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The college application process should begin far ahead of time – even in middle school. The earlier you begin to plan, the less stressful the admission process will be in your senior year. Many schools have deadlines as early as fall of your senior year. Ask yourself questions about how to choose the college that best fits you. 

The admissions process may vary slightly by college, but follow the checklist below for a general guideline.




What is needed to apply?

It is important to know what is required when applying for admission at the particular colleges and universities you are considering. All of this information is widely available in college guides, university catalogs and publications, and on the schools’ Web sites. By the time you get to the 12th grade, it is too late to start taking the right classes, so you need to learn this early. If you plan to attend college in Mississippi, make sure you are complying with the Admissions Requirements for Mississippi public universities.

Our Application Checklist will help you stay on track throughout the process – print out a copy for your personal use for each school to which you are submitting an application. Also, be sure to check out our College Planning Guide for more help, as you navigate the college process.



Reduced tuition possible for some degrees that are not available in Mississippi:

Is the degree program you have chosen not available in Mississippi? Have you found your program at an out-of-state institution, but the higher tuition is a barrier?

The Academic Common Market allows Mississippians to apply for a waiver of out-of-state tuition to attend a cooperating public institution of higher education to pursue a program not available in Mississippi. ACM is a cooperative, tuition-reduction agreement among 16 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states.

More than 1,900 programs are available to eligible students at in-state tuition rates in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Graduate level programs only are available in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. For more information, visit Academic Common Market.