Mississippi University for Women also referred to as MUW or The W, is located in Columbus, Mississippi, and was established in 1884. Originally known as the Industrial Institute and College, the school was the first public institution established for women in the US. The school was renamed Mississippi State College for Women in 1920, to better indicate the role of the school and its purpose. In 1974 all state colleges operating in Mississippi were renamed as universities, including MUW which received its current name and an expansion into graduate level studies. The school has offered enrollment for men since 1982.
MUW is a public four year institution that offers educational opportunities for both women and men, but places a continued emphasis on the betterment and education for women. The school offers bachelor's degrees in a variety of majors, requiring the completion of upper and lower division courses, general education courses and electives in order to develop a complete curriculum. Additionally, the school offers graduate level studies which require applying and admission to specific programs, as well as excellent graduate level test scores, a completed undergraduate degree, and strong academic record.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals interested in enrollment at MUW should submit an application along with transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation which will be reviewed by committee, after which a decision regarding admission will be made. All decisions will be based on the quality of the application and the merits of the applicant, and after the decision is reached the applicant will be notified. If admitted, the student will receive information regarding reparation for entry into the school. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships which are awarded based on the level of need as determined by an applicant's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants Mississippi University for Women accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Mississippi University for Women is about 2,700, where graduate students make up roughly 9% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- State Residents: $5,700-$6,800
- Out-of-State: $16,000-$18,900
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $240-$290 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $660-$790 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||99%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$8,354|
|Receiving Student Loans||63%||$6,335|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Mississippi University for Women may provide services to students including:
- Distance learning
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care for children
Mississippi University for Women has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 37%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||20%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||12%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Music Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Mississippi University for Women by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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