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Honors College Reports Record Enrollment

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The USM Honors College is the 6th oldest in the nation.  And in the past three years, two Honors College students have been Truman Scholars among several other nationally recognized scholarships.

This year, 178 freshmen who enrolled in the program, give the college the highest enrollment numbers to date.

"Truly the word is getting out about the Honors College but, just as importantly, about the fine range of high quality programs at Southern Miss," Dean Dave Davies said. 

He said the students benefit from smaller classes, classes that engage in all kinds of active learning and from one on one mentorship with faculty.

Not only are more students applying, but the ones who are have much higher credentials than years past.  An entering freshman is required to have a 3.5 high school GPA and a minimum ACT score of 27.

"Point of fact, our average incoming ACT score and average GPA are much higher than that," Davies mentioned.

This year's freshman honors class has an average GPA of 3.8, and 30 is the average ACT score.

Davies said this enrollment record means a lot to him.

"For me, this increase in student numbers represents a statement to the state and to the region that Southern Miss and its Honors College is incredibly attractive to the very, very talented students," Davies said.

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