Engineering Admission and Transfer Policy and Pathway to Engineering Admission
Engineering Admission and Transfer Policy

Pathway to Engineering Admission

For new applicants not meeting the minimum admission requirements:

Core GPA

If your core GPA is less than 2.8 at the time of application, you may still have time to improve it while you are in high school. Whenever your core GPA is raised to above 2.8, you can contact the engineering admission officer through email and phone and submit such evidence. A core GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 will qualify you for the General Engineering degree program. A core GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 will qualify you for admission to all engineering programs. Alternatively, a student can take Edhe 105, Freshman Year Experience, in Summer School before freshman year. A grade of B or higher will satisfy the core GPA requirement to enter any engineering program, provided that the ACT/SAT math scores are satisfied.

ACT Math Score

If your ACT Math subscore (or SAT equivalent) is less than 20, there are various ways to meet the math qualification:

  • You can retake the ACT to meet the requirement. A new score between 20 and 24 will qualify you for the General Engineering degree program. A score equal to or greater than 25 will qualify you for admission to all engineering degrees.
  • You can take a college level calculus preparatory course, such as MATH 125 (or MATH 121 and 123) at the University of Mississippi, utilizing the Summer School, and earn a grade of B or higher. Meeting this requirement will qualify you for admission to all engineering degrees.

If you do not meet the above requirements before enrolling in the University,you can still seek admission to a degree program. You have the following options:

  • If you want to pursue Engineering: Once you enroll in any major for which you qualify, you can contact the School of Engineering. An advisor will guide you towards the courses to take that can qualify you to transfer to an engineering degree. The extra requirements are generally minimal. With careful planning, it is still possible to complete an engineering degree within four years.
  • If you want to choose a new major: You may review the University of Mississippi list of majors and select a different degree to pursue. The following link will direct you to a list of all MAJORS offered by the University: Undergraduate Programs of Study. Another helpful tool is the Choosing a Major database from the College of Liberal Arts. This tool contains a link to each of the majors offered under the College of Liberal Arts and contains information about what types of jobs/careers students who graduate with that major can get. Should you find another major in which you are interested, you may complete an online change of major form in your myOleMiss account.
  • If you are undecided on your major: You can enroll in the university a Freshman Studies student and work with an academic advisor in the Center for Student Success and First Year Experience to guide you to resources that will help you select another major. A large number of freshmen enter the university in Freshman Studies, and CSSFYE assists these students in exploring different career opportunities and the majors that will lead to those careers.


Core GPA is defined as the grade point average calculated based on final grades earned on college preparatory curriculum in the Mississippi Carnegie system of 4 units of English, 3 units of Math, 3 units of Science, 3 units of Social Studies, 1 unit of Arts, 2 units of Advanced Electives, and 0.5 units of Technology. Additional information can be found on this Guide to Admissions for Mississippi universities and the University of Mississippi Admissions webpage.



Engineering Admission Officer: Ryan Upshaw

215 Brevard Hall