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University of Mississippi

University, MS

The University of Mississippi, founded in 1844, is a comprehensive, public institution. It is of a modest size but has comprehensive academic and student life offerings and is located in Oxford, a town widely acknowledged as one of the country's best college towns. The area is easygoing but surprisingly urbane, with an active arts and music scene. Programs are offered through the College of Liberal Arts, the Law and Medical Centers, and the Schools of Accountancy, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, and Pharmacy. Its 2,500-acre campus is located 70 miles southeast of Memphis.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students18,785
   Women10,598 (56.4%)
   Men8,187 (43.6%)
Graduate Students4,427


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate79% of 18,059 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.54
SAT Math548 average
500-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading547 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite25 average
21-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $18,053
Out-of-state: $32,321
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,754
Out-of-state: $22,022
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met76%
Average Freshman Award$12,549
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 27% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


University Population4,202
Nearest Metropolitan AreaMemphis
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 27% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotColonel Rebel
Sororities48% of women participate
Fraternities 35% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.7% Asian
13.7% Black/African-American
2.9% Hispanic/Latino
2.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.1% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students2.6% from 71 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.5%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.45 3.67 580 587 25
Low 2.17 2.23 450 420 18
High 4.00 4.70 670 730 33
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• The University's nickname, "Ole Miss," was the winner of an 1896 contest to select a name for the yearbook.

• UM is home to the country's largest blues archive and a blues radio show, produced weekly for Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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