ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY
All inquiries concerning admission to Alcorn State University should be directed to the Office of
Admissions. To be eligible for admission, a person must be a graduate of a recognized high school. Persons who are not high school graduates are required to pass the General Education Development (GED) test and make a satisfactory score on the ACT and/or SAT before being admitted.
Applications for admission are accepted any time during the calendar year. Persons interested in applying should write or call the Admissions Office for an application and instructions for applying. All applicants should have high school and/or college transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, or a GED passing score transcript sent directly to the Office of Admissions, Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi, 39096-7500.
When the application for admission, ACT or SAT profile, transcript and/or GED transcript is received, the applicant will be notified concerning his/her status. It is advantageous to submit a partial transcript, as this will enable the staff to evaluate the academic record and provide an early response to the applicant’s request for admission. Partial transcripts should include all available grades earned from freshman year to present. The partial transcript does not substitute for the final transcript, which should be submitted after graduating from high school.
ADMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS
Former students in good standing who have not enrolled for one or more semesters (summer session excluded) must file the brief application for readmission that is available in the Admissions Office or online. A former student must be in good standing before being readmitted.
Alcorn State University adheres to the principle of equal opportunity. The university does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap.
There are five ways to gain Freshman Undergraduate admission to Alcorn State University:
- Complete the College Prep Curriculum as listed below with a minimum 3.2 GPA.
- Complete the College Prep Curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA and score at least 16 or higher on the ACT or rank in the upper 50% of your class and score at least 16 or higher on the ACT.
- Complete the College Prep Curriculum with a minimum 2.0 GPA and score 18 or higher on the ACT.
- Students who meet full-qualifier certification requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
- Summer Developmental Program
*In lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores.
Students 21 Years of Age or Over
A student 21 years of age or over who does not meet or satisfy admission requirements set forth in paragraph B or C above may apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student. Admission may be granted for such programs or courses as he or she may be prepared to enter. Degree-seeking student status may be achieved by meeting admission standards as set forth in paragraph B or C above or by completing a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours with a "C" average or higher. Persons who are not high school graduates are required to pass the General Education Development (GED) test.
Applicants Under Age 21 Without A High School Diploma
Applicants under age 21 who have not graduated from a regionally accredited high school must submit qualifying scores on the General Education Development Test (GED) or be home-schooled. Submission of scores on the ACT or SAT is strongly encouraged. Home-schooled students must present portfolios which summarize their educational experiences and other applicants must submit transcripts reflecting academic performance in courses taken. All applicants must appear for an on-campus interview.
Applicants Without A High School Diploma
Applicants who have not graduated from a regionally accredited high school and were not home-schooled must submit qualifying scores on the General Education Development Test (GED) and any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school. Home-schooled students must present portfolios summarizing his or her home-school education. Submission of scores on the ACT or SAT is strongly encouraged. Applicants may be required, at the discretion of the admitting IHL institution, to appear for an on-campus interview.
College Prep Curriculum
English: (4 Carnegie Units) Courses must require substantial communication skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
Mathematics: (3 Carnegie Units) Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. 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 source 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 (1/2 unit), and economics(1/2 unit), or geography (1/2 unit).
Advanced Electives: (2 Carnegie Units) Foreign language, world geography, 4th year laboratory-based science, or 4th year mathematics. One unit must be in foreign language or world geography.
Computer Applications: (1/2 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 same as the high school course.
You must have the following items on file in the Office of Admissions in order for your application to be processed:
- Application for Admissions (signed)
- ACT/SAT Scores (Freshmen only)
- Appropriate final Transcripts (High School or College)
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