point average while on adult status will be suspended from the university. This means that the student will have to leave Southern Miss and attend another fully accredited institution of higher learning (such as a community/junior college) and reapply to Southern Miss once the student meet full transfer admission requirements. The student must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (your Southern Miss GPA will be factored in when calculating the student's cumulative grade point average).

Non-degree Seeking Students

For a student who wishes to complete certain specific undergraduate courses in a nondegree status, the applicant may be considered for admission providing they submit the following:

  1. Application for undergraduate admissions
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from last school attended

Previous academic records are required of all applicants. Applicants for nontraditional status are required to certify that they are not under suspension from any college or university. A student found guilty of nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out the admission application form, or a student who finds after admission or enrollment that he or she is ineligible for academic or any other reason to return to his or her last institution and who fails to report this immediately to the Office of Admissions will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the university.

The student registered in nontraditional status is subject to all university regulations governing registration, attendance and academic standing. Credit earned in nontraditional status is recorded on the student's permanent record and may be applied in an undergraduate degree program when the student has satisfactorily established degree status by meeting the entrance requirements of the university and of the degree-granting college of his or her choice.

Non-degree seeking students applying for regular status are required to follow admission procedures and to provide all items required of transfer students.

Students who intend to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi must be offered admission on or before the deadline indicated by the Office of Admissions.

Applicants without a Diploma from a Regionally Accredited High School

  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
    3. Applicants may be required, at the discretion of the admitting IHL institution, to appear for an on-campus interview.
  2. Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:
    1. Home-schooled transcripts or portfolio summarizing home school education.
    2. ACT or SAT scores
    3. Applicants may be required, at the discretion of the admitting IHL institution, to appear for an on-campus interview.
  3. Applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:
    1. Qualifying scores on the General Education Development Test (GED).
    2. Any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school

Immunization Requirements

All students (including transfers) entering the university for the first time and enrolling for academic credit must document proof of two doses of MMR vaccine - measles, mumps and rubella.

  1. Proof of immunization may be documented in the following manner:
    1. Obtain a Certificate of Compliance with Immunization (Form No. 121-C) from your local Mississippi State Board of Health office if you are a resident of the state of Mississippi. Two doses of measles vaccine are required. All international students must have a chest X-ray to screen for tuberculosis.
    2. Documentation (month and year) of immunization that was received after the first birthday
    3. Positive measles and rubella serology titer with date
    4. Physician-documented history of having had measles with date of disease; history of rubella not acceptable
  2. Temporary exceptions - one semester:
    1. Pregnant women
    2. Women suspecting pregnancy
    3. Women anticipating pregnancy within three months
  3. Permanent exceptions:
    1. Medical disease that will cause a permanent contraindication to immunization
    2. All persons born prior to 1957

Reapplying to the University

Students who have previously attended the university and have a break in attendance of one or more terms must file an application for readmission and a $20 reapplication fee. Readmission documents required include an official transcript from each institution attended since leaving Southern Miss, and if a degree has been received from another institution, an official transcript showing that degree.

Students must meet the minimum admission standards of the university and must have attained a 2.0 cumulative GPA from all institutions attended since leaving Southern Miss in order to be eligible for readmission. Students who have been suspended from the last institution attended since leaving Southern Miss may not be readmitted.

Students who reclassify will be discontinued in the Graduate School and will have to submit all appropriate paperwork to be readmitted to graduate studies in the future. Reclassified students previously seeking a graduate degree will not have that degree posted until they are readmitted to graduate studies and registered for graduate hours. If students are preregistered for any classes on the graduate level, they will not be able to be reclassified until the next semester. Once reclassified, students are responsible for registering for undergraduate courses during the next open registration period. A student's existing undergraduate major will be changed to "no-major general studies." It is the responsibility of the student to contact the appropriate academic department or dean's office on the procedure to declare an undergraduate major.

Questions concerning undergraduate readmission should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Questions concerning graduate readmission should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Students seeking readmission must be offered readmission on or before the day prior to classes start for the semester (see Admissions website).

Mississippi Residency Regulations

Petitions for Change of Residency for Tuition Purposes: Petitions for change of residency must be made on or before the last day of late registration. Forms are available in the Office of the University Registrar. Residence for tuition purposes is governed by the State Attorney General's Office, Mississippi Section 37-103-1 et. seg. Mississippi Code of 1972.

Legal Residence of Students: The definitions and conditions stated here are as required by state law in the classification of students as residents or nonresidents for the assessment of fees. Requests for a review of residency classification should be submitted to the university registrar; forms for this purpose are available from the Office of the University Registrar.

A Minor: The residence of a person less than 21 years of age is that of the father. After the death of the father, the residence of the minor is that of the mother. If the parents are divorced, the residence of the minor is that of the parent who was granted custody by the court; or, if custody was not granted, the residence continues to be that of the father. If both parents are deceased, the residence of the minor is that of the last surviving parent at the time of that parent's death, unless the minor lives with a legal guardian of his or her person duly appointed by a proper court of Mississippi, in which case his or her residence becomes that of the guardian.

