Nov 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to the University

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Office of Admissions

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.

Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, application fee, transcripts, ACT/SAT score and scholastic records have been submitted. These items should be received before the deadline date for the semester which the student is applying. 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 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 "Residency Regulations" section of this publication. 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 and subject to reasonable standards of admission and employment. All inquiries concerning discrimination should be referred to the director of 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.

Admitted Student Information


Orientation is a campus event designed to prepare new students for a successful transition to life at Southern Miss and the Gulf Park Campus. New students are introduced to campus services and resources through interactive sessions that promote student success and experience our Southern Miss culture firsthand as you meet faculty, staff, and students who will support you through your academic journey. Additional components of orientation are campus tours, a resource fair, meet and greets with campus partners and peers, and bookstore visits. Students must be registered for classes prior to orientation and are encouraged to handle all business office, financial aid, and registrar business prior to orientation day.


All new students are assigned to academic advisors and are given time to meet with their advisors for assistance in scheduling classes and planning programs of study to meet their individual needs. Assignment of advisors is based on the student's stated educational major.