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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    B
Southern Miss is a highly rated public university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,246 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Miss acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 45% of students, Southern Miss alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,200.
About University of Southern Mississippi...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Website
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University of Southern Mississippi Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1190
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,916/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,645/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,741/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,060/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,608/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,845/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.102 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.108 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.108 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,246Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
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  • Friendly
    38%
  • Spirited and respectful
    20%
  • All of the above.
    19%
  • Busy
    14%
  • Serious
    6%
  • Social
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.123 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.145 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Enjoyable
    22%
  • All of the above. Except dated.
    19%
  • Education oriented
    15%
  • Community Based
    8%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Dated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.68 responses
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University of Southern Mississippi Reviews

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University was an adjustment for me, but USM is amazing. I love the freedom, readily available tutorial and help centers, resources, dining options, and the island in the middle of the lake. When everything is in bloom it's gorgeous, and when everything is gross and snowy and just a mess, they tell you to stay home so nobody gets hurt. They're always improving something. Mental health is an actual concern for them, and they have free counseling services too! So is physical health, and they have a clinic you can get your prescriptions or a check up at. My professors so far are amazing and accommodating, and I adore the classes despite some of them being difficult.
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Even though I am an out-of-state student where commuting is not an option, the communication and availability of employees has been phenomenal! The support and encouragement is a breath of fresh air compared to the community college I previously attended.
I transferred to Southern Miss after attending Louisiana Tech for a year. I can honestly say, USM has been the best decision I have ever made. Hattiesburg is a beautiful place. It's a big university with a community feel. Of course, the academics aren't on par with prestigious schools, but the difference here is the professors actually care. They aren't just trying to send you off to the next class to fail. They want you to understand the material and actually have an interest in it. It is the most racially diverse school in the South, which only brings more value to it! Everyone fits in, no matter who you are. Fun Fact: it is the only school in Mississippi that refuses to fly the Mississippi state flag because it has the confederate flag on it. I love it here. I couldn't imagine spending the next 3 years anywhere else. #SMTTT