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What is Summer Academy?

The University of Mississippi's Summer Academy gives students entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grades a taste of college life by offering a two-week residential academic program. Summer Academy offers two sessions with different courses offered during each session. Each course offered is listed in the Mississippi curriculum framework, but not generally offered in high school curricula across the state. Students can earn a 1/2 Carnegie unit that may be counted by their high school toward elective graduation requirements, however, whether credit is counted or not is determined by each student's high school.

Who Can Apply?

In-state, as well as out-of-state students who attend public, private, parochial or who are home- schooled, are welcome to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:
  • Students must be rising 8th, 9th, or 10th graders and be in good academic and conduct standing.
  • Students must have an overall 3.0 GPA for their last three years in school.
  • Students must have standardized achievement test scores at or above the present grade level for their last three years in school.

General Information about Summer Academy

Session Dates

1st session: June 12-24, 2016
2nd session: July 10-22, 2016


Summer Academy students choose one course per session and are welcome to attend more than one session. Certified high school teachers teach the Summer Academy courses. Classes meet in academic classrooms on campus and are held from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are reserved for field trips for most courses.


Counselors supervise students at all times. Counselors are Ole Miss students who have been through an extensive interview process and thorough background check. Counselors participate in a mandatory training program prior to the summer.


Students who choose to be residential are housed in campus residence halls with males and females being housed separately. Only Summer Academy (along with Ninth Grade Lott) students are housed in these dorms during the summer. Students may request to room with a friend as long as both parties submit the same request. For students who do not have a roommate preference, our office will pair them with someone based on answers supplied to us on a questionnaire.


Commuters must be dropped off at the designated spot each morning by 7:45 a.m. and picked up at the designated spot by 4:45 p.m. each afternoon. Commuters will eat lunch on campus each day and lunch is included in the total cost.


Weekday meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), as well as dinner on Saturday and Sunday, are served in on-campus dining facilities and are included in the cost of the program.  Breakfast is not served on the weekends.  Students who eat breakfast should bring breakfast bars or something similar to tide them over until lunchtime. Students are transported to local restaurants for lunch on Sunday. Off campus meal costs are the responsibility of the students.

Medical Care

Due to their age, Summer Academy students are not allowed access to the Student Health Center on campus. Students requiring non-emergency medical care between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. will be transported to an urgent care facility with parent’s approval. There is not an after hours medical clinic in Oxford, so students requiring medical care after 7 p.m. and before 9 a.m. are transported to the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi again with parent’s approval.


Due to the strenuous schedule of activities involved in the program, visitors are not allowed during the week. Students may have visitors after class on Saturday and on Sunday. Students may go home after class on Saturday but must report back to their respective dorm by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities around campus will be planned for students who choose to stay during the remainder of the weekend.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Class with Break
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Class with Break
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Recreation or Special Activity
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Study, Computer Lab, Study Groups, Free Time
10:00 p.m. Curfew

Sessions and Courses Offered

Summer Academy students choose one course per session and are welcome to attend more than one session. Certified high school teachers teach the Summer Academy courses. Classes meet in academic classrooms on campus and are held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are reserved for field trips for most courses.

Session I: June 12-24, 2016

Inside the Game: Sports Literature in the 20th Century

20th Century Sports Literature is a course that will examine the evolution of sports in America. We will watch, examine, and read about the American "Big 3" sports of football, baseball, and basketball. Wanna know what athletes think of retaliation, like when a pitcher hits a batter after a home run or NBA player commits a hard foul after the opposition hits a big alley oops dunk? Where is the one place that you can learn and do all of this? Ole Miss's Summer Academy, of course!

• ACT Prep*

The ACT (according to is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, math, science, and reading. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test.  All 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S accept ACT results. The results from these tests must be included as part of applications for admission to most four-year colleges and universities. Because admissions are becoming increasingly competitive, good ACT test scores can give students an edge on the competition.

