University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss)

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University of Southern Mississippi can be found in Hattiesburg, MS, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 16,000 students enrolled each year at Southern Miss.

Most of the students that got into this school have scored in the range of 19 - 26 on the ACT. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Southern Miss average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.38. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Southern Miss acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 86%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Southern Miss Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Southern Mississippi was reported as 96.9% in Fall 2020 with over 9,220 college applications submitted to University of Southern Mississippi. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Southern Miss ACT Scores: 19 - 26
  • Southern Miss Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Southern Mississippi?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Southern Miss is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Southern Mississippi has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 60.1%
  • 2017-2018: 98.4%
  • 2018-2019: 97.9%
  • 2019-2020: 96.9%
  • Projected Southern Miss Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 86.2%

How Does Southern Miss Compare?

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The acceptance rate for University of Southern Mississippi is seventy-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
William Carey University55.0%
University of South Alabama78.7%
Jackson State University67.5%
Southeastern Louisiana University90.2%
University of New Orleans55.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Southern Miss (Fall 2020)

ACT®Score Range
English19 - 27
Math17 - 24
Composite Score19 - 26
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