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    University of Southern Mississippi
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2013 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.

Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, application fee, ACT/SAT 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. An official high school transcript, which lists the date of graduation, class rank and grade point average, and which indicates credit in the following College Preparatory Core (CPC) units in grades 9-12:
  Subject    
  English 4 units All must require substantial communication skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  Mathematics 3 units Includes Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II or a higher math
  Sciences 3 units Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics and Advanced Physics or any other science course with comparable rigor and content. One Carnegie unit from a Physical Science course with content at a level that may serve as an introduction to Physics and Chemistry may be used. Two of the courses chosen must be laboratory based.
  Social Studies 3 units Courses should include U.S. History (1 unit), World History (1 unit with substantial geography component), Government (1/2 unit), and Economics (1/2 unit) or geography (1/2 unit)
  Required Electives 2 units Requirements may be met by earning 2 Carnegie units from the following areas/courses, one of which must be in Foreign Language or World Geography.
  • Foreign language
  • World Geography
  • 4th year lab based science
  • 4th year mathematics
  Computer Application 1/2 unit Course should emphasize the computer as a productivity tool. Instruction should include the use of application packages; such as word processing, and spreadsheets. The course should also include basic computer terminology and hardware operation.
  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.
  1. Official report of the ACT or SAT scores directly from the testing services
  2. $35 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Documentation of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization.

For an applicant to be fully admitted to Southern Miss, one of the following combinations of curriculum, testing scores and grade point average must be attained:

  1. Complete CPC with minimum 3.20 core GPA and submit ACT or SAT;
  2. Complete CPC with minimum 2.50 core GPA or in top 50 percent of class and 16 or higher ACT, or the SAT equivalent;
  3. Complete CPC with minimum 2.00 core GPA and 18 ACT or the SAT equivalent; or
  4. NCAA Division I standards for student athletes who are "full-qualifiers" accepted as equivalent to the admission standards established by the Board.

If an applicant meets all of the above requirements except for the full CPC, he or she may be admitted with up to two curriculum deficiencies but no more than one in any allowable area; English and mathematics areas are not allowed deficiencies.

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; a grant is also available through the state of Mississippi. The application for the state grant may be located on the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning Financial Aid Web site.

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.

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 mail 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. The deadline for receipt of applications and all required credentials, including results of the ACT/SAT and application fee, is 20 days in advance of the session for which the application is being made. An application is processed as soon as possible after all required items are available.

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

Each entering transfer applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Application for undergraduate admission
  2. $35 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

Any applicant who did not meet freshman requirements may attend a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and complete the core courses listed below and earn an overall 2.0 grade point average (as calculated by The University of Southern Mississippi) on all hours attempted. All final official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.

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 Social or Behavioral

The student who is applying with fewer than the 30 semester hours of college credit required for admission as a transfer must also submit an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation. The applicant must also provide an official report of the ACT/SAT. Applications will be processed and admission status determined when all required items, including the ACT/SAT where applicable, are on file.

The applicant also must show that he or she has earned an overall GPA of 2.0 on all course work attempted or have an earned associate degree intended for transfer from an accredited institution.

The university requires a grade average of C in all previous college work. The applications of students whose records do not meet the indicated requirements may be subject to review by the Director of Admissions or the Undergraduate Admissions Appeals Committee.

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

A transfer student is urged to apply for admission no less than 20 days in advance of the session for which application is being made.

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

Transfer Credit Policy

Credit hours transferred from 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.

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. No more than 30 semester hours in a degree program may be earned through credit by examination.

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, and for performances on three standerdized tests: College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Test (AP) and International Baccalaureate Test (IB). A maximum of 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree may be earned by a combination of independent study and military experience and then applied toward an undergraduate degree. 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 fully accredited institutions 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 accredited community or junior college 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. 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.

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/preview registration deadlines.

Acceptance of Transfer of Credit by Examination

Testing credit (CLEP, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) 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 by independent study, extension and military experience combined may be applied toward a degree.
  5. Evaluation of credit will be completed after actual enrollment, upon request.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

The University of Southern Mississippi is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC)

The SOC Consortium consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding and improving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to active-duty military students, their family members, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC Web site at http://www.soc.aascu.org/.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC)

The University of Southern Mississippi is a member of the SOC Degree Network System, a subgroup of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families. As a member of the DNS, we have agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors towards degree completion.

The University of Southern Mississippi is approved for membership in SOCAD/SOCNAV/SOCMAR/SOCCCOAST at the bachelor’s degree level.

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 School 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. To be admitted to the baccalaureate nursing major, students must also meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. An enhanced ACT of 21 or above. A corresponding score on the ACT taken prior to October 1989 or the SAT
  2. A grade point average of 2.5 on courses prerequisite to the nursing major
  3. A minimum of C in each course applicable to the nursing curriculum
  4. Successful completion of all prerequisite courses before beginning the nursing plan
  5. Only one natural science course may be repeated one time.
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check, immunizations and drug screen before beginning the nursing plan

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. $35 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from last school attended or GED certificate

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

Admission for International Students

Requirements for Freshmen

  1. International students without previous records at colleges or universities must meet the requirements outlined for admission as a freshman.
  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), 197 (computer-based) or 71 (Internet-based) or a score of 6.5 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 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), 197 (computer-based) or 71 (Internet-based) or a score of 6.5 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.

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 March 1 for summer admission, June 1 for fall admission, and October 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 $35 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. Providing a letter outlining reasons for early admission
  5. Clearing the Admissions screening process

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit

The university also offers highly qualified high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while they are enrolled in high school. Through our DUAL ENROLLMENT/DUAL CREDITS program, high school students may take up to six hours of course work each semester at the university, provided that the courses do not interfere with their high school curriculum.

Consideration is based on the applicant meeting the following:

  1. Obtaining a letter of support from his/her high school counselor or principal
  2. Completing 14 core high school units from the core curriculum requirements or junior status with a 3.0 minimum grade point average
  3. Submit ACT or SAT score

Probationary Admission

A limited number of transfer applicants who have not completed transfer admission course requirements may be admitted on probation, provided the student has completed at least 24 hours of transferable coursework (including English Composition I and II) and has maintained an overall 2.5 grade point average.

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

A very important note regarding your financial aid: 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 your 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 you 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 you meet full transfer admissions requirements. You must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (your Southern Miss GPA will be factored in when calculating your 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. $35 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.

Applicants without High School Diploma

Applicants who have not graduated from a regionally accredited high school and were not home-schooled must submit qualifying scores on the General Education Development Test (GED) and any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school. Submission of scores on the ACT or SAT is strongly encouraged.

Home-schooled students must present portfolios summarizing his or her home-school education.

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

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 to take and successfully complete intermediate mathematics (MAT 099 ) 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 099 ) 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 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 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.