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Mississippi State University - 2016

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Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Prospective students are encouraged to take as many courses in mathematics, science, English, social studies, and foreign languages as possible in high school. A unit of computer aided graphics is recommended for engineering students and at least one-half unit of keyboarding and one-half unit of computer programming are recommended.

For regular admission to one of the Bagley College of Engineering degree granting programs as a freshman, a student must be admitted to Mississippi State University, complete the following high school core: 4 units of English, 4 units of Math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry), 3 units of science (chemistry, and either biology or physics), 3 units of social studies and/or foreign languages and 2 units of electives, and meet any one of the following criteria:
--Have a composite score greater than or equal to 23 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT.
--Have a composite score of 20, 21, or 22 on the ACT or between a 1020 and 1100 on the SAT with high school GPA of 3.00 or greater on the academic core courses listed above.
--Have any ACT or SAT score with a high school GPA of 3.5 or greater on the academic core courses listed above.

New freshmen applicants who do not meet these requirements, are otherwise admitted to Mississippi State University, and want to pursue an engineering degree should join the undeclared major with a pre-engineering concentration. These students will be advised for the first 30 hours by the University Advising Center.

Internal Transfers: Students in the pre-engineering concentration, and other students at MSU may transfer into an engineering degree granting program if they satisfy any one of the following criteria:
--Meet engineering new freshman requirements listed above.
--Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 and passed Calculus I, English Composition I, and Fundamentals of Chemistry with grades of "C" or better.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Same as above

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Additional Requirements: International students must submit an international application form, $40.00 non-refundable application fee, certified and translated copies of all transcripts, mark sheets and diplomas, Mississippi State's declaration of financial support form, bank or employer letter documenting support and a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT (paper based), 213 CBT (computer based) or 79 iBT (internet based).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as resident students.

Residency Requirements

The following state laws, court decisions and Institutions of Higher Learning policies apply in determining the residential status of students for the purpose of enrolling and paying fees at a state-supported institution of higher learning:
No student may be admitted to any institution of higher learning as a resident of Mississippi unless his residence has been in the State of Mississippi preceding his/her admission. Residence shall be as defined in Mississippi Code Sections 37-103-7 and 37-103-13 unless excepted below.

A person who has entered the State of Mississippi from another state and enters an educational institution is considered a nonresident. Even though he/she may have been legally adopted by a resident of Mississippi, or may have been a qualified voter, or landowner, or may otherwise have sought to establish legal residence, such a person will still be considered as being a nonresident of Mississippi if he/she has entered this state for the purpose of enrolling in an educational institution.

Legal Residence of a Minor. For purposes of determining whether a person pays out-of-state or in-state tuition for attendance at universities, community and junior colleges, the residence of a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age is that of the father, the mother or a general guardian duly appointed by a proper court in Mississippi. If a court has granted custody of the minor to one (1) parent, the residence of the minor is that of the parent who was granted custody by the court. If both parents are dead, the residence of the minor is that of the last surviving parent at the time of that parent’s death, unless the minor lives with a general guardian duly appointed by a proper court of Mississippi, in which case his residence becomes that of the guardian. A student who, upon registration at a Mississippi institution of higher learning or community college, presents a transcript demonstrating graduation from a Mississippi secondary school and who has been a secondary school student in Mississippi for not less than the final four (4) years of secondary school attendance shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition. This section shall not apply to the residence of a person as it relates to residency for voter registration or voting.

Legal Residence of an Adult. The residence of an adult is that place where he or she is domiciled; that is, the place where he or she actually resides with the intent of remaining there indefinitely, or of returning there permanently when temporarily absent.

Removal of Parents from Mississippi. If the parents of a minor who is enrolled as a student in an institution of higher learning move their legal residence from the State of Mississippi, the minor is immediately classified as a nonresident student.

Residence Status of a Married Person. A married person may claim the residence of his or her spouse, or may claim independent resident status as any other adult.

