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Colleges in Mississippi

25 colleges
46,110 yearly degrees
$6,043 average yearly in-state tuition
$20,756 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $6,043, while students interested in attending a school from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $9,461.

About 39% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,189.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
Public public vs private
5,720 yearly awards
$13,929 net cost

There are 17,511 full-time undergraduates at Ole Miss, and 23,136 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Ole Miss. The freshman retention rate is 85%.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly, 43% of students at Ole Miss take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $8,407. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $42,700.

#2

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
Public public vs private
4,760 yearly awards
$16,192 net cost

There are approximately 21,883 students at Mississippi State in total, 16,803 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Mississippi State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 62%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

53% of Mississippi State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,916. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$40,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Mississippi State earns.

#3

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
Public public vs private
4,070 yearly awards
$4,935 net cost

The total student population at Hinds Community College is 12,061, of which 7,196 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,363. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Hinds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 after graduation.

#4

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
Public public vs private
3,460 yearly awards
$7,545 net cost

There are 5,803 full-time undergraduates at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and 8,888 students altogether.

37% of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,898. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College earns $27,900.

#5

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Public public vs private
3,370 yearly awards
$13,178 net cost

The total student population at University of Southern Mississippi is 14,478, of which 10,384 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Southern Miss undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,549. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Southern Miss is $36,400.

#6

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Senatobia, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,820 yearly awards
$5,864 net cost

There are approximately 7,654 students at NWCC in total, 5,191 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 19% of students at NWCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $3,368. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from NWCC is $28,800.

#7

Holmes Community College

Goodman, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,690 yearly awards
$4,093 net cost

The total student population at Holmes Community College is 5,789, of which 3,705 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 28% of students at Holmes Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $2,378. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Holmes Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,300 after graduation.

#8

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,590 yearly awards
$15,380 net cost

There are approximately 8,558 students at Jackson State in total, 5,935 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Jackson State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

63% of Jackson State students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,931. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State earns $30,000.

#9

Jones County Junior College

Ellisville, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,510 yearly awards
$5,649 net cost

There are 3,391 full-time undergraduates at Jones County Junior College, and 4,517 students altogether.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,088. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $27,200.

#10

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,340 yearly awards
$16,693 net cost

There are 2,793 full-time undergraduates at MC, and 5,036 students altogether. It takes the average MC undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly, 49% of students at MC take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,000. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$38,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from MC earns.

#11

Itawamba Community College

Fulton, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,320 yearly awards
$5,824 net cost

The total student population at Itawamba Community College is 5,019, of which 3,416 students are full-time undergraduates.

22% of ICC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $3,275. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$27,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from ICC earns.

#12

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,270 yearly awards
$17,954 net cost

There are approximately 4,839 students at William Carey University in total, 1,676 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at William Carey University. The freshman retention rate is 85%.

About 49% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,797. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $34,700.

#13

Belhaven University

Jackson, Mississippi
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,260 yearly awards
$17,761 net cost

There are approximately 4,458 students at Belhaven in total, 1,248 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Belhaven undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

77% of Belhaven students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,236. Belhaven has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Belhaven is $37,300.

#14

Pearl River Community College

Poplarville, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,120 yearly awards
$3,156 net cost

The total student population at Pearl River Community College is 4,829, of which 3,365 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $3,692. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Pearl River Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,600 after graduation.

#15

East Mississippi Community College

Scooba, Mississippi
Public public vs private
1,020 yearly awards
$5,259 net cost

There are 2,442 full-time undergraduates at EMCC, and 3,908 students altogether.

Roughly, 24% of students at EMCC take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,071. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from EMCC earns $24,900.

#16

Meridian Community College

Meridian, Mississippi
Public public vs private
980 yearly awards
$5,533 net cost

There are approximately 3,555 students at MCC in total, 2,424 of which are full-time undergraduates.

13% of MCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $2,584. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from MCC is $26,000.

#17

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi
Public public vs private
920 yearly awards
$12,809 net cost

There are 2,198 full-time undergraduates at Delta State University, and 3,785 students altogether. It takes the average Delta State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly, 68% of students at Delta State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,708. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University earns $33,700.

#18

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
Public public vs private
900 yearly awards
$10,684 net cost

The total student population at Mississippi University for Women is 2,789, of which 2,113 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average MUW undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 25% of accepted students are men, and 75% are women.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,026. MUW has a 8.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$34,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from MUW earns.

#19

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson, Mississippi
Public public vs private
850 yearly awards
$3,631 net cost

There are approximately 3,075 students at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in total, 2,107 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 19% of students at Copiah-Lincoln Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $3,215. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $27,400.

#20

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Mississippi
Public public vs private
660 yearly awards
$7,054 net cost

There are 2,663 full-time undergraduates at Northeast Mississippi Community College, and 3,501 students altogether.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,454. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Northeast Mississippi Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 after graduation.

#21

Delta Technical College

Horn Lake, Mississippi
Private for-profit public vs private
640 yearly awards
$16,981 net cost

The total student population at Delta Technical College is 429, of which 422 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Delta Technical College. The freshman retention rate is 95%.

84% of Delta Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,308. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Delta Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 after graduation.

#22

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi
Public public vs private
620 yearly awards
$15,388 net cost

The total student population at Alcorn State University is 3,716, of which 2,893 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Alcorn State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

77% of Alcorn State students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,779. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State earns $31,100.

#23

East Central Community College

Decatur, Mississippi
Public public vs private
590 yearly awards
$4,670 net cost

There are approximately 2,560 students at East Central Community College in total, 1,858 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 19% of students at East Central Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $3,304. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $28,700.

#24

Mississippi Delta Community College

Moorhead, Mississippi
Public public vs private
560 yearly awards
$2,164 net cost

There are 1,801 full-time undergraduates at Mississippi Delta Community College, and 2,320 students altogether.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $.

$22,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Mississippi Delta Community College earns.

Public public vs private
530 yearly awards
$4,190 net cost

There are approximately 1,959 students at SMCC in total, 1,565 of which are full-time undergraduates.

0% of SMCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from SMCC is $24,800.

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