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Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

Mississippi University for Women was founded in 1884 as a public, liberal arts institution for women. It adopted coeducation in 1982. Its 110-acre campus is located in Columbus, 85 miles north of Meridian.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students2,527
   Women2,056 (81.4%)
   Men471 (18.6%)
Graduate Students169


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate94% of 720 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 GPA3.43
SAT Math613 average
580-655 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading488 average
445-545 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite21 average
18-23 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $16,647
Out-of-state: $26,713
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $5,781
Out-of-state: $15,847
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met64%
Average Freshman Award$10,534
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Columbus Population23,518
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 66% of freshmen, 29% of all students
Athletic Conferences 
MascotOdy Owl
Sororities12% of women participate
Fraternities 8% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.7% Asian
37.8% Black/African-American
0.7% Hispanic/Latino
0.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
59.2% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students2.1% from 10 countries
First-Year Students Returning69.0%
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 2.80 2.60 480 460 430 20
Low 2.50 2.60 480 460 430 20
High 3.11 2.60 480 460 430 20
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