This course is designed to help students prepare for these important assessments by focusing on verbal skills like reading, writing and vocabulary. Students will develop valuable test-taking strategies to help improve their scores. This Reading and Writing section represents half of the ACT prep course experience, and consequently will represent one half of the student overall grade for the course

Introduction to Debate

Argue! Challenge! Defend! Perform! Compete!
This SPEECH and DEBATE course introduces the fundamental concepts, skills, and techniques for competitive speech and debate. The effective speaker and debater will develop fluency in reading aloud as well as skills in arguing, writing, and researching. Critical thinking, listening, and speaking skills are emphasized in a supportive and friendly but competitive environment. Students interested in recent local, national, and international topics will enjoy arguing for and against a range of issues.

At the end of the course, students will be able to 1) Research, create, and deliver Public Forum Debate speeches as well as argue effectively in cross-fires; 2) Evaluate and deliver poetry or prose with meaning, feeling, and understanding; and 3) Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team in class competitions.

Session II: July 10-22, 2016

• Introduction to Engineering

What do medieval war machines, earthquakes, and roller coasters have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Oddly enough, they do share a common bond - math. In Introduction to Engineering, we will design experiments and construct projects to view how engineers use math on a daily basis to study natural disasters, design amusement park rides, and understand ancient world conflicts. Math comes alive as we pull it from the sometimes boring classroom right into the world where you live and might work someday. Can you build a catapult with a better launch distance than anyone else or construct a dome to rival Epcot Center? These and other exciting opportunities await in Introduction to Engineering at Ole Miss's Summer Academy!

• Whodunnit? Mystery Literature in the 20th Century

Do you watch Sherlock or Elementary?
Do you find yourself drawn to detective shows and movies? 20th Century Mystery Literature is a short course that will examine not only the plots but the craft of great mystery short stories. Read the greats and devise your own schemes at Ole Miss' Summer Academy!

• How to Write Anything: College Prep Writing

College preparatory writing is designed to prepare students for college-level writing. Students will write for a variety of purposes depending on major, audience, and purpose including historically and scientifically. We will be writing and analyzing narrative, persuasive, and argumentative papers as well as discussing grammar, usage, organization, and punctuation.


The cost for a residential student is $1000 per session; this includes tuition, housing, meals, and activities. The cost for a commuter is $500 per session and includes tuition and lunch daily. A one time registration fee of $50 is required to hold a spot for a student. This fee is required once a student has been admitted to the program.


Scholarships are only available to residential students. Commuting students are not eligible for scholarships. Scholarships are limited and are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Those eligible for scholarships are: returning students to the Summer Academy program (students who attended the program last summer), Ole Miss faculty/staff (whose child will be a residential student), and students who demonstrate a financial need, as well as, who have maintained a 3.5 GPA for their last three years of school. Scholarships are not stackable-only one scholarship per student is permitted. No full scholarships are available.

Students must first be admitted to the program before they may apply for a scholarship. Scholarship information, if needed, will be provided once a student has been accepted to the program.


Applications are only accepted online.  Papers applications are not available.  All communication for Summer Academy is done via email.  You must have an email address that is checked regularly in order to apply.  Application status, acceptance, or denial will be sent to the email address that is provided as the student’s email.  A non-refundable $25 application fee is required.  Please be prepared to pay this fee before submitting your application.  We accept Visa or Mastercard.  An application cannot be accepted until the fee is paid.   

Please allow two weeks for processing.  If an application is accepted, the student will receive notification via email with additional documents that must be filled out.  A registration fee of $50.00 is required to hold a student’s spot.  The additional required documents, as well as the $50.00 registration fee, is due in our office two weeks after acceptance to the program or the student’s spot will automatically be made available.

PLEASE NOTE:  Courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Sixteen students are accepted to each course.  A course will be cancelled if less than twelve students enroll.  The application fee is non-refundable.  The registration fee minus $25 and the tuition will only be refunded if a course is cancelled.  Refunds are not given to students who do not attend or who leave the program early.

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