What is College Ready?

The College Ready Program is a summer program for incoming freshmen students. This living and learning community is designed to give students a head start on their college careers by taking courses, living in the residence halls, and getting to know fellow students, professors, and MSU’s campus in the relatively calm environment of summer.

The courses offered in College Ready are among the most sought after by freshmen. Outside of the classroom, the program helps introduce students to many of the campus organizations available to them. And program faculty and staff go to extra lengths to make sure the students feel confident during the transition from high school to college.

The College program begins July 6- August 8, 2014. College Ready has two subsets one called Early Start and the other is Math Plus. Are you College Ready? Because Success Awaits You!

Early Start

Early Start is a program that gives freshman students a chance to get a head start on their degree by taking one or two courses before the fall semester begins. Early Start students participate in a living and learning community by moving in to one of the newest residence halls, taking classes taught exclusively for Early Start students, and getting to know new friends, their professors, and campus leaders to truly get a head start on their college career.

Math Plus

Math Plus has been designed specifically for students who want to focus on developing their math skills and getting prepared for College Algebra by the fall of their freshman year. This program provides students the opportunity to receive a strong basis in the fundamentals required to be successful in College Algebra and higher math courses. Students will participate in a living and learning community by moving in to one of the newest residence halls. Math Plus is a great way to get a pre-requisite course out of the way, get familiar with campus life, meet first-rate faculty, and make lasting friendships with your fellow classmates.


Housing will be provided in one of our newest residence halls on campus, Oak Hall. Students in the College Ready program will be able to secure sought-after housing assignment for their entire freshman year as a benefit for participating in either of the College Ready programs. If a student prefers a different residence hall for their freshman year, he/she will be given housing priority based on his/her MSU Fall Housing application. In our first two years of College Ready, we discovered that students strongly preferred the opportunity to remain in the same hall, in many cases the very same room for their entire first year.

All students accepted in a College Ready program and who have paid their $200 non-refundable deposit by April 1, 2014 will be given priority housing assignments for their Fall term. Applicants accepted after April 1 will be assigned their Fall Housing based on their original housing priority.

Oak Hall will be staffed with a Graduate Residence Director to oversee each building and a Resident Advisor on each hall to work with residents throughout the program.

Be aware, priority housing is contingent upon a student’s participation in the Early Start program, and MSU Housing reserves the rights to reassign a student who does not attend or complete the program. For more information about MSU’s Housing and Residence Life see: http://www.housing.msstate.edu/.

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Meal Plan

Students enrolled in the College Ready program will be required to purchase a meal plan for the special College Ready rate of $425. This meal plan provides Lunch Monday through Friday at Market Place at Perry Cafeteria plus $250 in flex dollars, which can be used at any of MSU’s on campus food vendors.

Marketplace at Perry is one of our Dining Halls that features all-you-care-to-eat lunch in the summer, with international entrees, grill, deli, salad bar, and more! Check out the NEW Comfort Line, International Station. We are located beside The Colvard Student Union and just steps away from the State Fountain Bakery. Flex dollars can be redeemed at any dining location, and any unused portion of flex dollars will be rolled into your fall semester. For more information about dining services: http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSS/msstatedining.

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Financial Aid

Student financial aid in the United States is funding that is intended to help students pay education-related expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies for education at a college, university, or private school. Financial Aid is available if you qualify. You must complete FASFA for 2013-2014 academic year since summer terms are considered part of the previous year. A step-by- step process is located at http://www.sfa.msstate.edu/howto/ and FASFA application is located at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

If you have any questions or need help navigating the Financial Aid process, please contact a Financial Aid counselor at 662.325-2450 or contact College Ready’s Coordinator, Dr. Angi Bourgeois at 662.325.1922 and ale65@msstate.edu

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Get Involved

Never a dull moment - the People's University has something for everyone. With everything Mississippi State University has to offer, each student can enjoy enriching experiences through organizations, clubs, and groups. There are more than 350 student organizations representing educational majors, religious groups, Greek affiliations, and club sports .And if you like to just hang out, we have places for that too. The Colvard Student Union is a three-story "campus living room" housing the Dawg House, Starbuck's, a Food Court and a Beauty Salon. The Sanderson Center also offers a multitude of choices through fitness activities and specialized classes. You can find all the fun and excitement you need as well as an enriching learning environment at Mississippi State University.


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When can I move into my residence hall for the College Ready program?
Students will move in between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday July 6th, 2014.

Do I have a choice of residence hall?
No. All students participating in College Ready 2014 will be housed in Oak Hall for the program. Oak Hall is MSU's newest residence hall, which opened in Fall 2012.

Can I stay in my College Ready residence hall for my freshman year?
Yes. This was found to be one of the greatest benefits. All College Ready students who want to take advantage of this premium housing selection for the fall should indicate Oak Hall as their first preference on their MSU Fall Housing application form. To take advantage of this benefit, students must be accepted and pay the $200 non-refundable deposit prior to April 1, 2014.

Can I move to a different residence hall for Fall 2014?
Yes. If a student prefers to move into a different residence hall, he/she will indicate their preference of residence hall on the MSU Fall Housing application form. Students participating in College Ready will be given priority in Fall housing assignments. To take advantage of this benefit, students must be accepted and pay the $200 non-refundable deposit prior to April 1, 2014.

If I elect to change residence halls after the College Ready program, do I have to move home between the end of the College Ready Program and Move-In Day for all Freshmen students?
No. You will be able to move directly from your College Ready program room into your new residence hall.

Do I have to live on campus for the College Ready Program?
Yes. Because the program is designed to create a special living-learning community, we require that all students live on campus in the designated residence hall.

If my roommate for the Fall semester is not in College Ready, can we still room together?
Yes. Every effort will be made to accommodate you and your roommate according to the preferences indicated on both of your MSU Fall Housing application preferences list.

Will I be taking classes with upper class MSU students?
No. You will be taking classes with College Ready students who are all first time freshman students like yourself.

Can I take other classes offered at MSU?
No. Not as a part of College Ready. The courses in the program are available only to College Ready students and all College Ready students will be restricted to these courses.

Do I have to buy a meal plan?
Yes. All participants in the program must purchase a meal plan.

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