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 7th, 2018 and end on August 7th, 2018. 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 relatively calm 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 organizations 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, Mr. Nick Hyer at nh239@msstate.edu or (662) 325-7231.


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 the College Ready program, 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. We have 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 who have paid their $100 non-refundable deposit by April 1, 2018 will be given priority housing assignments for their Fall term based on their MSU Fall Housing application. 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 and Resident Advisors to oversee each building. In addition, College Ready Mentors 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

Students who wish to purchase a meal plan please contact dining services at the website below: Summer Meal Plan.

Two options are available. One for $305 and the other for $350. The link takes you to the option we believe makes the most sense for College Ready students. Please note that Oak Hall is equipped with kitchens on every floor. In years past many students have brought groceries throughout the summer and made "family" style meals.

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 2017-2018 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/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.

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 on August 18th.

Students participating in New Maroon Camp will stay on campus between the end of College Ready program, August 7th, and the beginning of the Fall semester. These students will be charged an additional $160 for housing between the end of College Ready and the beginning of New Maroon Camp. If you are living in the same room you are all set. 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 is currently LIVE. 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 officiallly 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 7th beginning at 2:00pm.

Do I have a choice of residence hall? 

No. All students participating in College Ready 2018 will be housed in Oak 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 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 April 1, 2018. 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 2018? 

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 $100 non-refundable deposit prior to April 1, 2018.

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. If you take FNH 2293 Individual and Family Nutrition, you will be taking classes with rising high school seniors participating in the Rural Medical Scholars Program.

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. The Housing cost for College Ready 2018 will be $840.

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours the student is taking which ranges from 3 credit hours to 7 credit hours. We currently estimate the reduced tuition cost to range between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on number of credits taken. Students taking 6 credits will pay approximately $1,565 for tuition.

Summer tuition costs can be found here: http://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
FNH 2293, Individual and Family Nutrition

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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