Overview of Mississippi Colleges & Schools
The state of Mississippi is home to a large number of institutions that provide post-secondary educational opportunities for interested individuals. The state’s larger cities and urban centers tend to house many of the larger institutions, with a number in the state’s capital and largest city, Jackson. The state is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, a Louisiana to the Southwest and Arkansas to the west. Though the state is middling in size, it provides coverage through multiple 2 and four year institutions throughout the state.
Public institutions are funded by Mississippi, operating campuses in locations throughout the state. These school are tied to the state, and share resources, though they do not belong to a single overseeing body as many other public institutions do in other states. Among these schools, the University of Mississippi is among the oldest, not just in the state but in the south. Public institutions tend to have larger program offerings, more students enrolled, and generally less stringent admissions requirements, particularly for residents of the state. The state also operates schools that are part of the traditionally black colleges through Alcorn State University.
Public institutions in the state include:
- The University of Mississippi (Oxford, Jackson)
- Mississippi State University (Starkville, Meridian)
- Alcorn State University (Lorman)
- Delta State University (Cleveland)
- University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Long Beach)
Private institutions tend to have lower overall enrollment and usually adhere to stricter enrollment practices, particularly regarding the admissions process. Such school’s also tend to have significantly higher tuition costs and tend specialize in particular areas of education. The high cost, strict enrollment procedure, and low enrollment allows for smaller classrooms, excellent student to teacher ratios, and more extracurricular programs such as internships, study abroad opportunities, research positions for undergraduate students. Some school will have a foundation based in a particular faith, usual Christian in origin, which may or may not be a strong part of the school’s educational tradition.
Private schools in Mississippi include:
- Millsaps College (Jackson)
- Rust College (Holly Springs)
- Mississippi College (Clinton)
- Virginia College (Jackson, Biloxi)
- Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson)
In addition to the above four year institutions, the state is also home to a large number of two year community and technical colleges as well as trade schools and career colleges. Community and technical colleges are publically funded and provide a large number of programs that allow for academic transfer or career training over the course of one or two years depending on the degree or certificate earned. Career colleges and trade schools also provide education and training in high demand fields, often through short programs and at much higher costs. These schools usually assist in job placement after graduation and specialize in particular fields of study and training and can be found in major cities throughout the state.
The most populous city in Mississippi is Jackson, followed by Gulfport. While the most populous county in Mississippi is Hinds County with Harrison County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Mississippi, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of MississippiSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||22,700||2.0|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||78,860||7.1|
|Some college, no degree||0||0.0|
|High school diploma or equivalent||422,790||37.8|
|No formal educational credential||333,970||29.9|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are eight public 4-year state universities and colleges in Mississippi. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Mississippi.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Mississippi there are seven accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Mississippi.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Mississippi" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Mississippi.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately nine such colleges in Mississippi located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Mississippi along with program and tuition information.
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- Veterinary Schools in Mississippi (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
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- Law Schools in Mississippi (J.D.) (2 Schools)