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FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR 4-YEAR INSTITUTIONS

A. HIGH SCHOOL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (College Preparatory Curriculum)
Subject AreaRequired1 Carnegie Units and Content/RemarksRecommended2 Carnegie Units and Content/Remarks
English 4 All must require substantial communications skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening, and speaking). 4 Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included.
Mathematics 3 Includes Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II 4 Includes Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and any one Carnegie unit of comparable rigor and content. (i.e. Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre‐Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics.)
Science 3 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. 4 Includes Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two Carnegie units of comparable rigor and content (i.e. Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP Physics CElectricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C‐Mechanics, Botany, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and Physiology).
Social Studies 3 Courses should include U.S. History (1 unit), World History (1 unit with substantial geography component), Government (½ unit), and Economics (½ unit) or Geography (½ unit). 4 Includes World History, U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, and Mississippi Studies (credit earned for state/local government course in any other state may stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies).
Arts - - 1 Includes any one Carnegie unit of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.
Advance Electives 2 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
2 Includes any two Carnegie units of Foreign Language (I and II), Advanced World Geography, and a Foreign Language I or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab‐based science courses of comparable rigor and content to those required above.
Computer Applications ½ 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. ½ 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.
Total    15.5   19.5  

B. FULL ADMISSION
 
Full admission will be granted to the following:
  (1) All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 3.20 high school grade point average (GPA) on the CPC; or
  (2) All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with (a) a minimum of a 2.50 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50%, and (b) a score of 16 or higher on the ACT (Composite); or
  (3) All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with (a) a minimum of a 2.00 high school GPA on the CPC and (b) a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (Composite): or
  (4) NCAA Division I standards for student athletes who are “full‐qualifiers” are accepted as equivalent to the admission standards established by the Board.

In lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores. Students scoring below 16 on the ACT (Composite) or the equivalent SAT are encouraged to participate in the Year‐Long Academic Support Program during their freshman year.
 
Core Course Equivalencies & Articulation Agreement
Transfer students must either have A) an associate degree intended for transfer from a regionally accredited institution; or B) have completed the 30 semester hours of designated college coursework outlined below with at least a 2.0 grade point average for admission to the university; or C) meet the IHL university’s initial regular admissions requirements:
  • 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 science (must be laboratory-based*)
  • 9 - semester hours of humanities and fine arts (common examples of acceptable coursework: History, Philosophy, Religion, World Literature, Art, Music)
  • 6 - semester hours of social or behavioral sciences (common examples of acceptable coursework: Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work)
*All science lecture courses must be accompanied by the respective lab course.
Please note that admission to some academic programs may require students to meet additional requirements.

All transfer admissions‐students (not described in Section 609 of IHL Policy) are subject to the requirements outlined in IHL Policy Section 602 Freshman Admission Requirements for University System Institutions (sections A and B). Transfer admissions requirements differ for students meeting initial university requirements and for those students who transfer from another higher education institution.

Students can utilize the Articulation Transfer Tool to determine what their current courses would be equal to across Mississippi’s public institutions. Students can also utilize the MATT transfer guide, which outlines the specific courses needed in the community college system that lead directly to degree programs at Mississippi’s public universities to help them track progress towards a degree.