University of Southern Mississippi

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118 College Drive

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Phone: (601) 266-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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University of Southern Mississippi is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,658, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,090 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Southern Mississippi's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,744 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,024 (2013-14).

The University of Southern Mississippi has dual campuses: a main location in Hattiesburg and a complex in Long Beach known as Southern Miss Gulf Coast. In Hattiesburg, there are more than 280 student organizations to check out, as well as annual events such as Crawfish Fest. About 10 percent of students join fraternities and sororities, and participating upperclassmen can live in Greek housing: Fraternity Row for men and a gated community called The Village for women. First year students live in the Freshman Quad, a housing area next to the football stadium. Football games are a popular outlet on campus, kicking off with Friday Night at the Fountain, a pep rally the night before each home game, and the Eagle Walk parade a few hours before each match. Southern Miss Golden Eagles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Graduate students may enroll in programs through the Southern Miss College of Business, the College of Education and Psychology, the Department of Administration of Justice, and more. Notable Southern Miss alumni include NFL quarterback Brett Favre and musician Jimmy Buffet.

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

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprenhensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. In little more than 100 years, we've grown from a small teachers' college into a premier research university that is a haven for the arts with a tradition of success in both academics and athletics. Southern Miss has a diverse student body of approximately 16,500 students from 56 different countries, all 50 states and every corner of Mississippi. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six degree-granting colleges with more than 180 degree programs. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to six teaching and research sites in Mississippi. Our students also gain international experience through our study-abraod programs in 20 countries. As the premier research university of the Gulf South, Southern Miss takes pride in being classified as a RU/H: Research University (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching among doctorate-granting universitites. The center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportuniites, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. The Center for Gulf Studies, administered through the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center, seeks to serve the people of Mississippi, the northern Gulf region and the country with a scientifically based understanding of ecosystem status and trends with special emphasis on improved forecasting abilities to ensuresustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. Our National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security offers solutions for the security of sports stadiums and arenas that have been identified as potential targets of terrorism. The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is creating new polymer materials used in everyday products such as cosmetics, ship building and sports equipment, and is partnering with GE Aviation to focus on Composites development processing for the GEnx aircraft engine. In researching beyond our campuses, our students and faculty memebers contribute more than 51,000 hours of volunteer service to the surrounding community each year. Southern Miss was named among the nation's most popular universities by U.S. News & World Report and recognized by The Princeton Review for our commitment to sustainability. In addition, our university has been honored with the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the many ways in which our students, faculty, staff, and programs engage and enhance the people and places of South Mississippi and beyond. The university is one of only 34 institutions in the nation accredited in all four arts disciplines: theatre, dance, art and music. The Southern Miss School of Music produces more than 300 performances each year featuring world-renowned guest artists and facutly/student performances, prvoviding experiences unparalleled in the region. Recent guest artists have included Pl`acido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir James Galway and Joshua Bell. Southern Miss has a long history of achieving on the field and in the classroom. The Department of Athletics offers 16 sport programs at the Division I level sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and we've won five Conference USA football championships and three Conference USA baseball championships. We are also continually recognized for having the highest graduation rate in the state smong men's athletics programs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of Southern Mississippi, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Southern Mississippi is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.7 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 64.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Southern Mississippi is 18:1, and the school has 42.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Southern Mississippi include: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Accounting; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5%
Psychology, General 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%
Accounting 3%
Business Administration and Management, General 3%

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Student Life

University of Southern Mississippi has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,658, with a gender distribution of 38.2 percent male students and 61.8 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus. University of Southern Mississippi is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,468
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 Southern Mississippi offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Southern 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). Of the students at University of Southern Mississippi, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Southern Mississippi.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Southern Mississippi, 70.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,469.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,744 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,024 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,206 (2013-14)
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