University of Mississippi.

University of Mississippi

University, MS4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss) is a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Including the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, it is the state's largest university by enrollment and promotes itself as the state’s flagship university. The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, Ole Miss spent $137 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 142nd in the nation.Across all its campuses, the university comprises some 23,258 students. In addition to the main campus in Oxford and the medical school in Jackson, the university also has campuses in Tupelo, Booneville, Grenada, and Southaven, as well as an accredited online high school. About 55 percent of its undergraduates and 60 percent overall come from Mississippi, and 23 percent are minorities; international students respectively represent 90 different nations. It is one of the 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.Ole Miss was a center of activity during the American civil rights movement when a race riot erupted in 1962 following the attempted admission of James Meredith, an African-American, to the segregated campus. Although the university was integrated that year, the use of Confederate symbols and motifs has remained a controversial aspect of the school's identity and culture. In response the university has taken measures to rebrand its image, including effectively banning the display of Confederate flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1997, officially abandoning the Colonel Reb mascot in 2003, and removing "Dixie" from the Pride of the South marching band's repertoire in 2016. In 2018, following a racially charged rant on social media by an alumnus and academic building namesake, former Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter reaffirmed the university's commitment to "honest and open dialogue about its history", and in making its campuses "more welcoming and inclusive".


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 18,537 students
  • 0.72 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Mississippi

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

14,614 students out of 17,416 applicants were accepted into University of Mississippi. They had an average SAT score of 1225. 21% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 89% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Mississippi was $23,564, while for in-state students it was $8,300. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $30,409.

The average financial aid at University of Mississippi is $9,677. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $13,887 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Mississippi

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

70% of undergraduate students at University of Mississippi received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Mississippi

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Mississippi was of $10,502 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200.

Diversity at University of Mississippi

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017