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Online Colleges in
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Online schools in Mississippi

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Mississippi was home to 36 public and nonprofit private colleges and universities in 2015, according to data published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the percentage of those institutions that offer coursework and degrees in the virtual classroom is on the rise. Students at online colleges in Mississippi can earn professional certifications as well as academic degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels, and a variety of subjects including business, education, nursing, design, technology and more are available.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit8427
Public919249
Private for-profit28272

It's often the case that cities with student-dense populations have more cohesive networks of scholastic amenities and academic services to offer, both to students in traditional campus-based programs and those attending online schools in Mississippi. Here's a list of the four cities in the Magnolia State with the highest overall population of students in 2015, according to NCES enrollment data, if you want to live among a strong student culture as you work toward your degree:

  1. Mississippi State (Starkville)
  2. University (Oxford)
  3. Hattiesburg
  4. Jackson

The top two densest areas of student population in Mississippi exist under somewhat peculiar geographical conditions. Mississippi State, MS, and University, MS, are census and postal designations that stand apart from their associated cities proper and were designed to encompass just their home universities, giving a whole new meaning to the term "college town."

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Jackson173,21218,66810.78 percent 26.4 percent
Hattiesburg46,7629,79320.94 percent 31.9 percent
Starkville24,7547,60130.71 percent 47.2 percent
Oxford20,7696,67932.16 percent 50 percent
Biloxi44,8254,58110.22 percent 23.7 percent
Gulfport70,6424,3026.09 percent 20.7 percent
Southaven51,0903,7937.42 percent 22.2 percent

Students interested in a more complete list of Mississippi-based institutions offering online degrees can start by exploring this map, which shows the location of all colleges in the state that have distance education options, based on 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Once you identify schools that are located nearby, it's easy to explore what online degrees might be offered near you.

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Online colleges in Mississippi

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Public1 - 11
Private for-profit - 32 -

On the whole, online schools in Mississippi offer flexible and customizable course schedules, 24-hour access to recorded lectures and study materials and typically lower tuition cost, among generalized benefits of digital distance education that institutions all over the country strive to provide for their students. There are, however, some advantages afforded to students at online colleges in Mississippi that may be out of reach to those in other states.

For example, a study conducted by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) showed that Mississippi was the most affordable state for a reasonable standard of living in the first quarter of 2015. Here's a breakdown of the six categories analyzed in the C2ER study, along with Mississippi's affordability ranking in each one:

  • Grocery cost: 4th
  • Housing costs: 1st
  • Utility costs: 2nd (tie)
  • Transportation costs: 7th
  • Health care costs: 6th
  • Miscellaneous expenses: 1st

The sum of those strong showings in each category made for a chart-topping score of 83.7 on the cost of living index (COLI), beating second-place Idaho by almost five full points and ranking more than 16 points better than the national average score of 100. To put that number in perspective, the most expensive state in the study, Hawaii, had a COLI score over 170.

Top-ranked programs at online schools in Mississippi

National ranking agencies such as U.S. News and World Report have taken notice of some of the online schools in Mississippi, placing several programs among the best in their category for 2015-16. For starters, the most recent U.S. News data ranked Mississippi State University's online graduate programs in engineering, business administration and computer information technology among the top 20 in the nation.


National ranking agencies such as U.S. News and World Report have taken notice of some of the online schools in Mississippi, placing several programs among the best in their category for 2015-16.


The online MBA on offer at the University of Mississippi also took top 20 honors, coming in just a couple of spots above the MBA at Mississippi State. The graduate education programs at Ole Miss also made an appearance in the upper tiers of the national rankings, with similar programs downstate in Hattiesburg at William Carey University also making a respectable showing. A pair of smaller, faith-based institutions in the state, Belhaven University and Blue Mountain College, were recognized for their online bachelor's programs in 2015.

Best degrees to get in Mississippi

Data compiled and released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) shows that the statewide job market is projected to increase by approximately 7 percent across all occupations between 2012 and 2022. Here's a quick rundown of some of the hottest degrees available at traditional and online schools in Mississippi, according to reports by MDES and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as well as some salary and job growth information about their associated careers:

  • Health care is projected to be one of the strongest employment sectors nationwide over the next several years, and students who earn a degree in physical therapy, especially doctoral, should face one of the brightest outlooks of all. Employment growth of about 29 percent is expected for physical therapists in Mississippi by 2022, and the state's mean annual salary for physical therapists was reported by the BLS as $87,440 in 2014.
  • Medical technology degrees are among the most promising two-year programs for students at campus-based or online schools in Mississippi, with hundreds of new positions in various specialties expected to join the career market in the next several years. The BLS reports a mean annual salary of $52,830 for medical and clinical laboratory technicians in Mississippi in 2014 — better than the statewide yearly average by about $14,000 — and jobs in the field are projected to increase 23 percent by 2022.
  • With all the upcoming growth in health industry careers, college-level instructors in various segments of the field will be in high demand. Teaching jobs for graduates with master's or doctoral degrees in nursing are expected to increase 39 percent between 2012 and 2022, and teachers of public health, laboratory technology and other health specialties should see a 40 percent increase in the same period. Nursing instructors at colleges and universities earned a mean wage of $72,210 in 2014, while those employed at specialty hospitals took home an average of $116,210 for the year.

Health care is projected to be one of the strongest employment sectors nationwide over the next several years, and physical therapists in Mississippi have an especially bright job outlook.


  • Mississippi residents who earn a degree in geography are also expected to have strong prospects over the next several years. Jobs for photogrammetrists, who plan aerial surveys and analyze the resulting data, are expected to comprise a large portion of the 30 percent growth expected in Mississippi, although positions for cartographers and other spatial information designers should also emerge. The median annual salary for cartographers and photogrammetrists in Mississippi was $48,530 in 2014.
  • The age of Big Data has made market research all the more valuable to private companies and other organizations. Graduates with degrees in statistics have the training to crunch market data and discover patterns, while those trained in social sciences or business administration can use their skills to transform those data patterns into actionable conclusions. Jobs for market research analysts are projected to increase 28 percent in Mississippi by 2022, and their statewide salary average for 2014 was $52,790.

In light of all these stats, please remember that no matter how much workforce demand there may be for a certain career, no degree program can guarantee that its students will find employment. Focusing your attention on the right combination of courses and extracurricular work, however, can help take some of the stress out of the application process after graduation.

Mississippi colleges

Here's a table that shows a few notable traditional and online colleges in Mississippi, along with a list of some of the most popular or well-regarded degree programs at each one:

Institution Name
Online Degrees?
Top Programs
Mississippi State University

Computer information technology (online), MBA (online), graduate business (on campus and online), graduate education (on campus and online), engineering, veterinary medicine, public affairs, math, chemistry, counseling

University of Mississippi

MBA (online), graduate education (on campus and online), pharmacy, history, English, law, psychology, math, physics, social work, fine arts, biological sciences, economics

Delta State University

Graduate nursing (on campus and online), criminal justice (online), graduate education (on campus and online), MBA (online), graduate business (online)

University of Southern Mississippi

Nursing, clinical psychology, English, social work, speech-language pathology, fine arts, MBA, biological sciences, criminology

Mississippi Valley State University

Social work, business, criminal justice, teacher education, public relations, public administration, rhetoric and composition

Mississippi College

Graduate education, law, fine arts, physician assisting

To learn more about online schools in Mississippi and elsewhere, explore the school listings below or contact an admissions representative to ask a few questions or schedule a visit.

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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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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