UM considers limiting out-of-state students

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — More non-Mississippi residents have qualified to attend the University of Mississippi in the coming year than state students.

Al Rankins, state associate commissioner for academic and student affairs, says such admissions could compromise Ole Miss’ ability to serve state residents.

Rankin said the university has a higher percentage of non-state residents than most other schools. Mississippi universities have relatively lax admissions policies compared to other states.

Students generally are allowed to enroll if they meet the state requirements for coursework, grade point averages and ACT scores.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that the state College Board is considering changing the policy to allow Mississippi schools to pick and choose from the pool of qualified out-of-state applicants.