Q: What has changed in the requirements for admission to a public university?
A: The only change in the 2012 Admission Requirements for admission to an IHL institution is the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC). The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning recently approved maintaining the current College Preparatory Curriculum as the minimum requirements and approved an enhanced College Preparatory Curriculum as recommended.

Q: What cohort of students will this change affect?
A: All students entering an IHL university beginning the Summer of 2012 will be admitted under the required or recommended CPC

Q: What is the anticipated transitional timeline?
A: All students beginning in kindergarten should be prepared for the IHL required or recommended CPC. Students who will be applying to an IHL institution for admission beginning the Summer of 2012 should be advised to take the identified courses in the required or recommended CPC in order to meet the 2012 IHL Admission Requirements.

Q: When will the 2012 requirements go into effect?
A: The 2012 Admission Requirements will go into effect with students entering an IHL institution the Summer of 2012.

Q: Were the 2012 admission requirements ever identified as the 2010 requirements?
A: Yes, the IHL system originally identified the launch year of the recommendedCPC as 2010; discussions with local school districts led the IHL Board to postpone implementation until 2012 to provide local school districts adequate time to prepare students for the transition.

Q: Who is responsible for dissemination of the required and recommended CPC to parents and students?
A: Mississippi's public universities, local school districts, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the Institutions of Higher Learning's Executive Office.

Q: What high school units will count toward admission?
A: The 15 ½ required or the 19 ½ recommended Carnegie units identified in the IHL 2012 CPC will count toward admission.

Table 1: Carnegie Unit Requirements

Required CPC

Recommended CPC

15 ½ Carnegie Units

19 ½ Carnegie Units

Mathematics and Science

Q: Will any Agri-science courses be accepted for a Carnegie unit CPC science requirement?
A: No, only three Agri-science courses have be identified as having sufficient content and rigor and will be accepted to substitute for one CPC Science requirement; the three courses are: Science of Agricultural Animals, Science of Agricultural Plants, and Science of Agricultural.

Q: What Vocational/Technical science courses will count as a Carnegie unit of science to meet the 2010 IHL requirements?
A: Currently, the only other science courses (not listed on the 2012 CPC) identified as having sufficient content and rigor to count as one Science Carnegie Unit for IHL admissions are Science of Agricultural Animals, Science of Agricultural Plants, and Science of Agricultural Environments.

Q: Does Earth Science count as "any other science course with comparable content and rigor"?
A: No, Earth Science has not been approved as a science course with comparable content and rigor as Biology I, Chemistry I, or any other science course listed on the 2012 CPC.

Q: Will a mathematics Carnegie unit lower than Algebra I be acceptable for the CPC mathematics requirements?
A: No, math Carnegie units in the 2012 CPC are identified as Algebra I and higher (see 2012 CPC).

Q: How many math and science classes are required?
A: The student will need three Carnegie units of mathematics and three Carnegie units of science for the required CPC and four Carnegie units of mathematics and four Carnegie units of science for the recommended CPC. (see 2012 CPC).

Table 2: Mathematics and Science Carnegie Unit Requirements

Required CPC

Recommended CPC

3 Carnegie Units of Mathematics

4 Carnegie Units of Mathematics

3 Carnegie Units of Science

4 Carnegie Units of Science

Q: What if the high school does not offer a fourth math or science?
A: Students may earn Carnegie units via the Mississippi Virtual High School or by participating in a dual enrollment/credit program (see dual enrollment/credit eligibility requirements).

Advanced Electives

Q: Under the Recommended CPC will Spanish II count as the 2nd requirement under Advanced Electives or does the elective have to be an advanced math or science?
A: Yes, Spanish II coupled with Spanish I will count as the 2nd requirement under Advanced Electives of the recommended 2012 CPC to satisfy the admission requirements for Mississippi universities.

Table 3: Advanced Elective Options

Required CPC

Recommended CPC

Foreign Language and World Geography

OPTION ONE: Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II

World Geography and a 4th Year mathematics or 4th Year lab-based science

OPTION TWO: Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography

Foreign Language and a 4th Year mathematics or 4th Year lab-based science
*One unit must be in Foreign Language or World Geography.

OPTION THREE: A combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and sciences courses identified as acceptable to the CPC requirements.

Q: For those students entering an IHL prior to the Summer of 2012, is a foreign language required or can Advanced World Geography be used along with a fourth year mathematics or science?
A: Yes, a student may pair Advanced World Geography with a 4th year mathematics or science course and meet the advanced electives requirement for admission under the required CPC but not under the recommended CPC.

Q: Can a student have a fourth year of mathematics and science and miss the foreign language and Advanced World Geography all together?
A: This depends on whether the student is attempting to complete the required or recommended CPC for Advanced Elective options for meeting the required CPC and the recommended CPC (See Table 3),

Q: Your website states Advanced Electives: 2 Carnegie units - Includes any two Carnegie Units of Foreign Language (I and II), Advanced World Geography and a Foreign Language (I) or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to those required above. Does this mean a foreign language does NOT have to be taken if 2 units of additional math, science with lab or English are taken?
A: Yes, Foreign Language I and II is an option, but not the only option for meeting the advanced electives requirements of the recommended 2012 CPC.

