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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Article Sources
  • Mississippi's Public Universities, Mississippi Public Universities, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mississippi.edu/universities/
  • Mississippi's Statewide Articulation Agreement between MS Community Colleges and Public Universities, Mississippi Public Universities, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mississippi.edu/oasa/articulation_agreement.asp
  • Our History, Mississippi University for Women, Accessed May 2017, http://www.muw.edu/about-muw/our-history
  • About Southern Miss, The University of Southern Mississippi, Accessed May 2017, https://www.usm.edu/about/about-southern-miss
  • Academics, The University of Mississippi, Accessed May 2017, http://olemiss.edu/academics/
  • University History, Mississippi State University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.msstate.edu/about/history/
  • About Delta State, Delta State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/
  • The University, Mississippi Valley State University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.mvsu.edu/university
  • Information for Prospective Students, Jackson State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.jsums.edu/main-for-prospective-students/
  • At a Glance, Mississippi College, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mc.edu/about/glance
  • About William Carey, Willian Carey University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.wmcarey.edu/about-william-carey
  • At a Glance, Alcorn State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.alcorn.edu/discover-alcorn/at-a-glance/index.aspx
  • News and Updates, MS Institutions of Higher Learning, Accessed May 2017, http://riseupms.com/state-aid/news-and-updates/
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Students heading to college right out of high school and those returning to the classroom after time in the workforce may find Mississippi colleges and universities that can meet their needs. The state is home to a network of public and private schools offering on-campus programs, online degrees and night and weekend classes. Whether you want a school with a powerhouse sports team or a small learning environment, you're likely to find what you seek in Mississippi.

Unlike some other states, Mississippi doesn't have a single large university system. Instead, it is home to eight public universities. These may have a flagship campus as well as satellite locations elsewhere in the state. There are also 15 community colleges conferring two-year degrees and offering technical training. Thanks to a statewide articulation agreement, credits earned through an A.A. program at a Mississippi community college are easily transferred to any of the public universities.

Beyond the public schools, there are private liberal arts institutions as well as several seminaries and theological institutes. Some offer online Mississippi degrees in addition to their on-campus programs.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Mississippi

After analyzing factors more than a dozen factors such as price, financial aid and graduation rates, these are the public and private schools in Mississippi that came out on top.

Methodology
1Mississippi University for Women+
ADMISSION RATE
96%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
8

Bigger isn't always better, and the best college in Mississippi is one of the smallest institutions on this list. With an enrollment of about 2,700 in 2015, Mississippi University for Women gets high marks for cost, program availability and its retention rate. It is one of the best online colleges for Mississippi with 63 percent of its students enrolled in distance education in 2015.

Known simply as The W, the school ranks first for the price of its tuition and fees. It also ranks first for the relatively low amount of debt its students have upon graduation. What's more, the university has the second-best retention rate of surveyed Mississippi schools.

Don't let the university's name fool you. Although chartered as the nation's first state-supported women's college in 1884, The W now admits both men and women. Mississippi University for Women is one of the state's eight public universities.

Additional Info
2The University of Southern Mississippi+
ADMISSION RATE
58%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
40

Often called Southern Miss, The University of Southern Mississippi stands out for the vast number of degree programs it offers. The school ranks first for both the total number of programs available as well as the number offered via distance education. Those interested in earning an online bachelor's degree in Mississippi will find 40 options here. Plus, the university has online graduate degree programs and certificates in addition to hybrid programs which combine on-campus classes and online learning.

The University of Southern Mississippi was founded in 1910 as a teacher's college. It now serves nearly 15,000 students at its flagship campus in Hattiesburg, Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and at five different teaching and research sites statewide. The school is known for its commitment to the arts and hosts 300 arts events each year.

Southern Miss is one of the state's public universities and houses one of the oldest Honors Colleges in the nation.

Additional Info
3The University of Mississippi+
ADMISSION RATE
79%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
19

Ole Miss is one of the most recognizable schools in Mississippi. Chartered in 1844, it was the only public institution of higher learning in the state for 23 years. Even though there are other options now, The University of Mississippi remains a popular choice and enrolled more than 23,000 students in 2015.

UM does a good job of keeping those students and helping them graduate on-time too. The school ranks fourth for its retention rate; its graduation rate is the second best in the state. It also comes in second for the number of academic programs it offers. Overall, there are 16 schools and colleges within the university.