An Adult: The residence of an adult is that place where he or she is domiciled, that is, the place where he or she actually physically resides with the intention of remaining there indefinitely or of returning there permanently when temporarily absent. Adult students who are residing outside of the state of Mississippi, but whose parents have moved to this state and have become residents, must establish residence in their own right. In determining residence for tuition purposes of persons who return to Mississippi after temporary departures such as school attendance, work elsewhere or military service, cognizance is taken for evidence showing continuity of state residence and demonstrated intent to return to the state.

Removal of Parents from Mississippi: If the parents of a minor who is enrolled as a student in an institution of higher learning move their legal residence from the state of Mississippi, the minor is immediately classified as a nonresident student.

Twelve Months of Residence Required: No student may be admitted to the university as a resident of Mississippi unless his or her residence, as defined herein above, has been in the state of Mississippi for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately preceding his or her admission.

A student who has lived within the state for 12 months following his or her 21st birthday may establish residence in his or her own right by showing that he or she is living in the state with the intention of abandoning his or her former domicile and remaining in the state of Mississippi permanently or for an indefinite length of time. Intent may be demonstrated or disproved by factors including, but not limited to, filing of Mississippi income tax returns, eligibility to vote in Mississippi, motor vehicle registration in Mississippi, possession of a Mississippi operator's license, place of employment and self-support.

Residence Status of a Married Person: A married person may claim the residence of his or her spouse. Foreign students should refer to Legal Residence of a Foreign Student.

Children of Parents Who Are Employed by the University: Children of parents who are members of the faculty or staff of the university may be classified as residents without regard to the residence requirement of 12 months.

Military Personnel Assigned on Active Duty Stationed in Mississippi: Members of the armed forces on extended active duty and stationed within the state of Mississippi may be classified as residents, without regard to the residence requirement of 12 months, for the purpose of attendance at the university. Resident status of such military personnel, who are not legal residents of Mississippi, as defined above under legal residence of an adult, shall terminate upon their reassignment for duty in the continental United States outside the state of Mississippi.

Military: Eligible applicants who are engaged in or honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Armed Services including academically eligible current of surviving spouse and dependent children, including stepchildren, would receive a waiver of the non-resident surcharge.

Children of Military Personnel: Resident status of children of members of the armed forces on extended active duty shall be that of the military parent for the purpose of attending the university during the time that their military parents are stationed within the state of Mississippi and shall be continued through the time that military parents are stationed in an overseas area with last duty assignment within the state of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi. Resident status of minor children shall terminate upon reassignment under permanent change of station orders of their military parents for duty in the continental United States outside the state of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi.

Certification of Residence of Military Personnel: A military person on active duty stationed in Mississippi who wishes to avail himself or herself or his or her dependents of the provisions of the paragraph titled "Military Personnel Assigned on Active Duty Stationed in Mississippi" must submit a certificate from his or her military organization showing the name of the military member, the name of the dependent, if for a dependent, the name of the organization of assignment and its address (may be in the letterhead), that the military member will be on active duty stationed in Mississippi on the date of registration at the university; that the military member is not on transfer orders; and the signature of the commanding officer, the adjutant or the personnel officer of the unit of assignment with signer's rank and title. A military certificate must be presented to the registrar of the university each semester at (or within 10 days prior to) registration for the provisions of the paragraph Military Personnel Assigned on Active Duty Stationed in Mississippi, named above, to be effective.

Legal Residence of a Foreign Student: Students with permanent immigrant status or refugee status can establish residence in the state by meeting the provisions of the Mississippi statute.

A student who has reached the age of 22 and has met the requirements to become a resident (has lived in Mississippi the past 12 consecutive months, used a Mississippi address on his/her State and Federal Income tax return, registered to vote in Mississippi, and has a vehicle registered in Mississippi) and shows intent to make Mississippi his/her home, may petition the University Registrar for a change in residency.

The following documentation is required by law in order to obtain Mississippi residence. These are statutory requirements, not University policy, and are rigidly enforced:

  • Mississippi income tax returns
  • Mississippi driver license
  • Vehicle registration (MS. car tag) - Persons moving into the state on a permanent basis have 30 days per state law to register vehicles.
  • Mississippi voter registration
  • A home deed or lease reflecting 12 continuous months of domicile in Mississippi (On campus housing is not considered a permanent residence)
  • Must have a Mississippi home address on file with the Registrar's Office
  • Military orders if applying based upon active duty military exception

New Student and Retention Programs

The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, Box 5034
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
phone: 601.266.6405
FAX: 601.266.6150
FYI@usm.edu

parentsandfamily@usm.edu
 

The Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP) was created to enhance the satisfaction, success and persistence of first-year students. NSRP provides programs and services to help new students make a successful personal, academic and social adjustment to The University of Southern Mississippi.
The Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP) seeks to provide quality programs and customer service-oriented services to help new students enhance their success and satisfaction.  NSRP envisions being a leader in initiatives aimed to increase the retention rate of first-time students.  We strive to enhance the undergraduate experience by focusing our time, energy and staff resources on the students encountering their first year of college life.

GS 100 - Orientation

New freshman and transfer students entering The University of Southern Mississippi participate in a year-long orientation process. GS 100 is designed to acquaint students with university structure, policies, procedures, physical layout, faculty, students, organizations and academic programs. GS 100 is a required one-hour course for all new students seeking a degree at Southern Miss. Students are registered for the course after admission to the university. GS 100 is a pass/fail course administered through Blackboard as a web-supplement to a student's orientation process.