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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Southern Miss is an above-average public university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,846 undergraduate students. The Southern Miss acceptance rate is 98%. Popular majors include Nursing, Elementary Education, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 49% of students, Southern Miss alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,200.
118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA

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.

Southern Mississippi Admissions

Acceptance Rate
98%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1190
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,773/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,467/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
A-
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
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.119 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.119 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
22
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
20
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    59%
  • On Campus
    28%
  • Online
    13%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,846Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,074
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 74 responses
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  • Friendly
    34%
  • All of the above.
    26%
  • Spirited and respectful
    18%
  • Busy
    15%
  • Serious
    5%
  • Social
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.134 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.156 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Enjoyable
    21%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • All of the above. Except dated.
    20%
  • Education oriented
    14%
  • Community Based
    8%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Dated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
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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I transferred as an adult student and the academic quality is excellent. The professors seem to genuinely care about their students and are experts in their fields. The school offers so many services for students and the tuition rates are very great considering everything you get. The course work is challenging and it will be difficult if you have to work outside of going to school full-time.

Cons- Food in The Fresh is not healthy and very expensive without a meal plan. Fortunately, there are many better food places on campus, so invest in bonus bucks for the cost savings.

Parking is a nightmare! Never enough spots and although you pay $90 for a parking permit, many parking spaces are restricted and you still have to pay parking meters in a lot of places. There is a separate permit for bicycles, which is silly.
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I loved everything about the University of Southern Mississippi. The care that they have for their students are nothing that I have ever witnessed before. They make sure that every student is comfortable along with their academics being on the right track. They help plan out your future along with helping you decide about the present. They have an excellent academic system with extraordinary resources. The possibilities are this school are endless. The sports are amazing and the events that they have during the sports are so entertaining. The school represents worldwide diversity, and they treat everyone as equals. This is the best college to attend!
I am currently enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi in a completely online program. The online program is amazing! It is very easy to navigate and understand. When on campus, you feel a sense of accomplishment, as if you feel proud to attend such a prestigious academic facility. The campus is very suited for student life. Students feel safe and supported, while still being casual and relaxed.
Their online hub, "SOAR", has any and all resources a student could need for their education, all in one place. This is the best feature of USM. The University knows academia is difficult, so they strive to make as many aspects of continued education easier for aspiring students.