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International Admissions Requirements

Below you will find answers to common questions about the international student application process. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact OIP International Admissions Services. We're here to help!

Who is considered an international applicant?

    In our admission process, we consider an international applicant to be anyone who does not hold U.S. citizenship status, regardless of their location of residence. Students who are not U.S. citizens should apply to UM as international students.

What is my admissions classification?

    *Important Note: The definitions below apply to all degree-seeking applicants who are non-U.S. citizens only. If you plan to apply as a non-degree seeking applicant (visiting student, academic exchange student, or Intensive English Program student) please contact OIP International Admissions Services in order for us to appropriately advise you on the application process.

    Please adhere to the following classification system when completing your application:

  • Freshman: If you have never attended a college or university and have completed the equivalent of 12 years of more of elementary and secondary schooling based on your country’s educational system, you should apply as an international freshman student.
  • Transfer: If you have completed any coursework at the higher education level (college or university)  and are interested in undergraduate admission at the University of Mississippi, you should apply as an international transfer student.
    • If you have already earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited university or college, and you are applying for an additional bachelor's degree or are interested in taking additional undergraduate coursework, you should apply as an international transfer student.
  • Graduate: If you have earned a Bachelor's or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, you are eligible to apply to a graduate (master's or doctoral) program as an international graduate student.

What are UM's admissions requirements for international freshman/transfer students**?

  • Online application and application fee payment
  • Copy of passport identification pages
    • See visa question below for more information.
  • Official English language proficiency test scores
    • Minimum 6.00 IELTS; 79 TOEFL-IB; or 53 PTE-A is required for full admission. See the English language requirements below for more information.
    • While official test scores must be submitted to the University by the testing center, please submit a copy of your test scores to the Office of International Programs also, whether in hard-copy or scanned by email. This will expedite the admission review process.
    • If you do not meet the above-mentioned English language proficiency requirements and wish instead to be considered for Conditional Admission to UM, please contact OIP International Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts/degree certificates (must be official, officially certified, notarized, and must include an English translation)
    • Freshman who intend to graduate from a high school outside of the USA: Minimum 3.00/4.00 cumulative high school grade point average. SAT/ACT is not required.
    • Freshman who intend to graduate from a high school in the USA: SAT/ACT is required if grade point average is below 3.20/4.00.
    • Transfer from college/university outside of the USA: Minimum 2.50/4.00 cumulative university or college grade point average on all courses completed.
    • Transfer from college/university in the USA: Minimum 2.00/4.00 cumulative university or college grade point average. Additional requirements may apply.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Required for those intending to hold F-1 or J-1 visa status only.
    • See the financial support requirements below for more information.
    • Visit our Financial Matters page to find out more about costs of study, scholarship opportunities, and other financial considerations.

    **Important Note: Exceptions may apply. For more information contact OIP International Admissions Services directly.

What are UM's admissions requirements for international graduate students**?

    The UM Graduate School recognizes the necessity of using multiple criteria in making the admission decision. These criteria include an applicant’s previous academic performance and scores on standardized tests and may include research and practical experiences, evidence of skill (e.g. writing sample), letters of recommendation, and, in the case of applicants whose native language is not English, scores on an English proficiency exam.

    Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission to a degree program. The selection process is competitive, and admission decisions take into consideration the availability of space and resources within a department. To assure full consideration for admission, all application materials must be received by the deadline dates.

    Applicants for graduate admission should have at least a B or equivalent average in previous university/college studies and appropriate undergraduate preparation in their fields of study. Students should also possess or be in the process of completing a bachelor's degree or equivalent. Applicants for master’s and doctoral programs in most disciplines should submit official test results of the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to consideration for admission. Applicants for graduate study in business and accountancy are required to submit official results of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send official test scores directly to the Graduate School. The university code number is 1840.

    While GRE or GMAT is sufficient for most academic disciplines, some academic departments require other standardized test scores as part of their application process. For example, some departments in the School of Education require the Praxis Exam. Please check the School of Education web site for this information http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/educ_school2/.

