Our Mission: To provide incoming freshmen the opportunity to ease their transition into college by providing a summer experience that includes reduced tuition and housing, small class sizes, academic and life skills training, mentorship, and social engagement.

College Ready Is…

A summer program for incoming freshmen students that will begin on July 5, 2020 and end on August 4, 2020. 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 Bulldog students and professors. It allows new students to become acquainted with campus in a more close-knit environment.

Most courses offered in College Ready are among the most sought after by incoming freshmen. Outside of the classroom, the program helps introduce students to many of the campus resources available to them. Faculty and staff go to extra lengths to make sure the students feel confident during the transition from high school to college. Students can make progress towards 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 into 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.

College Ready is a great way to get pre-requisite courses out of the way so that you can get to the classes that interest you the most even sooner. College Ready also has been designed specifically for students who want to focus on developing their Math and English skills. 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. Are You College Ready? Please Check this website frequently for updates on College Ready. For more information on College Ready please contact the Coordinator, Stacy Dillard at 662-325-7231 or sdillard@studentsuccess.msstate.edu.


Housing will be provided in one of our new construction residence halls on campus – location TBD. Students in the College Ready program will be able to secure priority housing for the Fall semester as a benefit for participating in the College Ready program, but only if they make the $100 non-refundable March 25th deposit deadline. Priority housing puts students towards the top of the list when selecting their residence hall for their Fall semester. When your time slot to choose a residence hall becomes available you will log into the housing website and select your room. You have the option to select any hall and room that is available at the time of your sign-up. Applicants who pay their $100 non-refundable deposit after March 25th will be assigned their Fall Housing based on their original housing priority.

Oak Hall will be staffed with a Community Director and Resident Advisors to oversee each building. In addition, College Ready Navigators will be available to help students with any questions or concerns they may have in adjusting to the college environment.

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: https://www.housing.msstate.edu/.

Meal Plan

Meal Plans are not required but highly encouraged. Meal plans for Summer 2020 have not been released yet. Once they are, we will update the website! Until then, please visit https://msstatedining.campusdish.com/ for more information about MSU Dining Services.

Financial Aid

To qualify for federal financial aid a student must take 6 or more credits during the College Ready term. 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 the FASFA for the 2019-2020 academic year since summer terms are considered part of the previous year. A step-by-step process is located at https://www.sfa.msstate.edu/steps-to-apply/ and the 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. We recommend that you ask for John Daniels.

Summer to Fall Transition

Students who choose not to participate in New Maroon Camp will need to remove all their belongings out of the residence halls and return on the official MVNU2MSU day

Students participating in New Maroon Camp will stay on campus between the end of College Ready program, August 4th, and the beginning of the Fall semester. In summer 2019, students were charged an additional $40 per night for housing between the end of College ready and the beginning of New Maroon Camp. The 2020 details will be updated once finalized. If you are moving to a new residence hall, Housing and Residence Life will communicate with you via email on your designated move date/time


When will College Ready application process begin?

The College Ready application will open October 1, 2019. Click on the College Ready tab in your myState account to express interest. You will receive a follow up email with deposit instructions. Once you have paid your $100 deposit you will be officially registered for the program.

When can I move into my residence hall for the College Ready program?

College Ready Move-In will be on July 5th beginning at 9:00am.

Do I have a choice of residence hall?

No. All students participating in College Ready 2020 will be housed together.

Can I stay in my College Ready residence hall for my freshman year?

Potentially. All College Ready students who want to take advantage of priority housing for the fall should indicate that they want to live in Oak Hall when registering for College Ready. To take advantage of this benefit, students must be accepted and pay the $100 non-refundable deposit prior to March 25th, 2020. Additionally, if students want to stay on campus between the end of College Ready and the start of the Fall semester they will need to participate in New Maroon Camp and pay an additional housing fee for that time.

Can I move to a different residence hall for Fall 2020?

Yes. If a student prefers to move into a different residence hall, he/she will select the hall and room they want to live in during their Housing sign-up. Students participating in College Ready will be given priority housing for the Fall if they pay the $100 non-refundable deposit prior to March 25th, 2020.

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. However, a meal plan is not provided as part of the cost to the program. Buying a meal plan is strongly encouraged. If you would like to purchase a meal plan we have provided a link for dining services below: Summer Meal Plan.

College Ready Cost

The cost of College Ready is summer tuition plus housing at a 25% reduced rate. In addition, Out-of-state tuition is waived but only for this summer program. Prices have not yet been set for the 2020 Summer, but below you can see 2019 costs. Cost increases for 2019 will not be greater than 4%.

The Housing cost for College Ready 2019 was $871.

Tuition cost for College Ready 2019 varied by number of credits a student was enrolled in. The costs ranged from $1,085-$1,899.

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

Courses We Plan to Offer

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
  • English Comp II, EN 1113
  • Basic English, EN 0103 (student does not receive credit however, it is required if student has less than a 17 English ACT sub score)

Fine Art

  • ART 1313, Art Appreciation


  • 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
  • MA 1713, Calculus I


  • BIO 1134, Biology I

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY 1013, General Psychology

College Study Skills

  • LSK 1023, College Reading and Study Skills


  • CO 1003, Fundamentals of Public Speaking

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