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

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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FAQs

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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Course Description, Syllabus & Books Required

Bio 1134 Biology : Course Description

Principles of Biology including nature of science, chemistry of life, cell structure and division, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, Mendelian, chromosomal and molecular genetics, evolution, and ecology.

Syllabus

Books Required:
REQUIRED BOOKS AND MATERIALS FOR BIO 1134:

  1. Biology (MSU CUSTOM, 2013; ISBN: 9781259142680)
    Third Edition, 2013; Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling
    (Available at MSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore and other local bookstores)
  2. BIO 1134 Lecture Notes (FOUNTAINHEAD PRESS; ISBN: 9781598715880)
    First Edition, 2014; Kaplan
    (Available at MSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore and other local bookstores)
PSY 1013 General Psychology: Course Description

Description of General Psychology course for College Ready/Early Start students:

General Psychology is one of the most popular freshman-level courses, both at Mississippi State University and nationwide. This is because it is fun, it is interesting, and it relates to just about any major. To know why people think, feel, and behave the way they do, and how we can change those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, is valuable knowledge in just about any profession. The emphasis in this course is on everyday human psychology, areas of psychology you can readily apply to yourself and to others. The final assignment will be to consider how what you have learned in psychology may be applied to your specific professional goals, whether you are headed toward medicine or law or business or teaching or counseling or engineering or . . . you name it!

The course consists of lectures on a wide variety of topics in human psychology. These lectures are lively, humorous, informative, and memorable—boredom has no place in this classroom! The teaching style is warm, friendly, and enthusiastic. An outstanding textbook will be available to anyone who needs a back-up to the class lectures or simply wants to learn more about any of the topics. The required reading, however, will not be a textbook, but rather it will be two short, nonfiction “thrillers” that illustrate and apply concepts in psychology. Each year, Dr. C. (your professor) studies student responses to dozens of such books that have been used all over the country; the two you read in this course are the two that are rated “tops,” the best of the best, by thousands of students who came before you.

There is a myth that psychology is really just common sense, dressed up in 50-cent words. Not so! Many of the findings in psychology are surprising, and some are completely counter-intuitive. By the end of this course, you will know what is myth and what is fact in a number of important and useful areas of human psychology.

Dr. C.’s General Psychology course is something of a legend at Mississippi State: He has taught it to well over 30,000 students! You are invited to begin your own university career by joining this very special group.

PHI 1103 Introduction to Logic: Course Description

To examine the very idea of logic in the context of reason and rationality. To study a variety of forms of logical inference, good and bad. To study some commonly encountered bad arguments To acquaint you with the rudiments of formal categorical and propositional deductive techniques.

Syllabus

Books Required:

  1. Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic, 11 edition
  2. Selected readings in the philosophy of logic on MyCourses.
MA 1323 Trigonometry: Course Description

Students with credit in MA 1713 will not receive credit for this course; Prerequisite: ACT Math subscore 24 (or higher for some sections), or grade of C or better in MA 1313). Three hours lecture. The trigonometric functions: identities; trigonometric equations; applications.

Syllabus

Books Required:

  1. Title: Trigonometry (MSU Custom) by Lial Edition, 2014 Pearson ISBN: 9781269417778
Co 1003 Public Speaking: Course Description

Three hours lecture. The psychological processes and adjustments necessary in preparing, organizing, and implementing effective speeches.

SO 1203-01 Marriage and Family: Course Description

This course is designed to help students develop conceptual knowledge and effective professional skill conducting marital, couple and family therapy. The course involves an examination of foundation theories, models and methods of assessment and counseling intervention with emphasis on systems theory. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to recognize the differences between individual and interpersonal therapy; understand the application of six fundamental systemic therapy approaches to identify and resolve individual, couple, and family emotional and behavior difficulty and; identify the dynamics of the emotionally healthy couple and family, as well as identify for effective intervention the dysfunctional mental health and relationship problems which occur in the interpersonal system .

The major goal of this course is to help you become acquainted with the sociological perspective on human behavior. Sociologists study human behavior in order to understand and to predict it. This means we want to know why people behave the way they do. So in this respect we are like everyone else except that we study behavior more systematically as a scientist.

One objective of the course will be for you to learn how sociologists explain human behavior in contrast to psychologists, economists, historians, and theologians, among others. This process will be one of discovery and you will likely develop ways of thinking which are quite new to you. You will be challenged to 'stand outside' yourself and see how your personal life intersects with larger social forces. This will help nurture your 'sociological imagination'. The goal is to help you use sociology as a set of tools for clarifying reality. And, in the process your capacity to critically evaluate yourself and your traditions will be increased.

As Barash (2003) has pointed out, science has discovered a lot and it is mind-boggling. But there is much more that we do not know. We will study that which we know but will also point out what we don’t know. And you should be thinking of questions about things we don’t know.

This course will surprise you. It is going to take some time and work. We will have good time learning about sociology because I really enjoy it. But it will not be all fun. However, if it was all fun you would not remember what you learned and you probably would not appreciate me. This is one of those courses that prepare you in several ways for the next stages of your lives but during the journey you are going to have to study and work hard.

In this class we will be examining a lot of real data to illustrate how various sociological phenomena are related and how these data illustrate important sociological principles. We will be working like practicing sociologists and will turn the classroom into our laboratory. This will not be difficult but it will be new to you and is intended to open your eyes to the world around you.

“Not only do we influence our reality, but, in some degree, we actually create it.” --Gary Zukov

Required Text: There is one required text: Families and Their Social Worlds: Karen eccombe, special edition for Mississippi State University. Copies of the book are available at the University’s Bookstore. Be sure to get the text for this section from University Bookstore in order to get the access code.

Readings are included in the textbook that is customized for this course. The framework for class lectures and discussions is based on this text, but lectures/discussions may also cover material that is not in the text. Additional readings may be required; if so, I will put them on My courses

LSK 1023 College Reading and Study Skills: Course Description

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to become a more effective and efficient learner. The course is designed to assist each student in developing his/her reading, thinking, and study skills to a level of proficiency which will enhance academic success in college. The objective for the class will be

To develop in the student:

  • An awareness of the need for the effective reading, thinking, and study skills.
  • Strategies for time management.
  • Effective techniques for taking notes in class.
  • Strategies for preparing for and taking tests.
  • The ability to comprehend text book materials.
  • The ability to organize written material for study.
  • The ability to express thoughts in writing.
  • Vocabulary skills adequate for the demands of college courses.

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