    Required documents for a graduate admissions application:

  • Online application and application fee payment
  • Copy of passport identification pages
    • See visa question below for more information.
  • Official English language proficiency test scores
    • Minimum 6.00 IELTS; 79 TOEFL-IBT; or 53 PTE-A is required in order to be considered for full admission. See the English language requirements below for more information.
    • While official test scores must be submitted to the University by the testing center, please submit a copy of your test scores to the Office of International Programs also, whether in hard-copy or scanned by email. This will expedite the admission review process.
  • Official transcripts/degree certificates of all institutions of higher education attended (must be official, officially certified, notarized, and must include an English translation)
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Required for those intending to hold F-1 or J-1 visa status only.
    • See the financial support requirements below for more information.
    • Visit our Financial Matters page to find out more about costs of study, scholarship opportunities, and other financial considerations.
  • Letters of Recommendation and/or writing samples (such as Statement of Purpose), dependent on degree program
  • **Important Note: Exceptions may apply. For more information contact OIP International Admissions Services.

What are the application deadlines and fees?

    Undergraduate Deadlines

    The general application deadline for Undergraduate admission for the Fall semester is June 1. The Fall semester begins in mid-August.

    The general Undergraduate application deadline for admission for the Spring semester is October 1. The Spring semester begins in mid-January.

    Applicants should submit all required admission materials well in advance of the start of the term in which enrollment is sought. Applications for admission may be accepted as early as one year before the start of the desired enrollment term.

    Undergraduate Application Fee

    International students must pay a $60.00 non-refundable application fee at the time of application.

    Graduate Application Deadlines

    In general application deadline for the Summer and Fall semester is April 1, while the deadline for the Spring semester is October 1. Please note that some programs have earlier deadlines. Specific application deadlines for the Graduate School can be found on the Graduate School's website at: Graduate Application Deadlines.

    Graduate Application Fee

    Graduate international students must pay a $50.00 nonrefundable fee at the time of application. The fee may be paid either by check, money order, or credit card.

What is meant by official, officially certified and notarized transcripts and degree certificates?

    Official transcripts and/or degree certificates are those issued directly by the institution at which the coursework was completed or the degree earned, holding original seals and/or stamps and/or signatures.

    Officially certified transcripts and/or degree certificates are hard-copy photocopies of the original, or official transcripts or degree certificates which are certified by the issuing institution (this is common in cases where one and only one official transcript and/or degree certificate is ever issued); by the U.S. Consulate’s Education/Culture Departments or its official representatives; or by select U.S. sponsoring agencies such as Fulbright, IREX, etc.

    Notarized copies of academic credentials are not acceptable in lieu of official or officially certified ones as notarized copies do not attest that the original documents presented are official or officially certified documents.

What are UM's English language proficiency requirements?

    The University considers a student’s ability to communicate effectively in the English language to be critically important to his/her academic and personal success as well as to safety in laboratories and other academic or research environments. 

    English Proficiency Requirements for Admission
    GENERAL
    International applicants whose primary language is not English and/or who have completed their secondary or tertiary education primarily outside of the USA must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) as evidence of English language proficiency. The University’s English language proficiency requirements may be met by providing qualifying test scores. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University and be less than two years old. The TOEFL school-code for The University of Mississippi is 1840.

    Qualifying Minimum Scores:
    TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT): 79 or higher
    TOEFL Paper Based Test (PBT): 550 or higher
    IELTS: 6.00 overall band score or higher
    PTE-A: 53 or higher

    A LITTLE BELOW THE MINIMUM?
    International students who meet all admission requirements but whose TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A test scores are between 69-78 (TOEFL IBT), 523-547 (TOEFL PPT), 5.50-5.99 (IELTS) or 47-52 (PTE-A) may be admitted to the University. To ensure such students are successful in their academic pursuits, such students are required to enroll in a 3 credit hour “English for International Students” course (IE090) and a 1 credit hour "Academic Writing Lab for International Students" lab during their first term of enrollment at the University, and in subsequent terms if necessary until the course is successfully completed.

