- Academic Competitions and Special Programs
The Office of High School Academic Competitions and Special Programs serves as the coordinating office for competitive and non-competitive pre-college programs hosted by The University of Mississippi. The Office of High School Academic Competitions and
Special Programs seeks to provide current information on all such programs in one central office.
- Dual Credit for High School Students
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 independent
study. For a complete list of courses offered, visit our website. 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 will take courses with
the same requirements and same grading scale as University students.
- Early Admission
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
- Filmmaking Workshop
This four-day workshop is a unique opportunity for high school students (freshman through seniors), college students, teachers, and all adults interested in filmmaking. The participants will be shown a variety of films that will showcase the elements of filmmaking discussed and applied throughout the course. Students of the workshop will be introduced to all aspects of the filmmaking process as they produce their own short film during the four-day class. From sound design to lighting, from camera operation to story-boards, participants will gain valuable practical experience in the art of filmmaking.
- UM-Independent Study High School
The UM-Independent Study High School currently offers more than 120
accredited correspondence courses in 18 different areas. Visit our website at
for a full listing and detailed course descriptions. Online Courses are now available! UM-ISHS online courses enable students to work at their
own pace within a structured framework.
- Lott Leadership Institute
The Lott Leadership Institute for High School students seeks the nomination of 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 nstitute, named in honor of Ole Miss alumnus and U.S. Senator Trent Lott. The institute is devoted to fostering leadership skills, particularly in young people.
- Mississippi StarTalk: Chinese for High School Students
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 will be selected to participate in the program. In addition to studying Chinese inside and outside of the classroom, students will participate in a cultural program introducing them to China, its people, and its culture. Students will 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 will receive college credit in Mandarin Chinese.
- Summer Academy
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. Depending on grade level, students will explore the world and its cultures in geography; flex their imaginations in creative writing; design a PowerPoint presentation; or investigate the earths delicate balances in environmental science. Other classes are also offered.
- Summer College for High School Students
The Summer College for High School Students provides opportunities for students entering the 11th and 12th grades in the fall of 2009 to explore academic interests, get acquainted with college life, earn college credit, widen their horizons, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. The dates for Session I are May 25-June 23; for Session II, June 24-July 24.