The high school units listed below are required for admission to public universities in the State of Mississippi.

English - 4 Carnegie Units

Math - 3 Carnegie Units (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II). A fourth course in higher-level mathematics is highly recommended.

Science - 3 Carnegie 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 an introductory level may be used. Two of the courses chosen must be laboratory-based.

Social Studies - 3 Carnegie Units - United States History (1 unit), World History (1 unit with substantial geography component), Government (2 unit), and Economics (2 unit) or Geography (2 unit).

Required/Advanced Electives - 2 Carnegie Units - Foreign language, Advanced World Geography, 4th year laboratory- based science, or 4th year mathematics. One unit must be in foreign language or advanced world geography.

Computer Applications: 2 Carnegie Unit - The course should include use of application packages, such as word- processing and spreadsheets. The course should also include basic computer terminology and hardware operation.

Eighth Grade Units: Algebra I or first-year foreign language taken in the eighth grade will be accepted for admission, provided course content is the same as the high school course.

It is also recommended, but not required, that students pursue two units of foreign languages, take a mathematics course during their senior year, take a computer science course, and gain a level of typing proficiency.

2016 Admission Requirements


A minimum 3.2 high school GPA on the College Prep curriculum or

A minimum 2.5 high school GPA or a class rank in the top 50 percent and a score of 16 or higher on the ACT* (Composite) or

A minimum 2.0 high school GPA on the CPC and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT* (Composite) or

Satisfy the NCAA standards for student-athletes who are "full-qualifiers" under Division I guidelines or

Students who do not meet the above criteria are nonetheless eligible for admission. Such students must participate, however, in an on-campus placement process at the university of their choice. The process will determine whether the student may be enrolled in regular freshman level courses or be required to enroll in the summer semester with mandatory participation in the Summer Development Program. Successful completion of the summer semester entitles the student to continued enrollment in the fall semester at the university of his or her choice. For more information on academic programs, admission standards, and financial aid, please refer to IHL's web page at or call 1-800-327-2980.


ENGLISH: (4 Carnegie Units) Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included.

MATHEMATICS: (4 Carnegie Units) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and any other Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content (e.g., Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics).

SCIENCE: (4 Carnegie Units) Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two other Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content (e.g. Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C – Mechanics, Botany, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and Physiology). Pre-Biology is not accepted.|

SOCIAL STUDIES: (4 Carnegie Units) Accepted courses include World History, U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, and Mississippi Studies. (Credit earned for a state/local government course in any other state may stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies.)

ARTS: (1 Carnegie Unit) Any visual and/or performing arts course that meets the requirements for high school graduation will be accepted.

ADVANCED ELECTIVES: (2 Carnegie Units) Foreign Language I and II; or 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 the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the new CPC requirements.

Computer Applications: (1/2 Carnegie Unit) An acceptable course should cover the uses of application packages, such as word processing and spreadsheet, basic computer terminology, and hardware operations.

PRE-HIGH SCHOOL UNITS: Algebra I, Foreign Language I, or Mississippi Studies taken prior to the high school will be accepted for admission, provided the course content is the same as high school course.