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Undergraduate Admissions

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    • Freshman Admission
    • Transfer Admission
    • Honors College Admission

    Before Applying

    • Admission Deadlines
    • Application Checklist
    • Application Fee
    • Readmission to the University


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    USM's tuition and fees are among the lowest in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast region and throughout the Southeast. Full-time undergraduate students pay the same rate up to 19 hours per semester.

    Generous financial aid packages are available for those with demonstrated need, and merit-based scholarships are also available for scholars and leaders.

    Financial Aid Application Deadlines

    • August 1 - Admission deadline for transfer scholarship consideration for fall 2018 enrollees (Transfer students must have been admitted by August 1 to receive consideration for all admissions-based scholarships.)
    • September 15 - Mississippi Resident State Aid (Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant and Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant)
    • December 1 - Admission deadline for freshman scholarship consideration (high school seniors must have been admitted by this deadline to receive consideration for all admissions-based scholarships)
    • December 15 -  Priority deadline for (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA submission. *USM school code 002441
    • January 5 - Admission deadline for transfer scholarship consideration for spring 2019 enrollees (Transfer students must have been admitted by January 5 to receive consideration for all admissions-based scholarships.) Find more information on our Scholarships FAQs page.

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  • Campus Tours, Events & Orientation

    Campus Tours

    Schedule a visit to our Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus.



    View our calendar of on- and off-campus recruitment events.



    Orientation is mandatory for incoming freshmen and transfer students attending the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.


Choose Your Pathway

A major is an academic program that determines the classes you take and degree you earn when you graduate. Many of our majors offer more than one degree, which allows you to specialize; we have more than 140 degree programs in total.

Degrees span the liberal arts, business, education, psychology, health, nursing, science and technology. A number of our programs are nationally recognized or are considered the best in Mississippi.


Study-abroad programs available at Southern Miss


Faculty to student ratio at Southern Miss


States from which students are enrolled at Southern Miss


A Lofty Return bronze eagle statue sits on the Gulf Park campus.

Hattiesburg: Residential Campus
Gulf Park: Beachfront Campus

About 3,400 students live in campus residence halls or fraternity/ sorority houses on our residential Hattiesburg campus. Students are in the center of a vibrant campus atmosphere and can walk or bike to class and hundreds of annual events.

Students commute to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, but the drive is literally a beach trip, with the white sands and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico across from campus.

Students eat at The Fresh Food Company, the main dining hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Your Food Network

With 12 campus dining locations - 11 in Hattiesburg - and a variety of meal plans to fit your budget, you’ll never have gaps in your dining coverage. Eat healthy, fast, late - or anywhere in between - as your appetite or schedule dictates.

Students find time to socialize while studying at Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

Get Your Group On!

Student organizations are a great way to find fun and friendship on campus, and also to volunteer and focus on academics and professional development.

There are more than 150 groups on the Hattiesburg campus, plus fraternities and sororities; and 30+ groups on the Gulf Park campus.

A show of gold-colored hands after the traditional painting of Eagle Walk

How Do You Spell Spirit? SMTTT!

“Southern Miss to the Top!” is a phrase – or cheer – often heard on campus and abbreviated by its initial letters. It’s one of many unique traditions – from Eagle Walk to the Little Rock to Go Gold Fridays.

Take the Next Steps

Let's Connect

Get in touch so we can share the information you need to learn more about your future at Southern Miss.

Come See Us

Visit our beautiful Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campuses. Seeing for yourself is a great way to get to know us better.

Apply to Southern Miss

Be aware of our deadlines, $40 application fee and other items on our checklist. Admission requirements vary for freshmen, transfers, prospective Honors College students and others.