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Transcripts and other documentation sent via U.S. Postal Service should be submitted to:
Office of Admissions & Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762

The Office of Admissions and Scholarships may also be contacted by calling (662) 325-2224 or sending an e-mail to admit@msstate.edu.

High School Course Requirements

To be accepted into the freshmen class at Mississippi State University, students must satisfactorily complete the following College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with an appropriate core grade-point average:

Pre-high School Units - Algebra I, or first year Foreign Language, or Mississippi Studies taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided the course content is the same as the high school course.

Full Admission

Full admission to Mississippi State University will be granted to high school graduates who complete the required CPC listed above with one of the following:

The writing test of the ACT and SAT are not considered for admission or scholarship awarding purposes.

Beginning in Fall 2015:

Full admission to Mississippi State University for nonresidents of Mississippi will be granted to high school graduates who complete the required high school courses with one of the following:

Full Admission with Academic Deficiencies

Mississippi residents who fail to meet full admission standards as listed above may, as a result of review, be admitted to the fall or summer 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 nonacademic factors.

If the initial review indicates inadequate readiness in English, reading, or mathematics, applicants 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 requirement that they participate in the yearlong Academic Support Program.

Mississippi residents who fail to successfully complete the counseling and testing program may be admitted with the requirement that they enroll in the Summer Developmental Program. This is an intensive program that concentrates on those high school subject areas (writing, reading, and mathematics) essential to success in first-year college courses. Students who successfully complete this summer program will be allowed to continue in the fall term with mandatory participation in the Academic Support Program during their freshman year. Developmental courses taken during the Summer Developmental Program are remedial and neither count toward a degree nor are computed in a student's grade point average.

Students who fail to successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be counseled to explore other post-secondary opportunities.

Yearlong Academic Support Program

This program is designed to assist students who successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program, as well as other students, with their freshman courses. The Academic Support Program staff includes special tutors in mathematics, science, reading, and writing, as well as career counselors. The goal of this program is to provide individualized support for marginally prepared students who are enrolled in regular academic credit courses.

Home Schooled

Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

Special Non-Degree

An applicant who is twenty-one (21) years old and who does not meet the regular freshman admission requirements, may apply for acceptance into the Special Non-Degree (SND) student category. Students in this category will be advised by and will schedule classes through the University Academic Advising Center. Applicants must demonstrate adequate preparation for the courses they plan to schedule. SND students may schedule a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours during a regular term and three (6) semester hours during a five-week summer term. To move from the SND status, students should satisfactorily complete twelve (12) semester hours with a C or better average in core courses that are applicable to a degree at MSU. Students wishing to gain reclassification to a traditional major should discuss this during their initial meeting with one of the professional advisors in the University Academic Advising Center. For students admitted to a degree program, a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours of credit earned while in the SND classification may be counted toward a baccalaureate degree, pending approval by the dean of the college or school from which the degree is sought.

Degree-seeking adult applicants with previous college attendance must meet regular transfer student requirements and, therefore, may not apply for admission under the Special Non-Degree option.

Non-degree seeking adult applicants with previous college attendance who do not meet regular transfer requirements may be allowed to schedule courses for self improvement and/or job enhancement only. Applicants should file a letter of intent with the Director of Admissions and Scholarships to enroll under this option.

Applicants Without A High School Diploma

1. Applicants who have completed high school from a school that does not hold regional accreditation must submit the following:

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

2. Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

3. Applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

Additional Information

Entering freshmen who have both a high school grade-point average of less than 2.5 on the CPC and a composite ACT score of less than 21 will be placed in the undecided major and will be advised by the University Academic Advising Center until 30 credit hours of core classes have been completed.

Students requesting admission to the College of Engineering, may also be required to enter MSU with an undeclared major and be advised by the staff of the University Academic Advising Center until they meet the minimum university standards for admission into a degree program. Please visit the Bagley College of Engineering Website or contact Robert Green, Undergraduate Coordinator, College of Engineering for additional information.

Students interested in studying Architecture at MSU must also complete and submit an Architecture Supplementary Application in order to be selected and admitted to the School of Architecture. More information can be found on the School of Architecture Website. Please contact Emily Parsons, Admissions Coordinator for the School of Architecture, with any questions.

Students may meet general admission requirements to the university, but not meet the requirements for a specific department. Applicants should contact the academic department in which they intend to major for additional requirements.

For admission information or an application, or to inquire further about university admission requirements, contact the Office of Admissions & Scholarships, P.O. Box 6334, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Phone: (662) 325-2224 or send e-mail to admit@msstate.edu.

Recommended Courses for the Class of 2012:

For freshmen entering fall 2012 or later, it is recommended that students satisfactorily complete the following College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with an appropriate core grade-point average:

Pre-High School Units such as Algebra I, Foreign Language I, or Mississippi Studies taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission, provided the course content is the same as the high school course.

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