Residential Experience

Summer College students live in the Residential College South, one of the newer residence halls on campus. The RC South is separated by gender into sectioned floors for Summer College, with undergraduate counselors residing on each floor to supervise residents.

Each student is assigned to their own room in consideration for public health, though most will share a bathroom with one other student. Students housed in the RC South enjoy playing ping pong and board games in its recreational spaces and games of football, soccer, and frisbee in the large adjoining green space. On evenings when there is live music in the Grove or on the Square, students may stroll up to take in the show or savor ice-cold snacks purchased from a local vendor.

All Summer College students belong to smaller communities of fellow students, allowing them opportunities to get to know one another on a more individual basis. Community time activities combine social and educational opportunities and are facilitated by residential staff four nights per week.

Meal plans are provided to all Summer College students. Additional meals are catered on a weekly basis in conjunction with our co-curricular events, and many students also choose to eat out on the weekends.

Students enjoy the freedom of the campus during the day but are required to return to the RC South for community time and by 10 pm each evening. Students may not leave campus without supervision provided by the program.

The student recreational center, Student Health Center and other campus services are available to students while they are enrolled in Summer College programs.

Weekend Activities

Each session, students participate in planned Saturday and Sunday activities. Although most of these trips are included in the cost of the program, students are still required to sign up at least one week prior to the beginning of the event.

Welcome to Oxford
This weekend is all about exploring town, taking a tour of historic Oxford on the popular Double-Decker bus, shopping on the Square, and bowling at Oxford’s Premier Lanes will be included. Bus ride and bowling entrance is included in the cost of the program.

Ice Skating
We believe in keeping cool during the summer. If health restrictions allow it, a trip to the Mid-South Ice House will be included in the program.

Arts in Oxford
A day of art appreciation and creating art. Visits to some studios on campus and/or in town are included in this activity.

Escape the Residence Hall
An evening of puzzles, mysteries, and team work. A theme party will be hosted afterwards. Come dressed for the occasion in costume!

Memphis Trip
This daytrip is full of activities. Take a stroll in the Blues Capital’s downtown and have lunch near the Mississippi River. Other activities will be included as health restrictions change.
Note: Some activities will depend on health restrictions at the time of activity. Activities will be substituted as appropriate.

Going home for the weekend

Keeping our community safe and ensuring every student has the opportunity to complete their residential month of Summer College is our top priority. We have learned from our university and others that keeping students in a “bubble,” so that they socialize only with one another, can limit the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, student requests for weekend leave will only be approved under exceptional circumstances this year. Students granted leave may return to Summer College only if granted permission by the Director of Pre-College Programs.

Exceptional circumstances include:

  • Medical necessity
  • Family emergency

Not included:

  • Family celebrations or vacations

Getting to the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi is located in the city of Oxford, in the north central region of the State of Mississippi. It is situated about 75 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

The closest major airport is Memphis International Airport. The most common way to travel from the airport to Oxford is by car or taxi.

All students must make their own arrangements to arrive and depart from campus.

Driving to Campus

If a student drives to campus and plans to keep their vehicle, they must obtain a parking pass from the Department of Parking and Transportation.

Move-In Information & Orientation

Summer College is housed in the Residential College South building. Arriving students must pre-register for arrival and departure using the links provided by email. For public health reasons, students may not move in outside of their selected arrival window. One family member may assist the student in moving into their room, and a pre-screening health check of both student and family member will be conducted at the front desk. Pre-screening will include proof of a negative COVID test result (within 72 hours) or proof of vaccination.

Students are encouraged to quarantine for one-week prior to move-in and we ask that all students track symptoms daily during that period.

Arrival Dates and Times 2021
  First Session Second Session
  Date Registration Orientation Date Registration Orientation
Summer College May 31 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 3:30 pm  June 30 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 3:30 pm
International Summer College May 30 Upon arrival TBD June 29 Upon arrival TBD

Students will receive room assignment, class schedule, required book list, and Ole Miss ID at move-in.

Orientation will be conducted online prior to move-in and is mandatory, but an additional optional tour with a parent meet-and-greet will be hosted at move-in. Details will be sent by email.

