The University has always offered students counseling and other services helpful for applying to professional and graduate schools. To better serve pre-professional and honors students, the Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs (OPHC) is the designated unit to provide these services. The University’s pre-professional programs provide a road map for students’ next steps beyond their undergraduate experience. Students receive advice and other services on career choice, graduate school and the opportunity to earn honors distinction through an enhanced academic curriculum.
The primary goal of the programs is to increase the number of students applying, entering, and graduating from professional and graduate schools. The Pre-Professional Programs is committed to academic excellence and the holistic development of students planning a career in law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or who want to enroll in graduate schools with Ph.D. programs in the biological, chemical, physical or biomedical sciences.
Admission to the programs is selective and academic requirements are rigorous, demanding a high level of dedication and commitment from students. However, the University provides a strong program of support to help assure the success of each student willing to dedicate him or herself. Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School Programs offer promising students a series of value-added activities to enhance their competitiveness in the professional and graduate school evaluation and admission process.
Honors Curriculum Program
The Honors Curriculum Program at Alcorn State University is designed to enhance the various curricular offerings of the university through enriching academic experiences for participants. The program aims to bring together both students and teachers with exceptional intellectual commitment and ability in an atmosphere which stimulates scholarship, leadership, and creativity. The program is designed in a manner which allows participation by students from any discipline offered as a major at the university.
Students may graduate with the designation of an Honors Curriculum Scholar by achieving the following. The student must:
- complete a minimum of 24 hours of honors course work.
- enroll in a minimum of six hours of honors course work during at least three of the four undergraduate years.
- maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in honors and overall.
Entering freshmen are selected on the basis of scores on admissions and placement examinations. For initial consideration, an entering freshman must have scored at least 24 on the American College Test (ACT) or an equivalent SAT score. Participants entering after the first semester of the freshman year are selected on the basis of cumulative average, plus the recommendations of two faculty members. The required average for second semester freshmen, sophomores, and juniors is 3.0 or above; seniors must have achieved an average of 3.25 or above.