While Ole Miss has its main campus in Oxford, the university maintains five other campus and center locations. The University of Mississippi is home to several research centers including the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Croft Institute for International Studies.

Additional Info
4Mississippi State University+
ADMISSION RATE
65%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

Mississippi State University is another top public university. Founded in 1878, the school got its start by providing training in agriculture, horticulture and the mechanical arts. Today, it contains eight academic colleges that support more than 175 programs. It ties with The University of Mississippi for having the second-greatest number of academic programs available.

The university awards bachelor's, master and doctoral degrees. Of its many programs, Mississippi State University awarded the most degrees in the area of kinesiology and exercise science in 2015.

MSU ranks eighth in the state for its tuition and fees, and it has a robust financial aid program. The university ranks third in Mississippi for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. The school also has the third best graduation rate of the institutions surveyed.

Additional Info
5Delta State University+
ADMISSION RATE
87%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Delta State University offers a mix of rigorous academics and quirky traditions. Its mascot is the Okra and a favorite annual event is Pig Pickin' which is part pep rally, part cooking competition. The school also prides itself on its many festivals as well as its commitment to the arts. The Delta Music Institute provides students with two world-class recording studios.

Academically, DSU offers more than 40 majors. The school is the only four-year university in the state to offer both a bachelor's and master's degree in commercial aviation. It may also be one of the best online colleges for Mississippi. It ranks second in the state for the number of students enrolled in distance education classes.

As a regional university, Delta State keeps its tuition affordable. It ranks third in the state for tuition and fees and second for the cost of its books and supplies.

Additional Info
6Mississippi Valley State University+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

At the heart of the Mississippi Delta is Mississippi Valley State University. Located in Itta Bena, the public university first opened in 1950. It now includes colleges of arts and sciences, professional studies and education as well as a graduate school.

One prime feature of MVSU is its affordable tuition. The school ranks second in the state and in the top 5 percent in the nation for the low sticker price of its tuition and fees. Once financial aid is factored in, the institution has the lowest average net price of surveyed Mississippi schools.

Since the university doesn't have an online studies division, this is not the place to earn an online bachelor's degree in Mississippi. However, Mississippi Valley State University does offer other options that make it a good choice for adult learners who need flexible learning options. There are night and weekend classes available as well as the opportunity to earn credit for some life experiences.

Additional Info
7Jackson State University+
ADMISSION RATE
68%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
15

Jackson State University was founded in 1877 to educate African-American residents from Mississippi and neighboring states. Since then, it has grown to welcome a diverse student body from across the region. In 1979, the university was designated as the Urban University for the State of Mississippi.

Students attending JSU have access to more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Altogether, the school offers the fourth-greatest number of academic programs in the state. It ranks fifth for the number of distance education programs available.

In terms of sticker price, the university ranks fifth for the cost of its tuition and fees, making it an affordable choice. What's more, the data show that it is generous with its financial aid, ranking first for the institutional grants it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. First-time freshman and first-time graduate students may be eligible for an out-of-state fee waiver to further reduce costs.

Additional Info
8Mississippi College+
ADMISSION RATE
82%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
16

Founded in 1826, Mississippi College claims to be the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Originally formed as the Hampstead Academy, it is also the second-oldest college in the nation that is affiliated with the Baptist Church. With a campus in Clinton, the school offers an education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Mississippi College ranks fifth in the state for the number of academic programs it offers. Its more than 5,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and law degree programs. It also has a selection of online degree programs that places the school fourth for the number of courses of study which are available via distance education.

The college is notable for its retention and graduation rates. Mississippi College ranks fifth in the state for both metrics. Night and weekend courses are available for adult learners, and MC also provides remedial support, academic advising and career placement services.

Additional Info
9William Carey University+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

William Carey University is another top Christian institution in Mississippi. The school is now named for William Carey, the founder of the modern Baptist missions, although it started as the Pearl River Boarding School in 1892. Today, it operates on two campuses: a main campus in Hattiesburg and a new Tradition Campus in Biloxi.

Although not the cheapest school on this list, William Carey University does seem to do a good job of helping its graduates avoid student debt. It notes 90 percent of its students receive some form of financial aid. Perhaps as a result, the university ranks third in the state for the relatively low median debt carried by graduates.