Move-Out Information

Students must check out of Summer College four hours after taking their second final exam unless the exam is late in the day. You will be assigned a check-out window and must adhere to that time, in accordance with university safety protocols.

  First Session Second Session
Summer College June 28 July 29
International Summer College June 29 July 30

Some students may have a final exam scheduled on June 29th (first session) or July 30th (second session). We encourage students to make arrangements to move out immediately following their exam.

Health and Safety

The welfare and safety of all our students is the Office of Pre-College Programs’ and the University of Mississippi's top priority. We take safety very seriously and have policies and protocols in place that aid in the prevention and in the occurrence of emergent situations. Please keep in mind that the below requirements may be adapted in consultation with university officials as public health conditions change.

COVID-19 Health Protocols
The University of Mississippi’s community is well known for taking care of one another. We expect that all students enrolled in a residential program show a high level of civic responsibility and care for fellow students and university staff. We expect that our students and their families will act responsibly in good faith at all times and exercise good judgement when visiting campus. This means we expect students and their families to follow health protocols closely. Working together, we can keep our students, staff, and faculty healthy. More information will be forthcoming as we approach summer.

Residential Life

  • Prescreening at move-in will require proof of negative COVID test within the past 72 hours or evidence of COVID vaccination.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. When outdoors, masks will be required if 6 feet of distance is not possible to maintain.
  • Students will receive individual rooms — no roommates this year. Students will not be permitted to host guests in their room.
  • Students will be encouraged to socialize in the many shaded outdoor spaces on campus rather than using interior spaces. Housing restrictions on room occupancy and social distancing will be strictly enforced.
  • Students are requested not to leave campus for visits with family and friends. They will “bubble” with other program participants and staff for the duration of the session. Weekend leave requests are strongly discouraged. Students wishing to request leave for a family emergency must submit their request to the Director of Pre-College Programs.
  • Students with jobs will not be permitted to leave campus. We are trying to maintain our “bubble,” and jobs increase exposure to outside germs. We recommend a student with a summer job participate in our commuter dual-credit program, rather than residential Summer College.
  • Any student returning from an emergency visit home must provide proof of immunization or submit to a COVID test at the campus Student Health Center at their own expense.
  • Students may be required to participate in asymptomatic testing as the university deems appropriate based on current infection levels in our campus community. Asymptomatic testing will be conducted at the expense of Summer College and not charged to students.

In the event of illness

  • A student with symptoms that manifest during the program will be isolated immediately under supervision and required either to submit to symptomatic testing or make arrangements for transport home.
  • We will use the Student Health Center for care during business hours and Urgent Care for care after hours, as described below.
  • A student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined immediately. They must be picked up by family within 6 hours of the test result (if test results arrive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.). If result is given after 8 p.m., student may remain overnight and must leave by 8 a.m. the following morning as per University Housing’s policy.
  • In the event of some difficulty in arranging transportation by 8 a.m. the next morning, families must notify the Associate Director of Pre-College Programs. Pre-College will make every effort to provide a suitable open-air location with supervision until the family is able to arrive.
  • Students who must leave campus prematurely due to COVID are responsible for making arrangements with their professors. Please keep in mind that professors make their own decisions about coursework and determine what is fair – Summer College has no authority to affect professors’ decisions about their courses.
  • If the program experiences an outbreak, the program will close in compliance with university and State public health requirements. It is for this reason that we are taking the above precautions, as we would not want students to miss out on the full Summer College experience.

For non-emergency healthcare, students can visit the V.B. Harrison Student Health Center located on campus. The health center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

For non-emergency health care after hours or on weekends, students are taken to "Urgent Care" clinics located throughout Oxford.

For emergency health care, students are transported to the North Mississippi Baptist Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Non-emergency and emergency contact numbers for program staff will be provided at Orientation.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!

“My counselor was so supportive and understanding. He listened when I was frustrated or stressed, and he even helped me organize my classes for freshman year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“Summer College gave me a new point of view on the USA in general, and it was completely different from what I expected. I definitely felt at home here.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“The impact that Summer College has on me is one that I am forever thankful for. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018