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University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a public, comprehensive institution. Programs are offered through the Colleges of the Arts, Business Administration, Education and Psychology, Health and Human Sciences, International and Continuing Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science and Technology. Its 1,090-acre campus is located in Hattiesburg, 90 miles south of Jackson.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 11,779
   Women 7,402 (62.8%)
   Men 4,377 (37.2%)
Graduate Students 2,773
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 46% of 6,607 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.33
SAT Math 577 average
510-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 486 average
430-540 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay       X
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance In-state: $20,444
Out-of-state: $29,314
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $7,334
Out-of-state: $16,204
  Room and Board $8,610
Average Percent of Need Met 74%
Average Freshman Award $14,818
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 689
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Hattiesburg Population 47,556
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Golden Eagle -Seymour
Sororities 14% of women participate
Fraternities 10% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
29.4% Black/African-American
3.3% Hispanic/Latino
2.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.4% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students 2.1% from 74 countries
First-Year Students Returning 74.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 22.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 60%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported