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International First-Year Students

Along with your application, we will need the following:

  • TRANSCRIPT—Official copy of your secondary/high school transcript in the original language with a certified English translation. There are several ways for your school to send your transcript: 
    • SENDedu (an automated service available if you use Millsaps’ streamlined application for admission), 
    • Parchment
    • eScrip-Safe 
    • Scribbles Software
    • Your counselor can send a hard copy via postal mail from the school.
      Please note: Millsaps College does not accept transcripts sent directly from students as official academic records.

  • TEST SCORES—SAT, ACT, AP, IB, or A-level are accepted.
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY—Students whose primary language is not English must submit one of the following:
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based): 80
    • TOEFL pBT (paper-based): 550
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Secondary education in an English instructed curriculum (minimum of 2 years). Contact internationaladmissions@millsaps.edu  to request a waiver.
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT—Non U.S. Citizens must complete the Financial Support form for International Students for admission.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic record, the course work taken, performance in that course work and performance on standardized tests. The applicant's biographical information, extracurricular activities and essay, along with a counselor and teacher recommendation, will also be considered in the decision-making process.

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International Transfer Students

Along with your application, we will need the following:

  • TRANSCRIPT—Official copy of university transcripts in the original language with a certified English translation. There are several ways for your school to send your transcript: 
      • SENDedu (an automated service available if you use Millsaps’ streamlined application for admission), 
      • Parchment
      • eScrip-Safe
      • Scribbles Software
      • Your counselor can send a hard copy via postal mail from the school.

        Please note: Millsaps College does not accept transcripts sent directly from students as official academic records.

  • Students with less than thirty hours of college-level work should submit an official copy of your high school transcript in the original language with official English translation and standardized or national test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, IB, A-level, or other tests).
  • TEST SCORES—SAT, ACT, AP, IB or A-level are accepted. 
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY—Students whose primary language is not English must submit one of the following:
      • TOEFL iBT (internet-based): 80
      • TOEFL pBT (paper-based): 550
      • IELTS: 6.5
      • Secondary education in an English instructed curriculum (minimum of 2 years). Contact internationaladmissions@millsaps.edu to request a waiver.
      • Millsaps' TOEFL code is 1471. Official scores are required prior to enrollment.
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT—Non U.S. Citizens must complete the Financial Support form for International Students in order to receive an offer of admission.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic record, the course work taken, performance in that course work and performance on standardized tests. The applicant's biographical information, extracurricular activities and essay, along with a counselor and teacher recommendation, will also be considered in the decision-making process.

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International Student Merit Scholarships

International students will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. No separate application is required for merit-based scholarships. The scholarship tiers below can give you an estimated scholarship range. The final award will be determined by a holistic review of criteria such as the student's GPA (converted by Millsaps to a U.S. GPA on a 4.0 scale), rigor of a student's academic program and high school and/or college curriculum, leadership, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, alumni/legacy relationships, institutional fit, and demonstrated interest. Students may be eligible for artistic, musical, or theatre talent. Need-based aid is not available for international students through Millsaps College.

Tier 1: $30,000
Tier 2: $26,000–28,000
Tier 3: $23,000–25,000
Tier 4: $20,000–22,000

Note: All renewable scholarships are contingent on meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award. Merit scholarships do not increase annually. The average increase in cost of attendance is estimated between 4% and 5% annually.

2018-19 Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Students (9 months)

Tuition—$37,290
Fees—$2,620
Housing*—$7,680
Meals—$6,050
Books & Supplies—$1,200
Domestic Transportation—$650
Health Insurance**—$780
Miscellaneous—$1,100
Estimated TOTAL***—$57,370

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Admission Deadlines and Notifications

Early Action

Early Action is a non-binding admission option which allows first-year students to receive early notification of the Millsaps admission decision while not having to let the college know of your decision until May 1. Students accepted under the Early Action option are free to apply to other schools. Under Early Action, you must apply and submit all supporting documents by November 15. Admitted students will be notified no later than January 15. Admitted students may submit their enrollment deposit at any time until your reply date of May 1.

