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Mississippi (MS): Universities and Colleges

Mississippi is home to about 35 colleges and universities. The most affordable schools and highest graduation rates, among other things, will be covered about the various schools in Mississippi to help determine which schools might be right for you.

There are several types of schools that are considered 'traditional' - that is, 2-year public, 4-year public or private not-for-profit colleges that offer a variety of programs and disciplines. All of those types of schools are available in the state of Mississippi, and they'll be compared according to stats from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Mississippi Schools Near Large Cities

There are 4-year public and private non-profit schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in major and mid-size cities in Mississippi.

  • Belhaven University (Jackson)
  • Jackson State University (Jackson)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg)
  • William Carey University (Hattiesburg)
  • Mississippi State University (Mississippi State)

Largest Schools in Mississippi

Some of the largest schools in Mississippi had more than 20,000 enrolled students, as of the fall in 2014. Most of them are 4-year public schools.

  • University of Mississippi (22,503 students)
  • Mississippi State University (20,138 students)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (14,792 students)
  • Hinds Community College (11,839 students)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9,799 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for the three Mississippi schools with the lowest net prices, listed below, are based on data from the NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year, for full-time undergraduate students.

  • Pearl River Community College ($1,649)
  • Coahoma Community College ($2,449)
  • Mississippi Delta Community College ($3,098)
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College ($3,795)
  • Hinds Community College ($4,502)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES reported on the graduation rates for full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009 or 2012 and completed them in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete the program (for instance, six years for a bachelor's degree). These Mississippi schools listed had the highest overall graduation rates among traditional, not-for-profit schools in the state, for full-time students.

  • Millsaps College (66% graduation rate)
  • University of Mississippi (61% graduation rate)
  • Mississippi State University (60% graduation rate)
  • Blue Mountain College (55% graduation rate)
  • Mississippi College (54% graduation rate)

Take the following categories into consideration when you're deciding on the right school for you.

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