Once enrolled, students at William Carey University come back year after year. The school has the best retention rate in the state. It also ranks fourth for graduating its students on time.

Additional Info
10Alcorn State University+
ADMISSION RATE
81%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

As the oldest historically black land-grant school in the nation, Alcorn State University can trace its roots to 1871. It is also the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

Alcorn State University gets high marks today for offering an affordable education. The school ranks fourth in the state for the sticker price of its tuition and fees. It also ranks second for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

Alcorn confers a number of degrees from the associate to master's level. It also has some specialist programs. Biology was the most popular field of study among 2015 graduates. The university's main campus is in Claiborne County while classes are also offered in Natchez and Vicksburg. Nearly half of all students in 2015 took at least one class via distance education.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Mississippi

While some degrees are only available at a limited number of schools, the following popular programs are available at many of the top colleges in Mississippi.

In-Demand Careers in Minnesota

Graduates are hoping for more than a degree; they want a job as well. For that reason, students may want to consider studying in a field that could prepare them for one of these in-demand occupations.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1,92012.3%$201,220
Nurse Anesthetists32010.2%$162,620
Dentists, General7707.8%$148,760
Law Teachers, Postsecondary11025.7%$130,110
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary1,480-$128,390
Pharmacists2,7406.7%$121,510
Architectural and Engineering Managers84010.1%$114,180
Aerospace Engineers11011.6%$101,320
Engineers, All Other38010.4%$101,230
Optometrists20018.9%$100,470

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Minnesota

In addition to loans and grants available through the federal government, Mississippi students may be eligible for financial aid through the state. The state of Mississippi maintains several programs such as the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant, Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant and the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant.

 
SREB Doctoral Scholars Program
Applicant must be a Mississippi resident seeking a doctoral degree in a STEM or related field. Participant may fulfill the service obligation by teaching full-time at the collegiate level for one year for each year of money received.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$25,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 31

 

 

 
7th GotScholarship $20K Give Away
Applicant must be a current or future college student/graduate with outstanding loans in any area of study. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and register with GotChosen.com in ordered to be entered into the random drawing. Selection not based upon GPA, essay, or financial need. Award required to be used for educational expenses.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 28

 

 

 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 22

 

 

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Alcorn State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
City
Alcorn State
State
MS
Zip Code
39096
Website
www.alcorn.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
390-480
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
390-500
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-20
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,911
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,386
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
47%
Delta State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1003 W Sunflower Road
City
Cleveland
State
MS
Zip Code
38733
Website
www.deltastate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
390-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
470-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,653
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
87%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,112
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
13
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
55%
Jackson State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1400 J R Lynch Street
City
Jackson
State
MS
Zip Code
39217
Website
www.jsums.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-510
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-21
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
7,475
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
68%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,886
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
47%
University of Mississippi
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Oxford, Mississippi
City
University
State
MS
Zip Code
38677
Website
www.olemiss.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
490-600
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-600
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
18,785
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
79%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,444
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
19
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
19%
Mississippi Valley State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
14000 Highway 82 West
City
Itta Bena
State
MS
Zip Code
38941
Website
www.mvsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,948
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
76%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,936
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
36%
Mississippi College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
200 South Capitol Street
City
Clinton
State
MS
Zip Code
39058
Website
www.mc.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
500-640
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-600
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,004
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
82%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$16,064
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
16
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
23%
Mississippi State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Lee Boulevard
City
Mississippi State
State
MS
Zip Code
39762
Website
www.msstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-620
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
480-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-29
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
17,421
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,502
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
18%
University of Southern Mississippi
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
118 College Drive # 0001
City
Hattiesburg
State
MS
Zip Code
39406
Website
www.usm.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
450-555
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
445-565
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,840
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
58%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,334
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
40
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
43%
William Carey University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
498 Tuscan Ave
City
Hattiesburg
State
MS
Zip Code
39401
Website
www.wmcarey.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
380-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,487
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,700
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
36%
Mississippi University for Women
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1100 College Street
City
Columbus
State
MS
Zip Code
39701
Website
www.muw.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
410-490
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
580-660
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,470
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
96%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,781
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
8
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
63%
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