Mississippi University for Women

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1100 College Street

Columbus, MS 39701

Phone: (662) 329-4750
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#51 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Mississippi University for Women is a public institution that was founded in 1884. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,503, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 114 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mississippi University for Women's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 51. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,316 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,484 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Chartered in 1884, Mississippi University for Women became the first public women's college in America. MUW is dedicated to the liberal arts and to professional education for all students, with an emphasis on academic and leadership preparation for women. This spring, MUW began offering it's first doctoral program, a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1884
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $3,727,653


When applying to Mississippi University for Women, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 44 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mississippi University for Women is 14:1, and the school has 57.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mississippi University for Women include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 44%
Elementary Education and Teaching 8%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Mississippi University for Women has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,503, with a gender distribution of 17.1 percent male students and 82.9 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 2,650
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Mississippi University for Women offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Mississippi University for Women also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mississippi University for Women, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mississippi University for Women.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mississippi University for Women, 76.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,231.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,316 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,484 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,991 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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