Q: For those students entering an IHL in the summer of 2012 or after, it appears that the Foreign Language and/or Advanced World Geography course is optional contingent on meeting an additional year of mathematics, science or Language Arts course of comparable rigor.
A: Yes, but only for the recommended CPC. For the required CPC one of the advanced electives must be world geography or foreign language. The recommended CPC, beginning the summer of 2012, identifies foreign language and advanced world geography as one of the options identified for meeting the advanced electives requirement.

Q: If this is a correct interpretation, does an additional course in these areas mean a fifth course since four are required already?
A: Yes, for the recommended CPC, but not for the required CPC, if the student chose not to take a foreign language or advanced world geography the student would need to earn a fifth Carnegie unit in English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the recommended 2012 CPC. The required CPC does not require an additional course but strongly encourages the student to take these rigorous courses.

Q: Could a student have an Advanced World Geography course and an additional year of mathematics, science or Language Arts and miss the foreign language course?
A: No, under the recommended CPC, Foreign Language I and II is an option; Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography is an option; any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the 2012 CPC requirements is another option. An additional year of mathematics, science, or language arts coupled with Advanced World Geography is not an option under the 2012 recommended CPC.
A: Yes, under the required CPC, an additional year of mathematics, science, or language arts coupled with Advanced World Geography is an option under the 2012 required CPC.
A: Yes, you will need a fifth Carnegie unit in English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the recommended CPC in order to meet the requirements under the recommended 2012 CPC, but not the required CPC.

Q: For those students entering an IHL in the summer of 2012 or after, it appears that the Foreign Language and/or Advanced World Geography course is optional contingent on meeting an additional year of mathematics, science or Language Arts course of comparable rigor.
A: Yes, but only for the recommended CPC. For the required CPC one of the advanced electives must be world geography or foreign language. The recommended CPC, beginning the summer of 2012, identifies foreign language and advanced world geography as one of the options for meeting the advanced electives requirement.

Q: If this is a correct interpretation, does an additional course in these areas mean a fifth course since four are required already?
A: Yes, for the recommended CPC, but not for the required CPC, if the student chose not to take a foreign language or advanced world geography the student would need to earn a fifth Carnegie unit in English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the recommended 2012 CPC. The required CPC does not require an additional course but strongly encourages the student to take these rigorous courses.

Q: Could a student have an Advanced World Geography course and an additional year of mathematics, science or Language Arts and miss the foreign language course?
A: Yes, under the required CPC, an additional year of mathematics, science, or language arts coupled with World Geography is an option.
A: No, under the recommended CPC, Foreign Language I and II is an option; Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography is an option; any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the 2012 CPC requirements is another option. An additional year of mathematics, science, or language arts coupled with Advanced World Geography is not an option under the 2012 recommended CPC.
A: Yes, you will need a fifth Carnegie unit in English, mathematics, or lab-based science of comparable rigor and content to the mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the recommended CPC in order to meet the requirements under the recommended 2012 CPC, but not the required CPC.

Social Studies and Computer Applications

Q: Will computer application courses taken in the 8th grade count for admission purposes?
A: Yes, Computer Discovery taken in the 8th grade is an IHL CPC identified pre-high school unit.

Q: If our students have not taken a computer class other than Computer Discovery will they have an issue enrolling in a university?
A: No, the IHL system along with the Mississippi Department of Education evaluated Computer Discovery and found that it was equivalent to the Computer Applications course required by our system. Computer Discovery taken in the 8th grade will count for the ½ Carnegie Unit required for admissions.

Q: Can European History, Advanced Placement be used to replace World History as a graduation requirement for admission to a 4-year college or university?
A: No, European History, Advanced Placement cannot be used to replace World History as meeting IHL's Social Studies Carnegie Unit requirements for admission.

IHL Summer Developmental Education Program

Q: Are students eligible for admission to public universities if they do not meet IHL's regular admission requirements?
A: Yes, students who do not meet the IHL admission requirements for regular admission may, as a result of a review, be admitted to the Summer or Fall semester. The review shall involve a consideration of high school performance, ACT scores (if available), placement testing, special interests and skills as well as other non-cognitive factors.

Q: What is the IHL Summer Developmental Program (SDP)?
A: The IHL Summer Developmental Education Program is an intensive nine-week summer program that concentrates on high school subject areas (English, Reading, and Mathematics) that are applicable to success in first-year college courses. This program is available for students admitted to an IHL institution with academic deficiencies.

Q: Are funds available for attending the Summer Developmental Program?
A: Yes, funds are available through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (MOSFA) for high school graduates enrolled in the Summer Developmental Program. The Mississippi Summer Developmental Program Grant (MSSPG) is available for eligible Mississippi high school graduates enrolled in an IHL Summer Developmental Program.

Other Questions and Answers

Q: How many dual enrollment credits can a high school student earn and remain eligible for freshmen scholarships and other student support services?
A: Students participating in Mississippi's dual enrollment program may earn an unlimited number of college/university credits for dual enrollment without penalty or forfeiture of freshmen incentives/opportunities, i.e. scholarships, special programs, activities, etc.

Q: When calculating a high school student's GPA, does the individual high school's grading point scale penalize a student for scholarship purposes?
A: IHL institutions do not penalize students whose grading point scale may be higher than the typical 4.0.

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Pearl S. Pennington, Director of Student Affairs
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Phone: 601-432-6501 or 6482