University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi

#359 National Colleges

88.14% Admission Rate
Least Selective

16,932 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
The University of Mississippi, byname Ole Miss, is a public research university adjacent to Oxford, Mississippi. Including its medical center in Jackson. The University of Mississippi is the state's oldest public university, and is the second largest university by enrollment in Mississippi.

The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. It operated as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War and narrowly avoided destruction by Ulysses S. Grant's forces. A race riot erupted on campus in 1962 during the civil rights movement when segregationists tried to prevent the enrollment of African American James Meredith. The university has since taken measures to improve its image. Ole Miss is closely associated with writer William Faulkner and owns and manages his former home Rowan Oak. In addition to Faulkner's home, two other sites on campus—Barnard Observatory and the Lyceum–The Circle Historic District—are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ole Miss is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". The university is one of 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its research efforts include the National Center for Physics Acoustics, National Center for Natural Products Research and the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research. Its federally contracted marijuana facility serves as the only Food and Drug Administration-approved source for cannabis research. The university also operates interdisciplinary institutes such as the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Its athletic teams compete as the Ole Miss Rebels in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Southeastern Conference, Division I.

The university's alumni include 27 Rhodes Scholars, 10 governors, 5 US senators, 1 head of state, and a Nobel Prize Laureate. Other alumni have received honors such as Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Pulitzer Prizes. Its medical center performed the first human lung transplant and animal-to-human heart transplant.

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University, Mississippi

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Town: Remote (in urban cluster more than 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 26.5%
Health Professions And Related Programs 14.1%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 9.3%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 8.1%
Psychology 5.1%
Education 4.8%
Engineering 4.6%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4.6%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3.9%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3.9%
Social Sciences 3.2%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3.1%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.5%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1.5%
Physical Sciences 1.4%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.4%
History 1.0%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.9%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.4%
Legal Professions And Studies 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.0%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1200 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 620 560 500
Verbal 630 575 520

ACT Scores

25 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 27 24 20
English 32 27 22