Regular Decision

Admission Deadlines and Notification

 Application DeadlinesNotification No
Later Than
Deposit Deadline
Early ActionNovember 15January 15May 1
Regular Decision (fall enrollment)February 1March 15May 1
Regular Decision (spring enrollment)November 1December 1December 15

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Information about Student Visas

All non-U.S. citizens will need to apply for an F-1 student visa in order to study in the United States. Once you receive an offer of admission, you will be asked to complete our Verification of Financial Support form and submit it along with documents showing that you have sufficient finances available to cover the cost of study (after deducting scholarships). You will be issued a form I-20, which will allow you to apply for your student visa. You will receive more information about the visa application process after you are admitted.

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International Exchange Students

Please contact our Director of International Admission, Molly West, with any questions you may have during the application process.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Complete the International Exchange Application

Apply online using our International Exchange Student Application.

Step 2: Submit Supporting Documents

  • Nomination from Home University.
  • Academic Transcript (English translation required).
  • Proof of English Proficiency—English language tests, official IELTS or TOEFL scores (if English is the native language the IELTS/TOEFL requirement may be waived). For students whose first language is not English, Millsaps requires IELTS scores of band 6.5 or higher, a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL. Millsaps' TOEFL code is 1471.
  • Copy of Passport—Send a clear, scanned copy of your passport identification pages including United States visas or entry stamps.
  • Course Selection—Review the course list on Major Access and complete the International Exchange Student Course Selection Form (PDF) indicating courses you wish to take while attending Millsaps. List in order of priority and indicate if a course is mandatory. You will be connected with a Millsaps academic advisor to confirm courses after you are admitted. Courses can not be guaranteed.
  • Financial Verification — Complete the International Verification of Financial Support (PDF) and send to internationaladmissions@millsaps.edu. This document and proof of funds (banking documents) are required for students requiring an F-1 study visa to the United States. For students on an approved program, tuition waivers will be granted.

Step 3: Consult with Admission Counselor

You will be contacted by the Office of Admission with an admission decision and next steps. If you have questions regarding your application please contact the Director of International Admission, Molly West.

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International Graduate Students

Applicants for the Millsaps MBA or MAcc programs should apply directly to the Graduate School.

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Arts Scholars Day

About

The Millsaps College Arts Scholars program is designed for applying high school seniors and transfer students who will either be majoring in the arts at Millsaps or be non-majors participating in the arts during their time at the college. These scholarships are available in the disciplines of Art History, Creative Writing, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre, and are awarded based on portfolio reviews, auditions, and/or interviews, which take place annually on campus during Arts Scholars Day.

In 2017, $500 to $9,000 per year were awarded to qualifying Arts Scholars in addition to the merit-based scholarships students had already received upon their acceptance to the college. Students may audition in multiple disciplines (Art and Music, Music and Creative Writing, etc.). In music, students may also audition in multiple areas or concentrations (vocal and instrumental, instrumental and composition, etc.).

To be considered for these scholarships, interested students must apply to the college by December 15, 2017.

Additionally, students must:

  • Complete their Arts Scholars application.
  • Submit any supplemental material, which is listed below.
  • Have an instructor or teacher who is familiar with your work submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf directly to Arts Scholars program coordinator.

All materials listed above should be submitted to Admissions no later than Friday, January 12, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.

Confirmation of completion of your application will be sent via email, as well as details regarding audition or interview times, practice/warm-up information, and directions to Millsaps College.

If you are interested in the Arts Scholars program but cannot audition/interview in person on January 26, please contact the Arts Scholars program coordinator, admissions@millsaps.edu or 601.974.1050. An alternative audition and/or portfolio review date must be requested by January 12th for students with significant conflicts and for long-distance applicants.

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Art

Art: Art History

To complete your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, you must submit the following three writing samples, to be received by January 12:

  1. One humanities paper written during high school.
  2. One paragraph on why you are interested in art history.
  3. One one-to-two-page essay discussing an artwork of your choosing.

