University of Mississippi

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PO Box 1848

University, MS 38677-1848

Phone: (662) 915-7211
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 20
application deadline

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#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Mississippi is a public institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,060, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 3,350 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Mississippi's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 150. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,760 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,728 (2013-14).

The University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, is a large public institution in the college town of Oxford. Ole Miss has a large community of fraternities and sororities that about 35 percent of both male and female students join. Sports are another popular outlet for student athletes and fans alike, as the Ole Miss Rebels sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Freshmen must live on the university's campus in Oxford, a traditional college town with an art scene, restaurants and more to check out.

The university is committed to research, with projects in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the National Center for Physical Acoustics, the Mississippi Law Research Institute and many more. Ole Miss Law is one of many graduate schools the university offers; others include the School of Business Administration, the Ole Miss medical school, an engineering school and an education school. Notable alumni of Ole Miss include NFL players Archie Manning and son Eli Manning and novelist William Faulkner, author of "The Sound and the Fury."

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

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi is a public, comprehensive, research institution that offers what many have called the ideal educational experience. With students on our beautifully landscaped Oxford campus, branch campuses,and our Medical Center in Jackson, the university brings together the best that a public university offers while still providing qualities most often found at expensive private colleges. Professors teach small classes that often average 30 students or less. More importantly, we have an impressive track record of success in student outcomes. Our research programs in acoustics, atmospheric physics, health care, remote sensing, Southern studies, space law and pharmaceutical sciences are not only renowned internationally but also delivering real-world solutions to problems faced by our state, nation and world. Our Croft Institute for International Studies, Lott Leadership Institute and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are unsurpassed even at Ivy League schools. On the Oxford campus, the university offers more than 100 majors in the College of Liberal Arts and professional schools of Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Journalism and New Media, Pharmacy and Law. The Academic Support Center helps students without declared majors and supports students in health professions programs and pre-professional tracks. Outside the classroom, students can get involved in more than 200 student organizations, including service, student government, honorary, professional, Greek, religious, visual and performing arts, political, special interest and international groups. They attend lectures by renowned speakers and enjoy world-class musical and theatrical performances at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Students also run a daily newspaper, radio and TV station, and they like to participate in sports and recreation. Offerings include a fitness center and classes, natatorium, intramurals and sports clubs, a golf course and a 10-acre outdoor sports complex with zip lining and wall climbing. They also go on skiing, hiking, rafting and other adventure trips sponsored by Ole Miss Outdoors. Health services, physical therapy, counseling services and around-the-clock crisis services are available to students, and for off-campus entertainment, the downtown Oxford Square is a popular destination for shopping, dining and live music.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1844
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $461,912,649


When applying to University of Mississippi, it's important to note the application deadline is July 20. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at University of Mississippi is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.1%
Application deadline July 20
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Mississippi is 19:1, and the school has 46.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Mississippi include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Business/Managerial Economics; Finance, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 7%
Business/Managerial Economics 6%
Finance, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

University of Mississippi has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,060, with a gender distribution of 44.9 percent male students and 55.1 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. University of Mississippi is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,794
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 NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Mississippi offers a number of student services including women's center, health service, and health insurance. University of Mississippi 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). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Mississippi.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Mississippi, 51.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,857.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,760 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,728 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,566 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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