The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the Magnolia State’s most academically gifted and talented students, with an emphasis on STEM education. 

As a school created to serve the state’s brightest students, MSMS excels at providing innovative learning experiences, leadership development opportunities, and holistic residential life programs geared toward high achieving students. MSMS students are challenged and encouraged to reach their full academic potential. 

Applying to MSMS is at no cost, and students attend tuition-free because MSMS is a public high school. However, a nominal fee of $500 is charged per semester to offset room and board expenses incurred by the school. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify or for whom the $500 fee creates a financial hardship. 

Every year, MSMS is honored to serve between 225 and 250 eleventh and twelfth graders through our residential college preparatory program. We open our admissions season for the following year in October with the launch of the admissions application, which can be accessed on SchoolAdmin.

Applications are not considered complete until all components of the application have been received. To learn more about the application process, click here. 

The admissions process consists of three phases: Application Review, Interview Day, and Final Selection. 

Throughout February and into early March, Application Review Committees evaluate all completed applications. Based on the feedback from the Application Review Committees’ rubrics, students moving forward in the admissions process will be invited for an interview, which is typically held in March. 

During Interview Day, prospective students participate in an informal interview with an Interview Committee. The committees are simply interested in getting a better feel for prospective students, learning more about their interest in MSMS and what their academic pursuits entail.

Following Interview Day, Admissions staff members compile all relevant data for the Final Selection Committee. The Final Selection Committee examines all the data and deliberates invite to join the next class of MSMS students. The Executive Director, in consultation with the Mississippi Department of Education, will determine the number of students the Final Selection Committee can admit depending on available seats, state budget allocations, and the number of returning seniors.

Admissions decisions are generally communicated in early April. 

To learn more about the application process and get started, click here