The state of Mississippi has a handful of Baptist colleges throughout the state. Although these colleges all share the same faith, they differ in many ways. Explore what makes these institutions unique and factors to consider when selecting a school.
Mississippi has about four private Baptist colleges located in different cities. Find out about each school's specific location and undergraduate tuition rate in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Southeastern Baptist College||4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit||Laurel, MS||$5,165|
|William Carey University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Hattiesburg, MS||$12,300|
|Blue Mountain College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Blue Mountain, MS||$11,760|
|Mississippi College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Clinton, MS||$17,392|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Baptist Colleges in Mississippi
The four Baptist colleges in Mississippi offer diverse degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students considering attending one of these schools may want to determine what school size, spiritual development opportunities and other factors are necessary for their success. Compare and contrast the Baptist schools in Mississippi here.
Southeastern Baptist College
Southeastern Baptist College is a very small, all-undergraduate school with only 45 students, according to the NCES in 2017. The school primarily offers associate's degrees, but bachelor's degree programs are available, as well as undergraduate certificate programs. Most students at the school pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree in the areas of business administration and management or Biblical Studies. According to the school's homepage, the institution was ranked #6 out of 15 by Affordableschools.net for the Most Affordable Bachelor's Degrees in Religious Studies in 2017. Students on campus can attend chapel for their spiritual lives, and the school introduced a new athletics program with men's and women's basketball for the fall of 2018.
William Carey University
William Carey University is a larger, private school with a little over 2,800 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, per the NCES in 2017. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. These programs span a wide range of subjects, including psychology, Biblical studies, gerontology, nursing, English, education, and business. The school also has a unique College of Osteopathic Medicine that aims to develop students' communication skills and reasoning abilities to treat patients. In 2018, William Carey University is celebrating 125 years of serving students in Mississippi.
Blue Mountain College
According to the NCES in 2017, Blue Mountain College is a relatively small school with about 550 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students can pursue a bachelor's or master's degree. Master's degrees are primarily available in education, but available bachelor's degree programs include those in business administration, biology, history, Biblical studies, kinesiology/exercise science, the arts, and Spanish. The U.S. News and World Report ranked the school as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South and one of the Best Regional Colleges with the Best Value for 2018. The school has a Baptist Student Union that offers participation in a praise and worship band, as well as participation in a unique drama ministry.
Mississippi College is another larger, private institution with about 3,150 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, per the NCES in 2017. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as several certificate programs. Students can pursue study in a variety of subjects, including computer science, communications, engineering, foreign language, education, healthcare, law, Christian studies, social work, and the arts. Interested students can participate in numerous student organizations, such as the Baptist Nursing Fellowship, student government, Young Americans for Freedom and many more. The school also has several different collegiate sports teams, including basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis and track and field.