Children of Parents Who are Employed by Institutions of Higher Learning. Children of parents who are members of the faculty or staff of any institution under the jurisdiction of the board of trustees may be classified as residents without regard to the residence requirement of twelve (12) months, for the purpose of attendance at the institution where their parents are faculty or staff members. Full-time faculty and staff are also considered residents. Children or spouses of full-time faculty and staff are not automatically considered residents for tuition purposes at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Military Personnel Assigned an Active Duty Station in Mississippi. Members of the armed forces and members of the Mississippi National Guard on extended active duty and/or stationed within the State of Mississippi, except those military personnel whose active duty assignment in the State of Mississippi is for educational purposes, may be classified as residents, without regard to the residence requirement of twelve (12) months, for the purpose of attending state-supported institutions of higher learning and junior colleges of the State of Mississippi. Resident status of such military personnel who are not legal residents of Mississippi, as defined under “Legal residence of an adult” shall terminate upon their reassignment for duty in the continental United States outside the State of Mississippi.

Children and Spouses of Military Personnel. The resident status of a spouse or child of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on extended active duty shall be that of the military spouse or parent for the purpose of attending state-supported institutions of higher learning and community/junior colleges of the State of Mississippi during the time that the military spouse or parent is stationed within the State of Mississippi and shall be continued through the time that the military spouse or parent is stationed in an overseas area with last duty assignment within the State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi. Resident status of a minor child terminates upon reassignment under Permanent Change of Station Orders of the military parent for duty in the continental United States outside the State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi, and except that children of members of the Armed Forces who attain Mississippi residency in accordance with the above provisions, who begin and complete their senior year of high school in Mississippi, and who enroll full time in a Mississippi institution of higher learning or community/junior college to begin studies in the fall after their graduation from high school, maintain their residency status so long as they remain enrolled as a student in good standing at a Mississippi institution of higher learning or community/junior college. Enrollment during summer school is not required to maintain such resident status.
(2) The spouse or child of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies or is killed is entitled to pay the resident tuition fee if the spouse or child becomes a resident of Mississippi within one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of death.
(3) If a member of the Armed Forces of the United States is stationed outside Mississippi and the member’s spouse or child establishes residence in Mississippi and registers with the Mississippi institution of higher learning or community/junior college at which the spouse or child plans to attend, the institution of higher education or community/junior college shall permit the spouse or child to pay the tuition, fees and other charges provided for Mississippi residents without regard to length of time that the spouse or child has resided in Mississippi.
(4) A member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the child or spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is entitled to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for Mississippi residents under another provision of this section while enrolled in a degree or certificate program is entitled to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for Mississippi residents in any subsequent term or semester while the person is continuously enrolled in the same degree or certificate program. A student may withdraw or may choose not to re-enroll for no more than one (1) semester or term while pursuing a degree or certificate without losing resident status only if that student provides sufficient documentation by a physician that the student has a medical condition that requires withdrawal or non enrollment. For purposes of this subsection, a person is not required to enroll in a summer term to remain continuously enrolled in a degree or certificate program. The person’s eligibility to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for Mississippi residents under this subsection does not terminate because the person is no longer a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the child or spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Certification of Residence of Military Personnel. A military person on active duty stationed in Mississippi who wishes to avail himself or herself or his or her dependents of these provisions must submit a certificate from his or her military organization showing the name of the military member; the name of the dependent (if for a dependent), the name of the organization of assignment and its address (may be in the letterhead); that the military member will be on active duty stationed in Mississippi on the date of registration at the state-supported institution of higher learning or junior college of the State of Mississippi; that the military member is not on transfer orders; and the signature of the Commanding Officer, the Adjutant or the Personnel Officer of the unit of assignment with signer’s rank and title. A military certificate must be presented to the registrar of the state-supported institution of higher learning or junior college of the State of Mississippi each semester or trimester at (or within ten (10) days prior to) registration each semester for the provisions hereof to be effective.
Non U.S. Citizens (Alien status). All aliens are classified as nonresidents except that lawfully admitted alien students with permanent resident status, temporary resident status, or refugee status can establish Mississippi residence by meeting the same residency requirements as any U.S. Citizen.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Students may transfer from other colleges or universities into Mississippi State University engineering degree programs if they meet all requirements to transfer to Mississippi State University and satisfy any one of the following criteria:
--Meet engineering new freshmen admission standards.
--Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 and passed courses equivalent to Calculus I (MA 1713), English Composition I (EN 1103), and Fundamentals of Chemistry I (CH 1213) with grades of C or better.
Transfer students must submit an application with a $40.00 application fee; must submit official transcripts of all course work; and must submit official ACT/SAT test scores.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 303
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 30