What is College Ready?

The College Ready Program is a summer program for incoming freshmen students and rising senior high school 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. College Ready 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. College Ready students participate in a living and learning community by moving in to one of the newest residence halls, taking classes taught exclusively for College Ready students, and getting to know new friends, their professors, and campus leaders to truly get a head start on their college career.

College Ready also 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. College Ready 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.

Are You College Ready? Please Check this website frequently for updates on College Ready. For more information on College Ready please contact the Coordinator Dr. Mary Celeste Reese at mcr4@biology.msstate.edu or (662)325-8825 or Graduate Assistant Haley Halford at hmh171@msstate.edu or (601) 951-2030.


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, but only if you make the April 1st deposit deadline. 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, 2016 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 College Ready 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 who wish to purchase a meal plan please contact dining services at the website below: Summer Meal Plan.

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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 2015-2016 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. Mary Celeste Reese at mcr4@biology.msstate.edu or (662)325-8825.

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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 will College Ready application process begin?
College Ready will open its application process in November 2015. Please check the website for updates or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

When can I move into my residence hall for the College Ready program?
College Ready begins in July. Dates have not been currently set for move in please check back later for updates.

Do I have a choice of residence hall?
No. All students participating in College Ready 2015 will be housed in one of Mississippi States Premium Residence Halls for the program. Oak Hall is MSU's newest residence hall, which opened in Fall 2012, was used for College Ready 2014.

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, 2016.

Can I move to a different residence hall for Fall 2015?
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, 2016.

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?
No. But if you would like to purchase a meal plan we have provided a link for dining services below: http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSS/msstatedining

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College Ready Cost

The cost of College Ready is summer tuition plus housing at a 25% reduced rate. Tuition is based on the number of credit hours the student is taking which ranges from 3 credit hours to 7 credit hours.

Summer tuition costs can be found here: http://www.controller.msstate.edu/accountservices/tuition/

Out-of-state tuition is waived but only for this summer program.

Courses Previously Offered

All courses taught in the College Ready program fulfill university general education requirements. Courses will be offered in the General Education categories of Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Once students are admitted to the program, they will indicate their preferences for courses. Final selection of course offerings will be in part based on the student populations admitted to the program.

English Comp I, EN 1103

Fine Art ART 1313 Art Appreciation

Humanities Humanities PHI 1113 Introduction to Logic

Mathematics and Statistics MA 0103 Intermediate Algebra (student does not receive credit however, it is required if student has less than a 19 Math ACT subscore), MA 1313 College Algebra, MA 1323 Trigonometry, and MA 1713 Calculus I

Sciences BIO 1134 Biology I

Social and Behavioral Sciences PSY 1013 General Psychology and MA 1203 Marriage and Family

College Study Skills, LSK 1023

Public Speaking, CO 1003

Students may combine one of the above listed courses with a college study skills course, LSK 1023 College Reading and Study Skills. This course is designed to help students understand the expectations of college courses, develop strategies of time management, enhance reading comprehension skills to maximize time for class preparation, and boost your study skills and habits. LSK 1023 is a credit bearing course that functions as an elective only for all degree programs.

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Course Pairings

The above courses will be paired and students may indicate which courses are their preferences once they have been admitted into College Ready. The program coordinator will work with each student to ensure that the most appropriate course selections are made, based on a student's prospective major curriculum; any AP, dual enrollment, or transfer credit, and student preference.

Description, Syllabus & Books Required of Courses Previously Offered

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.


Books Required:

  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/College Ready 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.


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.


Books Required:

  1. Title: Trigonometry (MSU Custom) by Lial Edition, 2014 Pearson ISBN: 9781269417778

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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.
Intermediate Algebra

(MA 0103 is designed to prepare a student for MA 1313 College Algebra) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Real numbers, algebraic expressions, factoring, algebraic fractions, linear equations/inequalities, quadratic equations, Pythagorean Theorem. Does not count toward any degree; However, if you do take this course you must pass with a C or better to move on to the next mathematical course, which is College Algebra.

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New Maroon Camp

College Ready students will this year participate in a mini New Maroon Camp!

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