The Office of Academic Competitions serves as the coordinating office for competitive and non-competitive pre-college competitions and tournaments. The Office of Academic Competitions seeks to provide current information on all such programs in one central place.
High school students may take UM courses for dual credit at their high schools, either by
attending classes on our campus or by taking a course online or through iStudy@OleMiss. While most students will
be limited to courses at the 100 or 200 levels, some exceptions may be considered for
advanced students on an individual basis. High school students take courses with
the same requirements and same grading scale as University students.
A superior secondary school student may be offered Early Admission at the end of the
third year in high school if the following criteria are met: at least a 3.5 GPA on all
College Preparatory Curriculum courses completed, a minimum composite ACT score
of 25 (or SAT 1120), recommendation by the applicant's high school principal or
guidance counselor, and a passing score on the Mississippi College Placement
The University of Mississippi Independent Study High School is a virtual high school delivering a comprehensive high school academic experience that can complement offerings in local districts or provide courses leading to an UM-ISHS diploma.
The Lott Leadership Institute for High School students selects outstanding high school students from throughout the Southeast for its summer program each year. The program is organized with the sponsorship of the Lott Leadership Institute. The Institute is devoted to fostering leadership skills, particularly in young people.
Mississippi StarTalk is a program funded by the federal government to provide current high school sophomores and juniors with intensive instruction in Chinese on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford during the second summer session. Up to twenty-five students selected to participate in the program. In addition to studying Chinese inside and outside of classroom, students participate in a cultural program introducing them to China, its people, and its culture. Students receive StarTalk scholarships that cover the cost of their instruction and books, and provide them with housing and meals on the Ole Miss campus. All students who complete the program receive college credit in Mandarin Chinese.
Summer Academy gives rising eighth, ninth, and tenth graders a taste of college life and possible credit toward high school graduation at the same time.
The Summer College for High School Students provides opportunities for students entering the 11th and 12th grades in the following fall to explore academic interests, get acquainted with college life, earn college credit, widen their horizons, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.