For the essay in which you describe and critique an artwork of your choosing, please do not do any online or book research. We are interested in your ability to analyze the formal elements of the image as well as what you consider is its larger meaning. Send a copy of the artwork or a link to an online image along with your essays. Our interview during Arts Scholars Day will consist of a conversation with you about these materials.

Art: Studio Art

The portfolio you will present on Arts Scholars Day should consist of 8 to 15 original works in any medium, showing a range of your abilities and a sense of your development as an artist. We are especially interested in seeing evidence of your ability to draw from observation. We are happy to look at sketchbooks, and you are not required to mat your artwork. As part of your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, please submit a one-page essay about a chosen work of art that you will include in your portfolio, using the following guidelines:

  1. Briefly describe the work (including subject, medium, dimensions, and context of its making: e.g., was it a class assignment or your own idea, and if representational, was it done from life or from a photograph?).
  2. Discuss what most pleases you about this work (in terms of the style, use of medium, and/or content).
  3. Address the challenges you faced in making this work.
  4. Include a quality image of this work with your one-page essay.

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Creative Writing

Please submit a writing sample with your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, to be received by the Arts Scholars Day coordinator by January 12. Your sample may reflect your work in any single genre of writing. For poetry, submit 5 poems. For prose fiction or creative nonfiction, submit between 4,000 and 5,000 words. For drama, submit a play or part of a play of not more than 15 pages.

In addition, include a cover letter of one to two pages with your sample. In this letter, provide the following:

  1. Any introduction or context you think we will need to appreciate your sample.
  2. A short description of your background in Creative Writing, including any classes or workshops you have taken, any relevant extracurricular or summer activities, and any publications or relevant leadership experience.
  3. A brief discussion of the one work in your sample that you consider to be your best and why you think so.
  4. A concise statement of what you hope to accomplish during your time at Millsaps. What specific goals do you have for your work? Are there any areas in which you especially hope to grow as a writer?

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Music

Requirements for Music Auditions

In addition to submission of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, music applicants should review and prepare for the requirements below. For details about the scholarships available specifically for entering students who can make significant contributions to the musical arts at Millsaps College, visit the Music Scholarships page.

Music: Vocal Performance

Vocalists should prepare three songs of contrasting styles from memory. Art songs are recommended. If possible, present at least one song in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided. Please submit sheet music by January 12, 2018.

Music: Instrumental Performance

  • Pianists/Organists: You should present a 10-minute program consisting of solo works from at least two contrasting style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary) from memory (pianists only). One selection should be either Baroque or Contemporary.
  • Wind and Guitar Instrumentalists: You should prepare two pieces: one etude and one other contrasting solo concert piece of your choice. The etude and contrasting piece should be from different style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. Contact the Arts Scholars Day coordinator in the Admissions office by email at admissions@millsaps.edu or phone at 601.974.1050. All requests must be made by January 12, 2018.
  • String Instrumentalists: You should prepare two pieces: one movement from a standard concerto plus an etude of your choice, which represent your latest technical capability. The two contrasting pieces should be from different style periods (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. An accompanist will be available upon request. Contact the Arts Scholars Day coordinator in the Admissions office by email at admissions@millsaps.edu or phone at  601.974.1050. All requests must be made by January 12, 2018.

Music: Composition

Composers should submit up to three original scores. The pieces may be in any style or of any length. If available, please also submit or send links to recordings of the pieces (audio, video, or even MIDI).

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Theatre

Performance Focus Requirements

In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in performance must prepare and present one two-minute monologue from memory, classical or contemporary, which will be followed by an interview. In addition, performance students must submit one half-page artist statement defining their goals and purpose as a theater artist to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator, admissions@millsaps.edu or 601.974.1050.

Production/Tech Focus Requirements

In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in production/tech must submit 10 photos demonstrating past technical work to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator (or call 601.974.1050), and be prepared to discuss their work during their interview.

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