    EXEMPTIONS:

    • International applicants who are citizens of one of the following countries:
      • Anguilla
      • Antigua and Barbuda
      • Australia
      • Bahamas
      • Barbados
      • Belize
      • Bermuda
      • Canada (except Quebec)
      • Cayman Islands
      • Dominica
      • Grenada
      • Guyana (British Guyana)
      • Ireland
      • Jamaica
      • Liberia
      • Malta
      • Montserrat
      • New Zealand
      • St. Kitts and Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Trinidad and Tobago
      • Turks and Caicos Islands
      • United Kingdom
      • U.K. Virgin Islands
      • USA
      • U.S. Virgin Islands
    • International applicants who show evidence of having completed the Advanced Plus Course at the University of Mississippi’s Intensive English Program with a B grade or higher. (See http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/iep  for further information.)
    • International applicants who apply for admission as Degree Seeking Freshman Students and who have completed all four years of high school education at, and graduated from, an accredited high school in the USA. They must, however, comply with the admission standards for non-international (i.e. U.S.-domestic) applicants as stated in the undergraduate catalog. Please note that who are home schooled or who earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in the USA must submit English language proficiency test scores.
    • International applicants who apply for admission as Degree Seeking Transfer Students and who have completed at least 30 credits, including two (2) English Writing/Composition courses at an accredited institution of higher education in the USA and who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale and a 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale on each of the English Writing/Composition courses.
    • International applicants who apply for admission as short term Non-Degree Seeking Exchange Students via academic institutional partners or ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs) may be exempt from the TOELF, IELTS or PTE-A test requirement though they must provide a certification of English language proficiency issued by the institution through which the exchange program is facilitated.
    • International applicants who apply for admission to an undergraduate program who have already earned a degree of higher education (associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree) in one of the countries listed above.

Does UM offer conditional admissions?

    UM does allow conditional admission for undergraduate study. This means that international applicants who have met all requirements for admission to undergraduate study with the exception of English language proficiency may be conditionally admitted to an undergraduate degree program.

    Applicants who wish to be considered for conditional admission to undergraduate study must submit the online application for admission and submit the requisite application items. Additionally, they must expressly convey their interest in being considered for conditional admission to OIP International Admissions Services.

    Conditionally admitted students are initially permitted to enroll in courses at the Intensive English Program only. Students will be permitted to enroll in undergraduate academic courses only after satisfactory English language proficiency for admission has been demonstrated by:

  • Submitting new TOELF, IELTS or PTE-A test scores which meet the requirements for admission to undergraduate study.
  • Complete the Advanced Plus Course with a B grade or higher at the University’s Intensive English Program. (See http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/iep  for further information.)

What is the cost of study at UM? Do you offer scholarships or other financial aid? What is an Affidavit of Financial Support? How do I show financial ability?

    The University of Mississippi offers quality education at an affordable price. Academic journals and national publications frequently cite UM's low tuition and bargain cost of living. In fact, UM was recently named one of the top 20 “Best Buy Colleges” in America's prestigious Forbes magazine. Even better, UM offers scholarships and financial support options to international students who demonstrate academic ability.

    Keep in mind that per U.S. regulations, OIP will need to observe proof of financial resources before issuing visa documents to admitted students, which can be shown via the Affidavit of Financial Support. See the Financial Matters section of our website for more information about costs of study, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and financial resources requirements.

Does UM provide immigration/visa assistance for international students? Why should I submit a copy of my passport identification pages?

    OIP issues the proper documentsto admitted international students after financial documents have been approved in support of their F-1 or J-1 visa application and admission to the U.S. Our Travel and Transportation section provides additional information about the visa application process.

    International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of the identification pages of their passports along with other application items. As naming conventions are not the same in all countries, a copy of the passport identification pages will help ensure that the OIP establishes accurate application records in the University’s application data systems.