How to Apply to the Croft Institute

Current High School Seniors

Your online application to the Croft Institute takes place in two stages. First, you must apply for admission to the University of Mississippi on-line. Applicants have the option to select “International Studies” as their undergraduate major. The application for the 2024 Cohort opened July 1, 2023.

Second, and after you have completed the online UM application and submitted it, you log in at the same site where you applied initially and return to your completed application. You do not have to wait to hear from the University of Mississippi regarding your acceptance before you begin the Croft application.

Access the Special Programs and Scholarship Application for the Croft Institute and other special programs, such as the SMB Honors College, the Arabic Language Flagship Program, the Chinese Language Flagship Program, the Lott Leadership Institute, and Scholarships.  Please note that you can select as many special programs as you would like. All prospective Croft students are encouraged to apply to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College as well.  The special programs and scholarship application is divided into two parts. The first four pages/tabs — Resume, Personal Statement, Recommenders, and Essay — are part of the general information that are made available to all of the programs to which you are applying. All of these pages must be completed before you can move on to the Croft application section. Please read all of the instructions carefully and answer all questions completely.

For questions, please call the Croft Institute for Intentional Studies, at 662-915-1500 or by e-mail at croft at olemiss dot edu.  


The deadline to apply to the Croft Institute is January 10, 2024. Applications received after that date will not be eligible for scholarship consideration and will be considered for admission on a space-available basis only. 

Students who complete their applications by the Early Action deadline of November 1, 2023, will receive an early decision by December 2023. An early-action application will either be accepted, deferred to the spring application pool, or rejected. 

Current Undergraduates

Students currently in college should contact the Croft Institute at 662-915-1500 or croft at olemiss dot edu to learn more about the application process for sophomore entry.

Standards for Admissions
Successful applicants to the Croft Institute for International Studies will rank near the top of their high school class and have a composite score of 28 or higher on the ACT (the equivalent of 1250 on the math and critical reading portions of the SAT or 1310 or higher on the SATR) and an unweighted high school GPA of 3.50 or higher, or be valedictorian or salutatorian of their high schools. The Croft Institute encourages well rounded students with strong GPAs and students with special skills in one or more foreign languages to apply even if their test scores do not quite match the above requirements.